Innovation

Yokohama Rubber Develops World’s Largest Floating Fender

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it developed a giant floating fender last December. With a diameter of six meters, the new floating fender is the largest in the world. It is designed to be used for offshore cargo transfer operations of liquefied natural gas (LNG) between LNG floating production, storage and offloading units (LNG-FPSOs) and LNG tankers....

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Toyo Tires Partners With EV Maker to Develop Suspension Module

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) and Kyoto-based electric vehicle (EV) maker GLM Co. Ltd. have agreed to collaborate in developing a suspension module for EVs. The two partners aim to develop an active air suspension system that adapts to road conditions to alleviate shaking and vibration, with a commercial product to come sometime during 2020. GLM will provide...

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New Walking Trainer to Utilize Bridgestone’s Rubber Pneumatic Artificial Muscles

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has joined with Tokyo Medical and Dental University Professor Kenji Kawashima to develop a walking training machine aimed at helping improve the health of senior citizens. Looking toward commercialization, the company plans to begin verification testing for the machine in 2018. The walking training machine under development uses rubber pneumatic artificial muscles developed...

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Zeon Targets Self-Driving Vehicles With New Resin for Sensor Lenses

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently launched Zeonex T62R, a new heat-resistant cyclo-olefin polymer (COP) resin. The product is intended for use in the lenses of automotive sensing cameras, for which heat-resistant materials are in high demand, and is expected to be adopted as a replacement for glass. While sensing cameras are used in high temperature environments for long periods of time,...

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Toyoda Gosei’s New Glass Run for Lexus LS Allows for Quieter Ride

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a new glass run design, which will be supplied for use on new models of the Lexus LS made by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). A glass run is a resin seal that interfaces between a vehicle window and its frame. By sealing gaps between the glass and frame, a glass run protects the...

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Toyox Develops New Products to Meet End User Needs

Major resin hose manufacturer Toyox Co. Ltd. has developed new hoses and couplings designed for piping that handles chemicals, cosmetics, foods and beverages. The new products were created in response to a number of requests from end users. Toyox has added two new large sizes with inner diameters of 32 and 38 millimeters to its Toyofusso S line of fluorine...

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