1. April 1, 2018Armonicos Co., Ltd., National Institute for Materials Science and Nihon Parkerizing Co., Ltd. joined ISMA.
  2. November 1, 2017ISMA, NEDO, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Fuji Light Metal Co., Ltd. and Tobata Seisakusho Co., Ltd. succeeded in the creation of flame-retardant magnesium alloy extrusion with significantly improved mechanical propertiess.
  3. October 16, 2017ISMA, NEDO and Nagoya University National Composites Center (NCC) succeeded in the world's first production of automobile chassis using thermoplastic CFRP.
  4. April 26, 2017ISMA started the new themes of "Development of Structural Materials Evaluation Using Neutron and Other Quantum Beams" and "Development of Adhesion Technology for Structural Materials".
  5. March 27, 2017Cemedine Co., Ltd. and Nissan ARC, Ltd. joined ISMA.
  6. April 1, 2016National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) started Basic R&D for Carbon Fiber Innovation.
  7. March 28, 2016Gonda Metal Industry Co., Ltd. joined ISMA.
  8. March 26, 201417 companies and 1 university joined ISMA.
  9. December 6, 2013Inauguration ceremony (in Japanese)
  10. December 5, 2013Establishment of ISMA Websites
  11. October 25, 2013Establishment of ISMA

About ISMA

Innovative Structural Materials Association (ISMA) has the purpose of technology development for drastic weight reduction in automobiles and other transportations. ISMA has also the purpose of technology development for strength improvement of steel, aluminum and other materials as structural components for the transportations.

Objective of establishing ISMA

For the drastic reduction of weight (by half) of transportation equipment, primarily automobiles, ISMA promotes the development of innovative materials joining technologies required to properly use newly developed materials in the right application, combined with the development of technologies involved in enhancement of the strength of major structural materials, such as iron and steel, non-ferrous, carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials, for transport equipment.

Directions in commercialization

Manufacturers and others of materials and transportation equipment will work together for:

  • the development of materials joining technologies,
  • individual projects (development of innovative structural materials such as steel, aluminum, titanium, magnesium, and CFRP materials) in pursuit of commercialization that takes advantage of Japan's technological edge.

Projected timing for commercialization

For the development of materials joining technologies and individual projects, innovative structural material technologies that have been developed by FY2022 will be promptly applied to a wider use to the weight reduction of automobiles and other types of transportation equipment upon completion of the project, thereby promoting the commercialization of the innovative structural material technologies.

Research Goals and Approaches

Research Goals and Approaches

Framework for Research and Development

(As of April 1, 2018)

Framework for Research and Development