Japanese rubber industry news
Habasit Acquires and Integrates Two South Korean Belt Companies Dec. 12, 2019. - Swiss-based plastic belt manufacturer Habasit AG announced on Dec. 5 that it has acquired all stocks in Namil Belt Industrial Co. Ltd. (NBI) and Korea Belt Services (KBI), turning these two South Korean belt companies into wholly owned subsidiaries. By then integrating these two companies, Habasit aims to bolster its supply of high-quality, customized solutions to customers throughout South Korea. […]
Mazda Selects Toyo Tires’ Proxes R56M as OE Tire for New Crossover SUV Dec. 11, 2019. - Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) recently announced that it has started supplying its Proxes R56M to Mazda Motor Corp. (TYO:7261) for use as an OE tire in the automaker’s new crossover SUV. Named the Mazda CX-30, this new SUV launched in Japan on Oct. 24. The Proxes R56M employs a newly combined rubber compound brought about by Nano Balance Technology, a […]
Habasit Acquires and Integrates Two South Korean Belt Companies Dec. 12, 2019. - Swiss-based plastic belt manufacturer Habasit AG announced on Dec. 5 that it has acquired all stocks in Namil Belt Industrial Co. Ltd. (NBI) and Korea Belt Services (KBI), turning these two South Korean belt companies into wholly owned subsidiaries. By then integrating these two companies, Habasit aims to bolster its supply of high-quality, customized solutions to customers throughout South Korea. […]
Japan’s Rubber Hose Production Expected to Fall for Second Consecutive Year in 2020 Dec. 3, 2019. - The Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association has published a forecast pointing to a decline in Japan’s rubber hose market over 2019–2020. Released on Nov. 26, the forecast estimates that while Japan’s high-pressure hose production is set to rise for 2020, the market for automotive hoses looks likely to fall, causing the country’s overall production of rubber hoses to drop for […]
Mazda Selects Toyo Tires’ Proxes R56M as OE Tire for New Crossover SUV Dec. 11, 2019. - Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) recently announced that it has started supplying its Proxes R56M to Mazda Motor Corp. (TYO:7261) for use as an OE tire in the automaker’s new crossover SUV. Named the Mazda CX-30, this new SUV launched in Japan on Oct. 24. The Proxes R56M employs a newly combined rubber compound brought about by Nano Balance Technology, a […]
Bridgestone Looks to Create New Value by Building Innovation Park in Kodaira Dec. 10, 2019. - Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is reconstructing an existing technological development base in Kodaira, Japan, to build the Bridgestone Innovation Park. The rebuilt facilities here will form a globally oriented base from which to achieve innovation as the company positions 2020 as the start of a new era of value creation. Bridgestone Innovation Park will serve as a composite area. On top […]
Naigai Rubber Launches Rubber Baseball With Sensor Technology Dec. 5, 2019. - Naigai Rubber Industry Co. Ltd. has started sales of a new rubber baseball loaded with nine IoT-compatible sensors. Coming as part of the i-Ball Technical Pitch series, the new ball matches medium-sized regulation balls in terms of its size, weight and surface rubber, and is priced at 27,500 yen ($253). The sensors installed in the ball allow users to measure […]
Mitsuboshi Belting Posts 37.2B Yen in Sales for First Half Nov. 28, 2019. - Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) recently posted its business results for the first half of fiscal 2019, revealing increased sales and decreased profits. The company’s sales rose 1.2 percent year-on-year to 37.2 billion yen ($340.04 million), with operating profit down 6.8 percent to 4.4 billion yen, ordinary profit down 17.6 percent to 4.33 billion yen and net profit down 13.2 percent […]
Cabot Japan Emphasizes Importance of Dialogue With World-Leading Tire Manufacturers Dec. 9, 2019. - Boasting a history of more than 130 years, Cabot Corp. is the world’s largest producer of carbon black. Noriaki Yamanashi, head of the company’s Japanese arm, Cabot Japan KK, said that his company’s existence has significant meaning for the parent firm, with Japan serving as a base to hold dialogues with some of the world’s leading tire manufacturers. Cabot has […]
Denka to Withdraw From EVA Emulsion, Vinyl Acetate Resin Businesses Nov. 18, 2019. - Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) recently announced that it is planning a business withdrawal for ethylene–vinyl acetate (EVA) emulsion and vinyl acetate resin. The company intends to stop its operations here by August 2021. Denka has been producing and selling these two materials since the 1970s, and has worked constantly to cut costs while pursuing a number of other business improvements. […]
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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