Kohei Arakawa, Zeon Corp.

Zeon to Mass-Produce Super-Growth Carbon Nanotubes

Zeon Corp., the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) held a completion ceremony at Zeon’s plant for the world’s first mass-production of carbon nanotubes using the super-growth method developed by AIST. The plant goes online in November 2015. The super-growth method offers the benefits of high-speed and...

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Former JSR President Yoshida Honored by Japanese Cabinet

On Nov. 3, 2015, former JSR Corp. President Yoshinori Yoshida received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from the Cabinet Office of the government of Japan. The Cabinet was conferring its autumn decorations and medals of honor. Yoshida was cited for accomplishments including spearheading global diversification that restructured JSR’s business and led to growth; contributing to...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Absorb Dunlop Goodyear in Japan

As of Jan. 1, 2016, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. will absorb its consolidated subsidiary Dunlop Goodyear Tires Ltd., which serves the original equipment market with tires and other products. The move will focus Sumitomo Rubber’s resources for more effective management and operations....

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Denka Completes Acquisition of Dupont’s Chloroprene Rubber Business

Denka Company Limited completed it acquisition of the chloroprene rubber (CR) business of E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Company (Dupont) on Oct. 31, 2015. In December 2014, the companies announced that Dupont would sell its CR business to Denka Performance Elastomer (DPE; capital: $62 million), a joint venture between Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Denka, for between 10 and 14...

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Ube Industries Records Strong Butadiene Rubber Sales

Ube Industries Ltd. recorded increased sales and profit for the first six months (April-Sept.) of fiscal 2015. Sales were up 5 percent year-on-year to 323.3 billion yen ($2.62 billion), operating income was up 230 percent to 20.5 billion yen ($166.4 million), and ordinary income was up 303 percent to 19.7 billion yen ($159.9 million). Profit attributable to owners of parent...

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Yokohama Rubber Consolidates Nagano Production Facilities

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for new buildings at its Nagano Toyooka Plant (Nagano Prefecture) as the company consolidates its Nagano production facilities with the aim of strengthening its hoses and couplings business. Construction is set for completion in November 2016, after which equipment will be moved from the current Nagano Takamori Plant to Toyooka. Consolidation...

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