Michelin Japan Supports Car Sharing Project in Earthquake-stricken Regions

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. is lending a hand to a car sharing project supporting residents of areas affected by the earthquakes in Tohoku (March 2011) and Kumamoto (April 2016). Organized by the Ishinomaki City-based Japan Car Sharing Association, the auto-sharing project aims to improve the quality of life of local residents who live in temporary accommodations or at home...

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Kohshin Rubber Technology Prevents Seawater Corrosion in Piping, Garnering Favor

Kohshin Rubber Co. Ltd. is gaining popularity with its anticorrosion technology “KS Coating,” which is employed by thermal power plants across Japan for pumping in cooling seawater. The technology prevents corrosion by applying polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resin over the surface of metal pipes, immersing them into a large-scale tank that is filled with PVC plastisol. Forming a PVC film, the...

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Okamoto to Release New, Sensation-enhancing Polyurethane Condoms

Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) has announced the launch dates for two new condom products: the Okamoto 0.02 Real Fit, on Oct. 3, and the Okamoto 0.01 L Size, on Nov. 11. Since the Okamoto 0.02 series of water-based polyurethane condoms hit store shelves in 2009, the company has developed a product lineup with varied sizes, colors, shapes and other features....

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Museum With Seismic Retrofitting by Bridgestone Named World Cultural Heritage Site

The National Museum of Western Art (NMWA), Tokyo, has been named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site at a session of the World Heritage Committee on July 17, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. The building uses seismic isolation rubber bearings supplied by Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108). Bridgestone’s seismic isolation bearings consist of thin rubber layers and steel plates alternately laminated together. In...

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Japan’s ISO/TC 45 Committee Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Gaining Sway at International Conferences

This May marked the 20th anniversary of the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association’s ISO/TC 45 Domestic Technical Committee, which oversees the setting of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards for rubber and rubber products. The committee has done considerable work behind-the-scenes, including approving and revising ISO and JIS (Japanese Industrial Standards) standards that apply to the rubber industry and representing Japan...

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Society of Rubber Science and Technology Japan to Hold Symposium Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Banbury Mixer

The Society of Rubber Science and Technology Japan (SRIJ) will hold a rubber technology symposium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Banbury Mixer, a kneader that is fundamental to the rubber manufacturing industry. The symposium, on the theme of “How rubber kneading has changed with the advent of the Banbury Mixer,” will be held Sept. 1–2 at the Tokyo...

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