Carbon Black Shipment Volume Rises For Fifth Straight Month

Shipment volume of carbon black for May rose to 43,271 tons, up 0.2 percent from the same period a year prior, according to data compiled by the Carbon Black Association. This marks the fifth consecutive month of year-on-year increases. Looking at carbon black shipments for rubber, the volume for general-purpose rubber rose 1.4 percent. However, shipment volume was sluggish for...

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Tokyo Zairyo Focuses on Bolstering US Operations Under New Management Plan

Tokyo Zairyo Co. Ltd., a raw material trading company and a subsidiary of Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), achieved record profits for the seventh year in a row in the fiscal year ending March 2017. Now starting this fiscal term, the company has implemented a new medium-term management plan. Sitting down recently with Japan Rubber Weekly, President Shuichi Kakinuma said that the...

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Toyoda Gosei Develops New Side Airbag

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently announced that it has jointly developed a new side airbag with Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). Compatible with various makes and models, the new airbag has already been adopted for use in Toyota’s new Camry and is scheduled to be equipped in about 2.5 million vehicles annually. Side airbags, which are mounted by the side...

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JSR to Acquire Lexi, Expand 3D Printing and Material Business

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) recently reached an agreement to acquire a 100 percent stake in 3D software company Lexi Co. Ltd. With the JSR Group expanding its business through 3D printing and material technology, this is an opportunity for the company to move forward and establish a new business in the life sciences sector. The acquisition would see the combining of...

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Emperor Akihito Visits Zeon Plant in Kawasaki

Emperor Akihito visited Zeon Corp.’s (TYO:4205) R&D center at the company’s plant in Kawasaki on July 7. The Emperor’s visit included viewing the packaging process for synthetic rubber. He observed also a rubber coagulation experiment and a demonstration of processing Zeonor Film, which is used as phase difference film for liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy,...

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Bridgestone to Supply Tires for Suzuki’s New Motocross Motorcycle

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that its Battlecross X30 tires have been adopted by Suzuki Motor Corp. (TYO:7269) for the company’s new 2018 RM-Z450 motocross motorcycle. The RM-Z450 will be the flagship motorcycle for the RM-Z series, and Bridgestone’s Battlecross X30 tires will contribute to boosting the new motorcycle’s driving performance. The Battlecross X30 is a specialized high-performance race tire...

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