Sumitomo Rubber Gains Latest ISO14001 Certification for 31 Sites Worldwide

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has obtained for ISO14001:2015, the latest version of environmental management system ISO14001, for 31 sites worldwide. The certification accounts for the company’s headquarters in Kobe, Japan, its factories both domestically and abroad, and its affiliated companies. Sumitomo Rubber received this new certification on Dec. 5, 2016. ISO14001 was created by the International Organization for Standardization...

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Dow Japan Donates LED Street Lights to Schools in Fukushima

Dow Chemical Japan Ltd., the Japanese subsidiary of U.S. chemical company The Dow Chemical Co., on Jan. 18 donated four solar-powered LED street lights to the city of Soma in Fukushima Prefecture. Two of the donated lights were installed at Nakamura Dai-ichi Elementary School and two were installed at Nakamura Dai-ni Elementary School in Soma. Peter Jennings, president of Dow...

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Okamoto to Upgrade Factories in Japan, Expand Condom Business in Asia: President

Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) President Yoshiyuki Okamoto recently granted an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly to describe the company’s plans for the near-future. Okamoto said the company has plans to upgrade and redesign factories over the coming three years. Okamoto Industries will be aggressive in capital spending to streamline operations at plants in Japan, an effort that president Okamoto characterized...

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Nitta President Talks Overseas Business, Strategies to Cope With High Growth Rates

Speaking with Japan Rubber Weekly in an interview, Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) President Motonobu Nitta said that regarding overseas development in 2017, the company has completed the facility at its U.S. plant and is now installing equipment. Operations are expected to start in July. In Thailand, the focus will be on Nitta Moore hose and tube products, where local production of...

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JRMA Forecast: Japanese Rubber Consumption to Bounce Back After Six Years

Rubber consumption will see its first annual increase in six years, according to a forecast by the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). Combined total consumption of natural and synthetic rubber in 2017 is expected to reach 1.2932 million tons, up 0.6 percent year on year. However, total rubber consumption in 2016 is expected to fall for the fifth straight year,...

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Japanese Consumption of New-Rubber for Industrial Use to Increase 3% for 2017, Says JRMA

Consumption of new-rubber for industrial use in Japan is expected to increase 3 percent year-on-year in 2017, according to the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). With cars being a major source of demand for anti-vibration rubber, the ongoing recovery in domestic automobile production, and the anticipated launch of new car models and intake of orders contribute to the expected increase. Rubber seal...

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