November 20, 2015 | News & Notices Shimadzu Establishes Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center to Strengthen Response to the Needs of the Chinese Market and Promote Joint Research and Development

 Inside the Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center

Inside the Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center


In order to expand its share of the mass spectrometer market and to promote cutting-edge joint research and development in China, Shimadzu has established the Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center (hereinafter the China MS Center) at the Beijing Branch of Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd., a Shimadzu Group company in China. The opening ceremony for the Center was held on-site on October 26.

The Center is a facility established for the purpose of research and development with researchers in China who are performing advanced MS related research jointly with Shimadzu's mass spectrometry (MS) technology. The laboratories are equipped with high-end Shimadzu systems including liquid chromatograph mass spectrometers and gas chromatograph mass spectrometers. The Center will participate in the formulation of official analytical methods through new application development, and develop and improve high-end mass spectrometry systems. By providing solutions better matched to the Chinese market, Shimadzu aims to expand the market share of its core products, centered on mass spectrometers, and to further improve the Shimadzu brand image.

As of fiscal 2015, the China MS Center has 10 staff, and the number of staff will be expanded as the need arises. The Center addresses food safety as well as the clinical, pharmaceutical, and environmental fields, and by the end of 2016 plans to invest a total of more than 460 million yen in research and development.

Against a background of increasing research investment in cutting-edge fields, as well as demands for speedy solutions to food safety and environmental issues, the mass spectrometer market in China is expected to expand. In 2016 Shimadzu expects the scale of the mass spectrometer market in China to increase by approximately 1.3 times the value in 2013, so the goal is to succeed in the market through the activities of the China MS Center and improve our business performance. In addition, results obtained at the China MS Center will be fed back to Shimadzu in Japan and deployed to other regions, thereby leveraging the results in product and application development at various sites around the world.

At the opening ceremony held on October 26, Shimadzu President & CEO Teruhisa Ueda delivered the following message. "Recently, the development of mass spectrometry technology has been remarkable, and the scope of applications is expanding rapidly. At the Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center, we will promote the joint development of analysis methods and applications better matched to the needs of the market, aiming to provide the solutions required by our customers in China. At the same time, I would like to see the Center develop as the foundation on which to build a close cooperative relationship with many customers involved in mass spectrometry. Research activities in mass spectrometry in China has impacts internationally, contributing significantly to this development. Under such circumstances, Shimadzu will work to contribute further to mass spectrometry technology in China and globally, through the activities at this Center."

As the driver for our "global innovation center concept," Shimadzu established the SSI Innovation Center at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc., a Shimadzu Group company in the USA, in July 2015. The China MS Center is another aspect of this concept. Shimadzu will investigate the subsequent establishment of such facilities at other sites around the world, aiming for business expansion.

Overview of the Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center


Shimadzu China Mass Spectrometry Center (abbreviated as the China MS Center; Name in Chinese: 島津中国質譜中心)


6th floor of the building where the Beijing Branch, Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd. is located 6F, China Life Tower, No. 16 Chao yang men wai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020 P.R. China

Floor Space


Main Systems

Triple quadrupole liquid chromatograph mass spectrometers
Triple quadrupole gas chromatograph mass spectrometers
Supercritical fluid extraction/supercritical fluid chromatograph systems
Imaging mass microscopes, and other systems

Overview of Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd.


Shimadzu (China) Co., Ltd.


Block E, No. 570 West Huaihai Road, Shanghai, 200052 P.R. China


Approx. 8 million US dollars


Koji Furusawa, President (Shimadzu Managing Executive Officer)



Net sales

Approx. 3,471,150,000 Hong Kong dollars (fiscal year ending March 2015)

Description of operations

Sales and service of analytical & measuring instruments, medical systems, and industrial equipment throughout China