Oct. 2, 2003 — Japanese chemical manufacturing firm Showa Denko KK (SDK) and an engineering professor at Japan’s Shinshu University have established a joint venture for research of advanced carbon materials for use in energy devices, according to news release.
Shinshu engineering professor Morinobu Endo serves as chief technology officer of MEFS Co. Ltd. Its chief executive is Toyoharu Fujii, director and executive officer of SDK’s inorganic materials sector.
In 1982, Endo and SDK started joint research into vapor-grown carbon fiber, a multiwall carbon nanotube. The efforts promoted the use of the fiber as a high-performance additive in lithium-ion batteries, and led to volume production. SDK now produces 40 tons of carbon nanofiber annually, the release said.