Request for Proposal
Status: RFP is Closed

Development Partner for Foamed Composite Resin

Request Number
Due Date
Dec 25, 2019
Program Manager

Joint/contract development, licensing, consulting, product supply


Phase 1: Prototype production within 1 year
Phase 2: Establishment of mass production technology within 2 years (after the completion of Phase 1)


Budget for Joint development already secured
(Detailed amount and sharing to be negotiated based on proposal)


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RFP was closed on
Jan 2020

RFP Title


Development Partner for Foamed Composite Resin
RFP Description

NineSigma, representing a major manufacturer with sales of several hundred billion yen (“Client”), seeks a development partner for lightweight foamed resin composites reinforced by cellulose nanofibers (CNFs).

The Client needs a range of approaches including additives for improving foaming conditions, foamed resin production process, etc. Various applications from partners aggressive to develop sustainable materials are welcome.

Key Success Criteria

Target Properties

The Client aims to meet the following requirements and properties for CNF-reinforced polyolefin or bio-based resin foam composites.

  • Matrix resin
    • Structure: Polypropylene, polyethylene, bio-based resin etc.
  • Additive amount of CNF: 0.5-10 wt%
  • Porosity: ≥80%
  • Target strength properties (reference)
    • Flexural modulus (ISO178): Maintain physical properties before foaming as much as possible
    • Impact resistance (Charpy impact test at 23°C, ISO179): Maintain physical properties before foaming as much as possible


Even if you have no clear prospect of development at this time, co-development partners with technical approaches and knowledge that can contribute to the target property achievement by combining with proprietary technology of the Client are required. Proposals from organizations with the intention of joint development are especially expected.

Possible Approaches

Possible approaches

The Client expects technological approaches such as the following, but is open to others:

  • Improvement of foaming condition by using additives
  • Development of resin or CNF suitable for foamed resin
  • Optimization of foamed resin production process
  • Other technologies or combinations of above approaches
Approaches not of Interest

Approaches Not of Interest

The following technologies are not of interest:

  • Technology with no track record of developing and manufacturing foamed resins
Items to be Submitted


The Client has been developing lightweight and highly durable materials to build a sustainable society. By foaming a CNF-reinforced resin composite, a thinner-than-conventional resin member with the same-as-conventional stiffness and strength can be developed, which will improve fuel efficiency and reduce resource consumption in automobiles, etc.

Despite strenuous efforts for technological development, the Client has not identified effective technical approaches yet with aims such as weight reduction having not been achieved.

It is urgent to put sustainable materials to practical use as soon as possible by identifying a partner(s) for the advanced technology development and accelerating research and development. The Client hence decided to recruit technology proposals.


Notes on Response

Proposal shall have clear points and should not include confidential information. Supplemental files may be submitted in addition to the proposal.


Response evaluation

The client will evaluate all responses with the following criteria.

  • Overall scientific and technical merit
  • Approach to proof of concept or performance
  • Economic potential of concept
  • Realism of the proposed plan (action items, timeline, roles, deliverables, cost estimation)
  • Potential for proprietary position
  • Respondents’ capability and related experiences


Anticipated Project Process

After the submission due date, the client will review all submitted proposals. NineSigma will send the review results to each proposer 6-8 weeks after the due date. The client possibly asks clarifying questions before selecting the most suitable candidates for collaboration. The client will select best candidates through evaluations. During the selection process, the client may execute NDA with selected respondents, seek further information disclosure, and discuss specific development targets or potential opportunities.

The client will execute necessary agreements with the selected respondents and move to the advanced development phase. Specifics of any collaboration will be determined through consultation with the concerned parties.

Preferred Collaboration Types
Area of Interest