Kawasaki continues to strengthen and expand its capabilities in aircraft engine development and production by manufacturing helicopter engines for Ministry of Defence, and participating in the joint international development and production of turbofan engines for such passenger aircraft as the V2500, the RB211/Trent, the PW4000 and the CF34, and aircraft auxiliary power units (APU).
The Company technological capabilities are also honed through its participation in the research and development of an environment friendly small aircraft engine.
Kawasaki participation in space development began with work for NASDA, currently the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), on the N rocket launch complex, an acoustic test facility, and an experimental geodetic satellite.
Since the 1990s, the Company has been responsible for the development and production of the payload fairings, payload attach fittings (PAF) and the construction of the launch complex for the H-‡U rocket. It continues to provide services for the H-‡UA rocket.
Kawasaki also has experience participating in such projects as the development of the reusable launch vehicles for spacecraft that will handle future space transport. Space robotics projects such as the Japanese Experiment Module for the International Space Station, the HOPE-X experimental orbiting plane, and the docking mechanism for the Engineering Test Satellite V‡U (ETS-V‡U) are other areas in which the Company has played an important role. Currently, Kawasaki is involved in the development of a stratospheric platform and manned space technology, including the training of astronauts.
Kawasaki's civil engineering and construction machinery is contributing to the creation of new towns with its bridges and high-rise buildings. The success of the Eurotunnel, the large-scale project that links England to France, owes much to the two tunnel boring machines made by Kawasaki. The company also built the shield machines — the worlds largest, at more than 46 feet in diameter — for the construction of the Trans-Tokyo Bay Highway.
Bridge construction is another Kawasaki strength. The company recently completed a main tower of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. When completed, this will be the longest suspension bridge in the world.
Plus, Kawasaki is doing its utmost to fulfill its responsibilities to the planet by being environmentally conscious. It is making every effort to develop environment-friendly plants, technologies to protect the earth, new sources of energy that will help ensure a stable supply of resources and energy, and energy-conserving and recycling technologies.
The Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP), for example, uses lowpolluting natural gas to turn the turbines that generate power, while exhaust heat is used to generate additional electricity. Kawasaki's resource recycling system uses heat from city refuse incinerators to power coolers and heaters and to heat water; it also collects reusable resources from various types of refuse.
Other technologies, including water treatment, flue gas desulfurization and denitration plants, are also proving highly effective in the protection of the environment and the conservation of energy. Kawasaki is always monitoring future technologies and is well positioned to enter the era of fusion energy that will follow.
The Kawasaki name represents a technological enterprise whose activities range from large-scale, international projects to items used in daily life and for recreation. And at every step, Kawasaki pays the utmost attention to humankind and the environment. The past 100 years of innovation has enabled Kawasaki to establish a firm foundation as a leading technological enterprise. Now, the company is fully prepared to welcome the new century and looks forward to playing a leading role in the advancement of humankind and to another century of innovation.