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Bridgestone Invests in Startup Company Developing Software for Autonomous Driving

Bridgestone has invested in Tier IV, a Nagoya-based startup company that develops software for autonomous driving. Tier IV leads the development of Autoware, the world’s first open-source software for autonomous driving. The company also provides various partners with the solutions necessary for the development and operation of self-driving vehicles. Autoware has all of the features needed for designing autonomous driving,...

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Mitsui Chemicals Launches Pilot Project Targeting Commercial Use of Ammonia Fuel at Naphtha Crackers

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has joined with three other companies to launch a joint pilot project funded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). This follows the companies having applied for Green Innovation Fund support under the “Development of Technology for Producing Raw Materials for Plastics Using CO2 and Other Sources” initiative, with a particular focus here...

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Ube Industries Looks to Accelerate Widespread Adoption of Bio-Based Products

Ube Industries Ltd. (TYO:4208) is set to move ahead with a seven-year joint R&D project for a data-driven integrated biomanufacturing management system (iBMS). This is being pursued as a way to facilitate the popularization of biomanufacturing in broader society. Ube Industries recently made a project proposal here to the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), submitting this in...

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Bando Chemical, Tosoh Receive NEDO Backing to Develop New Production Technologies for Transmission Belts

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) and Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) have been selected to receive backing for a joint project of theirs from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). This comes as part of a NEDO initiative to develop cellulose nanofiber (CNF)-related technology capable of helping to achieve a carbon-recycling society. Set to run over fiscal 2020–2024, the...

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Yokohama Rubber, AIST, ADMAT Develop System for High-Yield Butadiene Production from Bioethanol

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has carried out joint R&D efforts with two academic partners to develop a catalyst system with the world’s highest productivity for creating butadiene from bioethanol. The company has then also been successful at using this butadiene in the synthesis of butadiene rubber. For its research here, Yokohama Rubber worked with the National Institute of Advanced...

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Kasco to Sell Golf Balls with Jointly Developed Eucommia Elastomer Covers

Golf equipment maker Kasco Corp. has announced that it will next April release a new golf ball made using eucommia elastomer. The ball, branded the Biospin, will be a high-end product with a suggested retail price of 1,000 yen ($8.88) per ball. The cover material is made with trans-1,4-polyisoprene, an inedible biomass produced by the Eucommia ulmoides tree – also...

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