Innovation

Toyoda Gosei Develops New Airbag Compatible With Increasingly Strict US Safety Ratings

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a new driver-side airbag with an innovative structure able to more safely protect the occupant. The airbag is fitted in the new Honda Civic, which launched in the U.S. market this June. In order to better protect the driver from angled head-on collisions, the new product makes use of an innovative structure. A...

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Hayakawa Rubber Develops New Rooftop Waterproofing Method, Making Repairs More Convenient

Hayakawa Rubber Co. Ltd. has developed a primer that enables the adhesion-based repair of conventional thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) sheets, which are used as a rooftop waterproofing material in large buildings such as factories, warehouses and commercial facilities. The company has then also started selling a new rooftop waterproofing method in the form of a soft polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet using...

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Kato Sansho, Ichinen Chemicals Develop New Additive to Increase Biomass Content of PE, PP

Raw materials trading firm Kato Sansho Co. Ltd. has worked with Ichinen Chemicals Co. Ltd. to develop One Bio, a series of biomass additives derived from plants. One Bio B-001 is an 80 percent plant-derived additive that can be simply mixed with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) – materials that make up around half of Japan’s plastics market – to...

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Trading Firm Kato Sansho Jointly Develops Biomass Additive Series

Kato Sansho Co. Ltd. has worked with Ichinen Chemicals Co. Ltd. to develop One Bio, a series of biomass additives derived from plants. One Bio B-001 is an 80 percent plant-derived additive that can be simply mixed with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) – materials which make up around half of Japan’s plastics market – to raise the biomass content...

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Riken, Yokohama Rubber and Zeon Develop Technology for Bio-Production of Butadiene

The Bio-monomer Production Laboratory has developed a new, world-first technology able to efficiently create butadiene from biomass. Consisting of members from Riken, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) and Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), the research team has then succeeded at using butadiene created with this technology to produce butadiene rubber. At present, butadiene is produced industrially from fossil resources such as petroleum....

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Sumitomo Riko Creates Prototype of Seat-Fitted Driver Monitoring System

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has been working in recent years to develop a driver monitoring system. And now the company has created a prototype that can be fitted to seats. Able to be fitted to all kinds of vehicles, this prototype driver monitoring system serves to acquire information regarding the driver’s vitals – such as heartbeat and breathing –...

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