Bridgestone Sports Eyes 15% Share of US Golfball Market: CEO Ken Nishimura

Bridgestone Sports Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108), has persevered in a challenging domestic market for the golf products business in Japan during 2016. As a result, the company projects that year-on-year golf ball sales will be up 5 percent. While cutting back on selling bargain goods, Bridgestone Sports has increased sales of authentic products by more than...

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Zeon Polymix to Provide Technical Support to Group Companies: New President Toshiaki Saya

Carbon masterbatch manufacturer Zeon Polymix Inc., a group company of Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), plans to position its main factory in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, as a mother factory that provides support to its other bases, said President Toshiaki Saya in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. Saya, who took over the helm on June 20, said that the Otsu factory will...

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Rubber Hose Production Down 1.4% to 3,126 Tons for September

Rubber hose production fell 1.4 percent year-on-year to 3,126 tons in terms of new-rubber volume in September, while the value of shipments fell 0.7 percent to 11.863 billion yen ($102.41 million), according records compiled by the Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association based on statistics by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). By category, high-pressure hoses were recovering, while...

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Carbon Masterbatch Maker Takehara Rubber to Optimize Small Batch Production

Carbon masterbatch manufacturer Takehara Rubber Co. Ltd. plans to move forward with optimizing operation of its raw material sales and small batching businesses. With the number of products handled by the company increasing, it aims to raise efficiency by consolidating the locations of tasks that are spread out to various locations in its factory into a warehouse near the facility....

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2017 Forecast: Rubber Belt Demand Expected to be Flat, Resin Belt Demand to Increase 6%

According to statistics by the Japan Belting Manufacturers Association, the production volume of rubber belts for 2017 is expected to largely remain the same as 2016, at 26,339 tons. Both conveyor and transmission belt production is also expected to be about the same as 2016. This would mark the third year in a row that rubber belt production has been...

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Bridgestone Announces New Motorcycle Tires With Better Tread Life and Handling

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) will release its new Battlecruise H50 motorcycle tires in February of next year. The tires, which come in eight sizes, are designed for V-twin cruiser motorcycles. The company plans to put out 14 more sizes in 2018. The Battlecruise H50s are tubeless bias-ply motorcycle tires for cruisers outfitted with a V-twin engine. The concept behind the product...

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