Bando’s Tamagaki Talks Current, Future Business: Interview

Rubber manufacturer Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) experienced turbulent sales in fiscal 2016. After early months showed a year-on-year downturn, the company recovered in the latter half of the year, most notably in the January–March period. But in an industry moving toward electric vehicles, how does Bando Chemical plan to respond to concerns around declining automotive belt sales? Japan Rubber...

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Yokohama Rubber Announces New High-Pressure Hose Meeting SAE/EN Standards

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is launching a new high-pressure hose which meets the requirements of SAE standards and European Standards (EN). Marketed as Versatran, the new hose is part of the company’s strategy to strengthen overseas sales of high-pressure hoses, especially for challenging applications that require high-quality spiral hoses delivering exceptional performance and durability. In the global high-pressure hose...

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Bridgestone Implements New CSR System

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has recently implemented a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) system, Our Way to Serve. The company will develop its global business with Our Way to Serve as a principle for all its employees to follow in practice. Our Way to Serve was developed in order to aim higher, based on the company’s corporate philosophy of serving society...

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Ube Industries to Raise Prices of Polyamides 6, 66 and 12

Ube Industries Ltd. (TYO:4208) will raise its prices of polyamide 6, polyamide 66 and polyamide 12 (Ubesta), starting with shipments on April 20. The scope of the price increase is 50 yen ($0.45) per kilogram for polyamide 6 and polyamide 66, while polyamide 12 will see a price hike of 100 yen. The increases come as Ube Industries aims to...

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Bando Chemical Focuses on Flame-Resistant Conveyor Belts to Meet Infrastructure Demand

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) has decided to focus on selling and developing conveyor belts, leveraging the company’s technological prowess for steep incline conveyor belts, pipe conveyor belts and flame resistant conveyor belts. The decision comes in an effort to meet demand assumed by such large-scale infrastructure projects as the Tokyo Olympics and the Linear Chuo Shinkansen bullet train line....

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On Back of Strong Sales, Togawa Industry Switches From OEM to Own-Brand Products

Plastic hose manufacturer Togawa Industry Corp. is enjoying strong sales of air conditioner and agricultural hoses, and sales of industrial-use hoses have been recovering since October of last year. The company’s factory is in full production 24 hours a day. Internet sales have also been going well for the company, which has been conducting business online for 10 years, selling...

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