Rubber Unions Agree to Average Wage Increase of 5,150 Yen

Member unions of the Japan Rubber Workers Union Confederation (JRWUC) and major rubber manufacturers have reached agreements following the 2017 spring labor offensive regarding wages and lump sum payments. Out of a total of 58 member unions, 45 of 51 unions that submitted demands for higher wages have reached agreements, while 38 of the 46 unions that submitted demands in...

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Interview: Musashi Oil Seal President Discusses Business Performance and Industry Trends

Oil seal manufacturer Musashi Oil Seal Mfg. Co. Ltd. prides itself on its wide product lineup, multi-item small-lot production capabilities and favorable reputation among customers. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with company president Masahiro Muto to ask about the oil seal manufacturer’s business performance and management. Discussing Musashi Oil Seal’s recent business performance, Muto noted that the company made approximately...

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Nitta Sees Good Conveyor Belt Sales, Expects Further Growth

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has seen steady growth in sales of its conveyor belts. The company’s New Light Grip conveyor belts, which are made with polyester woven fabric, are selling well in the food and distribution sectors. In the food sector, sales of the WEXU, LBEU Series high-performance belts, which were launched in 2015, have contributed to increased revenue for the...

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Mazda Adopts Yokohama Rubber’s Geolandar G98 Tires for New CX-5

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that its Geolandar G98 tires have been adopted by Mazda Motor Corp. (TYO:7261) as original equipment (OE) for the company’s new Mazda CX-5. The new car, a crossover SUV, was made available in Japan on Feb. 2. Part of Yokohama Rubber’s Geolandar line of SUV tires, the Geolandar G98 utilizes the basic design...

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Bridgestone Develops Airless Bicycle Tire

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) said that it has developed jointly with Bridgestone Cycle Co. Ltd. a next-generation bicycle tire that does not need to be inflated with air. The companies will work on feasibility studies with a look to making the new tire commercially available by 2019. The development is part of the company’s Air Free Concept, a technology that eliminates...

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Team Falken’s Yoshihide Muroya Wins San Diego Red Bull Air Race

Yoshihide Muroya has won his first victory in this season at the second race of this year’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2017, which was held this past April 15-16 weekend in San Diego, California. Sponsored by Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.’s (TYO:5110) Team Falken and with a plane bedecked in Falken colors, Muroya is the only race pilot from...

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