Kuraray to Raise Prices of Hydrogenated Styrene Elastomers Worldwide

Kuraray Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) has announced that it will raise the prices of its TU-Polymer and hydrogenated styrene elastomers Septon and Hybrar by 25 cents per kilogram worldwide effective for shipments from Feb. 1, 2017. Regarding this price increase, Kuraray said that market conditions for major raw materials continue to rise dramatically and manufacturing costs – including utility costs –...

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Tosoh Looks to Double PVC Capacities, Shore up Supply in Philippines

Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) has announced plans to expand production capacity of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) at local affiliate Philippine Resins Industries Inc. (PRII). Tosoh will be investing approximating 4.2 billion yen ($37.05 million) to take annual production capacity from its current level of 100,000 tons up to 210,000 tons. Construction is slated to start in February this year and conclude in...

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Zeon President Tanaka Talks S-SBR, Prospects Moving Forward

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) needs to quickly find and master new solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) technology in order to develop a distinctive position, says President Kimiaki Tanaka. Sitting down recently for an interview, Tanaka said that with Zeon and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) having agreed to merge their S-SBR operations under a new joint venture, we will see a...

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Global Clients Need Global Supply Chains: JSR President Mitsunobu Koshiba

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has, for the first time since its founding, restructured its business according to applications, said President Mitsunobu Koshiba during a recent talk with Japan Rubber Weekly. In addition to other steps, this included the establishment of a Tire Materials Department in June 2016. With its history of starting synthetic rubber production as a statutory company, he said...

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Now in Its 100th Year, Yokohama Rubber Plans to Push Ahead Strongly: President Noji

2017 marks Yokohama Rubber’s one-hundredth year in business, and the company is energetically tackling the final Phase IV of its Grand Design 100 (GD100) medium-term business plan, said Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) President Hikomitsu Noji during a recent talk with Japan Rubber Weekly. In its tire business, Noji said that Yokohama Rubber is focusing on the global original equipment...

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New Lexus LS Sedan to Feature Bridgestone Run-Flat Tires

Brigestone Corp. (TYO:5108) said that its Turanza T005 run-flat technology tires will be featured as original equipment on the new 2017 Lexus LS sedan, which is currently on display at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Turanza T005 RFT tires employ a newly developed sidewall-reinforcing rubber, which makes thinner tire sidewalls possible. This offers the added...

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