Carbon Black Shipments Down 1.3% for October

Carbon black shipments totalled 50,624 tons in October, down 1.3 percent year-on-year, according to data compiled by the Japanese Carbon Black Association. This marked the 11th consecutive month below last year’s shipments. Shipments of carbon black used for rubber totaled 47,456 tons, down 1.4 percent year-on-year. Apart from the shift to negative growth for tires with a 1.1 percent decline...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Take up Full-Scale Operation at USA Technical Center

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) will commence full-scale operation at its USA Technical Center in January 2017. Increasing its freedom to operate in the U.S. market by dissolving its alliance with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in October 2015, the company has made strides in its efforts to enhance development, production and sales systems. The new technical center is linked...

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Japan’s Rubber Technology Forum Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Rubber Technology Forum, an engineering group dedicated to research related to the intersection between leading-edge industries and new developments in the rubber industry, recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Since its founding in 1986, the Rubber Technology Forum has offered a number of sound recommendations related to the promotion of rubber industry research and development. The forum achieves this by...

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Nitta Develops Smart Air Filter Sporting Wireless Sensors

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186), a manufacturer known for its belt, tube and hose products, recently developed a new air filter to be marketed as SmartFilter. The new filter contains wireless differential-pressure sensors that can predict the life-span of the filter. Samples of the product will be available starting in January 2017. Air filters often clog with dust as time passes, which...

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Bridgestone Develops Next-Gen Polyisoprene, Potential to Outperform Natural Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO: 5108) announced on Dec. 13 that it has successfully synthesized a next-generation polyisoprene rubber (IR). The material features a narrowly controlled molecular structure and uses the company’s proprietary new gadolinium (Gd) polymerization catalyst. The new catalyst enables industrial applications for which conventional Gd catalysts have so far been unsuitable. Although IR is the synthetic rubber most closely...

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Okamoto Enjoys Brisk Sales for Interior Auto Parts and Condoms

Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) is significantly increasing revenues by gaining new orders for its interior automobile parts thanks to the global growth of the company’s customers. Yoshiyuki Okamoto, the company’s president, commented on the particularly robust sales in the North America market. Okamoto’s plant in Sandusky, Ohio is a manufacturing center for interior auto parts that has increased revenues by...

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