Rubber Machinery Systems Maker Suzuka Engineering Reaches Financing Agreement

Suzuka Engineering Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture) reached a financing agreement last November with Hyakugo Bank Ltd. (TYO:8368) on the basis of an intellectual property business assessment report. Serving a wide spectrum of the rubber industry, Suzuka Engineering independently develops and designs rubber manufacturing processes and, most notably, industrial machinery instruments and systems for kneading operations. On the...

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Tokai Carbon Posts 9% Sales Drop in 2015

Japan’s largest carbon black manufacturer Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. (TYO: 5301) reported annual sales of 104.9 billion yen ($921.8 million) for fiscal 2015 (January-December), marking a 9 percent year-on-year decline. Of those, the carbon black (CB) segment accounted for sales of 46.2 billion yen ($406 million), a year-on-year decline of 16 percent. Operating profit declined 50 percent to 1.3 billion...

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Rheinchemie Additives Toyohashi Site Reaches 7,500 Consecutive Days Without Accident

The Toyohashi production facility of the business unit Rhein Chemie Additives (BU ADD) of Lanxess K.K. announced that as of Nov. 30, 2015 it had reached 7,500 consecutive days without an accident. A ceremony to mark this milestone was held on Jan. 27, 2016. This marks more than 25 years of safe operation since the site went onstream. The Toyohashi...

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Condom Maker Fuji Latex Posts 4% Sales Increase in Q3

Condom manufacturer Fuji Latex Co. Ltd. (TYO:5199) posted 5.2 billion yen ($45.3 million) in sales for the first nine months of the business year through March (April-December 2015), a 4 percent year-on-year increase, with profit also expected to show an increase. By business category, medical device business operations generated 1.5 billion yen ($13.1 million) in sales, up 10 percent on...

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Nitta Launches New Instrument to Measure Foot Pressure Distribution

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has launched Footview SAM, a new device that measures the distribution of pressure from feet. The company develops and sells ultra-thin sensor units with a diverse range of features and shapes. Among these is the Footview series of products for reading foot pressure distribution. The devices have a good track record, primarily at medical institutions. Nitta developed...

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Adidas Japan Beefing Up Lineup for Women

Adidas Japan K.K. plans to further bolster its business geared toward women between now and 2020. This year, the company will start by releasing new core products in its lineup, such as its Pure Boost X running shoes developed exclusively for women, a first in Adidas history. Other efforts will include creating a women-only multi-sports community and opening new stores...

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