Zeon to Increase Drying Capacity for HNBR

Sales are strong for Zeon Corp.’s (TYO:4205) hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) Zetpol elastomers with improved heat resistance, which can withstand temperatures 20 degrees Celsius higher than conventional Zetpol products. Along with the increased use of dry products in gasket and oil seal applications, the use of latex products as treating agents for core wires in timing belts is also growing....

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New Toyox Hose Coupling Resolves Accidental Mixing of Dissimilar Fluids

Resin hose manufacturer Toyox Co. Ltd. has launched an improved version of the Toyoconnector TC3-F coupling. The new product makes it possible to distinguish hoses for different purposes, and has applications in equipment handling food, drink and chemical products. The coupling can be attached on-site to the company’s vinyl, polyolefin and fluorine hoses, and comes with colored seals for identifying...

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Techpro Japan Launches James Heal Rubber Testing Instruments in Japan

Techpro Japan Inc. has signed an import agent agreement with British testing instruments manufacturer James H. Heal & Co. Ltd. and will commercialize the firm’s testing instruments for rubber products from November. Techpro Japan is the first company to offer James Heal’s products in the rubber sector in Japan. The company will launch the high-performance Elastomeric Abrasion Tester, an instrument...

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Kohei Morikawa Tapped as Showa Denko’s Next President

Major chemical manufacturer Showa Denko K.K. (TYO:4004) announced a decision to offer director Kohei Morikawa the positions of representative director, president and chief executive officer. Morikawa will assume his new posts as of Jan. 4, 2017. Hideo Ichikawa, who currently serves in these positions, will become representative director and chairman of the board. After stepping down as chairman, director Kyohei...

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Asahi Kasei Publicly Unveils Fifth-Generation S-SBR at IRC 2016

Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) publicly unveiled its fifth-generation solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) during the Rubber & Elastomer Technical Exhibition at IRC 2016 Kitakyushu. The company exhibited XF and XB grades from the new series. Although they had been shown to engineers at conferences, this is the first time for the company to exhibit the grades publicly. Deliveries are already...

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Bombay Chemical Pitches India’s Raw Materials at IRC 2016 Kitakyushu

Indian materials company Bombay Chemical & Rubber Products (BCRP) partook recently in the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2016 Kitakyushu, displaying at the Rubber & Elastomer Technical Exhibition. The company was exhibiting there with the purpose of introducing India’s high-quality, cost-competitive raw materials, and the array of top-class manufacturers behind them, to Japanese corporations who are considering venturing into South Asian...

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