Carbon Black Shipping Volume Down 3% for June

Shipping volume for carbon black in June was 49,414 tons in June according to the Japanese Carbon Black Association. That was down 3 percent over the previous year and marked the seventh straight month of year-on-year declines. Carbon black for rubber products saw shipments down by 6 percent year on year for tires, while that for other general rubber products...

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Zeon and Sumitomo Chemical Look at Consolidating S-SBR Businesses

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) have reached a basic agreement to begin looking into the consolidation of the two companies’ solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) businesses. Zeon and Sumitomo Chemical will, by the end of September, complete due diligence and studies pertaining to the nature of the business consolidation. Any definitive agreements stemming from this would...

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Yokohama Rubber Launches New Conveyor Belt Cover Compound for Reclaimers

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has launched Tuftex α, a new conveyor belt cover compound designed for use on demanding applications such as high-capacity reclaimers handling iron ore and coal at port stock yard facilities. The new cover compound features the company’s advanced rubber compounding technology, achieving high levels of abrasion resistance and providing longer service life. Reclaimers transport large...

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Seiji Ozawa Conducts Lanxess-sponsored Classical Music Concert in Tokyo

The Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga (OICMA), directed by Seiji Ozawa and established with a founding grant and ongoing sponsorship from Lanxess KK, performed a concert on Aug. 1 at Hakuju Hall in Tokyo’s Shibuya-ku Ward. Established in 2011, OICMA’s mission is to train numerous stringed instrument performing artists by developing the talents of especially gifted young musicians from...

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JSR Elastomer Business Shows Slight Profit in Q1 Amid Decrease in Sales

Business performance for JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) suffered somewhat over the first quarter of the 2016 fiscal year. The large synthetic-rubber manufacturer announced on July 25 that sales for April–June saw a year-on-year drop of 7 percent, falling to 88.786 billion yen ($878.535 million); operating profit fell 24 percent, down to 5.637 billion yen; pretax profit dropped by 20 percent, at...

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New Columbus Insoles Protect Feet When Walking in Disaster Areas

Shoe polish and shoe accessory manufacturer Columbus Co. Ltd. has launched Return Home Safely insoles that protect soles from shards of glass and other dangerous sharp objects that may penetrate one’s shoes when walking through a disaster zone. The product has a double-layered design of highly dense and strong polyester fibers that meets the JIST 8101 criteria for anti-penetration performance....

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