RESEARCH

Pioneering research using the latest technologies for over 80 years

Research is fundamental for Sunstar’s efforts to develop products and solutions that help people everywhere achieve better health and enhance their quality-of-life.

Our Research Fields

Sunstar’s research covers three areas: Mouth & Body, Health & Beauty, and Safety & Environment.
This strategy supports Holistic Health Care — our 360° approach to total well-being.

Mouth & Body

Taking care of the health of our mouth can improve the health of our body and contribute to a better quality-of-life. This is why our research efforts focus on innovative solutions that promote optimal oral health.

Health & Beauty

To help people live healthy lives, our skin care, hair care and healthy foods are based on the latest progressive research to engage the human body’s natural healing power.

Safety & Environment

Sunstar has always had a strong focus on research to develop adhesives, sealants and coating materials used in building and automobile manufacturing.

Scientific Literature

Scientific Literature

Sunstar’s research efforts over the years have been presented at academic conferences and published in leading scientific journals.

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Research Projects

For our scientific activities, we collaborate with world-leading universities and research institutes, positioning ourselves at the forefront of innovation.

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Grants & Award Opportunities

Sunstar is dedicated to be involved in pioneering research. Through several research grants and awards, we aim to stimulate and support scientists to carry out ground-breaking research that can help people everywhere improve their health and quality-of-life.

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Partner with Sunstar

We believe that collaborating with other organizations and institutions is key to achieve our goals. Interested in becoming partner with Sunstar?

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R&D Network

Sunstar has established itself as a global expert in several research fields. Find out where our research facilities are located.

U.S.A.

Our two plants in Schaumburg and Springboro focus the research efforts on the Mouth & Body and Safety Support & High Technology fields.

Switzerland

Our two R&D centers in Schlieren and Etoy are focused on the Mouth & Body field, in particular, research on oral care solutions.

Germany

Our two facilities in Schönau and Rain provide research across Mouth & Body, and Safety Support & High Technology.

Italy

Our R&D department in Limbiate is focused on improving our Safety Support & High Technology Solutions.

Japan

Our seven facilities in Shiga, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Osaka Niigata and Tokyo provide research across Mouth & Body, Health & Beauty, Healthy Living Environment, Safety Support & High Technology.

China

Our facility in Guangzhou provides research for both our consumer and industrial solutions.

Thailand

Our two plants in Samutprakam focus on our Safety Support & High Technology solutions.

Singapore

Our three facilities in Singapore provide research across Mouth & Body, Health & Beauty, Healthy Living Environment, Safety Support & High Technology.

Indonesia

Our facility in West Java provides research on Safety Support & High Technology.

Educational partners

Sunstar’s effort to prolong the healthy lifespan of people all over the world is boosted by close collaboration with our educational partners through product development, academia support and health awareness educational activities.

FDI

FDI World Dental Federation

FDI World Dental Federation serves as the principal representative body for more than one million dentists worldwide, developing health policy and continuing education programmes, speaking as a unified voice for dentistry in international advocacy and supporting member associations in global oral health promotion activities. Sunstar is an active partner of FDI and has participated to multiple projects such as the FDI’s Sports Dentistry project, the Oral cancer guidelines, and the Vision 2020 project.

EFP

European Federation of Periodontology (EFP)

The EFP, founded in 1991, is one of the largest dental organizations in Europe, currently with 29 National Periodontal Member Societies. Periodontology encompasses the study and treatment of diseases and disorders of the supporting tissues of the teeth, including the gums and bone. Although the most common are gingivitis and periodontitis, there is a large number of other conditions that need to be recognized and managed. Sunstar proudly supports EFP since 2009 and have run multiple projects such as Oral health and Diabetes toolkit.

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American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) is a professional organization for periodontists – specialists in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also dentistry’s experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. The Academy’s purpose is to advance the periodontal and general health of the public and promote excellence in the practice of periodontics. Sunstar supports AAP since many years at the Diamond sponsors level and from 2020 we will be the exclusive sponsor for the AAP annual meeting general session.

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International Association for Dental Research (IADR)

The international Association for Dental research IADR is dedicated to advancing research and increasing knowledge to improve oral health worldwide, supporting and representing the oral health research community, and facilitating the communication and application of research findings. Since many years Sunstar has a ‘’Leadership Sponsorship level’’ to support IADR. Since 2017 , thanks our foundation and its collaboration with the IADR Periodontal Research Group, Sunstar supports The Karring – Nyman Sunstar Guidor Award.

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Spanish Society of Periodontology and Osseointegration (SEPA)

The Spanish Society of Periodontology ‘s mission is to investigate, inform and improve the scientific, clinical and technical training of periodontists, general dentists, hygienists, clinic assistants and other professionals in periodontics, implantology and oral health in general, as well as ensuring their professional interests and raise public awareness of the importance of taking care of gingival health.

Innovation Spotlight

GUM Play – a new oral care experience where brushing becomes effective and fun

GUM Play is an innovative digital device that attaches to a regular toothbrush and connects to a smartphone, detecting brushing activity and turning it into something enjoyable. Through its speed sensor the device sends the brushing movements to the smartphone over Bluetooth in real time. It analyzes the tooth brushing movement and offers guidance on how to brush teeth correctly with various functions. Tooth brushing becomes visual, providing a more effective and fun oral care experience.

Visit the GUM Play websiteCurrently available in Japan

GUM Play is an innovative digital device that attaches to a regular toothbrush and connects to a smartphone, detecting brushing activity and turning it into something enjoyable. Through its speed sensor the device sends the brushing movements to the smartphone over Bluetooth in real time. It analyzes the tooth brushing movement and offers guidance on how to brush teeth correctly with various functions. Tooth brushing becomes visual, providing a more effective and fun oral care experience.

Visit the GUM Play websiteCurrently available in Japan

Miracle Catch – toothbrush bristles that capture tooth surface plaque

Miracle Catch bristles have been developed to effectively remove impurities on the tooth surface. With a special grinder that has a blade resembling a sickle, the bristles of the filament are caught at high speed, splitting them even more finely. The split bristles of the toothbrush are tightly packed into a bundle, thus removing plaque successfully and giving a unique, gentle brushing experience.

Visit the Miracle Catch website (Japanese)Currently available in Japan

Miracle Catch bristles have been developed to effectively remove impurities on the tooth surface. With a special grinder that has a blade resembling a sickle, the bristles of the filament are caught at high speed, splitting them even more finely. The split bristles of the toothbrush are tightly packed into a bundle, thus removing plaque successfully and giving a unique, gentle brushing experience.

Visit the Miracle Catch website (Japanese)Currently available in Japan

Butler® GrindCare® takes grinding care to the next level

We believe that a good night’s sleep is among the most important factors to improve quality-of-life. Teeth grinding and clenching – bruxism – is often responsible for poor sleep and many other health problems such as tooth damage, facial pain and headaches.
The GrindCare device offers a new way to manage sleep bruxism. It is equipped with an ergonomic wireless sensor designed to stay comfortably attached to your temple. When the sensor detects bruxism, it emits mild electrical impulses that trigger a signal to relax the jaw muscles, thereby reducing bruxism. This innovative treatment is based on a patented approach to bruxism called Contingent Electrical Stimulation (CES).

Visit the GrindCare websiteCurrently available in Denmark, Sweden and Germany.

We believe that a good night’s sleep is among the most important factors to improve quality-of-life. Teeth grinding and clenching – bruxism – is often responsible for poor sleep and many other health problems such as tooth damage, facial pain and headaches.
The GrindCare device offers a new way to manage sleep bruxism. It is equipped with an ergonomic wireless sensor designed to stay comfortably attached to your temple. When the sensor detects bruxism, it emits mild electrical impulses that trigger a signal to relax the jaw muscles, thereby reducing bruxism. This innovative treatment is based on a patented approach to bruxism called Contingent Electrical Stimulation (CES).

Visit the GrindCare websiteCurrently available in Denmark, Sweden and Germany.

Shin-shin Kenko Dojo – a place to make holistic health care a reality

Believing that people who work in a health-related business should be healthy, Sunstar opened the welfare facility “Sunstar Shin-shin Kenko Dojo” (Sunstar Holistic Health Care Center) for employees. Here, lifestyle habits are reviewed to achieve genuine well-being through a brown rice and vegetable diet, meditation, exercises, and the hot & cold bath method.
Through holistic health care covering nutrition, body, and mind, the natural healing power of the participants is enhanced, and positive results have been obtained. Since last year, Sunstar has started offering health programs to experience the Kenko Dojo Holistic Health Care Center, which includes rebalancing exercises and lifestyle habit lectures. All participants have found the program to be beneficial.

Visit the Kenkodojo website (Japanese)Currently available in Japan

Believing that people who work in a health-related business should be healthy, Sunstar opened the welfare facility “Sunstar Shin-shin Kenko Dojo” (Sunstar Holistic Health Care Center) for employees. Here, lifestyle habits are reviewed to achieve genuine well-being through a brown rice and vegetable diet, meditation, exercises, and the hot & cold bath method.
Through holistic health care covering nutrition, body, and mind, the natural healing power of the participants is enhanced, and positive results have been obtained. Since last year, Sunstar has started offering health programs to experience the Kenko Dojo Holistic Health Care Center, which includes rebalancing exercises and lifestyle habit lectures. All participants have found the program to be beneficial.

Visit the Kenkodojo website (Japanese)Currently available in Japan

Rice bran snacks having “second meal effects” co-created with diabetic patients

Aiming to improve the quality-of-life of people with diabetes, Sunstar focused on one of their worries — not being able to stop snacking between meals. This led to the concept of snacks with second meal effects. In other words, snacks to be eaten between meals when hungry so as to suppress the rise of post-prandial blood glucose.
Together with the community members of the “Living Well with Diabetes” website, we were able to find a better direction and understand their needs by having them try the prototype snacks. The resulting products have a satiating and bowel movement effect unlike other snacks usually consumed, and were successfully launched.

Visit the Kenkodojo rice bran snacks website (Japanese)Currently available in Japan

Aiming to improve the quality-of-life of people with diabetes, Sunstar focused on one of their worries — not being able to stop snacking between meals. This led to the concept of snacks with second meal effects. In other words, snacks to be eaten between meals when hungry so as to suppress the rise of post-prandial blood glucose.
Together with the community members of the “Living Well with Diabetes” website, we were able to find a better direction and understand their needs by having them try the prototype snacks. The resulting products have a satiating and bowel movement effect unlike other snacks usually consumed, and were successfully launched.

Visit the Kenkodojo rice bran snacks website (Japanese)Currently available in Japan

Equitance e-treatment – home aesthetic care for aging hair

Zinc decreases with age, and Sunstar discovered that this is the main factor causing hair to be less strong and elastic. Thus we developed a new technology to permeate zinc into hair. This generated the creation of a hair treatment incorporating mineral Z, which replenishes zinc, with gloss and moisturizing effects. The hair treatment is applied through a spraying beauty device equipped with a permeating enhancer technology e-boost system®. Sunstar was able to devise a home aesthetic hair care for shinier, stronger hair for adults with just one application of the treatment.

Visit the Equitance websiteCurrently available in Japan

Zinc decreases with age, and Sunstar discovered that this is the main factor causing hair to be less strong and elastic. Thus we developed a new technology to permeate zinc into hair. This generated the creation of a hair treatment incorporating mineral Z, which replenishes zinc, with gloss and moisturizing effects. The hair treatment is applied through a spraying beauty device equipped with a permeating enhancer technology e-boost system®. Sunstar was able to devise a home aesthetic hair care for shinier, stronger hair for adults with just one application of the treatment.

Visit the Equitance websiteCurrently available in Japan

Window glass adhesives for luxury cars

Sunstar developed a highly elastic Penguin Seal adhesive to glue the automotive body with the window glass, and began selling it to car manufacturers and the aftermarket. The handling ability while driving is related to the body’s torsional rigidity, as well as the front and window glass adhesives. This highly elastic adhesive helped improve the handling response and contributed to unprecedented agility and stable driving, a differentiating factor for luxury cars from regular cars.

Visit the Sunstar Engineering WebsiteThis product is not intended for consumer purchasing. Availability depends on market.

Sunstar developed a highly elastic Penguin Seal adhesive to glue the automotive body with the window glass, and began selling it to car manufacturers and the aftermarket. The handling ability while driving is related to the body’s torsional rigidity, as well as the front and window glass adhesives. This highly elastic adhesive helped improve the handling response and contributed to unprecedented agility and stable driving, a differentiating factor for luxury cars from regular cars.

Visit the Sunstar Engineering WebsiteThis product is not intended for consumer purchasing. Availability depends on market.

High heat resistant and stable brake disks that have been selected for the world’s top races

Race team riders do not compromise on brake performance, and brake disks need to be stable even at over 600°C. Sunstar’s integrated material development, design, evaluation, and manufacturing ensure both safety and performance. We guarantee materials with heat-resistance, uniform temperature distribution, and calculated structural design so as to ensure absolute trust in our products.

Visit the Sunstar brake disk websiteThese products are not intended for consumer purchasing. Availability depends on market.

Race team riders do not compromise on brake performance, and brake disks need to be stable even at over 600°C. Sunstar’s integrated material development, design, evaluation, and manufacturing ensure both safety and performance. We guarantee materials with heat-resistance, uniform temperature distribution, and calculated structural design so as to ensure absolute trust in our products.

Visit the Sunstar brake disk websiteThese products are not intended for consumer purchasing. Availability depends on market.