Japanese rubber industry news
Zeon to Bolster Cycloolefin Polymer Production Oct. 18, 2019. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has decided to boost cycloolefin polymer (COP) production capacity at its Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. The move comes as an effort to respond to rising demand for optical film. Through this project, Zeon intends to increase its production capacity for this highly transparent thermoplastic resin from a current level of 37,000 tons per year up […]
Midori Anzen Launches New Gloves Offering Protection From Insulin Needles Oct. 17, 2019. - Midori Anzen Co. Ltd. has begun sales of the Insulin Guard and the Sus-K Grip, two new lines of gloves resistant to being pierced by the insulin needles. Developed and produced by Porute Ltd., these new gloves are available from a number of online stores. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of patients administering insulin […]
Michelin, Continental, Smag Form JV for Rubberway Smartphone App Oct. 15, 2019. - Michelin, Continental AG and agricultural software developer Smag are forming a joint venture for Rubberway, a smartphone application aimed at mapping the supply chain for natural rubber. The new JV is slated to begin operations by the end of 2019 and will focus on bolstering the app’s technological development and rollout. The Rubberway app has been designed to comply with […]
Bridgestone Exhibits Advanced Mobility Designs at Company Museum Oct. 10, 2019. - Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has started up a new exhibit at Bridgestone Today, a company museum located in Kodaira, Tokyo. Set to run until Nov. 5, the exhibit includes a number of advanced mobility designs that were created as part of a joint project with Musashino Art University. Established with an eye toward industry upheavals like Mobility as a Service (MaaS) […]
Yokohama Rubber Wins Good Design Awards for Three Tire Products Oct. 16, 2019. - Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has picked up Good Design Awards this year for three company tire products. These are the BluEarth-GT AE51, a grand touring tire; the Geolandar X-CV, a high-performance crossover SUV tire; and the 302C, a dump truck tire for both paved and unpaved roads. The BluEarth-GT AE51 provides excellent total performance across metrics including driveability, comfort […]
Sumitomo Rubber Sets up New Tire Production System Utilizing AI, IoT Oct. 8, 2019. - Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is working on rolling out a new tire production system that makes use of AI and IoT platforms to achieve high quality and efficiency. The company intends to introduce this to all of its tire plants and 12 domestic and overseas bases by 2025. Under the new system, facility operating data from the tire production […]
Midori Anzen Launches New Gloves Offering Protection From Insulin Needles Oct. 17, 2019. - Midori Anzen Co. Ltd. has begun sales of the Insulin Guard and the Sus-K Grip, two new lines of gloves resistant to being pierced by the insulin needles. Developed and produced by Porute Ltd., these new gloves are available from a number of online stores. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of patients administering insulin […]
Sumitomo Rubber’s Anti-Vibration Dampers Installed at Kumamoto Castle Oct. 2, 2019. - Four anti-vibration dampers provided by Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) have been installed at a small tower attached to the main keep of Kumamoto Castle, which suffered major damage as part of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes. This follows the company’s anti-vibration dampers having already been fitted to the main keep last year. With restoration work on the main keep’s exterior […]
Zeon to Bolster Cycloolefin Polymer Production Oct. 18, 2019. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has decided to boost cycloolefin polymer (COP) production capacity at its Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. The move comes as an effort to respond to rising demand for optical film. Through this project, Zeon intends to increase its production capacity for this highly transparent thermoplastic resin from a current level of 37,000 tons per year up […]
Kuraray Adopts Rehiring System for Former Employees Oct. 11, 2019. - Chemical manufacturer Kuraray Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) launched a new system on Sept. 20 to offer re-employment opportunities to those who have left the company. Kuraray also introduced a social networking system (SNS) that enables the exchange of information with former career track employees to exchange information to help them get back up to speed with work. When an employee wishes […]
Shin-Etsu Polymer Posts Increased Sales, Profits for Fiscal 2018 May. 7, 2019. - Shin-Etsu Polymer Co. Ltd. (TYO:7970) has posted year-on-year increases to both sales and profits as part of its results for fiscal 2018. The company recorded sales of 85.46 billion yen ($770.76 million) for the year, up by 7.7 percent; operating profit of 8.15 billion yen, up by 13.1 percent; ordinary profit of 8.03 billion yen, up by 10.3 percent; and […]
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 […]

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