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Opening Ceremony and Symposium held for the Osaka University JFE Welding Research Alliance Laboratory

2018-6-7(Thu)

On Tuesday, June 5, an Opening Ceremony and Symposium for the JFE Welding Research Alliance Laboratory were held by Osaka University and JFE Steel Corporation at Arata Hall of the Joining and Welding Research Institute on OU's Suita Campus. Over 100 individuals were in attendance, including related individuals from JFE, OU, and various academic societies, as well as students.

The JFE Welding Research Alliance Laboratory was established at OU on April 1, 2018, with the aim of solving problems and clarifying mechanisms related to welding and joining of iron and steel materials and creating new open innovation in joining and welding. Moving forward, by flexibly and quickly promoting joint research by researchers and using research equipment at OU and JFE, based on the strong industry-university co-creation framework, the JFE Welding Research Alliance Laboratory will lead joining and welding techniques of iron and steel in manufacturing as its hub in Japan.

At the Opening Ceremony, attendees were greeted by Osaka University President NISHIO Shojiro, followed by a greeting and explanation of the laboratory by JFE Steel Steel Research Laboratory Director SETO Kazuhiro (Senior Managing Executive Officer), and a greeting from Osaka University Executive Vice President YAGI Yasushi (Director, Office for Industry-University Co-Creation). Afterwards, Special Guest MATSUO Hiroki (Minister's Secretariat Deputy, MEXT) greeted attendees.

In addition, a Commemorative Symposium was held with speeches from 6 individuals from academic societies and JFE Steel.

Front row, from left - Executive Vice President YAGI, President NISHIO, JFE Steel Steel Research Laboratory Director SETO, JFE Steel Steel Research Laboratory Vice Director KAMURA

Back row, from left - JFE Welding Research Alliance Laboratory Vice Director OOI, JFE Welding Research Alliance Laboratory Director TANAKA (Vice Director, Joining and Welding Research Institute), Joining and Welding Research Institute Director MINAMI, JFE Welding Research Alliance Laboratory Vice Director TAGAWA, JFE Steel Steel Research Laboratory Planning Division Director KABEYA

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