JSR Increases S-SBR Sales by 15% in Second Quarter

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has seen an improvement in the sales of its solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR), with sales volume in the second quarter (July–September) of fiscal 2016 rising around 15 percent over that of the same quarter last year. While the company’s elastomer division has seen a second-quarter fall in revenue and profit on account of a strong yen...

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Natural Rubber Import Volume Up Nearly 9% in August

Japan’s import volume of natural rubber in August increased 8.8 percent year-on-year, while the import value decreased 19 percent year-on-year, according to data compiled by The Rubber Trade Association of Japan based on the Ministry of Finance’s Trade Statistics of Japan. This represents the first year-on-year increase in six months for import volume, but the 11th consecutive month of year-on-year...

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Rubber Goods Production for August Shows Upward Momentum

Shipment value of rubber products made a slight year-on-year increase in August, moving up 0.8 percent to 163 billion yen ($1.55 billion), according to records collated by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Although the shift was of only a small degree, it represents the first year-on-year improvement in 14 months. Broken down by product type, the production...

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JSR Downwardly Revises Projected Business Results for 2016

Major Japanese synthetic rubber manufaturer JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has downwardly revised its projected business results for fiscal 2016. Projected sales were adjusted to 367 billion yen ($3.51 billion), down 7.1 percent from 395 billion yen in the previous forecast. Operating income was revised to 26 billion yen, down 25.7 percent from 35 billion yen, while ordinary income is now projected...

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Sumitomo Rubber Presents Research on Natural Rubber, Expects to Enhance Tire Performance

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has reported results of research on the molecular structural analysis of natural rubber from para rubber trees at the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2016 Kitakyushu. Based on this research, the company expects significant improvements in the performance and processability of natural rubber, opening up new possibilities for enhanced tire performance in terms of fuel efficiency...

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JRMA Survey: Rubber Companies Show Lackluster Performance Through June 2016

The Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) approached 107 member companies as part of an index survey that ran until this past June this year. Looking at the corporate management of these affiliated corporations, JRMA has tallied up the answers of 79 respondent companies. While there had been a run of five years with growth in revenue and profit, results from...

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