Recovery Trend Continues for High-Pressure Hoses

Demand is continuing to bounce back for high-pressure hoses used in construction equipment and machine tools, according to records compiled by the Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association. Based on Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) statistics, the records show that production volume for September was up 8.7 percent year-on-year, hitting 398 tons. Shipment value was also up, increasing 8.1...

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Bando Develops Improved Narrow Bonded V-Belt

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) has developed Power Ace Aramid Combo, Japan’s first narrow bonded V-belt to use highly elastic Aramid cord. In addition to improving upon the Power Scrum bonded V-belt, this product uses highly elastic Aramid cord. Aramid cord improves dimensional stability and shock resistance, and also has superior thermal resistance and conductivity. This caters to the demand...

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Winter Tire Demand Holds Firm for 2016

Demand for commercial winter tires in Japan is expected to be largely the same as that seen in 2015, according to the mid-year review of domestic tire demand for 2016 published by the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) in July. The review projects a 100 percent year-on-year equivalent on four-wheel vehicle tires, at approximately 23.2 million units. Of these,...

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Total Shipments of Asahi Rubber’s Asa Color LED Reach 1 Billion Pieces

The total shipments of Asahi Rubber Inc.’s (TYO:5162) Asa Color LED light emitting diodes reached 1 billion pieces in November. Asa Color LED offers more than 10,000 colors of homogenous light to illuminate in-vehicle devices by applying phosphor impregnated silicone rubber caps onto blue light emitting diodes. Therefore, the product is in high demand for automotive interior and special illumination...

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Sagami Rubber Industries Upwardly Revises Fiscal 2016 Projections

Sagami Rubber Industries Co. Ltd. (TYO:5194) announced an upward revision in projections for the fiscal year ending March 2017. Sagami Rubber Industries has upwardly revised sales to 5.6 billion yen ($49.46 million), up 7.7 percent compared to the previous forecast of 5.2 billion yen. Operating income is now projected at 1.3 billion yen, 95.7 percent above the previously forecasted 0.8...

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Toyo Tires to Release Tires Based on New Nanolevel Research

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) continues to advance its Nano Balance Technology, announcing on Nov. 17 the Nano Tan Delta Simulation for nanolevel analysis and the Nano Dynamic Search for nanolevel research. These developments come after five years of work on the technology, which was first established in 2011. Nano Balance Technology involves the observation, projection, functionality creation...

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