Making All-out Effort to Fulfill ‘JSR20i6’ Mid-term Business Plan—JSR

New Year’s Top Interview: JSR President Mitsunobu Koshiba President Mitsunobu Koshiba of JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) said recently in an interview with the Japan Rubber Weekly that his company’s future does not lie in an extension of the pattern its success has followed up to now. He instead stressed the crucial nature of nonlinear thinking. Koshiba said that an all-out effort...

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Focus on Further Expanding Sales and Profit—Gates Unitta Asia

New Year’s Interview: Gates Unitta Asia VP Shuji Miyamoto Shuji Miyamoto, vice president of Gates Unitta Asia Co., said in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly that growth was sluggish during 2015 in monetary terms due to the impact of exchange rates, but expanding business volume is raising expectations for increased revenue and profit. Although automotive industry growth was anemic...

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Greater Productivity, Same High Quality—Forbo Siegling

New Year’s Top Interview: Forbo Siegling Japan President Mamoru Sato Representative Director and President Mamoru Sato of Forbo Siegling Japan Ltd. said recently in an interview with the Japan Rubber Weekly that 2015 sales are forecast to increase 4–5 percent year-on-year. Profit will likely rise only marginally due to higher costs for raw materials, electricity and distribution. Despite these difficulties,...

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Interior Auto Materials, Condoms Performing Strongly—Okamoto

New Year’s Top Interview: Okamoto Industries President Yoshiyuki Okamoto President Yoshiyuki Okamoto of Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) said recently in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly that increased capital spending had yielded results by producing good business performance in 2015. Of particular note, the company is unable to meet demand for interior automobile materials in North America as well as...

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Improving the Product Pipeline—Achilles

New Year’s Top Interview: Achilles President Mamoru Ito President Mamoru Ito of Achilles Corp. (TYO:5142) spoke recently with Japan Rubber Weekly about its business and the company’s new headquarters. He said the relocation has enabled the company to centrally coordinate and direct operations more efficiently, while Achilles plans on using the proceeds gained from the sale of the former premises...

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Sports Shoes Ride Popularity of Running and Growing Demand for Footwear

Thanks to a booming sports lifestyle market beginning at the start of the 21st century, demand for sports shoes in Japan recovered, with sales in 2002 reaching 42 million pairs. However, from 2006 onward, there were no particularly popular categories or hit models. Amidst excess inventory and a slack market, sports shoes sales dropped to 37 million pairs in 2008...

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