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Sumitomo Rubber Receives Prize for Science and Technology in the "2017 The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology"

 

April 20, 2017

 

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) is pleased to announce that we have received a Prize for Science and Technology (Development Category) in the "2017 The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology" for our innovative tire development efforts involving active cooperation between industry, academia and government.

 
A Research Team of SRI, Tokyo University, and Nagoya University

 
 

With the aim of contributing to the advancement of science and technology in Japan, "The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology" recognizes individuals and organizations that have achieved outstanding results in research and development, activities to promote greater awareness and understanding and other efforts related to science and technology.

This year, SRI researchers received a Prize for Science and Technology (Development Category) for their achievement in "Advanced Tire Development through Coordinated Utilization of SPring-8, J-PARC and the K Computer." This prize recognizes the development of our proprietary new materials development technologies "4D NANO DESIGN" (2012) and "ADVANCED 4D NANO DESIGN" (2015), which utilize such cutting-edge research facilities as the "SPring-8*1" Large-Scale Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the "J-PARC*2" Proton Accelerator & Experimental Facility and the "K Computer*3" supercomputer together in coordination. Thanks to our cutting edge technologies and collaboration with world-class research institutions, we have succeeded in developing truly advanced tires, achieving balanced high performance in terms of the three inherently contradictory Key Tire Performance Traits: Fuel Efficiency, Grip and Wear Resistance.

We consider this year's prize to be further affirmation of SRI's innovative efforts to develop new materials through active collaboration between industry, academia and government, as well as our outstanding overall technical capabilities. Encouraged by this affirmation, we at SRI will continue to utilize these advanced technologies in the development of safe, reliable and environmentally friendly high-performance tires.

Commendation for Science and Technology (Development Division)
[Achievement]
"Advanced Tire Development through Coordinated Utilization of SPring-8, J-PARC and the K Computer"
[Recipients]
Dr. Hiroyuki Kishimoto (SRI Research & Development HQ, Chemical Analysis Center)
Dr. Tomomi Masui (SRI Research & Development HQ, Chemical Analysis Center)
Dr. Fusae Kaneko (SRI Research & Development HQ, Chemical Analysis Center)
Dr. Yuya Shinohara (Associate Professor of Materials Science at Tokyo University's Graduate School of Frontier Sciences)
Dr. Yuichi Masubuchi (Professor at Nagoya University's Graduate School of Material Physics)
*1SPring-8 is the world's most powerful synchrotron radiation facility. (Location: Sayo, Hyogo, Japan)
*2J-PARC is a proton accelerator & experimental facility that is used for cutting-edge research. (Location: Tokai, Ibaraki, Japan)
*3K is one of the world's most powerful supercomputers in terms of overall processing capabilities. (Location: Kobe, Hyogo, Japan)
 
Coordinated Utilization of Cutting-Edge Research Facilities

 

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