Yokohama Rubber Launches New Urethane Coating for Construction Waterproofing

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently launched Urban Roof SF, a new two-component urethane waterproofing material in the company’s Urban Roof lineup, which targets applications in buildings and condominiums. Urban Roof SF falls outside the scope of the Japanese Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards Due to Specified Chemical Substances, which regulates materials that contain chemical substances in excess of prescribed...

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Nitta Holds Completion Ceremony for Second US Factory

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) hosted a completion ceremony on July 11 for its consolidated U.S. subsidiary Nitta Corporation of America (NCA)’s second factory in Georgia, construction for which began in March 2016. The ceremony was attended by Nitta’s President Motonobu Nitta, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta Takashi Shinozuka, Chairman of Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Todd Levent and NCA’s employees....

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New Zeon Thermal Interface Material Sheets Offer Hope for Semiconductor Heat Issues

An advanced thermal interface material (TIM) sheet developed by Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) holds promise in helping to create an energy-efficient, smart, low-carbon economy. This potential stems from TIM’s ability to significantly reduce the temperature of semiconductors used in servers and power devices, where heat generation is a growing technical issue. Great advances in the processing power of semiconductor chips in...

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Asahi Kasei to Increase Annual Production Capacity for S-SBR by 30,000 Tons

Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) has decided to increase its production capacity for solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) for fuel efficient tires. The increase will take place at the company’s Singapore subsidiary Asahi Kasei Synthetic Rubber Singapore. Annual capacity will increase by 30,000 tons, raising the total production capacity in Singapore to 130,000 tons per year. The additional production of S-SBR is...

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Yokohama Rubber to Launch Classic Car Tire for Company’s 100-Year Anniversary

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has decided on six sizes for the Advan HF Type D, a classic car tire that the company plans to launch in October to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The six sizes range from 13 to 15 inches. The Advan HF Type D, which Yokohama Rubber is now remaking, is a historically popular tire that launched...

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Bridgestone to Launch New, Quieter Studless VRX Tire With Longer Wear

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) plans on Sept. 1 to launch the Blizzak VRX2, the company’s new studless tire for passenger cars. To be offered in 109 sizes, the product has achieved the best on-ice performance recorded to date, and features long wear and quiet performance. The new product realizes significant performance improvements compared to its predecessors in the VRX range. On-ice...

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