Sumitomo Riko’s Operating Profit up in First Half on Overseas Sales, Restructuring

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has reported that sales for the second quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2017 declined due to a negative impact of currency exchange rates caused by a strong yen. However, operating profit rose on the back of a sales volume increase mainly in North America, China and other Asian countries, positive effects of restructuring...

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Toyo Tires Announces New Nano Tan Delta Simulation for Nano Balance Technology

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5105) Nano Balance Technology is undergoing an evolution, with changes taking place on the company’s proprietary platform technology. Nano Balance Technology involves the observation, projection, functionality creation and precision control of rubber materials at the nanolevel to develop ideal rubber material with a high degree of precision. The technology development process is achieved through...

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Mitsuboshi Belting Achieves New High in Second Quarter Operating Profit

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) saw improved business performance over the second quarter of fiscal 2016. With operating profit rising 7 percent year-on-year to hit 4.5 billion yen ($40 million), it was Mitsuboshi Belting’s best second quarter to date. While there was impact felt with the appreciating yen, the company ensured an increase in profit on account of a decline in...

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Japanese Retail Shoe Market Expected to Reach 1.9 Trillion Yen in 2016

The size of the retail shoe market in Japan (excluding slippers and sandals) is expected to reach 420 million pairs, 1.9 trillion yen ($17.12 billion) in 2016, as overall selling prices of both imported shoes and shoes manufactured in Japan have increased due to rising manufacturing costs overseas and a weak yen having become the norm. Until now, the size...

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Mitsuboshi Belting Develops Optimized Incline Conveyor Belt for Food Items

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) has developed a new product in its Logistar series of resin belts for logistics, a high-performance incline conveyor belt suitable for transporting food items. The new Logistar belt employs a special polyurethane surface and complies with Japan’s Food Sanitation Act (Ministry of Health and Welfare Notification No. 370). This makes it possible to be safely used...

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Japanese Rubber Firms Report Mixed Earnings for June–August

Twenty-four listed rubber companies, including two synthetic rubber firms, have released earnings for the June–August quarter of fiscal 2016. Of the 24, only seven companies reported higher earnings, while 14 reported higher operating income. Eleven reported higher ordinary income, and five reported higher net income. Only three companies reported higher earnings for all three categories (operating income, ordinary income and...

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