RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Pursuing development with an industry-leading research center
Pursuing development with an industry-leading research center
The industry environment and customers’ desires change with the times, and demand for greater social abundance is growing as the population ages. Under these conditions, demand is increasing for artificial teeth to replace non-regenerating natural teeth, with a corresponding need for the development of products that perform to higher standards.
These standards include designs that enable smoother enunciation, shapes that are less likely to trap food, and materials of appropriate hardness. As the challenges of creating teeth approaching the performance of natural teeth continue, SHOFU presses on in the development of more ergonomic designs. In the process, over time the company has contributed to the advancement of dentistry as Japan’s top manufacturer of artificial teeth and a worldwide industry leader.
Underlying our R&D expertise is a research center that promotes next-generation advances and offers the most up-to-date facilities in the industry. At this center, SHOFU combines the latest medical and information technologies, as well as leading-edge techniques in various other areas and dentistry-related fields, to develop groundbreaking dental materials that are more highly functional.

Dental esthetics, disease prevention and oral hygiene
Dental esthetics, disease prevention and oral hygiene


In recent years, people have exhibited a growing desire for more beautiful teeth. In addition to restoring teeth to a more natural-looking shade, people strive for whiter, more brilliant teeth as a symbol of oral health. SHOFU is active in this field of dental esthetics, developing a hard resin for crowns to restore natural tooth color. CERAMAGE is a material strong enough to be used on molars while remaining aesthetically pleasing, a combination that should contribute to a revolution in dental care. We are also highly active in tooth whitening materials, being the first company in Japan to supply such materials.
SHOFU is increasingly active in its work on the prevention of cavities and periodontal disease, focusing more on maintaining healthy teeth and mouths. We aim to contribute to the health and beauty of teeth worldwide by developing oral hygiene products that employ the most up-to-date technology.

MANUFACTURING AND QUALITY CONTROL

State-of-the-art manufacturing system with a core emphasis on personnel
State-of-the-art manufacturing system with a core emphasis on personnel
Our aim is to ensure a manufacturing structure that guarantees quality across a broad range of products. To achieve this objective, advanced facilities and equipment are key, but honing the skills of the personnel who operate such equipment is equally essential. Even as SHOFU automates its production facilities and systems further, the company emphasizes quality control by individual staff members by enhancing operator skills and maintaining a comprehensive backup system. Such ongoing efforts led to SHOFU’s European Union CE Marking certification in 1997. Receiving this designation means that SHOFU meets the Medical Device Directive standard that is required to distribute medical devices in Europe. This recognition also satisfies ISO 9001 international quality management system requirements and assures compliance with the ISO 13485 quality assurance standard for medical devices. Our quality management system enables us to play a leading role in the dental industry by leveraging products created in Japan to contribute to dentistry throughout the world.
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