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Toyoda Gosei Enters Into Exclusive e-Rubber Licensing Agreement

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) and Advanced Softmaterials Inc. have concluded an exclusive licensing agreement for the use and sales of Slide-Ring Material, a key material for e-Rubber. The agreement is limited to applications of the material in dielectric actuators and dielectric sensors. Advanced Softmaterials, which was established in 2005 with the aim of commercializing the Slide-Ring Material developed at...

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Nihon Michelin Exhibits at Japan Truck Show 2016

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. participated recently in the Japan Truck Show 2016, which took place from Sept. 1–4 at Pacifico Yokohama. The company intends to step up its contributions to the industry by providing forward-thinking tire services in response to issues that confront transport operators. At its display booth, Nihon Michelin exhibited its Michelin X One wide single tires,...

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Bridgestone Director on Cutting-edge Automation Technology – Interview

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is looking at leveraging Japan’s forte of manufacturing and rolling out its technology on a global scale, says Yukio Saegusa, director of the company’s Advanced Tire Production System Division. To this end, the company is putting effort into optimizing production and introducing cutting-edge technology. Presently within Bridgestone’s 10 tire factories domestically, Saegusa said that the company has enhanced the...

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Sumitomo Riko Opens New Automobile Product Development Laboratory

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has set up the tentatively named New Automobile Product Development Laboratory at its plant in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture. The company is positioning the Laboratory as a major part of its management vision for 2020. The Laboratory will work with automakers to apply Sumitomo Riko’s “Smart Rubber” in developing new technologies. One such technology will check...

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