Sumitomo Commended for Science and Technology


Researchers from Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) have been awarded ‘The Commendation for Science and Technology’. Presented by Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, SRI received the accolade for innovative tyre development involving active cooperation between industry, academia and government.

With the aim of contributing to the advancement of science and technology, the prize recognises individuals and organisations that have achieved outstanding results in research and development activities to promote greater awareness and understanding in science and technology.

This year, the prize recognised the development of SRI’s proprietary new materials development technologies: 4D Nano Design (2012) and Advanced 4D Nano Design (2015). Thanks to SRI’s cutting edge technologies and collaboration with world-class research institutions, SRI has succeeded in developing truly advanced tyres, achieving high performance balance between fuel efficiency, grip and wear resistance.