Bridgestone Starts Production at Thai Conveyor Belt Plant

Bridgestone Corp. recently announced that its subsidiary in Thailand, Bridgestone NCR Co. Ltd. (BSNCR) has started production of conveyor belts in July, and that the first batch of belts has been sent to Laem Chabang Port in Thailand’s Chonburi Province. Founded in 1996, BSNCR is a production base for anti-vibration rubber, automotive hoses, hydraulic hoses and other products. The plant,...

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Yokohama Rubber President Expects Continued Momentum in North America

While announcing second quarter 2015 financial results, The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. President Hikomitsu Noji said that sales in overseas tire markets, especially in North America, were sluggish from January to April. This was due to the fact that there were too few tire sets for SUVs, which make up over 50 percent of the market. This will be rectified with...

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Uvex Safety Enters Distributorship Agreement With Kokugo

Uvex Safety Group GmbH & Co. KG, a German manufacturer of safety equipment, has entered into a distributorship agreement with Kokugo Co. Ltd., a historic Japanese vendor of physics and chemistry products for the sale of the former’s industrial gloves in Japan. The partnership will see the full launch of a range of high function, value-added products in the country....

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Demand for Construction Equipment to Increase 2 Percent

According to estimates by the Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association, an organization of companies including makers of hydraulic excavators, construction cranes and tractors, the 2016 demand for shipments of construction equipment is projected to rise to 2.16 trillion yen (approximately $18 billion), an increase of 2 percent over the previous year. The Japanese domestic portion of this figure is 853.6...

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Domestic Tire Production Down 3.8 Percent in First Half

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association Inc. (JATMA) announced combined automobile tire and tire tubes production performance figures for the January–June period at a total of 536,091 tons, a 3.8 percent drop compared to the same period last year. Differentiated according to product categories, production performance for truck and bus tires and tubes dropped by 5.3 percent, for light trucks...

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Ube, Lotte and Mitsubishi Launch Rubber JV in Malaysia

Chemical, construction material, and metal manufacturer Ube Industries Ltd. held an opening ceremony for its butadiene rubber (BR) joint-venture company established in Malaysia, “Lotte-Ube Synthetic Rubber” (LUSR, located in Tanjung Langsat Industrial Park, Johor, Malaysia). LUSR is a joint-venture company between Ube Industries, Lotte Chemical Corp. and its subsidiary Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Sdn. Bhd., and Mitsubishi Corp. LUSR operates...

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