Innovation

Toyoda Gosei Eyes Autonomous Driving, Electrification Trends in 2025 Business Plan

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) is aiming to achieve over 1 trillion yen ($9.14 billion) in sales revenue, an operating profit margin of eight percent and a return on equity (ROE) of 10 percent in a new business plan for fiscal 2025. To this end, the company intends to develop products and commercialize new technologies in response to the spread...

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Bridgestone Develops New Rubber With High Strength, Crack Resistance

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has developed a new polymer, the first of its kind, using advanced synthetic technology for macromolecular conjugates. By combining rubber and resin at a molecular level, Bridgestone has become the first in the world to develop what it calls High Strength Rubber (HSR), a hybrid material able to freely exhibit the superior capabilities...

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Denka Targets January 2019 Launch for New High-Performance Elastomer

Chemical manufacturer Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) has developed a new elastomer called Evolmer that it plans to release in January 2019. Evolmer will become the third product in Denka’s lineup of functional elastomers, following the company’s currently available chloroprene rubber and special acrylic elastomer products. Denka has developed Evolmer by taking the elastomer technology it has built up over the...

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Toyoda Gosei Achieves Industry-Leading Current with Vertical GaN Power Semiconductor

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has achieved a record-high current with a newly developed vertical gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor. GaN, which is used in the semiconductor, is also a key material in blue LEDs. Power semiconductors are widely used in power converters, with this including applications in adapters and power sources for electronic devices. However, due to the characteristics...

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Nitta Makes New Development in Proprietary CNT Dispersion Technology

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has recently developed new technology to be applied as part of the company’s proprietary carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersion technology. The new technology improves flow, conductivity and film strength by taking elongated, isolated and dispersed CNTs and turning these into round cotton ball-like shapes. As it improves in usability, Nitta’s new technology is expected to find an expanded...

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Sumitomo Riko Lauded for Application of Anti-Vibration Rubber to Table Tennis Rackets

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has been in the limelight after its co-development of Q3, a rubber for use in table tennis rackets, with sporting goods manufacturer Mizuno Corp. (TYO:8022). While product supply in the sports industry is a first for Sumitomo Riko, the company has been able to leverage its know-how, cultivated over many years, in both anti-vibration rubber...

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