Kumho Polychem Returns to Profitability

Kumho Polychem, a JSR Corp. group company producing ethylene propylene rubber (EPDM) in Korea, returned to profitability for the first half of the year. In addition to boosting sales volume, the company benefited from lower prices for the raw materials ethylene and propylene. In September, Kumho Polychem added 60,000 tons of annual production capacity, bringing its total to 210,000 tons. Although this additional capacity...

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Sumitomo Rubber Develops New Tire Technologies

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. has developed Gyroblade, a technology for airless tires that never go flat because they do not need to be inflated, and Coreseal, a tire sealant technology that prevents air leakage from damage to tire treads. Both are on display at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show. The Gyroblade technology consists of a tire tread attached to the circumference...

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Toyoda Gosei Expands its Production Capacity in Asia and Latin America

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. President Naoki Miyazaki spoke at the recent Tokyo Motor Show: “With the core of the market transitioning from developed to developing countries, and with consumer needs shifting to small and eco-friendly vehicles, global competition is intensifying to meet these changing needs. At Toyoda Gosei, we are facing these changes head-on with our TG2020 Vision targeting sustainable future growth....

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Bridgestone’s Tokyo Plant Restructuring

Masaaki Tsuya, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Bridgestone Corp., spoke with the Japan Rubber Weekly about the ongoing restructuring of the company’s development and manufacturing center in Tokyo’s Kodaira district. After the Kurume plant, the Tokyo plant has the second longest history of any of Bridgestone’s plants, and along with its Yokohama chemical and industrial products base, also...

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Mitsui Chemicals Opens Functional Compound Base in China

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. recently celebrated the opening of Mitsui Chemicals (Shanghai) Functional Composites Co. Ltd. (MFS), a company dealing in the production and sale of functional compounds in Shanghai’s Jinshan District. MFS aims to tap into demand in China’s growing automobile and packaging markets. In March, the factory started production and sales of Milastomer, a thermoplastic elastomer used in automotive window...

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Tohoku Region Attracts Automotive Industry, Faces Economic Disparity

Yoshinori Abe, acting chairman of the Tohoku Industrial Rubber Products Wholesale Trade Association and president of Seiwa Shoji, recently spoke to Japan Rubber Weekly about the economic conditions of the Tohoku region. Dividing the Tohoku region into East and West, an economic disparity has arisen between the three prefectures of Aomori, Akita, and Yamagata on the Sea of Japan side, to...

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