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Latest update: 20/05/2019 11:14:14

Advanced Softmaterials Inc.

We offer SeRM innovative supra-molecule material with a moving cross-linking point.

We are a materials venture established to implement an innovative supra-molecule material with moving cross-linking points (supra-molecule chemical bonding points) invented at The University of Tokyo. Polyrotaxane is an essential material for the slide-ring materials. We are the only company that has succeeded in mass-producing polyrotaxane, and we now manufacture and sell this material as our SeRM Series. We are now advancing implementation of polyrotaxane as a new material for scratch resistant coatings, sound quality improving materials, polishing media, and anti-vibration rubber sheets. This is being done in joint development with major companies, universities, and research institutes in Japan and abroad. We have 13 types ready for selection according to use, curing method, and functional group.

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[Company strength]
We are the world's only polyrotaxane manufacturer. No other manufacturers have succeeded in mass-producing polyrotaxane. Our know-how regarding synthesizing and newly developing polyrotaxane is our overwhelming advantage. The University of Tokyo has granted us an exclusive license to use its group of patents for polyrotaxane. These patents have already been registered in Japan and abroad, so we also have an advantage for global expansion.

[Business description]
We are a materials venture established to implement an innovative supra-molecule material with moving cross-linking points (slide-ring material). This material was invented by the Kozo Ito Laboratory in the School of Frontier Sciences at The University of Tokyo. Polyrotaxane is an essential material for the slide-ring materials. We have already succeeded in mass-producing polyrotaxane and are now manufacturing and selling this material as our SeRM Series. Joint development with major companies, universities, and research institutes in Japan and abroad is making polyrotaxane more practical as a new material. It is used for scratch resistant coatings, sound quality improving materials, polishing media, and anti-vibration rubber sheets.

[Industry]
Chemicals

[Strength of products/technologies]
SeRM is a supra-molecule material with a cross-linking structure that never existed before, in which the chemical bonding point (cross-linking point) of the supra-molecules can slide. Supra-molecule materials having this structure have already been patented in Japan, the USA, Europe, China, and Canada. These are our exclusive new materials. SeRM can simultaneously provide resin materials with elongation and strength, a low modulus of elasticity, low compression permanent strain, great shape restoring force, and high cross-link density and low Tg. These characteristics tend to conflict with each other in ordinary cross-linked supra-molecules. We have marketed 13 types for selection according to use, curing method, and functional group. A large plant manufacturer is mass-producing these products on our behalf.

[Representative's message]
Slide-ring materials are a groundbreaking supra-molecule material technology that has realized a molecule-sized mechanism in which the cross-linking point can move. This mechanism has already been applied in several fields to make use of its features. This is a new mechanism, so our SeRM products may make unprecedented functions available for various uses. We hope to deepen the understanding of SeRM among many companies and jointly develop new materials and uses.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
Our company has dedicated sales staff in the sales division (business development department). We have a system in which dedicated technical sales staff can also handle technical consulting. We proactively make use of external professional trading firms for overseas expansion, because our in-house sales force is limited. We have concluded an agency contract with a major trading firm and are promoting sales globally.

[Market share/Ranking]
We are the only manufacturer in the world that has succeeded in mass-producing polyrotaxane.

[Awards and media coverage]
[Awards]
300 of Japan's Vibrant Monozukuri (Manufacturing) SMEs selection by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (2014).

[Media]
Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, "University-Originated Joint Venture: Ready to Leap?" (December 23, 2014); Magazine WEDGE, "Use of Ventures by Major Companies" (February 2014).


[Authorization/Certification]
Certification pursuant to the Chemical Substances Control Act, (4) Substances.

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Toyoda Gosei (elastomer materials for dielectric actuators) and Fuji Manufacturing (polishing media for mirror polisher Sirius Z).

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
We have provided samples to film and coating manufacturers in Korea and Taiwan, and to a major chemical manufacturer in the United States (all are now under evaluation).

This company is recommended by the following support organizations.

Marketing Support Department, SMRJ
Kanto Head Office, SMRJ
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