The philosophy of the Innovative Composite Materials Research and Development Center (ICC) is to collaborate with enterprises to support applied technology research and product development to achieve broader utilization of composite materials in a greater number of fields.
ICC drives market development, material development, and manufacturing technology development through cross-industrial, interdisciplinary technology integration targeting concrete needs of society. It also provides a research and development environment where evaluation and manufacturing equipment can be used to achieve these outcomes.
ICC is conducting a range of projects to promote a dramatic increase in the use of composite materials. The scope of these projects is not just limited to research into the materials themselves and development of efficient manufacturing methods, but also extends to such areas as increasing the appeal of the materials as products and research into creating markets for the products.
ICC is driving research and development by bringing together, under one roof, researchers from a range of fields including biology, polymer chemistry, textile engineering and mechanical engineering.
ICC actively supports enterprises and other groups to conduct research and development of composite materials, and to develop their human resources. As a meeting place for researchers in a range of fields, including biology, polymer chemistry, textile engineering and mechanical engineering, ICC is enlisting the support of many different institutions in industry, academia and government. In this way, it is driving global innovation in composite materials, with a focus on carbon fiber, and is contributing to society.