Okamoto Announces 4 Billion Yen Investment for New Wallpaper Factory

Major condom and chemical manufacturer Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) recently announced its intention to build a new wallpaper factory in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, on a site measuring 43,000 square meters. The company will invest 4 billion yen ($36.65 million) in the new factory, which will be established in March 2018 and referred to as Tsukuba Plant. Okamoto already operates a...

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Bridgestone Completes Acquisition of Gaco Western

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC (FSBP) revealed on April 3 that it has completed its acquisition of roofing materials supplier Gaco Western Inc. Gaco is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance waterproofing and heat insulation products and leads the industry with innovative silicon-based roofing materials. FSBP is a wholly-owned roofing solutions and construction materials supply subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Inc.,...

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Toyoda Gosei to Exhibit at Auto Shanghai 2017 With Focus on Safety, Style and Environment

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) will be exhibiting at Auto Shanghai 2017, the 17th International Automobile Industry Exhibition. The event will be taking place from April 19 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center. Toyoda Gosei will showcase a wire mock-up car fitted with company products that contribute to safety and environmental performance. Products contributing to improved safety will include...

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Yokohama Rubber Opens New-Style Employee Housing Complex for Singles and Families

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has built Ciento Musashi-Kosugi, a new employee housing complex in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. Accepting residents from the end of March, the facility is a new type of complex that combines company-owned housing for families with male and female dormitories. Yokohama Rubber built Ciento Musashi-Kosugi by renovating the company’s male dormitory, which was constructed in 1968....

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Interview: ZS Elastomers President Talks Company Development, Production Consolidation and Aspirations

ZS Elastomers Co. Ltd. (ZSE), a solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) joint venture between Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005), will soon begin operations. Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with ZSE President Kei Itoh, temporarily assigned from Zeon, to talk about the company’s aims. Looking at the developments to come out of Zeon, Itoh said that it was...

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Showa Glove Launches Highly Absorbent Hand Care Gloves

Rubber glove manufacturer Showa Glove Co. has begun selling gloves for hand care. The gloves were launched in April of this year and are on sale throughout Japan. They can be used for hand care during sleep or as inner gloves when using household gloves. The gloves feature 13-gauge seamless stitchwork and a long wrist area, which provides slide protection...

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