Innovation

Sumitomo Riko Wins Aichi Invention Award With Finesulight

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has seen Finesulight, a thin heat-insulating material, win the 2022 Aichi Invention Award issued by the Aichi Institute of Invention. Finesulight sees silica aerogel, a heat-insulating filler with pores small enough that even air is unable to move significantly, turned into paint form. The material is then coated onto base materials such as nonwovens or...

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Inoac Develops Plant-Based Polyolefin Foam

Inoac Corp. has succeeded in the domestic development of PE-Lite AB-100F, a plant-based polyolefin foam with a biomass content of at least 25 percent. The new foam was developed in response to a range of social issues, including marine pollution by microplastics, the drying up of petroleum and fossil resources, and issues relating to waste disposal. By using a raw...

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Asahi Kasei Develops System for Calculating Carbon Footprint of Synthetic Rubber, Elastomer Products

Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) has developed a proprietary system for calculating the carbon footprint of products (CFP) in its synthetic rubber and elastomer lineups. The system is based in part on the group-wide management infrastructure that Asahi Kasei calls its Data Exploration and Exchange Pipeline (DEEP). Using this new system, Asahi Kasei has managed to visualize CFP for a range...

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Bridgestone Joins LanzaTech to Develop Recycling Technology for End-of-Life Tires

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) group company Bridgestone Americas Inc. announced earlier this month that it has formed an exclusive partnership with LanzaTech NZ Inc., which has proprietary technology for turning CO2 into energy and chemicals. The companies intend to work together on developing innovative technology for the recycling of end-of-life tires. Headquartered in Illinois, LanzaTech captures carbon from waste and uses...

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Sumitomo Rubber Leverages Toyota’s Wavebase Service to Speed up Analysis in Rubber Materials Development

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has succeeded at shortening the analysis period in its development of rubber materials. By taking Wavebase – a cloud-based platform service that Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) provides for materials analysis – and leveraging it as part of its data science efforts, the company has been able to optimize the process of analyzing data from cutting-edge...

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Shin-Etsu Chemical Develops Silicone Rubber Sheet for Heat Dissipation in EVs

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4063) recently announced that it has developed the TC-BGI Series – a silicone rubber sheet made to serve as a thermal interface in electric vehicle (EV) parts, which are continuing to trend toward higher voltage. The new product takes the form of a hard, thermal-interface silicone rubber sheet that combines good levels of voltage resistance and...

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