Nitta Launches Flexible, Flame-Retardant Tube for Spot Welding Robots

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has developed the flexible, flame-retardant FUK Tube for spot welding robots. The new tube features a 40-percent improvement in flexibility over the company’s previous such products. With flexibility similar to that of polyurethane tubing, the new product can handle complex movements as found in robots. It also possesses high self-extinguishing properties, equivalent to that required for UL94...

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Yokohama Rubber’s Noji, Yamaishi Discuss Path to Navigating Turbulent Landscape

With Masataka Yamaishi set to step into the role of president and representative member of the board of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) on March 30, both Yamaishi and current president Hikomitsu Noji discussed the change at a press conference. It is a turning point of a year, said Noji, as 2017 marks the final year of the company’s 12-year...

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Shin-Etsu Polymer India Establishes Delhi Branch

Shin-Etsu Polymer India Pvt. Ltd., the Indian subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Polymer Co. Ltd. (TYO:7970), has recently opened a branch in the greater Delhi area. The new arm, headed by I. Balasubramanion, commenced operations as Shin-Etsu Polymer India Delhi Branch on Feb. 1. Shin-Etsu Polymer India was established in October 2007 in the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, as a...

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Bridgestone to Serve as Title Sponsor for 2017 World Solar Challenge

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) will serve as the title sponsor for the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, set to take place Oct. 8–15 in Australia. The event is the world’s preeminent solar race, spanning approximately five days as drivers cover some 3,000 kilometers from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south. Started with the idea of furthering R&D toward...

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Bridgestone Develops High-Power Artificial Muscle for Tough Robots, Uses Non-Reinforced Rubber Tubes

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has succeeded in developing a hydraulically driven, high-power artificial muscle. It serves as one of the keys to realizing tough robots that can be used at extreme disaster sites. The artificial muscle was developed in collaboration with the Tokyo Institute of Technology as part of the Cabinet Office Council for Science, Technology and Innovation’s Impulsing Paradigm Change...

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Masataka Yamaishi to Take Helm at Yokohama Rubber

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) said that at its meeting of board members held on Jan. 31, the company has informally decided on multiple senior management changes set to take effect following formal approval at the general shareholders meeting on March 30, 2017. According to the company, Masataka Yamaishi will succeed Hikomitsu Noji as president and representative member of the...

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