Japanese rubber industry news
Tosoh Set to Raise Prices on PVC Paste From Next Month Oct. 23, 2018. - Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) has announced that it will be raising its prices for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) paste by over 16 yen ($0.14) per kilogram as of Nov. 1. The company had previously announced on July 19 that it would be increasing its PVC price by 10 yen per kilogram. But with the cost of domestically produced naphtha – a basic […]
Zeon to Expand Production Line for Retardation Film for Use in Large-Screen TV Applications Oct. 22, 2018. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) plans to build an additional production line for retardation films to be used in large television screens. The company will invest in the range of 10 billion yen ($88.86 million) to build a new production line with an annual capacity of 50 million square meters at its Tsuruga Plant in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture. Plans are to […]
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 […]
Continental Tire Japan Launches Promo Campaign for New Studless Winter Tire Oct. 19, 2018. - Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd., the Japanese arm of Continental AG, has launched a competition to promote the new VikingContact 7 – a studless winter tire launched in Japan this September. The entry period for this competition opened on Oct. 5 and is set to close on Oct. 31. As a next-generation studless winter tire, the VikingContact 7 expertly combines […]
Sumitomo Rubber Releases Promotional Anime Short for Dunlop Studless Winter Tires Oct. 18, 2018. - Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has released a new anime short to promote its Winter Maxx series of studless winter tires. Having last year released a first short named “Road to You: Kimi e to Tsuzuku Michi” to a strong reception, the company has now followed this up with “Road To You: Hoshi Furu Oka no Yakusoku,” releasing the video […]
Zeon to Expand Production Line for Retardation Film for Use in Large-Screen TV Applications Oct. 22, 2018. - Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) plans to build an additional production line for retardation films to be used in large television screens. The company will invest in the range of 10 billion yen ($88.86 million) to build a new production line with an annual capacity of 50 million square meters at its Tsuruga Plant in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture. Plans are to […]
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, […]
Tosoh Set to Raise Prices on PVC Paste From Next Month Oct. 23, 2018. - Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) has announced that it will be raising its prices for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) paste by over 16 yen ($0.14) per kilogram as of Nov. 1. The company had previously announced on July 19 that it would be increasing its PVC price by 10 yen per kilogram. But with the cost of domestically produced naphtha – a basic […]
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 […]
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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