May 28, 2009,15:43 +0900(JST) Automotive Engineering Exposition 2009
Automotive Engineering Exposition 2009 was held for three days from May 20, in Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall, Kanagawa prefecture.
When we say Japan’s auto-related exhibition, you might think of Tokyo Motor Show because it is probably the biggest and most famous show in our nation. However, while the motor show features automobiles themselves, this engineering exposition focuses on a wide range of auto technologies. This year, 320 companies participated in the expo and most of them were the manufacturers of automotive parts, materials, and testing and evaluation equipment.
Although our automotive business is still in a difficult situation due to the drop in global demand in the market since last autumn, we took part in the exposition as the Sumitomo Electric Group.
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the expo myself, but the Group made the most of this opportunity mainly to display and demonstrate our products and technologies, which are expected to help tackle a great challenge for the auto industry: safety improvement and environment-friendliness.
In our booth, we displayed wiring harnesses using environmentally-friendly halogen-free cable, magnet wire for hybrid automobile motors and ZnS lenses for far-infrared ray (FIR) cameras to visualize passers-by in the dark, and demonstrated the camera. The motor of a superconducting electric car, which Sumitomo Electric prototyped last year for the first time in the world as I introduced here once before, was also displayed.
During this event, we conducted magnetic levitation experiments on site with an induced current generated by coils of superconductive wire and liquid nitrogen to show visitors how superconductive technology works. This demonstration developed in a dialogue style between Dr. Dolittle and his assistant, who were Sumitomo Electric’s engineer and a booth girl. They explained the principle of superconducting phenomenon in a clear and comprehensible manner. Because of a great deal of interest in superconductive technologies, and also the wonderful matching of the assistant’s narrative skills and Dr. Dolittle’s unsophisticated character, this performance attracted so many spectators that the aisle in front of our booth was filled every experiment.
This exposition was the 18th event started in 1992. We received a letter of appreciation from the event organizer, Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan, Inc., for our regular attendance for 16 consecutive times since the expo’s third year. By proactively promoting our R&D and manufacturing creative products represented by the exhibits above, we intend to contribute to the advancement of auto technologies, and thus to the further development of society.