Mazda Motor Corporation and Hiroshima University signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement to expand the scope of their collaborative activities.
Mazda and Hiroshima University have conducted numerous joint research projects since the 1980s. In April 2005, Mazda’s Technology Research Center and Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of Engineering began a comprehensive joint research program for advanced vehicle technologies. Each year, this research program undertakes approximately 20 individual projects.
The new comprehensive cooperation agreement marks the joint program’s expansion to include projects beyond engineering.
Through the new agreement, both Mazda and Hiroshima University have committed to closer integration in their research efforts. As well as engineering projects, the agreement will cover R&D, production and planning, social science subjects such as management and marketing, and personnel exchanges and training. Specific projects will be progressively implemented from April 2011.
Major projects are expected to include:
- Advanced technologies such as new materials, next-generation energy solutions, and medical ergonomics
- Vehicle R&D and production methods
- Social science subjects such as product planning, management and marketing
- Integration activities such as personnel exchanges and training
Mazda has conducted joint research projects with Hiroshima University for many years. Our joint research into combustion technologies is closely linked to our new SKYACTIV technologies that we will begin rolling out to the market this year. Going forward, we expect to achieve further breakthroughs by leveraging the extensive resources of Hiroshima University in a range of projects that are spread over various academic disciplines.—Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda’s representative director, chairman of the board, president and CEO