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JSR Starts Construction Work on New Bioscience and Informatics R&D Center in Kawasaki

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on Nov. 11 that it has started construction of the JSR Bioscience and Informatics R&D Center (JSR BIRD). Located within King Skyfront – an international R&D hub in Tonomachi, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture – this new research institute is scheduled to open in July 2021 with a total floor space of 6,440 square meters. Through this project,...

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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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Continental Opens German Research Lab for Dandelion Rubber

Continental AG recently announced that it has opened Taraxagum Lab Anklam, a laboratory for research into dandelion rubber. The new facility is located in Anklam, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The research lab will conduct R&D efforts into cultivation and extraction processes for the Russian dandelion, looking to use this as a source of natural rubber. Plans are to then utilize this as...

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Bridgestone Makes New Discoveries in Monitoring, Measuring of Strain-Induced Crystallization in Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has discovered a technique for monitoring and measuring strain-induced crystallization in natural and isoprene rubber at a record-high temporal resolution. The basic technology for this was developed using Spring-8, a large synchrotron radiation facility in western Japan. Natural rubber is less susceptible to cracking than typical isoprene rubber, with one suspected reason for this being the crystallization...

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Toyoda Gosei Sets Up New Indian Base to Accelerate Engineering and Development

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), a member of the Toyota Group, has opened a new base for Indian subsidiary Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd. (TGMIN). The base is intended to handle engineering and sales matters, and is located in Gurgaon, near Delhi. Employees at the location have been tasked with developing, designing and selling a range of products –...

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Bridgestone Launches Development Project Aimed at Driverless Tire Noise Tests

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has started a development project targeting the use of driverless vehicles in tire noise tests. Such tests are one of several types conducted using vehicles. By implementing tire noise tests that deploy a self-driving vehicle rather than rely on human skills and know-how, Bridgestone aims to improve the accuracy and efficiency of its...

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