Bando Chemicals Develops Optical Transparent Adhesive Sheet

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) will release an optical transparent adhesive sheet in August. The company developed the product, called Free Crystal, to apply to components of touchscreen displays. With the increased use of touchscreens, the needs for optical transparent adhesive sheets are diversifying. This demand is particularly strong for products like car navigation systems, where manufacturers want to turn...

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Tosoh Establishes Training Facility for on-the-job Learning and Research

Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042), a chemical manufacturer that makes synthetic rubber, has established a new on-the-job training and research facility at its Nanyo factory complex in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The training facility was built to provide manufacturing operators and technical staff with real experience in both normal and emergency plant operations and control methods. It will be used for real-life training...

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JSR Eyes to Strengthen Global S–SBR Promotion

Japan’s largest manufacturer of synthetic rubber, JSR Corp. (TYO:4185), is doing well with its solution styrene butadiene rubber (S–SBR) for fuel-efficient tires. The company has increased sales of S–SBR for eco tires by just short of 120 percent over that of the previous term. Such sales expansion has been a point of focus for the company, coming amid a dip...

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Synthetic Rubber Production Volume in Japan Down 12% for March

Synthetic rubber production volume in Japan dropped to 102,196 tons for March, down about 12 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the Synthetic Rubber Industry Association of Japan. The total production volume between January and March was 388,573 tons, a 4 percent year-on-year decline. Meanwhile, the production volume of styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) for March plummeted to...

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Inside View: Tokai Carbon’s Take on Japan’s Carbon Black Industry

Factors such as automobile tire production and carbon black imports have a major impact on Japan’s carbon black industry. Last year saw a decrease in import volume from China due to the weak yen, but the stronger yen expected for this year is causing fears of a slight increase in imports, mainly from China. Japan Rubber Weekly got an inside...

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Amid Global Stagnation, Tosoh’s CR Business Finds Opportunities in India

Chemical manufacturer Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) saw a slight year-on-year decline through March of this year on the sales volume of its chloroprene rubber (CR) business. On the back of a weak Japanese yen, the company had hoped domestically to see a rebound in the number of produced automobiles. However, such numbers remained stagnant from the previous term. CR is used...

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