How terrible is low-key Japan, a monosodium glutamate factory got stuck in the neck of global chips
In 2010, Japan’s GDP was surpassed by China. Later, more and more multimedia reports of Japanese brands withdraw from China and even some of our country’s corporate acquisition, therefore, many people think that Japan has gone into decline. Coupled with the serious aging, the impact of the epidemic, and the unsuccessful holding of the Tokyo Olympics, people see Japan’s economy as losing its vitality and potential.
However, data can only reflect the facts. According to the”Top 100 Most Innovative Companies” list released by an international authority in 2020, Japan has 32 companies on the list, ranking second in the world, compared to only 3 in China, ranking seventh in the world. In addition, Japan’s core technology patents account for more than 80%of the world’s total, and the proportion of R&D expenditure in GDP has been ranked first in the world for many years. Therefore, Japanese companies are not only the well-known Sony, Panasonic, Toyota, etc., but also many low-key and strong enough”invisible kings”. Perhaps they are the key to Japan’s economic development and transformation.
Japan Ajinomoto is such a very representative company. Established in 1909, Japan’s Ajinomoto was the first to extract the seasoning MSG. Later, this company became the hegemon of the global amino acid market. Today, Ajinomoto has launched its own business in nearly 40 countries around the world, with an annual operating income of more than 60 billion, making it a veritable food giant.
However, everyone thinks that Ajinomoto is just a company that achieves the ultimate in the food field, just like Lao Ganma, Haitian Soy Sauce, his other identity gradually surfaced-a company that cannot be separated from the world’s major chip manufacturing companies, has solved the problem of chip manufacturing. problem.
In 1970, an Ajinomoto employee named Takeuchi Koji discovered a by-product while making MSG, which could make a resin synthetic materials. With the support of the company and the efforts of the team, Takeuchi successfully manufactured this product into a thin film, which has extremely high insulation, good heat resistance, and can accept various circuit combinations at will, and is easy to install. This is the Ajinomoto Accumulation Film (ABF) that is used by chip manufacturers all over the world today and exists in almost all computers in the world.
However, the initial development of Ajinomoto deposition film was not smooth. After the R&D was successful, Takeuchi’s team faced the risk of being disbanded because it was unable to find a market for a while. Once, when Takeuchi sought cooperation with a famous Japanese electronic product manufacturer with his own product, he was even laughed at saying:”If you go to the cafeteria, you should go upstairs there. Have you walked through the place?”
But in 1999, under the insistence of the team and the company, things finally ushered in a turning point. A leading semiconductor company tried Ajinomoto’s products. Since then, Ajinomoto stacked films have quickly become popular among major chip manufacturers, becoming the entire The standard configuration of the semiconductor chip industry. If there is no Ajinomoto accumulation film, no matter if it is Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi or Huawei, they will not be able to make such a good mobile computer. It can’t even develop to the current stage.
Today, Ajinomoto has minimized the cost of stacked films, and the manufacturing technology is unmatched in the world. Therefore, the Ajinomoto stacked film has almost become an existence that cannot be replicated worldwide, which explains why it can jam the neck of the global chip.
Starting from a monosodium glutamate production plant, it became the top food company in the world, and then became an existence that cannot be replicated in the chip industry. Ajinomoto’s low-key, innovative and persistent efforts It also reflects the true strength of Japan.