Ise City Opens Ise Press Center

Ise City unveiled the Ise Press Center to serve both local and international journalists, expected to increase prior to and during the Ise-Shima Summit.
Ise Press Center consists of 2 offices to support the press cover Ise City’s attractions efficiently: the Tokyo Office, which will distribute press releases and respond to all primary enquiries or guide requests; and the Ise Office, which will open near the South Exit of JR Ise-shi Station to provide information and guide the press upon their arrival. Both offices have English-speaking staff, and the Ise Office will provide free Wi-fi within the faculty.

Osaka Gas to Establish Energy Service Joint Venture in Thailand with PTT

Osaka Gas (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Managing Director: Toshihiro Ouchi; “OGT”), a subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (President: Takehiro Honjo; “Osaka Gas”), will establish OGP Energy Solutions Co., Ltd. (“OGPS”), a company that will provide fuel conversion energy services to industrial customers in Thailand, through a joint investment with PTT Retail Business Co., Ltd. (Director: Chakkrit Charuchinda, “PTTRB”), a subsidiary of PTT Public Company Limited (CEO: Tevin Vongvanich; “PTT”).

Ricoh Unveils Industry’s Most Advanced Fully Spherical Portable Camera: RICOH THETA S

Ricoh announced today the release of the RICOH THETA S, the newest model in the RICOH THETA series of spherical cameras that capture 360-degree scenes surrounding the user. Unveiled today in Berlin at IFA, the worlds largest consumer electronics show, the camera features extra-high resolution, fully spherical photos and videos in one simple shot, a live preview function and even greater compatibility with social media platforms.

Toshiba: Landis+Gyr Wins Order for First Battery Energy Storage System for Frequency Adjustment in Nordic Countries

Toshiba Group member and world leader in smart metering Landis+Gyr has won a major order to supply a megawatt-class battery energy storage system (BESS) to Helen Ltd., a major energy utility operating in the capital of Finland. The BESS, the first in any Nordic country, will start operation in Helsinki in spring 2016.

NSKs Behind-the-Scenes Contribution to Automotive Innovation

Although NSK Ltd. (TOKYO:6471) is Japans top and the worlds #3 bearing manufacturer, the Tokyo-based company tends to leave the spotlight to its customers, the worlds leading automotive brands. We work behind the scenes, but customers depend on NSK for endless diligence and innovation in pursuing safety, efficiency, durability and environmental performance in all aspects of Motion and Control. In 2014, that diligence resulted in several significant innovations, two of which are outlined below.

NSK Put Smart Spin on Moving Parts Big and Small in 2014

Unless you are a mechanical engineer, you probably dont wake up in the morning thinking about bearings. More likely, you never even notice that bearings working away unseen are the critical components in everything mechanical that moves: from jumbo-jets to nano-tools, kitchen blenders to concrete mixers. To meet the vast scope of Motion and Control needs, NSK (TOKYO:6471) the worlds #3 bearing manufacturer must offer over 200,000 different bearings, from microscopic to mammoth. And each year customers bring new challenges to NSK researchers: needs for new bearings to meet specific performance constraints. Here are two challenges that NSK researchers successfully overcame in 2014.