Japanese rubber industry news
Price Hikes Set for Synthetic Rubber, Carbon Black and More Oct. 17, 2018. - Synthetic rubber, carbon black and a range of other raw materials have entered into a major period of price rises. This comes as price spikes for crude oil and naphtha – as well as the rising costs of distribution – place increasing pressure on companies in the industry. In synthetic rubber, industry leader JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has announced that it […]
Yokohama Rubber Settles on New Procurement Policy for Natural Rubber Oct. 16, 2018. - Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has adopted a procurement policy for sustainable natural rubber. The company will use this to detail its stance and efforts with regard to natural rubber procurement – as well as any related requests made to suppliers – and plans to implement the policy throughout the entirety of its group’s supply chain. […]
Price Hikes Set for Synthetic Rubber, Carbon Black and More Oct. 17, 2018. - Synthetic rubber, carbon black and a range of other raw materials have entered into a major period of price rises. This comes as price spikes for crude oil and naphtha – as well as the rising costs of distribution – place increasing pressure on companies in the industry. In synthetic rubber, industry leader JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has announced that it […]
Tokyo Commodity Exchange Lists TSR20 Futures Market Oct. 15, 2018. - The Tokyo Commodity Exchange Inc. (Tocom) on Oct. 9 listed futures contracts for technically specified rubber 20 (TSR20), expanding its operations in the rubber market. For contracts lasting until April, TSR20 prices per kilogram opened at 163.5 yen ($1.46) for the day before closing at 160 yen, with a high of 163.5 yen and a low of 159.8 yen. Trading […]
Yokohama Rubber Settles on New Procurement Policy for Natural Rubber Oct. 16, 2018. - Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has adopted a procurement policy for sustainable natural rubber. The company will use this to detail its stance and efforts with regard to natural rubber procurement – as well as any related requests made to suppliers – and plans to implement the policy throughout the entirety of its group’s supply chain. […]
Volvo Selects Continental PremiumContact 6 as OE Tire for V60 Station Wagon Oct. 11, 2018. - Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd., the Japanese arm of Continental AG, revealed on Oct. 3 that its PremiumContact 6 tire has been installed as original equipment (OE) for the Volvo V60, a premium midsize station wagon recently launched in Japan by Volvo Car Japan Co. Ltd. The PremiumContact 6 tire has already been certified by automakers as an OE tire […]
Bridgestone Sees Success With Spikeless Golf Shoes Employing Tire Technologies Oct. 10, 2018. - Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108), has announced that a line of spikeless golf shoes under its Tour B series achieved a major sales landmark over Sept. 10–16, becoming the week’s top-selling over-the-counter line of spikeless golf shoes in Japan. This comes as Bridgestone has applied technologies from its tires to the new line of shoes, […]
Totaku Sees Strong Domestic Demand for Plastic Hoses in Semiconductor, Food Sectors Oct. 3, 2018. - Totaku Industries Inc. is seeing a wave of strong demand for plastic hoses in Japan, with the company estimating that it has achieved year-on-year growth of 4–5 percent for the first half of fiscal 2018. Company president Kozo Toyoda said that Totaku has seen strong results across the board in its demand sectors, which include the semiconductor, food and civil […]
JSR Plans Price Hikes for Synthetic Rubbers, Emulsions Oct. 5, 2018. - Major synthetic rubber firm JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on Oct. 1 that it will be increasing prices for a range of its synthetic rubbers, emulsions and other products from Oct. 21 onward. For synthetic rubbers, the company will raise its per-kilogram prices by at least 15 yen ($0.13) for styrene–butadiene rubber; 16 yen for butadiene rubber; 16 yen for isoprene […]
NOF Sees Success With High-Performance Elastomers for Auto Parts Sep. 28, 2018. - NOF Corp. (TYO:4403) is keeping a keen eye on its NOF-Alloy TZ Series of high-performance elastomers, which are targeted toward use in components around automotive engines. Most applications for the series at present see these products being used in air ducts for trucks and similar vehicles. The NOF-Alloy TZ Series covers a range of thermoplastic elastomers with polymer alloy technology […]
Interview: Toyoda Gosei President Highlights Plans for Lighter, Quieter EVs Feb. 15, 2018. - Sitting down for a recent interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) President Naoki Miyazaki said that the automotive industry is entering a massive, once-in-a-century turning point. Such a shake-up to business is an opportunity for growth, he said. Miyazaki spoke on the impact of electrification and Toyoda Gosei’s strategy to deal with it, saying that although […]
Tigers Polymer President Kentaro Watanabe Eyes Increased Sales, Production for 2018 Feb. 9, 2018. - Tigers Polymer Corp. (TYO:4231) President Kentaro Watanabe recently sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly to talk about his company’s overseas operations for 2017 and where he expects to see things go here moving forward. Sales for the industrial rubber and resin products manufacturer are generally in good shape across the Americas, Southeast Asia and China, Watanabe said, particularly in China. […]

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