Japanese rubber industry news
Mitsubishi Chemical’s Carbon Fiber SMC Finds Use in Roof of New Toyota GR Yaris Nov. 27, 2020. - Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. recently announced that its carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) has been adopted for use in the roof of the new GR Yaris launched in September by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). In selecting this SMC, Toyota judged that the material would be able to facilitate both significant lightweighting and a high level of component performance while also […]
Sumitomo Rubber Tests TPMS to be Used in Level 4 Autonomous Driving Nov. 26, 2020. - Looking to help achieve Level 4 autonomous driving, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has built an integrated system that handles everything from obtaining tire pressure data through to facilitating maintenance for detected issues. The company recently subjected this system to proof-of-concept testing on public roads in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, on Nov. 12. This system comes as part of a joint […]
Mitsubishi Chemical’s Carbon Fiber SMC Finds Use in Roof of New Toyota GR Yaris Nov. 27, 2020. - Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. recently announced that its carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) has been adopted for use in the roof of the new GR Yaris launched in September by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). In selecting this SMC, Toyota judged that the material would be able to facilitate both significant lightweighting and a high level of component performance while also […]
Sumitomo Rubber Tests TPMS to be Used in Level 4 Autonomous Driving Nov. 26, 2020. - Looking to help achieve Level 4 autonomous driving, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has built an integrated system that handles everything from obtaining tire pressure data through to facilitating maintenance for detected issues. The company recently subjected this system to proof-of-concept testing on public roads in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, on Nov. 12. This system comes as part of a joint […]
Sumitomo Rubber Tests TPMS to be Used in Level 4 Autonomous Driving Nov. 26, 2020. - Looking to help achieve Level 4 autonomous driving, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has built an integrated system that handles everything from obtaining tire pressure data through to facilitating maintenance for detected issues. The company recently subjected this system to proof-of-concept testing on public roads in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, on Nov. 12. This system comes as part of a joint […]
Carbon Black Production Rises as North American Tire Demand Trends Toward Recovery Nov. 25, 2020. - Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5301) carbon black business is on the rebound after bottoming out during the April–June quarter, says President Hajime Nagasaka. Speaking at a financial results briefing on Nov. 5, Nagasaka said that demand is recovering particularly in the U.S. and Thai markets, adding that the company’s U.S. production bases have utilization rates up in the 90–95 percent […]
Sumitomo Riko Starts up Production at New Indian Plant for Automotive Hoses Oct. 23, 2020. - Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) recently announced that Tokai Imperial Rubber India Pvt. Ltd. (TIR), a consolidated subsidiary for the production and sale of automotive hoses, has built and launched a new Indian plant. TIR was first established in India, the world’s second largest country by population, back in 2005. Since then, the Sumitomo Riko Group has grown its Indian […]
Nitta Launches Two New Types of Virus Filter Oct. 15, 2020. - Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) recently announced that it has launched two new antiviral filter products: a RIM Light-branded filter for viruses, bacteria and mold, and a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. These new products are highly efficient at trapping and inactivating any viruses attached to particles and the like. Both have gone through JIS L 1922:2016 verification testing, which is carried […]
Osaka Soda Sees Decline in Sales, Profits for Q2 Despite New Adoption of Acrylic Rubber Nov. 20, 2020. - Chemicals manufacturer Osaka Soda Co. Ltd. (TYO:4046) recently reported its business results for the April–September quarter of fiscal 2020, showing a decline in both sales and profits. The company posted sales of 45.18 billion yen ($434.46 million), down 14.8 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, operating income was 3.5 billion yen, down 29.4 percent; ordinary income was 3.7 billion yen, down 28.7 percent; […]
Asahi Kasei Raises Hydrogenated Styrenic TPE Prices Nov. 19, 2020. - Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) has raised the prices for its Tuftec and S.O.E. hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomer products to 25 yen ($0.24) or more per kilo, starting with November 16 shipments. The chemicals manufacturer said that the price hike is due to manufacturing cost increases far beyond the range it can cover through its own cost-cutting efforts, being necessary then […]
Interview: Toyoda Gosei President Naoki Miyazaki Explains Plans to Boost Revenue in 2020 Jan. 30, 2020. - Facing a tough market and a need for innovation, Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has been making a range of moves to solidify its business foundations and pave the path for future growth. Company president Naoki Miyazaki recently sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly to give some insight into these plans. To begin with, Miyazaki noted that 2019 saw Toyoda […]
Interview: Gates Unitta Asia VP Shuji Miyamoto Details Plans for Sales Growth Jan. 21, 2020. - Gates Unitta Asia Co. is making a number of efforts to improve its sales of V-belts, auto tensioners and more across the Asian market. Shuji Miyamoto, who serves as VP at the company, recently took some time out to sit down for an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly and talk about Gates Unitta Asia’s efforts toward this. 2020 is expected […]