Kuraray Plastics Piping Gets Adopted for Rainwater Drainage Along Tokyo Gaikan Expressway

Rubber and resin hose manufacturer Kuraray Plastics Co. Ltd. has had its Kuradrip brand of rainwater pipes adopted for use on construction points along tunnels of the Tokyo Gaikan Expressway. Kuradrip is a water-conducting pipe that prompts drainage through capillary action. It has been affixed in tunnels to control leakage in box culverts and box culvert body joints along tunnels....

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Forbo Siegling Japan Posts Strong Belt Sales in Food and Logistics Sectors

Forbo Siegling Japan Ltd., the Japanese subsidiary of the Swiss plastic belt manufacturer, has been enjoying brisk sales. Year-on-year net sales of belts from January through August rose by a rate in the mid-single digit range. Earnings from the food sector made a major contribution to the increase, with bread and confectionery manufacturers accounting for a significant share of the...

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Sumitomo Rubber Joins IRSG Initiative for Natural Rubber Sustainability

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has announced that it has signed on to participate in the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i). Established by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of natural rubber (NR) as a resource, SNR-i will form part of Sumitomo Rubber’s corporate social responsibilities (CSR) and its efforts toward preserving the...

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JSR Subsidiary to Launch Carbon Masterbatch Company in Mexico

Elastomix Co. Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary of major synthetic rubber manufacturer JSR Corp. (TYO:4185), has announced plans to establish a new company in Mexico for carbon masterbatch (CMB) manufacturing. Commercial production is slated to begin in 2018. Mexico is a major exporter to the North American automotive market. Elastomix aims to expand by establishing a manufacturing hub in the region...

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Goodyear’s Vector 4 Seasons Hybrid Draws Amazement, Evokes Excitement for All-season Tires

“Truly exciting” is how the test drive event for Nippon Goodyear Ltd.’s Vector 4 Seasons Hybrid could be summed up. Held at Fuji Speedway, the course included slalom time trials and wet road surfaces as well as those with compacted snow. In runs against both EfficientGrip, a Goodyear line of summer tires, and Ice Navi, the company’s line of studless...

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Nippon Goodyear Holds Test Drive Event for Vector 4 Seasons Hybrid Tires

Tire manufacturer Nippon Goodyear Ltd. recently held a test drive event at Fuji Speedway, one of Japan’s top race tracks, where the company showed off its Vector 4 Seasons Hybrid line of all-season tires. While the tires are designed with high drainage capability for wet and snowy surfaces, they also exhibit excellent drivability on dry surfaces, allowing for year-round use....

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