The race is on among automakers to create vehicles that offer continually higher performance. Today’s society, however, also demands close attention to making cars safer, more comfortable and more environmentally friendly. Progress is unstoppable. NICHIAS’ automotive parts business stemmed originally from its sealing materials operations. NICHIAS’ thermal insulation products are now used in engine parts, while damping materials prevent the screeching of brakes. New products are also on the horizon as the Company drives forward in pursuit of new fields.
NICHIAS’ presence in the automotive industry has its roots in sealing materials. NICHIAS products have been employed in a variety of automotive components, the most notable being engine cylinders, which are exposed to the harshest conditions, exhaust manifolds and other engine-related parts. The purpose of sealing materials is self-evident. But manufacturing sealing materials requires the skill to select and develop the most appropriate materials and processing technologies according to location and service condition of each part. That is where NICHIAS comes in, with technical know-how, R&D capabilities and technological prowess nurtured over many years in this business.
The automotive industry has evolved by rising to the challenges of achieving low emissions, while improving fuel efficiency, safety, perfor- mance, comfort and affordability. For NICHIAS, these challenges present an ideal opportunity for using the Company’s core and original technologies. NICHIAS products are infiltrating new fields. In addition to sealing materials that prevent fluid leakage, NICHIAS is also developing heatproof materials, soundproof materials and damping materials that control vibration.