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Nitta Omega type tool changer

Nitta Develops Thin, Lightweight Automatic Tool Changer

Conveyor and transmission belt manufacturer Nitta Corporation is also known for developing signature products in the mechatronics field. The latest of these is the company’s newly announced Omega type M automatic tool changer. Nitta offers an extensive automatic tool changer lineup and has to date shipped a cumulative total of more than 200,000 units to customers in 28 countries. The...

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Dow Japan Holds Innovation Day

Dow Chemical Japan Ltd. (President: Peter Jennings) held “Dow Japan Innovation Day Tokyo” on November 19 to showcase its latest technologies and business activities in Japan. The large turnout of 320 visitors included customers, partner companies and industry representatives. The importance that Dow places on the Japanese market was shown by the presence of about 50 personnel from parent The...

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Kohei Arakawa, Zeon Corp.

Zeon to Mass-Produce Super-Growth Carbon Nanotubes

Zeon Corp., the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) held a completion ceremony at Zeon’s plant for the world’s first mass-production of carbon nanotubes using the super-growth method developed by AIST. The plant goes online in November 2015. The super-growth method offers the benefits of high-speed and...

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Bridgestone Develops Seismic Isolation Rubber for Low-Rise Buildings

Bridgestone Corp. has announced the recent development of the X3R Series, its seismic isolation rubber for low-rise buildings. The company has already developed a super-large seismic isolation rubber for ultra-high-rise buildings, and sells a full assortment of types, including seismic isolation rubber for low-rise, mid-rise, high-rise, and ultra-high rise. In earthquake-prone Japan, the company’s products help mitigate earthquake damage. The...

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KRMA Pursues Joint Research Into Hydrogen Resistant Rubber Components

The Kyushu Rubber Manufacturers Association (KRMA) launches research into hydrogen resistant rubber parts and starts a joint research project for components for fuel cell cars. Through partnerships with Kyushu University and other local research institutions, the association is pursuing both the independent and joint development of rubber components for fuel cell vehicles, developing items like sealing materials and linings for...

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Yokohama Rubber Develops Catalyst to Synthesize Butadiene From Cellulose

Tire manufacturer The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd., has successfully developed a catalyst that allows the direct synthesis of butadiene from the bio-resource cellulose (a sugar that is a key component in plant fibers), in a joint research project with the Tokyo Institute of Technology. With eyes moving forward on the production of butadiene rubber (BR) — a synthetic rubber that...

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