During the seven-year development project, Sumitomo Rubber Industries frequently performed demonstrations open to the public and visited house builders to explain the need for vibration control dampers.
When the Kumamoto Earthquake struck in 2016, houses equipped with MIRAIE suffered no damage from the Scale 7 quake. Obayashi Corporation, the main contractor for the Kumamoto Castle restoration project, noted how well MIRAIE had performed during the calamity and decided to adopt the damping technology for the castle keep. Since the system will be installed at a popular sightseeing spot that attracts many thousands of visitors, long life and compactness are essential. Confidence in Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ ability to satisfy the challenging requirements led to the decision to go with MIRAIE. “We are delighted by the recognition our technology is gaining,” says a beaming Matsumoto.
The damping technology is also going to be used for Higurashi Villa, a wooden building associated with the Sumitomo family that dates back to 1906 and was relocated to Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, very recently. Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ technology is attracting keen interest.