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  • Lanxess Presents Rubber Additives for Sustainable Tire Production Apr. 12, 2024
    Lanxess presented its Rhenodiv and Rhenocure DR/S rubber additives for sustainable tire production at the Tire Technology Expo 2024 in Hannover, Germany. Rhenodiv is a clean and efficient mold release agent. By immersing rubber sheets in batch-off liquid during rubber production, it prevents sheets from sticking to each other even when folded and stored. Rhenodiv […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber Industries Establishes Sulfur Battery Knowledge Exchange Network Apr. 12, 2024
    Sumitomo Rubber and Adeka established on April 1 the Sulfur Battery Business Creation Study Group as a forum for corporate co-creation with a view to creating a business for sulfur batteries, which are expected to become next-generation batteries. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) will be the representative organizer, with the […]
  • Toyoda Gosei High-Pressure Hydrogen Tank Adopted for Ships Apr. 11, 2024
    A high-pressure hydrogen tank produced by Toyoda Gosei has been adopted for use in Japan’s first passenger ship to be powered by hydrogen energy. The hydrogen tank is based on the hydrogen storage technology developed by Toyoda Gosei and Toyota Motor Corporation for the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, and is a large type that is […]
  • Tosoh Composites Cellulose Nanofiber into CR Apr. 11, 2024
    Tosoh has begun sales of the newly developed SG Series, a new grade of Skyprene chloroprene rubber composited with cellulose nanofiber (CNF) that has been adopted as a material for Bando Chemical’s transmission belts. CNF is a biomass-derived high-performance material that is one-fifth the weight of steel but more than five times stronger, and is […]
  • Bando Chemical to Sell Double Cog Belt for Heavy Duty Use Apr. 10, 2024
    Bando Chemical has developed the world’s first cellulose nanofiber (CNF)-compounded rubber double cog belt for high-load applications as a new lineup of speed change belts for use in large baby carriages and scooters. In the course of designing formulations that combine reinforcement materials such as carbon black and fiber materials with rubber, the company has […]
  • Bridgestone Strengthens Hose Mobile Solutions Apr. 9, 2024
    Bridgestone will strengthen its hydraulic and industrial hose solutions and mobile van solutions business in North America. To this end, the company’s subsidiary Bridgestone HosePower acquired end of last year Cline Hose & Hydraulics, a mobile solutions service for hoses in the United States. The mobile solution service for hydraulic and industrial hoses means that […]
  • AIST and AGC Develop New Material for High Performance Elastic Adhesive Apr. 8, 2024
    The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and AGC have developed a new material for high-performance elastic adhesives that enables the manufacture of new rubber materials with excellent elasticity and durability. Adhesives made from this material will be able to absorb vibration energy caused by strong external forces through expansion and contraction. […]
  • Review: Japanese Conveyor Belt Market in 2023 Apr. 5, 2024
    According to statistics compiled by the Japan Belting Industry Association, Japanese conveyor belt production in 2023 was 9,073 tons, down 5% from the previous year, marking the second consecutive year of decline and the second year in a row that production has fallen below 10,000 tons. Japanese domestic demand was boosted by an increase in […]
  • Asahi Kasei Raises Prices of Styrenic Thermoplastic Elastomers Apr. 4, 2024
    Asahi Kasei has raised the prices of styrenic thermoplastic elastomers for shipments from April 1. The price increase is 70 yen ($0.46) or more per kilogram for styrenic thermoplastic elastomers, including Tufprene and Asaprene T, and 120 yen or more per kilogram for hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomers, including S.O.E. and Tuftec. The company said that […]
  • NEDO Selects Shiraishi Kogyo Project on Sustainable Light Calcium Carbonate Technology Apr. 4, 2024
    Shiraishi Kogyo’s development of a new carbonation technology that utilizes low-concentration CO2 and a light calcium carbonate production technology that utilizes byproducts emitted from factories have been selected by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) for its Carbon Recycling and Next-Generation Thermal Power Generation Technology Development / Development of Practical Technology for […]
fujitsu supermarket ai Fujitsu Tests AI Customer Service Solution in Japanese Supermarket Aug. 7, 2023. - Fujitsu has begun testing an innovative AI module in a Japanese supermarket that generates AI avatars and tailors promotional content based on consumer behavior. The field trial, run in collaboration with the Retail AI Institute, is taking place from August 3 to October 15 at Aruk Mitajiri stores operated by supermarket chain Marukyu in Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. This […]
jetro Global Trade Suffers Amid Fragmentation, Warns JETRO 2023 Report Aug. 4, 2023. - According to the World Trade and Investment Report 2023 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), global trade is faltering due to a myriad of international conflicts and geopolitical risks. The report indicates that enduring tension in Ukraine, an uptick in trade restrictive measures, and the uncertain relationship between the U.S. and China are undermining the principles of free trade. […]
Japan and Germany Co-Develop Standard for Automated Valet Parking Aug. 3, 2023. - In a significant step towards efficient urban mobility, an international standard for “automatic valet parking” co-developed by Japan and Germany has been officially issued. This system leverages autonomous vehicle technology to navigate vehicles into parking spaces in large facilities, improving utilization of parking space and user convenience, reducing accidents, and cutting CO2 emissions. Large complexes, shopping malls, theme parks, and […]
yokohama mhi ccu Yokohama Spearheads Japan’s First Waste-to-Energy CO2 Capture Demonstration Experiment Aug. 2, 2023. - The City of Yokohama, Tokyo Gas, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering (MHIEC) have launched a pioneering demonstration experiment aimed at capturing and utilizing CO2 emissions from a local waste-to-energy plant. The project, based in Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, is the first of its kind in Japan and involves the separation and capture of CO2 from plant flue […]
Mitsui Chemicals Spearheads Development of Advanced Carbon-Neutral Naphtha Cracking Tech Aug. 1, 2023. - In an ambitious move towards carbon neutrality, Mitsui Chemicals has partnered with Microwave Chemical and Chiyoda Corporation to develop a pioneering naphtha cracking technology, the M-Cracker. The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) adopted this initiative under its program for advancing research, development and social implementation of energy-saving technologies to realize a decarbonized society. Japan’s petrochemical industry annually […]
Japan’s Cabinet Greenlights Strategy for Decarbonized, Growth-Centric Economy Aug. 1, 2023. - In a bid to promote energy stability amid ongoing global challenges and to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, the Japanese Cabinet approved the “Strategy for Promoting the Transition to a Decarbonized Growth-Oriented Economic Structure” (GX Promotion Strategy) on July 28. This approval follows the enactment of several key policies earlier this year, including the “GX Promotion Law” and […]
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan’s METI Launches Committee to Accelerate Generative AI Development Jul. 31, 2023. - The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has formed an expert committee to propel the development of generative AI technology. The initiative aims to establish a support scheme for companies developing competitive base models in the fast-evolving field of generative AI. This advanced technology is predicted to have a transformative impact on industrial activities and daily life, tackling social […]
new 10000 yen note New Series of Japanese Bank Notes to Launch in July 2024 Jul. 28, 2023. - The Japanese Ministry of Finance has announced that the new series of Bank of Japan notes, designed to strengthen anti-counterfeiting measures, will start circulating in the first half of July 2024. The initiative follows the decision made by the Ministry in April 2019 to produce a new series of notes to enhance the country’s ability to prevent counterfeiting and fraud. […]
tokyo toyota arena Toyota Breaks Ground on Tokyo’s Next-Gen Sports Complex, Set for Fall 2025 Opening Jul. 26, 2023. - Toyota Motor, Toyota Fudosan, and Toyota Alvark Tokyo announced the groundbreaking for the construction of the highly-anticipated Tokyo A-Arena in the Odaiba Aomi area. Toyota Fudosan hosted the ceremony to commemorate the start of this ambitious project. Expected to be completed in June 2025, the arena aims to begin operations in the fall of the same year. Situated on the […]
mitsui chemicals pellicle Mitsui Chemicals Targets Global Leadership in Pellicle Manufacturing Jul. 25, 2023. - Mitsui Chemicals has announced the inauguration of its new affiliate, Mitsui Chemicals EMS Corp., which started operations on July 1, 2023. The newly established company is built on the pellicle business acquired from Asahi Kasei. As a leading provider of FPD pellicles, used in the LCD panel exposure process, this business has established a strong market presence. The company also […]
ntt kyuden mitsubishi 1 Japan Heralds New Era of Solar Power with Launch of Grid-Scale Battery System Jul. 24, 2023. - NTT Anode Energy Corporation, Kyushu Electric Power Company (Kyuden), and Mitsubishi Corporation officially started operations of a 1.4 MW / 4.2MWh grid-scale battery storage system in Tagawa-gun, Fukuoka Prefecture, marking a significant milestone in Japan’s journey toward renewable energy. The implementation of this system is expected to boost the country’s use of solar power by minimizing the necessity for solar […]
Toyo Ink Unveils Nano-Silver Sintering Paste for Enhanced Power Die Bonding Jul. 21, 2023. - Toyo Ink SC Holdings, the parent company of specialty chemicals firm Toyo Ink Group, has developed a silver nanoparticle paste for die-attach applications. This lead-free material is engineered to meet the needs of next-generation power electronics, capable of sintering at low temperatures under both pressureless and pressure-assisted methods. The silver nanoparticle paste, born from the company’s Corporate R&D Division, caters […]
Denso to Negotiate Transfer of Combustion Engine Parts Operations to Niterra Jul. 19, 2023. - Automotive parts supplier Denso has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to negotiate the transfer of certain internal combustion engine parts operations to Niterra. The move comes as the automotive industry accelerates its shift toward electrification in the push for carbon neutrality. The sector continues to develop internal combustion engines, accounting for regional and country-specific energy situations and fuel usage. […]
mitsubishi shipbuilding lng tank Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Bags Order for LNG Systems from Imabari Shipbuilding Jul. 17, 2023. - Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a Yokohama-based subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has secured an order for 12 units of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas supply system (FGSS) from Imabari Shipbuilding. The order includes high-pressure systems for nine LNG-fueled car carriers and three bulk carriers. The units are set to contribute significantly to the decarbonization of the marine environment with a […]
Fujitsu and IHI Collaborate on Blockchain Project for Environmental Value Exchange Market Jul. 12, 2023. - Fujitsu and IHI Corporation have made significant progress in their joint project, which aims to contribute to carbon neutrality and establish an environmental value distribution platform supporting environmental value transactions. The project, initiated in fiscal year 2022, focuses on simplifying the environmental value creation process and preparing for the issuance of J-Credit, a carbon credit system. Under the initiative named […]

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