Innovation

Bando Chemical Launches New Device to Monitor Swallowing Habits

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) launched sales last month for B4S, a health care device in the form of a swallowing monitor that utilizes the company’s proprietary C-Stretch stretchable strain sensor. The new product is able to easily perceive throat movement: the B4S device is pressed against the throat, with its embedded C-Stretch stretchable strain sensor then perceiving throat movement...

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Toyoda Gosei Develops New Airbag to Protect Pedestrians

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed what has been dubbed a “pedestrian protection airbag,” which serves to protect the head of any pedestrian hit by a fitted vehicle. This marks the company’s first entry into the field of airbags aimed at protecting pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. The highest mortality rate among Japanese traffic accidents is seen in...

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Toyoda Gosei Develops New Airbag Compatible With Increasingly Strict US Safety Ratings

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a new driver-side airbag with an innovative structure able to more safely protect the occupant. The airbag is fitted in the new Honda Civic, which launched in the U.S. market this June. In order to better protect the driver from angled head-on collisions, the new product makes use of an innovative structure. A...

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Hayakawa Rubber Develops New Rooftop Waterproofing Method, Making Repairs More Convenient

Hayakawa Rubber Co. Ltd. has developed a primer that enables the adhesion-based repair of conventional thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) sheets, which are used as a rooftop waterproofing material in large buildings such as factories, warehouses and commercial facilities. The company has then also started selling a new rooftop waterproofing method in the form of a soft polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheet using...

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Kato Sansho, Ichinen Chemicals Develop New Additive to Increase Biomass Content of PE, PP

Raw materials trading firm Kato Sansho Co. Ltd. has worked with Ichinen Chemicals Co. Ltd. to develop One Bio, a series of biomass additives derived from plants. One Bio B-001 is an 80 percent plant-derived additive that can be simply mixed with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) – materials that make up around half of Japan’s plastics market – to...

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Trading Firm Kato Sansho Jointly Develops Biomass Additive Series

Kato Sansho Co. Ltd. has worked with Ichinen Chemicals Co. Ltd. to develop One Bio, a series of biomass additives derived from plants. One Bio B-001 is an 80 percent plant-derived additive that can be simply mixed with polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) – materials which make up around half of Japan’s plastics market – to raise the biomass content...

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