Japan Makes Fifth Straight Monthly Gain in Carbon Black Shipments

Figures compiled by the Carbon Black Association show that 43,271 tons of carbon black were shipped in Japan for the month of May. This marks a 0.2 percent year-on-year increase and the fifth consecutive monthly increase. With regard to carbon black for use in rubber, shipments rose 1.4 percent for general rubber, but fell 1.1 percent for tires, which account...

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Kinjo Rubber Receives Japan Sports Agency Commendation for Assisting With Blind Tennis Tournament

Kinjo Rubber Co. Ltd., a Japanese industrial rubber product manufacturer that does business in assistive technology, recently received a letter of appreciation from the commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency for installing soft mats to guide visually impaired persons at a Japan Blind Tennis Federation (JBTF) tournament. The company is providing the mats at blind tennis tournaments to support the...

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Bridgestone Subsidiary Completes Acquisition of Fittings

Bridgestone HosePower LLC, an indirect U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) handling hose sales and services, has completed its acquisition of Fittings Inc., a hydraulic hose sales and services company based in Seattle, Washington. The addition of Fittings expands Bridgestone HosePower’s presence across the U.S. to 40 locations, with one also in also in Mexico, making the company the largest...

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NKNK Drafts S-SBR Production Plan for Fuel-Saving Tires, ETIC to Provide Support

Major Russian oil refining and petrochemical company PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, also known as NKNK, is considering the commercialization of solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) for use in fuel-saving tires. The company aims to begin operations at some point beyond 2020. Production capacity will total at 60,000 tons per annum, with plans to increase this to 120,000 tons in the future. Japanese...

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Zeon to Develop New Synthetic Rubber Grades and Technical Services

Zeon Corp.’s (TYO:4205) synthetic rubber business is doing well at present. As for specialty rubber not used in tires specifically, rising operation rates of oil wells thanks to renewed shale gas production have been a boon for hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) and nitrile rubber (NBR). Zeon is opening the Asia Technical Support Laboratory (ATSL) in Singapore this month to...

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Toyoda Gosei Launches High-Performance LED Product for Automotive Headlights

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a new LED product that serves as a light source for automobile headlights, providing both top-class luminosity and low power consumption. The LED light source applies the blue LED crystal growth technology Toyoda Gosei has developed over the years to fashion an improved gallium nitride crystal structure. Also used in the light source...

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