Nishikawa Rubber’s Sales Flat in Q1, Yet Profits up Significantly

Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161) recorded significant increases in operating and pretax profits for the first quarter of fiscal 2016, despite sales being flat. With regards to quarterly net profit for the same April–June period, the company allocated reserves for the loss that it took on an antitrust law matter, the nonrecurring expense leading to a posted loss of 11.995...

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Kinugawa Rubber Increases Profits in Japan, Slumps Overseas in Q1

Kinugawa Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. (TYO:5196) posted first quarter sales of 18.941 billion yen ($1.89 billion), marking a year-on-year decline of 2.2 percent. Operating profit for the same April–June period was similarly down, sitting at 1.774 billion yen after a 4.9 percent decrease. Meanwhile, pretax profit and quarterly net profit felt the brunt of exchange-rate losses. Pretax profit dropped 33.4...

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Shin-Etsu Polymer Increases Q1 Profits Despite Slight Drop in Sales

A major manufacturer of silicone products for the electronics and information industries, Shin-Etsu Polymer Co. Ltd. (TYO:7970), posted first quarter sales of 17.937 billion yen ($1.79 billion), representing a year-on-year decline of 1.1 percent. Meanwhile, operating profit for the same April–June period increased 118.5 percent, rising to 1.645 billion yen; pretax profit rose 3.9 percent, hitting 1.196 billion yen; and...

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NOK Gets Spark From Overseas Automotive Demand in Otherwise Difficult Q1

Major manufacturer of oil seals NOK Corp. (TYO:7240) posted first quarter sales of 147.11 billion yen ($1.454 billion) for April–June, representing a year-on-year decline of 16.5 percent. Operating profit, meanwhile, plummeted 96.8 percent, dropping down to 377 million yen. Furthermore, after having enjoyed pretax profits of 15.263 billion yen for the same period in 2015, this year NOK has reported...

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Toyoda Gosei Sales Down 5.1% in Q1, Americas and China Strong

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), Toyota Group’s sole manufacturer of rubber and plastic polymeric parts for automobiles, posted a year-on-year decline in sales volume for the first quarter, falling 5.1 percent to drop to 178.02 billion yen ($1.76 billion). Pretax profit likewise fell, dropping 5.4 percent for a mark of 7.352 billion yen. Toyoda Gosei’s revenue hits came on account...

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Automobile Tire Production Down 6.6% for First Half of 2016

Production of automobile tires and tire tubes for the first half of 2016 suffered a year-on-year drop of 6.6 percent, to a total of 500,481 tons, according to records compiled by the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA). Apart from a year-on-year increase of 7.3 percent in the production of industrial vehicle tires, production volumes fell year-on-year for all tire...

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