Sumitomo Riko's Research and Development Headquarters have two laboratories – the Material Technology Research and Development Laboratories that advances the company's core technologies and the New Business Research and Development Laboratories that develops new products for the future.
The Material Technology Research and Development Laboratories develops "analysis, inspection, and evaluation technology" and "process technologies" with polymer material technology” as a base, and fosters them as core technologies of Sumitomo Riko.
The fruits of research along this axis lead to the birth of advanced technologies, which are applied to the development of new products and the evolution of existing products.
We develop products to be flexible, a quality of smart rubber. Some examples are pressure sensors, elongation sensors, multipoint switches,pressure distribution sensor sheet, and sheet and cylindrical actuators.
One feature of smart rubber is its people-friendly softness. Therefore, it fits perfectly into the health and nursing care field. We have developed smart rubber applied products such as SR Soft Vision for body pressure distribution, Active Mattress that prevents bedsores, and nursing care assistant robot.
When making use of the unique features of smart rubber, we can produce unprecedented electronics products. We have developed prototypes of SR speakers made entirely of rubber and next-generation mouses that allow multistage entry by changing the strength of finger pressing.
We have established technology for forming nanometer-order multilayer films of precisely controlled thickness on large-area plastic films. And, based on the material and structural design of multilayer films, we have produced "Refleshine," transparent functional films for windows that have unique optical and electrical characteristics.
In addition to the TX71 high transparence solar shading film that we launched in 2010, we started marketing high transparent solar shading and heat insulating films, TW32 and TW33, in 2012, which can maintain both coolness in summer and warmness in winter.