Japanese rubber industry news
NOK Develops Low-Torque Rotary Seal Rings Mar. 27, 2017. - NOK Corp. (TYO:7240) has developed two new low-torque rotary seal rings, the TS-Ring and the CT-Ring, for use in automatic transmission (AT) and continuously variable transmission (CVT) vehicles. Both rings exhibit world-first technology, utilizing dynamic pressure and an outer sliding surface to achieve low-torque performance. As the automotive industry strives to improve fuel efficiency, there is an increased need for […]
Nippon A&L to Increase Synthetic Latex Rubber Prices Mar. 27, 2017. - Nippon A&L Inc. has announced that it will increase the price of its synthetic latex rubber starting from April 1. Per dry kilogram, the company will increase the prices of its latex for paper processing by 50 yen ($0.45), general manufacturing latex by 55 yen, nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) latex by 65 yen and vinylpyridine (VP) latex by 75 yen. According […]
Zeon, Sumitomo Chemical S-SBR Joint Venture to Commence Operations in April Mar. 22, 2017. - ZS Elastomers Co. Ltd. (ZSE), a solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) joint venture between Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005), will commence operations on April 3. ZSE has obtained approvals from the relevant authorities in Japan and overseas and will take over the sales and R&D functions of Zeon and Sumitomo Chemical’s S-SBR businesses. The company will also […]
Rubber Unions Demand Average Wage Hike of 1.89% Mar. 21, 2017. - Member unions of the Japan Rubber Workers Union Confederation (JRWUC) have submitted their wage demands at the group’s annual spring labor offensive, directing most of their efforts toward large rubber companies. Demands have been made by 52 out of a total 58 JRWUC member unions, with a total of 42 unions demanding higher monthly wages. While monthly wage demands from […]
WTCC MOTEGI 2016 Yokohama Rubber Announces Plans to Support Motor Sports in 2017 Mar. 23, 2017. - Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) will support motor sports events again in fiscal 2017. The company says that as in previous years, it will be an enthusiastic supporter of racing teams competing in events across all motor sports categories and in countries around the world. By supporting motor sports, Yokohama Rubber aims at contributing to global growth of its tire […]
Nihon Michelin to Release Michelin Guide Miyagi 2017 Special Edition Mar. 23, 2017. - Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. will release Michelin Guide Miyagi 2017 Special Edition, covering the entire Miyagi Prefecture, on July 14 at major bookstores across Japan. Prior to the sale, the company will make the guide available on official membership website Club Michelin. Past releases of Michelin guides in Japan include Michelin Guide Tokyo 2008, published in 2007, and Michelin […]
NOK Develops Low-Torque Rotary Seal Rings Mar. 27, 2017. - NOK Corp. (TYO:7240) has developed two new low-torque rotary seal rings, the TS-Ring and the CT-Ring, for use in automatic transmission (AT) and continuously variable transmission (CVT) vehicles. Both rings exhibit world-first technology, utilizing dynamic pressure and an outer sliding surface to achieve low-torque performance. As the automotive industry strives to improve fuel efficiency, there is an increased need for […]
Shimoda Rubber to Start Full-Scale Sales of Ultrathin Rubber Sheets Mar. 24, 2017. - All-around rubber manufacturer Shimoda Rubber Industry Co. Ltd., which produces both rubber sheets and other products, is currently focusing on the development of a new rubber sheeting product. The sheets, which are targeted at industry use, are created with the use of a calender roll. The company boasts a highly adaptable manufacturing system and takes on even minor manufacturing requests. […]
Nippon A&L to Increase Synthetic Latex Rubber Prices Mar. 27, 2017. - Nippon A&L Inc. has announced that it will increase the price of its synthetic latex rubber starting from April 1. Per dry kilogram, the company will increase the prices of its latex for paper processing by 50 yen ($0.45), general manufacturing latex by 55 yen, nitrile-butadiene rubber (NBR) latex by 65 yen and vinylpyridine (VP) latex by 75 yen. According […]
Zeon, Sumitomo Chemical S-SBR Joint Venture to Commence Operations in April Mar. 22, 2017. - ZS Elastomers Co. Ltd. (ZSE), a solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) joint venture between Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005), will commence operations on April 3. ZSE has obtained approvals from the relevant authorities in Japan and overseas and will take over the sales and R&D functions of Zeon and Sumitomo Chemical’s S-SBR businesses. The company will also […]
Soichi Inoue Interview: Inoac CEO Soichi Inoue Highlights Global Expansion Mar. 2, 2017. - Inoac Corp. CEO Soichi Inoue recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. The 87-year-old Inoue discussed the global expansion of the Nagoya-based company, a Japanese leader in rubber and resin-related products. With Inoac having overseas subsidiaries in some 80 locations across 13 countries, the company is expanding its business in the global market, Inoue said. The […]
Yokohama Rubber’s Noji, Yamaishi Discuss Path to Navigating Turbulent Landscape Feb. 3, 2017. - With Masataka Yamaishi set to step into the role of president and representative member of the board of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) on March 30, both Yamaishi and current president Hikomitsu Noji discussed the change at a press conference. It is a turning point of a year, said Noji, as 2017 marks the final year of the company’s 12-year […]

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