Japanese rubber industry news
Toyo Tires Partners With EV Maker to Develop Suspension Module Jan. 19, 2018. - Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) and Kyoto-based electric vehicle (EV) maker GLM Co. Ltd. have agreed to collaborate in developing a suspension module for EVs. The two partners aim to develop an active air suspension system that adapts to road conditions to alleviate shaking and vibration, with a commercial product to come sometime during 2020. GLM will provide […]
Zeon President Discusses Growth Strategy in Increasingly EV-Centric Market Jan. 18, 2018. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) President Kimiaki Tanaka recently spoke with Japan Rubber Weekly about how the accelerating trend toward electric vehicles (EVs) will impact his company. Tanaka said that specialty rubber, which is used in parts around automotive engines and is central to the company’s earnings, will be used less and less as the industry continues its march toward EVs. Zeon […]
Strong Demand for Robotics-Related Rubber Products Dec. 12, 2017. - The robotics industry is booming as manufacturers cut personnel costs and supplement scarce human resources through production line automation and workforce reduction. According to statistics reported by the Japan Robot Association (JARA), 55,998 robotic devices were produced during the July-September quarter, up 44.9 percent from the same quarter of the previous year. Shipment value amounted to 195.95 billion yen ($1.73 […]
Rubber Seal Maker TPR Set to Acquire Nobukawa Dec. 7, 2017. - TPR Co. Ltd. (TYO:6463), a producer of piston rings, cylinder liners and other key components for internal combustion engines, recently announced that it will acquire carbon masterbatch maker Nobukawa Co. Ltd. as a wholly owned subsidiary on Dec. 13. The move is part of an overall plan by TPR to diversify its operations by moving into the manufacturing and marketing […]
Yokohama Rubber Launches New Racing Kart Tire Approved by JAF Jan. 11, 2018. - Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) launched on Jan. 10 the Advan SLJ-branded ADJ racing kart tire, which meets the tire specifications of the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF). The tire comes in two sizes – 3.6×10.0-5 and 5.0×11.0-5 – and has no suggested retail price. A dry tire for cadet-class racing karts, the ADJ is based on its predecessor, the AAJ. […]
Sumitomo Rubber CEO Discusses Company Direction in Bid for Vigorous Growth Jan. 9, 2018. - Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) plans to surpass its sales goals for 2018, said President and CEO Ikuji Ikeda in a recent interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. The company, he said, is looking to turn around its business ahead of 2020, the company’s Vision 2020 target year. Ikeda said that the automotive industry, to which Sumitomo Rubber is deeply connected, […]
Mitsuboshi Belt President Talks EV Impact on Automotive Belt Market Jan. 16, 2018. - The Japanese market is witnessing a decline in demand for automotive belts, says Hajime Kakiuchi, president of major automotive belts and parts manufacturer Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192). Sitting down recently for an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, Kakiuchi said that the drop-off comes as a consequence of not only the shift to electric vehicles (EVs) but also with the expanded […]
Bando Chemical President Details Plans in Preparation for EV Shift Jan. 15, 2018. - Mitsutaka Yoshii, president of rubber belt and functional parts manufacturer Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195), sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly ahead of the new year to discuss his company’s plans for 2018. Noting that Bando’s new businesses have finally taken shape, he stressed that placing them on a sound growth footing is the key task in the second stage […]
Zeon President Discusses Growth Strategy in Increasingly EV-Centric Market Jan. 18, 2018. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) President Kimiaki Tanaka recently spoke with Japan Rubber Weekly about how the accelerating trend toward electric vehicles (EVs) will impact his company. Tanaka said that specialty rubber, which is used in parts around automotive engines and is central to the company’s earnings, will be used less and less as the industry continues its march toward EVs. Zeon […]
JSR President Talks Initiative to Advance Elastomer Operations Beyond Asia Jan. 17, 2018. - JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) President Mitsunobu Koshiba is hoping to see stable earnings for his company’s elastomer business. But to achieve this, he recently told Japan Rubber Weekly, JSR will need to take its marketing efforts for the sector onto the global stage. Koshiba said that his company’s elastomer business still has its sales largely directed at the Japanese domestic tire […]
Zeon President Discusses Growth Strategy in Increasingly EV-Centric Market Jan. 18, 2018. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) President Kimiaki Tanaka recently spoke with Japan Rubber Weekly about how the accelerating trend toward electric vehicles (EVs) will impact his company. Tanaka said that specialty rubber, which is used in parts around automotive engines and is central to the company’s earnings, will be used less and less as the industry continues its march toward EVs. Zeon […]
JSR President Talks Initiative to Advance Elastomer Operations Beyond Asia Jan. 17, 2018. - JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) President Mitsunobu Koshiba is hoping to see stable earnings for his company’s elastomer business. But to achieve this, he recently told Japan Rubber Weekly, JSR will need to take its marketing efforts for the sector onto the global stage. Koshiba said that his company’s elastomer business still has its sales largely directed at the Japanese domestic tire […]

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