JRW Surveys Outlook for Eastern Japan’s Rubber Industry

Japan Rubber Weekly (JRW) recently conducted a questionnaire survey of manufacturers and dealers on the industry’s current state and outlook. The survey focused on Japan’s Kanto and Koshin’etsu regions. Sixty-three companies responded. When asked about the current status, 71.4 percent of respondents answered “normal,” 3.1 percent said “strong,” and 25.4 percent said “sluggish.” The reasons offered for the “strong” answers...

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New Yokohama Rubber TB Tire Plant in U.S. Begins Operations

A new truck and bus (TB) tire plant run by The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s (President: Hikomitsu Noji) U.S. tire production subsidiary Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi LLC (YTMM, President : Tadaharu Yamamoto), has been fully operational since October. This is the first time Yokohama Rubber has constructed a plant in the U.S. from square one. Total investment (Phase 1) in...

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Bridgestone Creates Tire Using Guayule Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. has completed a tire that utilizes natural rubber derived from guayule rubber. The completed tire is one in which over 99 percent of the para-rubber-tree-derived natural rubber, which is conventionally used for side-walls and treads, has been replaced with guayule-derived natural rubber. Although Bridgestone admits that “there are factors that require further study such as wear resistance, steering...

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Towa Develops Gloves and Socks Made of Japanese Paper

Towa Corp., a manufacturer of work gloves, now has gloves and socks available that act as new skincare products to keep skin beautiful by using “Japanese paper.” This series of skin care products uses generous amounts of “Japanese paper fiber” that is spun from Japanese paper and silk. Japanese paper fiber has humidity-controlling properties that prevent dryness and stuffiness, as well as deodorizing and...

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Bando Chemical Develops Light-Duty Conveyor Belt for EU

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. announced the development of a light-duty conveyor belt compatible with Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 (referred to as the Plastics Implementing Measure (PIM)). Sales will begin in early November. In the EU, regulations stipulate that materials and products that come in contact with food do not cause health problems, and that they do not change the taste,...

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Sumitomo Riko Launches Bed-Sized SR Soft Vision

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. has added a bed-sized “full body version” to their lineup of body pressure detection sensors. The series lineup also contains the distribution version, the numerical version, and the wireless version for a total of four types, widening the selection of sizes optimized according to use. The full-body version that has just gone on sale is the...

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