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Bridgestone Develops New Rubber With High Strength, Crack Resistance

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has developed a new polymer, the first of its kind, using advanced synthetic technology for macromolecular conjugates. By combining rubber and resin at a molecular level, Bridgestone has become the first in the world to develop what it calls High Strength Rubber (HSR), a hybrid material able to freely exhibit the superior capabilities...

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Toyoda Gosei Achieves Industry-Leading Current with Vertical GaN Power Semiconductor

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has achieved a record-high current with a newly developed vertical gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor. GaN, which is used in the semiconductor, is also a key material in blue LEDs. Power semiconductors are widely used in power converters, with this including applications in adapters and power sources for electronic devices. However, due to the characteristics...

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Toyo Tires Develops New Nano-Level Filler Dispersion Method for Truck and Bus Tires

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently succeeded in optimizing its process for nano-level molding using advanced filler dispersion. The process enables improved dispersion in compounds that are used for tires and are made from solid rubber and filler. The new process was developed as a means to improve fuel efficiency for trucks and buses. It allows for existing...

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Kawaichi Tech Looks to Bring High-Performance Products to Indian Water Treatment Market

Kawaichi Tech Co. Ltd. has acted as the only rubber and resin company to take part in a recent Indian business tour for market development opportunities in the area of water treatment. The event, held over Feb. 13–16 in Bengaluru and New Delhi, was sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). Kawaichi Tech operates in numerous areas relating to...

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Nitta Makes New Development in Proprietary CNT Dispersion Technology

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has recently developed new technology to be applied as part of the company’s proprietary carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersion technology. The new technology improves flow, conductivity and film strength by taking elongated, isolated and dispersed CNTs and turning these into round cotton ball-like shapes. As it improves in usability, Nitta’s new technology is expected to find an expanded...

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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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