Kinugawa Rubber to Accept Takeover Bid by Development Bank of Japan

Kinugawa Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. (TYO:5196) will accept a takeover bid (TOB) from the Development Bank of Japan, Inc. (DBJ). For this deal, the DBJ has concluded separate agreements with Kinugawa Rubber Industrial’s largest shareholder, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7201; stake of 20.25 percent), and second largest shareholder, Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105; stake of 11.89 percent), to...

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Yokohama Rubber Makes Strides With New Conveyor Belt

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has a policy with its conveyor belt business to focus on the steel sector in Japan while focusing on resource development sectors in overseas markets. In the last few years, the company has been actively developing new conveyor belt products, including the popular High-Heat Resistant MJ Fabric Belt that it developed last year. The use...

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Nitta Celebrates 131 Years of Business

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) held ceremonies on March 18 at its head office in Osaka and plant in Nara to celebrate 131 years in business, followed by awards for its long-service employees. In his ceremony speech, President and Representative Director Motonobu Nitta said that the company has survived through the generations by responding to whatever challenges have come its way and...

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Toyoda Gosei Develops System to Prevent Drivers From Looking Away, Sleeping on the Wheel

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) developed a retrofittable alert system that detects dangerous driving behaviors such as taking eyes off the road and nodding off at the wheel in order to help prevent accidents involving its trucks it sold. The system, which consists of a replacement handle equipped with a camera and a smartphone installed with a dedicated application, sends...

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Yoshino Earns Strong Reputation as Total Supplier of Conveyor Systems

Headquartered in Osaka, Yoshino Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. supplies products for diverse conveyor applications, among them steep slope conveyors, cylindrical conveyors and vertical conveyors, and plastic rollers. This strong product line-up has earned the company an excellent reputation as a total supplier of conveyor systems. Yoshino does not only focus on the Japanese market, but also receives a high amount of...

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Sumitomo Rubber Sees Bright Outlook for Infrastructure Business

Infrastructure products from Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) are garnering attention. The company is positioning three areas of its Hybrid Business Division—flooring materials, civil works and marine facilities and sports facilities—as infrastructure products. Inorganic poured floors represent a flagship product in the company’s flooring materials. The product has a strong track record with installations in a wide variety of factories...

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