Imagine small pieces of seashells and coral left over after the tide has receded. Our ancestors called this faint lingering emotion NAGORI, for traces of things left behind.
Then imagine a plastic material with a completely new texture made from seawater. You may understand how it feels.
NAGORI™(Thermal Conduction Polymer)
This innovative plastic is made with mineral components extracted from seawater using Mitsui Chemicals’ state-of-the-art compound technology. This plastic has good thermal conductivity and ceramic-like texture which overturns preconceptions of plastics.
<Horizons of Material>
- ● Compounds are made with advanced technology which mixes resins to modify them for new properties and functions.
Mitsui Chemicals compound technology contributes to light-weight automobiles.
- ● Now Mitsui Chemicals has used this technology to create plastics with a ceramic-like texture and good thermal conductivity.
- ● Ceramics shrink about 20% when fired, so making size design difficult.
Unlike ceramics, plastics make edge contours and different interior / exterior surface texture design easy.
- ● MOLp™ will expand the horizons of “monozukuri” through the “processing” of plastics together with the “warmth” of natural materials.
A competition on ideas for using NAGORI™
Mitsui Chemicals organized the Concept Material NAGORI™ Idea Contest 2017 together with JDN Inc. to invite ideas for utilizing the characteristics of NAGORI™ concept material from a variety of entrants, ranging from professional creators to general entrants.
Manabu Tago is currently involved in providing comprehensive design from conception to manufacture in a diverse range of industries as well as creating new values for society. Also he teachs at Keio University, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo University of the Arts, and Kumamoto University.