Innovation

Sumitomo Rubber Develops Technology to Estimate Tire Wear Using Tire-Generated Power

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) announced last year that – working in conjunction with Kansai University – it had developed an energy harvester capable of generating power from a tire’s rotation and then supplying it to a sensor fitted in the tire’s periphery, all without the need for a battery. Now the tire manufacturer has taken its efforts here one...

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Sumitomo Rubber, Academic Researchers Use Tomato Enzymes to Shine Light on Natural Rubber Synthesis

New findings from a collaborative research project involving Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) could lead to an improved supply of natural rubber. Working in collaboration here with Tohoku University, Kanazawa University and the Riken SPring-8 Center, Sumitomo Rubber has managed to elucidate the structure and modify the functionality of cis-prenyltransferase NDPS1, a tomato-derived enzyme with a structure similar to that...

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Sumitomo Chemical, Microwave Chemical Set to Jointly Develop Process for Hydrogen Production

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) and Microwave Chemical Co. Ltd. have launched a project for the joint development of a process that produces hydrogen by pyrolyzing methane through the use of microwaves. Aims here are to begin commercial production in the early 2030s, with sights set on a production capacity of tens of thousands of tons per year. Aims through...

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Sumitomo Riko Establishes Carbon Neutrality Division

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has established a new division for the pursuit of carbon neutrality. As the trend toward carbon neutrality speeds up around the world, the major rubber auto parts manufacturer intends to reduce its in-house greenhouse gas emissions – including those of CO2 – by 30 percent over fiscal 2018–2030. Aims are to then reach carbon neutrality...

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Asahi Rubber Develops CNT-Filled Silicone Rubber Composite Alongside GSI Creos

Rubber manufacturer Asahi Rubber Inc. has worked with a partner to develop silicone rubber with cup-stacked carbon nanotubes (CSCNTs) dispersed throughout, creating a material that combines high conductivity with optimal hardness. Following a long period of demonstration testing, the new material is set to be used in auto parts that remain usable even under harsh outdoor conditions, and will start...

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Goodyear Develops Tire Made From 70% Sustainable Materials

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has utilized innovative technology to develop a tire made 70 percent from sustainable raw materials. The company’s efforts here have seen it employ 13 sustainable materials across nine different tire components. One component targeted here was carbon black, which is included in tires to reinforce compounds and extend tire life span. Conventionally, this has been...

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