Innovation

Toyoda Gosei High-Texture Synthetic Leather Steering Wheel Adopted for Lexus RX

Toyoda Gosei, a manufacturer of rubber and polymer products in the Toyota Group, has developed a highly tactile synthetic leather steering wheel for users who prefer leather-free steering wheels that do not use animal-based genuine leather. The steering wheel has been adopted in the leather-free package of the Lexus RX released by Toyota. In order to respond to diverse market...

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Inoac Develops New Grade of Silicone Solo-Foam Rubber Sponge With Excellent Heat and Cold Resistance

Industrial rubber products manufacturer Inoac has launched in October 2022 a new grade of silicone foam rubber sponge, which is being marketed as Gomspor TT-4106. TT-4106 is a press-molded product, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor applications that require heat and cold resistance and higher mechanical strength in areas such as waterproofing, elongation, and compression set. The features of...

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Nitta and Pharmabio to Join Forces on Manufacturing Cell Sheets

Industrial goods manufacturer Nitta and Pharmabio have agreed to jointly develop equipment and materials for manufacturing cell sheets for transplantation therapy of ophthalmic diseases, one of the regenerative medical products developed by Pharmabio. The two companies will jointly develop equipment for manufacturing cell sheets and their consumable materials (single-use materials), aiming to create a new business in the field of...

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Riken Technos Develops Biomass Plastic Products With Lower Plastic Content

Riken Technos has developed a new series of biomass plastic products called “Natural Rikebio” and added it to its Rikebio product lineup. The new series aims to reduce waste by compounding natural resources that would otherwise be discarded with the company’s proprietary compounding and processing technology, and effectively utilizing them as molding and processing materials. The polypropylene (PP) base can...

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Zeon Develops New Heat-Resistant and Pressure-Resistant Micro Hollow Particles

Zeon has developed new heat-resistant and pressure-resistant micro hollow particles. They come with a particle diameter of 2 to 20 micrometers and porosity that can be controlled to 60 to 80 percent. The shell of the hollow particles is composed of a polymer with a cross-linked structure and has the following features: (1) Shape retention: The polymer itself has heat...

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Sumitomo Riko to Develop Technologies for Transition to Circular Economy

Sumitomo Riko has signed a joint development agreement with LanzaTech, a U.S. biotechnology company with carbon capture and conversion technologies, for the transition to a circular economy for rubber, resin, and urethane wastes. Through this initiative, both parties will establish new technologies and accelerate efforts to realize a sustainable society, including carbon neutrality and circular economy. Sumitomo Riko provides a...

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