Japanese rubber industry news
Major Tire Companies Plan Production Increases for 2019 While Projecting Rising Sales, Falling Profits Feb. 22, 2019.- Japan’s four major tire manufacturers have now posted their earnings forecasts for calendar 2019, with the general trend of expectations here pointing to increased sales and decreased profits. And amid this, all four of the companies are planning increases to their production capacity. While a number of factors make 2019 a difficult year to predict – including the U.S.–China trade […]
Bridgestone Supplies Tires for Audi’s First EV Feb. 21, 2019.- Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it is supplying six different tires ranging 19–21 inches for the E-Tron SUV, a new electric vehicle (EV) that launched this January under the Audi Group. Hitting the market as Audi’s first EV, the E-Tron utilizes two electric motors to make for major improvements to both acceleration and noise levels. Bridgestone’s tires then help […]
Major Tire Companies Plan Production Increases for 2019 While Projecting Rising Sales, Falling Profits Feb. 22, 2019.- Japan’s four major tire manufacturers have now posted their earnings forecasts for calendar 2019, with the general trend of expectations here pointing to increased sales and decreased profits. And amid this, all four of the companies are planning increases to their production capacity. While a number of factors make 2019 a difficult year to predict – including the U.S.–China trade […]
Osaka Soda Posts Increased Sales, Profits Following Strong Performance With Rubber Products Feb. 12, 2019.- Osaka Soda Co. Ltd. (TYO:4046) has posted a significant increase to its sales and profits for the cumulative first three quarters of fiscal 2018. Year-on-year, Osaka Soda’s sales rose by 9.9 percent to reach 81.85 billion yen ($741.23 million) over the nine-month period. In profits, meanwhile, the company’s operating profit rose 36 percent to 7.65 billion yen, with ordinary profit […]
Major Tire Companies Plan Production Increases for 2019 While Projecting Rising Sales, Falling Profits Feb. 22, 2019.- Japan’s four major tire manufacturers have now posted their earnings forecasts for calendar 2019, with the general trend of expectations here pointing to increased sales and decreased profits. And amid this, all four of the companies are planning increases to their production capacity. While a number of factors make 2019 a difficult year to predict – including the U.S.–China trade […]
Bridgestone Supplies Tires for Audi’s First EV Feb. 21, 2019.- Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it is supplying six different tires ranging 19–21 inches for the E-Tron SUV, a new electric vehicle (EV) that launched this January under the Audi Group. Hitting the market as Audi’s first EV, the E-Tron utilizes two electric motors to make for major improvements to both acceleration and noise levels. Bridgestone’s tires then help […]
Nitta Develops New Robotic Hand Able to Grip Wider Range of Foods Feb. 14, 2019.- Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) is set to begin accepting orders this March for its new SOFTmatics robotic hand. In developing the SOFTmatics, the major industrial rubber products manufacturer looked to bring about a new robotic hand that is able to directly grip foods of unusual shape and other such characteristics – a task that has proven difficult for conventional robotic hands. […]
Sumitomo Riko Posts Record Sales, Falling Profits for Q1–Q3 Feb. 6, 2019.- Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) recently posted record-high sales in cumulative results for the first three quarters of fiscal 2018. This comes despite profits falling under all metrics. Sales for the nine-month period came to 350.43 billion yen ($3.19 billion), up 2.8 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, business profit – calculated by subtracting cost of sales, sales expenses and general administrative expenses […]
Toyoda Gosei Holds Opening Ceremony at New Indian Plant for Automotive Safety Products Feb. 13, 2019.- Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently announced that Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd. (TGMIN), a subsidiary based in India, held an opening ceremony on Feb. 4 for its new Gujarat Plant. The Gujarat Plant began operations last October, manufacturing products for automotive safety systems – such as airbags and steering wheels – as well as weatherstrips and more. These […]
Continental Opens German Research Lab for Dandelion Rubber Jan. 28, 2019.- Continental AG recently announced that it has opened Taraxagum Lab Anklam, a laboratory for research into dandelion rubber. The new facility is located in Anklam, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The research lab will conduct R&D efforts into cultivation and extraction processes for the Russian dandelion, looking to use this as a source of natural rubber. Plans are to then utilize this as […]
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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