Japanese rubber industry news
Interview: Zeon President Kimiaki Tanaka Explains Plan to Boost Focus on Specialty Elastomers Jan. 17, 2020. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has set its sights on having speciality products make up a larger proportion of its elastomers business going forward. Company president Kimiaki Tanaka took some time out recently to speak with Japan Rubber Weekly about these plans. Tanaka noted that in its business for elastomer materials, Zeon recently started up a new Thai plant for acrylic rubber. […]
Asahi Rubber Develops New Flexible Wiring by Combining Rubber With Kirigami Structure Jan. 16, 2020. - Asahi Rubber Inc. (TYO:5162) has developed a new flexible wiring product that is able to stretch with just a small amount of force while also exhibiting excellent durability and low electrical resistance. The company has achieved this by combining rubber with a structure based on kirigami, the art of paper cutting. The new design combines the benefits of a three-dimensional […]
Toyoda Gosei Becomes First Domestic Manufacturer With Sustainability-Linked Loan Jan. 10, 2020. - Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has contracted with MUFG Bank Ltd. for a sustainability-linked loan, making it Japan’s first domestic manufacturing company to take out this type of loan. Sustainability-linked loans are financial products that offer advantages such as preferential interest rates to incentivize the achievement of sustainability goals. They are also characterized by having less restrictions on use of […]
Toyo Tires, Nitto Booths to Go up at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 Jan. 8, 2020. - Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) will be setting up both a Toyo Tires booth and a Nitto booth at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020. One of the world’s largest custom car shows, this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon will be held over Jan. 10–12 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture. The Toyo Tires-branded booth will be depicting the company’s new brand statement, […]
Toyo Tires, Nitto Booths to Go up at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 Jan. 8, 2020. - Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) will be setting up both a Toyo Tires booth and a Nitto booth at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020. One of the world’s largest custom car shows, this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon will be held over Jan. 10–12 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Chiba Prefecture. The Toyo Tires-branded booth will be depicting the company’s new brand statement, […]
Sumitomo Rubber President Satoru Yamamoto Lays out Three Initiatives for 2020 Jan. 6, 2020. - Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) President and CEO Satoru Yamamoto recently laid out a set of three initiatives for his company to pursue heading into 2020, positioning these as a first step to bringing about the ideal organization. The first of these initiatives is for Sumitomo Rubber to establish a strong profit foundation, which will help the company to achieve […]
Asahi Rubber Develops New Flexible Wiring by Combining Rubber With Kirigami Structure Jan. 16, 2020. - Asahi Rubber Inc. (TYO:5162) has developed a new flexible wiring product that is able to stretch with just a small amount of force while also exhibiting excellent durability and low electrical resistance. The company has achieved this by combining rubber with a structure based on kirigami, the art of paper cutting. The new design combines the benefits of a three-dimensional […]
Okamoto Looks to Build Recycling Facilities at Shizuoka Plant in Bid to Minimize Outsourced Waste Disposal Jan. 9, 2020. - Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) is looking to establish recycling facilities within the site of its Shizuoka Plant in Yoshida, Shizuoka Prefecture. The company, which produces condoms, industrial goods and consumer products, uses the Shizuoka Plant more specifically to create the likes of plastic film, agricultural film, wallpaper and automotive interior materials. Toshio Tamura, president and CEO of Okamoto, said that […]
Toyoda Gosei Highlights Employee Innovation at Global Group Conference Dec. 13, 2019. - Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently held the 2019 Global Small Group Activity Conference, an event for highlighting excellent examples of company employees coming up with improvements in the workplace. Held at Sun Court East – a company training facility in Aichi Prefecture, Japan – the event saw approximately 210 attendees. This included Toyoda Gosei executives, as well as representatives […]
Cabot Japan Emphasizes Importance of Dialogue With World-Leading Tire Manufacturers Dec. 9, 2019. - Boasting a history of more than 130 years, Cabot Corp. is the world’s largest producer of carbon black. Noriaki Yamanashi, head of the company’s Japanese arm, Cabot Japan KK, said that his company’s existence has significant meaning for the parent firm, with Japan serving as a base to hold dialogues with some of the world’s leading tire manufacturers. Cabot has […]
Interview: Zeon President Kimiaki Tanaka Explains Plan to Boost Focus on Specialty Elastomers Jan. 17, 2020. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has set its sights on having speciality products make up a larger proportion of its elastomers business going forward. Company president Kimiaki Tanaka took some time out recently to speak with Japan Rubber Weekly about these plans. Tanaka noted that in its business for elastomer materials, Zeon recently started up a new Thai plant for acrylic rubber. […]
Interview: Sumitomo Riko President Tatsu Matsui Details Plans in Response to Automotive Revolution Jan. 15, 2020. - Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191), a leading global supplier of automotive anti-vibration rubber, is striving to develop new products and sectors in response to major upheaval in the automotive industry. Tatsu Matsui, president and CEO at Sumitomo Riko, recently sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly to give some more details on his company’s efforts here. 2020 is likely to continue […]

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