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Engaging in New Product Development of Separator Films

Japan
Toshihiko Kaneda
BSF Technology Dept. 1
Toray Industries, Inc. Nasu Plant

Q1. What was your most impressive work?

It was the successful film-forming of battery separator film at the strength level that no one inside or outside of the company had been able to achieve. I was able to do this during my time in the R&D Division of the former Toray Battery Separator Film Co., Ltd., leveraging on fundamental research. For the next phase, I will strive to make a business out of this new product.

Q2. What does your company do?

Toray Battery Separator Film merged with Toray in April 2017 and the former Nasu Head Office and Plant in Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture became the 13th Toray plant. The plant in Nasushiobara City, located in the furthest northern part of all domestic Toray plants, undertakes business related to separator films that become components of batteries.

Q3. What does your department/section do and what work are you in charge of?

The department I work in specializes in new product development of separator films. Within that scope, I am responsible for the development of mainly Chinese customer projects and material designs.

Q4. What kind of job do you mainly put a lot of effort into?

Expanding the market share of thin membrane separators for China where high growth is anticipated.

Q5. When do you feel rewarded at work?

It is when the physical property target has been achieved with a successful trial in accordance with the product/process design. Also, when we receive positive feedback in customer evaluations.

Q6. What is it that you put a lot of effort into in your personal life?

It is playing basketball in the nearby gym on weekends with my son who has started playing in his elementary school’s extracurricular activity. It was my son who wanted to do this. I played basketball from elementary school to high school so I enjoy being able to coach him.

Updated on Oct. 6, 2017. The validity of this article may expire without notice.