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Japan chemical makers to tap AI in joint materials project

Patent pooling and informatics expected to drastically cut development times

An employee inside a Mitsubishi Chemical research center: The joint project hopes to reduce yearslong development times to several months.

TOKYO -- About 20 chemicals companies in Japan, including Mitsubishi Chemical, will start joint management of an artificial intelligence-based system in fiscal 2021 for developing advanced materials using in-country patents.

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