New Showa Glove Impact Protection Glove Shields Fingers During Work

Rubber glove manufacturer Showa Glove Co. has developed an impact protection glove, marketed as Power Shield, that reduces the impact on fingers during work. The newly developed glove uses nitrile rubber, which is highly resistant to oil and abrasion. The structure consists of three layers in which nitrile rubber is double-coated on a glove that features finely woven 13-gauge seamless...

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Auto Part Survey Shows Mixed Results for Rubber Part Shipment Values

According to a survey of auto part shipments for fiscal 2015 compiled by the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA), total value was 19.12 trillion yen ($167.49 billion), down 3.4 percent over the prior year and the first year-on-year decline in three years. Within that total, the shipment value of rubber parts, spread across 11 categories, came to 709.03 billion...

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New Seat Ibiza Comes With Falken Tires

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) said that Spanish auto manufacturer Seat S.A. has again chosen Falken as its OEM tire supplier for the fifth generation of its best-selling Seat Ibiza launched last month. The new model offers superb driving dynamics and quality, impressive stability and extreme reliability on the road. The Falken tires fitted as standard further enhance the benefits...

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Ube Industries Forges Ahead to Produce BR at Full Capacity in Japan and Overseas

Ube Industries Ltd.’s (TYO:4208) polybutadiene rubber (BR) business is robust. The company’s manufacturing plants in Japan and Thailand both produce BR at full capacity and all of this BR continues to sell. Ube Industries’ Malaysian plant has obtained certification from tire manufacturers and will start the full-scale supply of BR products in the current fiscal year. Demand for BR products...

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Nippon Goodyear Holds Test Drive Event on Ice Rink

Nippon Goodyear Ltd. will launch its Ice Navi 7 premium studless tire, developed specifically for Japanese snowy and icy road surfaces, on August 1. The company held a test drive event at the Kanagawa Skating Rink in Yokohama on June 29 for members of the press to try the Ice Navi 7 before launch. Company President Yujiro Kanahara said that...

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Synthetic Rubber Shipping Volume Increases for Third Straight Term

The category-based shipping volume of synthetic rubber for January to March increased to 434,413 tons, up 4.4 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). Following the July–September and October–December quarters, this marks a year-on-year growth in volume for the third straight term in a row. Domestic shipping volume grew by 2.3...

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