Toyo Tires Provides Free Inspections Along Major Expressway

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. (TYO:5105) recently conducted free tire inspections for drivers stopping at the Ebina Service Area (westbound) of the Tomei Expressway. While Toyo Tires conducts awareness activities on tire safety inspections every year, this was the first roadside inspection effort in four years. Covering three criteria — tire pressure, groove wear and visual checks for scratches and...

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Zeon Kasei to Build New PVC/PSC Factory in Mexico

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has announced that its subsidiary, Zeon Kasei Co. Ltd., will build a new factory in Mexico for the production of PVC/PSC resin compound for powder slush molding. The factory will use vinyl chloride resins as the raw material. The investment amount will be 1.5 billion yen ($13.5 million) and Zeon Kasei aims to begin production of 1,200...

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Tokyo Motorcycle Show Largest Ever, Over 120 Companies Exhibiting

The latest Tokyo Motorcycle Show gathered 121 companies, exhibiting the latest production and custom models, parts and apparel. Japan’s largest motorcycle-related event, this year’s show is aimed at changing motorcycling from a sport for grownups to an activity parents and children can easily approach together. Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) showed off the tire maker’s premium BATTLAX brand concept, emphasizing its theme...

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Yokohama Rubber to Boost Global Production, Sales of Marine Hoses

Yokohama Industrial Products Italy S.r.l., a subsidiary of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) that manufactures and sells marine hoses, will begin boosting production and increasing sales of its Seaflex brand of marine hoses in the first half of the fiscal year that began on April 1, 2016. The hoses, which are used for the maritime transport of crude oil and...

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Komatsubara Demonstrates Benefits of Conveyor Belt Cleaning System for Food Manufacturers

Komatsubara, a Japanese manufacturer of equipment and machinery for producing rubber products, has plans to increase sales of its Floating Vibro Washer (FV Washer), a washing system for automatically cleaning and unclogging soiled metal mesh conveyor belts. The FV Washer is highly suitable for use in food production processes, where complete hygiene control is an absolute requirement. And the company...

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Japan Rubber Workers Union Confederation Negotiates 1,010 Yen Pay Scale Increase

The settlement results for labor force wages and annual bonuses have started to come out from the “spring offensive” negotiations in Japan. The Japanese Rubber Workers Union Confederation is comprised of 58 member unions. Forty-eight of those put forth wage demands to the companies of the unions’ respective labor forces, from which 20 unions have reached conclusions. Regarding annual bonuses, 45...

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