Bando Records Strong Overseas Sales

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd., a major Japanese belt manufacturer, is making strides in increasing sales in overseas markets. Growing sales in China, Asia and new markets is one of the strategies in the company’s mid-term business plan. Bando Chemical has improved sales of replacement belts for scooters in India and Vietnam during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. In...

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Asics next generation running shoe MetaRun

Asics Next-Generation Running Shoes

Asics Corporation has announced the release of MetaRun next-generation running shoes designed for long-distance runners. Asics and its Asics Institute of Sports Science spent three years in development to create the company’s best running shoes ever. MetaRun incorporates four patented and five new technologies to achieve the light weight, stability, fit and cushioning that are crucial to running long distances...

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China’s Rubber Industry Sees Hope in Corporate Japan

As China’s economy slows down, the country’s manufacturers of rubber materials and machinery are hoping to export to Japan or sell to Japanese companies operating in China. Shinichi Kato, who runs his own rubber and chemicals consulting firm, recently visited China and informed Japan Rubber Weekly about the latest happenings in the Chinese rubber industry. The International Rubber Conference 2016...

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Carbon Black Masterbatch Output Down

Japan’s carbon black masterbatch industry is experiencing a downturn. The expected rise in demand starting in July 2015 had not materialized as of November. Accordingly, the Japan Polymer Mixing Manufacturers Association (JPMA; comprising 24 companies) has lowered its forecast for 2015 to between 110,000 and 115,000 tons, about the same as 2014, or less. The year the JPMA was established,...

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Dow Japan Holds Innovation Day

Dow Chemical Japan Ltd. (President: Peter Jennings) held “Dow Japan Innovation Day Tokyo” on November 19 to showcase its latest technologies and business activities in Japan. The large turnout of 320 visitors included customers, partner companies and industry representatives. The importance that Dow places on the Japanese market was shown by the presence of about 50 personnel from parent The...

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Rubber Companies Post Higher Revenues, Profits in First Half

The 25 listed rubber companies (including the two synthetic rubber manufacturers JSR Corp. and Zeon Corp.) have reported their earnings for the first six months (April-September) of fiscal 2015. Twenty of the 25 companies reported higher revenues, while 21 increased operating profits, 19 had higher ordinary income, and 20 increased net income. Seventeen increased both revenues and profits (sales, ordinary...

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