We believe that our most important social responsibilities are to provide new products and services that meet society’s needs, help solve issues facing the world in order to pave the way to a sustainable society, and create economic value. In the market, where technological advancements are rapidly heating up the competition, first movers get the lion’s share. Working against this backdrop, we will think outside the box and push the envelope in our aluminium-based business as we move ahead at full speed to build a brighter future and create value.
Widespread use of electric cars whose sales are growing worldwide is one example of an environmental solution. Toyo Aluminium supplies aluminium foil and other products to automobile parts manufacturers (primarily in China) for cladding, positive electrodes, and condensers used in electric car batteries. Our high quality aluminium foils offer excellent formability and can be processed into various shapes.
We will expand the scope of sales to cover the entire globe with an eye to playing a major part in reducing CO2 emissions through the widespread use of electric cars.
Equipped with a proprietary surface treatment technology that enables use of aluminium pigments in water-based paints, Toyo Aluminium works to promote the applicable pigment to the widespread use of water-based paints. It would help to reduce VOCs.* While there are many new color pigments that are not applicable to water-based paints, our surface treatment technology can improve them to apply to water-based paint. In fiscal 2017, VIAVI Solutions Inc., a US-based special pigment manufacturer, used our surface treatment technology to successfully enhance the durability of its high chroma blue pigment and commercialize it.
*VOCs refers to volatile organic compounds, which are often found in paints and inks. Since they contribute to the formation of smog, regulations are imposed in countries around the world. A shift to water-based paints for automotive and other applications is needed in order to reduce VOCs.
VIAVI Solutions’ new pigment (left) and
conventional pigment (right)
Waterproof-breathable sheets are commonly used inside the exterior walls of houses as thermal insulation and waterproofing. Conventional waterproof-breathable sheets, often employing vapor-deposited aluminium films which readily absorb heat and possess low moisture permeability, pose a problem. Employing the aluminium technologies we have built up over the years, Toyo Aluminium developed a waterproof-breathable sheet using porous aluminium foil.* The newly developed sheet features higher infrared reflectance, moisture permeability, and durability than conventional sheets. It makes living environments cool in the summer and warm in the winter while extending the life of houses.
＊A porous aluminium foil is a type of aluminium foil with numerous fine through-holes.