Zero Techno Co., Ltd.
We support the realization of a low-carbon society by recycling fly ash.
We are a startup born from a university and established in 2001. We engage in R&D for building materials that contribute to reducing material use by recycling, and to realizing a low-carbon society. We established a technology for complete recycling of fly ash, which is an industrial byproduct. Our Eco Concrete product is made of recycled fly ash to reduce industrial waste and CO2 emissions in cement manufacturing by acting as a partial substitute for cement. We are strengthening our sales network by concluding business tie-ups with companies in Oita Prefecture, where our head office is located. We are also forming partnerships in the Tohoku and Shikoku regions as well as Okinawa Prefecture.
[Company strength] The deterioration of concrete structures and environmental conservation are becoming problems in society. Concrete is a critical technology for the construction of social infrastructure and buildings. We are a startup born from the Concrete Engineering Laboratory of Oita University, which conducts research on concrete and its materials. We have acquired eight patents so far and made four patent applications. We can proceed with derivative and monopolistic research about the related technologies. The establishment of technologies allows us to engage in negotiations with major companies on equal terms and to provide technologies to many companies without restrictions. [Business description] Our company is a startup born from Oita University. Our business policy is to create technology that is friendly to people and the Earth. We use this as the basis to conduct R&D on building materials to realize a low-carbon society, mainly by recycling building materials for an effective use of byproducts. Recently we were able to establish a chemical admixture technology capable of improving the durability and service lives of concrete structures. We started a new business based on the MOT method, and have been establishing joint ventures and concluding business tie-ups with local companies in Oita, Okinawa, Shikoku, and Tohoku. [Industry] Other products [Strength of products/technologies] Our technology is the result of joint research with a university. There are no other similar technologies for modifying fly ash to totally recycle this industrial byproduct and manufacture chemical admixtures for concrete as cement substitutes. Classification has also made it possible to acquire a previously unavailable micro powder. These products can be used as chemical admixtures for concrete and applied to other fields as reinforcing or thickening materials for plastic and rubber products. [Representative's message] Sales channel development is a issue to solve when releasing new products into society. This is extremely difficult particularly for special materials like ours. Even materials necessary for society are not exceptions. There are many obstacles to clear in order to understand end users, such as social rules, vested rights, and following in a predecessor's footsteps. We will conclude business tie-ups with trading firms and business practitioners before the start of mass production. We are confident that overseas expansion will naturally come after diffusion in Japan. [Company structure for market development/overseas expansion] Our company is a startup born from a university. We cannot develop business alone because it is difficult to raise funds or secure human resources. This is why we have been pursuing the business strategy of the MOT method since our establishment, with a focus on technical R&D. MOT is a method for business development by creating technologies and concluding tie-ups with companies that require these technologies. We established ZEROTECHNO Shikoku, ZEROTECHNO Okinawa, and Nippon Paper Industries ZEROTECHNO Tohoku in partnership with local companies in each area. We are not ready for overseas expansion. [Market share/Ranking] Our main products are chemical admixtures for concrete. They are established with unrivaled performance and their industry share is also nationwide in Japan. [Awards and media coverage] [Awards] Oita Low-Carbon Cup, Oita Prefectural Governor's Award (December 12, 2013); 2014 Low-Carbon Cup, Special Award of the Planning and Examining Committee, Most Excellent Social Innovation Award (February 15, 2014); Fukuoka Venture Market Award 2014, Prize of Excellence (February 20, 2014); Oita Prefecture Business Grand Prix, Best Prize (February 24, 2014). [Media] Nihon Keizai Shimbun (May 26, 2014), Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (May 27, 2014), Kyuken Press (May 29, 2014), The Concrete Shimbun (June 26, 2014), ZAIKAI KYUSHU (2014 October issue), and Nikkei Construction (August 25, 2014). [Joint research and development] Oita University: Joint research concerning the development of carbon-free fly ash (CfFA) use (October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014). Public organizations: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Development Support Program for Leading Technologies Related to Housing and Architecture (FY2008 to FY2010); Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, New Business Activity Promotion Support Program (New Partnerships Support Program) (FY2012).
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