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Steel-based corporate diversification


  • Dr. Hiroshi Nomura

    1. Directctor, High-Technology Research Laboratories, Kawasaki Steel Corporation 1, Kawasaki-cho, Chiba 260 (Japan)
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    • was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1932, and studied physical chemistry at Tokyo University of Education, receiving his BS in 1954, MS in 1956, and DS in 1959. He then joined the Electrical Communication Laboratories, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Corporation and, after spending one year as a visiting fellow at the Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, in 1964, and a period working on the development of new materials and on systems engineering, he became Head of the Planning and Coordination Office, Ibaraki Electrical Communication Laboratories (1978), Deputy Director General of the R&D Bureau (1981), and Director of the Atsugi Electrical Communication Laboratories (1984) where he was responsible for leading the development of LSI. He moved from NTT to Kawasaki Steel Corporation in 1986, and since then he has simultaneously served as Assistant General Manager of Technical Research Division and Director of High Technology Research Laboratories. He became a director of the company in 1988. He is a member of the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers of Japan, the Society of Polymer Science, Japan, and the Society of Rheology, USA, and is a council member of the Japanese Institute of Metals and the Japanese Society of Applied Physics.


Essary: Kawasaki Steel is one of the world's largest steel producing corporations. Market pressures over the last few years have encouraged the company to diversify into the high technology sector in order to remain competitive. The Director of the company's high technology laboratories in Japan traces recent developments and outlines the aims of the company in, for example, electronics.

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