Innovation

Cemedine Develops Wearable Adhesive

Adhesives and sealants manufacturer Cemedine Co. Ltd. (TYO:4999) exhibited its “Wearable Cemedine” concept using the SX-ECA adhesive at the 2nd Wearable Expo in January at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center. Cemedine SX-ECA holds great promise for use in future wearable devices. It is an electrically conductive paste that makes it easy to impart electrical conductivity to fabric. Besides superb...

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Kyokuto Sangyo Makes Radiation-Resistant Elastic Elastomer Prototype

Kyokuto Sangyo Co. Ltd. (TYO:9869) has succeeded in producing a prototype elastomer that retains elasticity while being resistant to temperatures of up to 300 degrees Celsius and radiation exposure of up to 800 kilograys (kGy) absorbed. The material is the result of a joint research project with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). Since the accident at the Fukushima No....

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Nitta Unveils CNT Compound Technology at Nano Tech

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has received a favourable reception upon unveiling its compound technology for carbon nanotubes (CNT) at “nano tech 2016”, an international nanotechnology exhibition and conference held in Tokyo end of January. Currently under development by Nitta, this technology bypasses the use of adhesives to thinly and evenly attach CNT to several μm in diameter of carbon fiber (CF)...

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Nitta Launches New Instrument to Measure Foot Pressure Distribution

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has launched Footview SAM, a new device that measures the distribution of pressure from feet. The company develops and sells ultra-thin sensor units with a diverse range of features and shapes. Among these is the Footview series of products for reading foot pressure distribution. The devices have a good track record, primarily at medical institutions. Nitta developed...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Use High-purity Natural Rubber in Truck/Bus Tires

Sumitomo Rubber (TYO:5110) plans to use its Ultra Pure Natural Rubber (UPNR) in truck and bus (TB) tires for the first time with the ENASAVE SP688 Ace, an all-season TB tire product line featuring improved fuel efficiency. A successive sales launch of size-13 ENASAVE tires is set to begin in March.

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New Synthetic Fluororubber Is Highly Environment-Resistant

NEDO has announced a new synthetic fluororubber material with the world’s highest level of resistance to environmental stress factors. Made by attaching single-wall carbon nanotubes to fluororubber, the material promises to achieve heat resistance on a par with perfluoroelastomer at much lower cost.

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