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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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