Sumitomo Rubber Unveils New Studless Tire With Superior Braking Performance

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently held a test-drive event for tire industry journalists at a skating rink in Higashi Yamato, Tokyo, ahead of the launch of Winter Maxx 02, the company’s latest studless tire for passenger vehicles. The Winter Maxx 02 represents the Dunlop brand’s best tire to date for on-ice performance and for durability, and it improves upon...

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Sumitomo Rubber CEO Ikeda Joins Tree Trimming Event

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is playing an active role in the movement of forest development and maintenance as part of its corporate social responsibility activities. On July 2, the company carried out tree-pruning activities at Tamba Romance Forest, located within Tamba Namikimichi Central Park, Sasayama City, Hyogo Prefecture. Primarily focusing on a block of trees planted back in 2013,...

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Synthetic Rubber Down 5% for April, NBR up 10%

According to data collated by the Synthetic Rubber Industry Association of Japan, synthetic rubber production for April 2016 totaled 125,700 tons, a year-on-year decline of 4.6 percent. It reflects the slump that has occurred with domestic manufacturing of automotive rubber parts and general industrial rubber products. Outside of NBR, which had a 10.3 percent increase in production volume, with 9,398...

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May Automobile Production Shows First Year-on-Year Increase in Two Months

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) announced that automobile production volume in Japan for May 2016 totaled 656,814 units, an increase of 1.7 percent compared to the same month of the previous year and the first year-on-year increase in two months. Looking at production volume by vehicle type, passenger cars totaled 554,070 units, up 2.8 percent for the first increase...

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Nikka Shoko to Recycle Rubber into Civil Engineering Materials

Nikka Shoko (Japan) Co. Ltd. will establish a new recycling and engineering affiliate in early fall to recycle rubber products into civil engineering materials. The products to be recycled include rubber, silicone oil, carpet tiles, turf-protection mats and chipped rubber originally made by Nikka Shoko, a trading firm that has been supplying manufacturers in the Tokyo area with rubber sheet...

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Tokyo Zairyo’s Income Up Seventh Year in a Row, High Value-added Products Contribute

Tokyo Zairyo Corp., a raw material trading company and a subsidiary of Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), has announced its annual net revenue for the fiscal year ending March 2016 was 87.924 billion yen ($865 million), down 2 percent year-on-year. Ordinary income was 1.854 billion yen, up 2 percent and net profit was 1.357 billion yen, down 13 percent. Ordinary income rose...

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