Rubber Hose Production Down 3.4% in First Half, Falls Below 17,000 Tons

According to figures compiled by the Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association, production of rubber hoses for the first half of 2016 (January-June) fell 3.4 percent over the previous year to 16,968 tons, calculated according to the volume of new rubber produced. The value of rubber hoses shipped over the same period was down 2.6 percent year-on-year to 66.063 billion yen...

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New Rubber Bearings for Bridges Feature 5,000 Times Higher Ozone Resistance Than Conventional Bearings

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has developed a bridge-purposed ultra durability rubber bearing in collaboration with Central-Nexco Technical Marketing Co. Ltd. and Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061). The new rubber bearing achieves a high degree of ozone resistance, employing a chloroprene rubber (CR) composition to make it 5,000 times more resistant than conventional natural rubber compounds. While Sumitomo Rubber is already...

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CEMA Forecasts 1.855 Trillion Yen in Shipment Value of Construction Equipment for Fiscal 2017

Shipment values of construction equipment are forecast at 1.855 trillion yen ($18.283 billion) in fiscal 2017, on a par with the previous year, according to the Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA). This includes a forecast 822 billion yen in the domestic market, up 2 percent year-on-year, the first rise in two years. The forecast for exports is 1.033 trillion...

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Bando Chemical Aims to Become Number One in Asia: President Yoshii

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195), a major industrial belt manufacturer, welcomed its 110th anniversary this April. According to Bando Chemical’s President, Mitsutaka Yoshii, the company has grown by producing belts that meet the needs of leading industries in each age. Yoshii said that Bando Chemical will continue using a variety of materials to manufacture high quality products while adapting to...

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Synthetic Rubber Production Down 5.6% to 774,000 Tons in First Half

Synthetic rubber production fell 5.6 percent year-on-year to 773,584 tons in the first half of 2016, according to the Synthetic Rubber Industry Association of Japan. Production was down for all categories year-on-year, including a 6.1 percent decline for styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR), a 2.8 percent decline for polybutadiene rubber (BR) and a 2.2 percent decline for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPT)....

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Toyox Develops Tetrafluororesin Hoses for Chemical and Food Applications

Toyox Co. Ltd., a major manufacturer of resin hoses, will launch its Toyofusso S Hose line of fluorine hoses for chemical and food applications along with its Toyoconnector TC3-SS couplings, especially designed for the company’s Toyosilicone Hose line of heat resistant hoses for food applications. To date, Toyox has sold its Toyofusso Hose products for applications involving fluids such as...

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