Kansai Roll Garners Appreciation for Japanese Quality, Earns Strong Test Roll Sales

Rubber machinery manufacturer Kansai Roll Co. Ltd. is seeing increased earnings of late, thanks in part to progress being made in design and equipment type standardization. Profits have been boosted particularly by the sales growth of test roll machines, says company president Yasuhiko Takagi. Takagi states that there is great demand for Japanese-made test roll machines and that orders are...

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Japan Rubber Workers Union Confederation Negotiates Average Wage Increase of 5,243 Yen

The Japanese Rubber Workers Union Confederation (JRWUC) has disclosed settlement results from the 2017 spring labor offensive negotiations regarding monthly wage and annual bonus demands to major rubber companies. Forty-nine of the JRWUC’s 58 member unions submitted demands to the companies of the unions’ respective labor forces, from which 21 unions have reached agreements. Forty-five of these member unions submitted...

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Shipment Value of Rubber Goods Declines 1.4 Percent in January

According to rubber production and shipment figures released by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the shipment value of rubber goods for January 2017 was 157.8 billion yen ($1.42 billion). The figure shows a year-on-year decrease of 1.4 percent and a negative turnaround following an increase in December 2016. The production volume of automotive tires was down...

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Major Rubber Manufacturers Increase New Graduate Recruitments for 2017

Both publicly listed and private rubber manufacturers in Japan held ceremonies on April 3 to welcome their new employees. Japan Rubber Weekly conducted a survey of major rubber companies and related businesses regarding the current landscape for the recruitment of new hires out of high school, undergraduate school and graduate school in the spring of 2017. According to responses from...

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Pirelli Japan to Increase Domestic Tire Prices

Pirelli Japan Co. Ltd. has announced that it will increase the prices of its Pirelli and Metzeler-branded tires on June 1. Summer tires for passenger vehicles and SUVs will be increased in price by an average of 6 percent, and motorcycle tire prices will be increased by 6.5 percent. This will be followed by a 6-percent increase to passenger vehicle...

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Sumitomo Riko Adopts Playful Image in New Promotional Material

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has released a new image as part of its latest promotional campaign. The image makes use of Japanese-language wordplay, employing a slogan that emphasizes the importance of technology in building a futuristic world. The slogan also conflates part of the company’s name with a term for intelligence. The body of the advertisement looks at the...

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