Japanese Tire Companies Boost Production Capacity in North America

Japanese tire companies are reaping higher profits in the North American market with the help of a livelier U.S. economy. That help is coming in the form of strong sales of large vehicles in the U.S. that is creating major demand for large tires fitted onto pickup trucks and SUVs. Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has responded to this demand by announcing...

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Kinsei Rubber Succeeds in Making Tubing with Ultra-thin Walls; Under 0.5mm

Kinsei Rubber Industry Co. Ltd. has revealed that it has succeeded in developing tubing with ultra-thin walls under 0.5mm in thickness, using all of its compound rubber materials including fluororubber. According to Kinsei Rubber, they have previously been able to produce tubing with a wall thickness of 0.3mm using silicone rubber, but until now rubber compounds have generally required a...

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Showa Introduces Work Gloves With Seamless Sleeves

Showa Inc. has announced development of the R65, long work gloves with seamless sleeves. These seamless, 65-inch (165 centimeters) long gloves are coated from the fingertips all the way to the shoulder portion in nitrile rubber, making them highly resistant to abrasion and substances such as oil. Their seamless, all-in-one construction means no worries of ripping between the glove and...

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Hotty Polymer Develops Flexible Filament

Hotty Polymer Co. Ltd. has unveiled its originally developed “HP Filament” at the MD&M West Trade Fair and Conference in Anaheim, California, U.S. The HP Filament is a flexible filament designed for general-purpose 3D printers and enables the sculpting of highly flexible molded objects through Hotty Polymer’s proprietary compounds. Made with resin materials, the HP Filament can be used with...

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Negative Growth for Rubber Linings in 2015

Production volume of rubber linings in 2015 totaled 417 tons, a 16-percent year-on-year decline. There was increased use of rubber linings for certain uses. Production for automobiles and marine vessels enjoyed double-digit growth of 18 percent over the prior year, while that for equipment to prevent air pollution made a substantial gain of 38 percent. Other than these exceptions, however,...

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New Japanese Rubber and Resin Hose Products – Part 2

Kuraray Plastics Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) Kura-Drip drainage conduit pipes are used for promoting drainage in materials such as mortar and concrete. The unique construction that braids together fibers (thin strands) and monofilaments (thicker strands) prevents the infiltration of fine sand, earth, mortar or concrete. The products apply capillary action to drain away rainwater and other infiltrated moisture. Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186)...

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