New materials technology in Japan
Author: Gregory, Gene
Source: International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, Volume 2, Number 1, November 1987 , pp. 1-17(17)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:A major part of R&D effort in the Japanese economy is being channelled into the development of new materials. Demand is expanding for materials which are lighter, stronger, energy and labour saving, lower in cost and less dependent on imported resources. The main areas of materials research in Japan are listed. It is shown how Japanese companies are leaders in carbon‐fibre reinforced plastics, a position which is reflected in international arrangements to cooperate in Ramp;D. Projections are made of new developments and applications for engineering plastics and various types of amorphous metals. It is argued that the most significant new materials will be the fine ceramics. This paper investigates new Japanese developments of ceramic materials in electronics, in automotive engines, as a structural material for hot environments, in sensors, bio‐ceramics and materials which combine ceramics and metals.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Professor of International Business, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Publication date: November 1987
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