Second Half Outlook Upbeat for Forbo Light Conveyor Belts

Light resin conveyor belt manufacturer Forbo Siegling Japan Ltd., headquartered in Switzerland, reported that Japan sales of its belt division in the first half (January to June) were nearly flat compared with the prior year. In January to May, overall business was slow. Some regions had few new business prospects, with Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya struggling. But demand began to recover...

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Retread Tires Expected to Reach 30% of Market

The logistics industry, the main source of demand for truck and bus radial tires (TBRs), now faces a range of challenges to reduce costs and environmental impact. Among others these include rising fuel prices and the need to procure new vehicles to comply with emissions restrictions. One solution recently promoted by tire manufacturers is to offer tire sets that include both new and...

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Bridgestone Develops Seismic Isolation Rubber for Low-Rise Buildings

Bridgestone Corp. has announced the recent development of the X3R Series, its seismic isolation rubber for low-rise buildings. The company has already developed a super-large seismic isolation rubber for ultra-high-rise buildings, and sells a full assortment of types, including seismic isolation rubber for low-rise, mid-rise, high-rise, and ultra-high rise. In earthquake-prone Japan, the company’s products help mitigate earthquake damage. The...

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Old Toyo Rubber Tires Turn Into a Lion

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. set up a “Tire+Art” themed booth at the Tokyo Design Week 2015. The booth had on display a sculpture of a lion made using old Toyo tires created by Korean artist Ji Yong Ho, who specializes in tire art. Ji, who created this work on a request from Toyo Tires, said, “The reason I...

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Bridgestone Integrates Mining and Agricultural Machinery Operations

Bridgestone Corp. plans to establish in-house companies for mining and agricultural machinery on Jan. 1, 2016. Until now the functions of mining and agricultural machinery have been separated by region and product type. By integrating them from the perspective of customers, Bridgestone seeks to increase its customer orientation and enhance the expansion of its solutions business globally. The in-house companies...

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JRMA Establishes IRSG Liaison Committee

JRMA (The Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association, President: Tadanobu Nagumo, Chairman, CEO, and Representative Director of The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.) announced that it has established an IRSG (International Rubber Study Group) Liaison Committee during its 6th executive meeting, which was held in Osaka. In addition to the supply and demand statistics work it has been carrying out, the IRSG has started...

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