Japanese rubber industry news
Japanese Glove Sales Remain Strong as Focus on Work Safety Grows Oct. 17, 2017. - Japan’s domestic sales volumes of glove products remained firm in 2016, up slightly from the year before, according to a report by the Japan Glove Manufacturers Association. Domestic sales of household gloves totaled 91.84 million pairs during 2016, up 0.2 percent from the previous year, while sales for surgical gloves increased 1.5 percent to 79.02 million pairs. Ultra-thin disposable gloves […]
Tocom to List TSR Futures Contracts in Fiscal 2018 Oct. 17, 2017. - The Tokyo Commodity Exchange Inc. (Tocom) announced on Oct. 12 that it plans to list futures contracts for technically specified rubber (TSR), adding to its current listing for ribbed smoked sheets (RSS). Following regulatory approval from the relevant ministries, Tocom aims to complete the listing in the middle of fiscal 2018. TSR production volume has been on an upward trend […]
Japanese Glove Sales Remain Strong as Focus on Work Safety Grows Oct. 17, 2017. - Japan’s domestic sales volumes of glove products remained firm in 2016, up slightly from the year before, according to a report by the Japan Glove Manufacturers Association. Domestic sales of household gloves totaled 91.84 million pairs during 2016, up 0.2 percent from the previous year, while sales for surgical gloves increased 1.5 percent to 79.02 million pairs. Ultra-thin disposable gloves […]
Tocom to List TSR Futures Contracts in Fiscal 2018 Oct. 17, 2017. - The Tokyo Commodity Exchange Inc. (Tocom) announced on Oct. 12 that it plans to list futures contracts for technically specified rubber (TSR), adding to its current listing for ribbed smoked sheets (RSS). Following regulatory approval from the relevant ministries, Tocom aims to complete the listing in the middle of fiscal 2018. TSR production volume has been on an upward trend […]
JRA Chairman Discusses Issues Facing Retreaded Tire Market in Japan Oct. 11, 2017. - Japanese demand for retreaded tires has slowed in recent years, despite steady growth until 2014 driven by environmental and economic factors. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down for an interview with Tatsuo Gomi, chairman of the Japan Retreaders Association (JRA), to ask about several issues facing the industry. The JRA chairman started by saying he wants to properly push the […]
Toyo Tires Receives Good Design Award for Seventh Straight Year Oct. 6, 2017. - Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5150) announced that the company received the 2017 Good Design Award for three new tire brands that it launched this year. This marks the seventh straight year that Toyo Tires has received the Good Design Award. Out of the three brands that won the award, two were Toyo Tire brands – Open Country A/T […]
Japanese Glove Sales Remain Strong as Focus on Work Safety Grows Oct. 17, 2017. - Japan’s domestic sales volumes of glove products remained firm in 2016, up slightly from the year before, according to a report by the Japan Glove Manufacturers Association. Domestic sales of household gloves totaled 91.84 million pairs during 2016, up 0.2 percent from the previous year, while sales for surgical gloves increased 1.5 percent to 79.02 million pairs. Ultra-thin disposable gloves […]
Bando Chemical’s Automotive Parts Business Booms in Southeast Asia Oct. 16, 2017. - Bando Chemical Industries Ltd.’s (TYO:5195) automotive parts business is enjoying robust sales in Southeast Asia. This comes despite a slight decline in Japanese production due to the transfer of production overseas and the impact of a greater number of vehicles not equipped with belts. The growth has primarily been driven by scooter transmission belt sales in Vietnam and India, as […]
Zeon Adds New Production Line for Retardation Film Used in LCD TVs Oct. 4, 2017. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently announced that it its subsidiary Optes Inc. has begun full-scale operations at a new production line for retardation film used in LCD televisions. The line is part of Optes’ Himi Plant in Hokuriku. The new production line is Zeon’s sixth for retardation film, and is able to produce 24 million square meters of the material per […]
12th TPE Technology Institute Open Seminar Features Speakers From Tokyo and Fukuoka Universities, Zeon Sep. 26, 2017. - The Research Association of Nano Structured Polymer recently held the 12th TPE Technology Institute Open Seminar, which was host to lectures on three topics. First to present was Sadaharu Hashimoto, R&D manager at Zeon Corp.’s (TYO:4205) R&D Center. His presentation, titled “Development of Novel Elastic Materials: Asymmetric Triblock Styrene Copolymer,” previously received an award from the Society of Polymer Science, […]
Hiroshima Kasei Director Talks Overseas Expansion, Future Plans Oct. 2, 2017. - Hiroshima Kasei Ltd.’s overseas production operations are thriving. Recently Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with Tomohiro Tamura, director of Hiroshima Kasei’s Industrial Materials Division, to discuss the company’s current state and overseas business expansion. When asked about Hiroshima Kasei’s current state of business, Tamura said that the company is focused on developing products based on the key concepts of safety […]
Nishikawa Rubber CEO Discusses North America, Sealing Products Sep. 21, 2017. - Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161), a large manufacturer of rubber parts for the automotive industry, inaugurated Yoshitomo Fukuoka as its new CEO three months ago. Unlike most in the automotive parts industry, Fukuoka’s prior work has been based around shipbuilding, and his switch between these highly divergent industries has drawn attention over recent months. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down […]

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