Greeting

Specific gravity is five or less lightweight metal, magnesium aluminum titanium are known as the three major light metal materials, and the light metals are expected as lightweight contexture materials.However, there has been no research institute in Japan that has comprehensively tackled the study of light metal materials.
For this reason, it is necessary to build immediately “synthetic research and education center for light metals”, to promote individual research on magnesium, aluminum, and titanium and research for multi-materials, to advance research and development for social implementation, as well as human resource development for light metal manufacturing.
Then, we Kumamoto University, a research center for magnesium, and University of Toyama, a research center for aluminum, cooperated together and established "Institute of Light Metals (ILM)". Based on the feature of the local jobs of Kumamoto Prefecture and Toyama Prefecture, I established "Institute of Light Metals (ILM)" which treats synthetically three major light metals called magnesium aluminum titanium newly.
We aim at establishing Japan's first world-class international research and education center for light metals, equipped with a comprehensive research system from materials development to social application. The goal is to contribute to the development of science, technology, and industry in Japan by fostering human resources.

先進軽金属材料国際研究機構長 先進マグネシウム国際研究センター長 河村 能人

The head of Institute of Light Metals.
Director of Magnesium Research Center
Yoshihito Kawamura

The purpose and vision of ILM

Purpose

I utilize effectively Universite resources limited by unifying the strong point of both Universites, and aim at construction of "the international research educational strongpoint of the light metal material which is on the same level as the world" which originated in the area.
Have(and that's it??), and the light metal researcher in the world gathers and alternates - while appearing in great numbers, ILM contributes to the technology of our country, and development of industry by leading creation of the innovation by a light metal by accumulating, creating and sending the knowledge and resources about the light metal in the world.

Vision -- Four important area of investigation -

  • Acceleration of space aeronautics and a mobility revolution
  • Realization of the safest resilience state in the world
  • Realization of the Well-Being society which is healthy as for everyone and can realize relief, pleasure, and happiness
  • The revolution of the light metal material by Kinck strengthening

Deployment by three phases

Strengthening of phase I - light metal research (2021-2025 fiscal year ) -

  • Enhancement of the research strongpoint function of MRC and ARC
  • Training of a titanium research strongpoint

Enhancement of phase II - light metal research (2026-2030 fiscal year) –

  • Establishment of "an advanced titanium international research center (TRC)"
  • Enhancement of the research strongpoint function of MRC, and ARC and TRC
  • Promotion of fusion research of magnesium aluminum titanium

Excellence-izing of phase III - light metal research (2031-2035 fiscal year) –

  • Deployment to an international research educational strongpoint
  • Guidance of the light metal research which tows the world
  • Creation of a light metal innovation

History

  
2019 May The proposal of the cooperation by professors to School of Sustainable Design attached advanced material research center of Kumamoto University MRC to University of Toyama.
June The examination start of the cooperation concept by the professor of main of both Universites.
November Public meeting with the president and commish of both Universites (research person in charge) @ Kumamoto University
December Conclusion of the scientific exchange agreement of MRC and School of Sustainable Design.
Exchange of opinions of the office work of both Universites @ University of Toyama
  
2020 April Established The Organization for Promotion of Research, the Center for Aluminium and advanced Materials Research and International Collaboration
May The ZOOM meeting by the president, the office work, and the professor of charge of both Universites.
July The organization maintenance budgetary request of "Establishment of Institute of Light Metals (ILM)"
The equipment maintenance budgetary request of "the craftsmanship and the analysis assessment system for titanium" (Kumamoto University)
October Foundation of a "Kumamoto light metal innovation study group" (Kumamoto University)
November Conclusion of "the statement of mutual agreement about Institute of Light Metals (ILM)
2021 February The joint application of” Joint Usage / Research Center "
Equipment maintenance rough adoption of "the craftsmanship and the analysis assessment system for titanium" (Kumamoto University)
March Conclusion at Toyama of the memorandum about an " Institute of Light Metals (ILM)"
Exchange-of-opinions @ Toyama with the light metal industrial world of Toyama Prefecture.
April Established International Organization for Institute of Light Metals (Both University)
July The equipment maintenance budgetary request of an "instrumentation-ized 2D hybrid friction stir joining apparatus" (Kumamoto University)
October Adoption of JST "Japanese-Visegrad-Four nation joint research" (Kumamoto University)
November New authorization of " Joint Usage / Research Center "
December Opening ceremony of an "Institute of Lite Metals(ILM)" @ Kumamoto

Laboratory

MRC Research Laboratory

New Research Plant

New Research Plant

Melting&Casting Plant

Melting&Casting Plant

Material Foming Plant

Material Foming Plant

ARC Research Laboratory

Academic Research&Industry-Academia Collaboration front office(Experiment Plant)

Academic Research&Industry-Academia Collaboration front office(Experiment Plant)

Aluminium Research Center(ARC)Office

Aluminium Research Center(ARC)Office