Asics First-Half Results: Oceania, Asia the Top Performers

Asics Corp. (TYO:7936) saw net sales fall 3.3 percent year-on-year to 203.74 billion yen ($1.87 billion) in its first-half results, running from January 1 to June 30, 2017. Despite a strong showing in the running shoes segment, net sales within Japan decreased 3.4 percent year-on-year to 54.26 billion yen, owing to sluggish performance by sportswear. Sales of running shoes and...

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Sumitomo Rubber Steps up Development of Specialized Tires for Electric Cars

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is accelerating its development of specialized tires for electric vehicles (EVs) in anticipation of further vehicle electrification. Although the company already supplies tires for EVs, the inclusion of batteries makes EVs heavier than vehicles with internal combustion engines, leading to demand for more durable tires. Sumitomo Rubber President Ikuji Ikeda said that by further improving...

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Nichirin Achieves Two-Digit Increase to Income, Profit for Q2

Nichirin Co. Ltd. (TYO:5184), a large manufacturer of automotive rubber parts, recently released its business results for the second quarter of the fiscal year ending December 2017. The company posted sales of 29.01 billion yen ($265.64 million), up 15.9 percent over the same period last year; an operating profit of 4.39 billion yen, up 22.5 percent; and an ordinary profit...

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Elastomer Industry Profits Grow Due to Falling Raw Material Costs

Two large synthetic rubber manufacturers, JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) and Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), recently released their business results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. Both companies saw a significant increase to their elastomer division profits for the quarter, including profits for synthetic rubber. This profit growth is caused by an increase in the spread between elastomer material costs and selling...

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Fujikura Rubber to Acquire Land for New Plant in China

Fujikura Rubber Ltd. (TYO:5121) reached the decision on Aug. 10 to acquire land for constructing a new factory in Zhejiang Province, China. To be used for consolidated subsidiary Anji Fujikura Rubber Ltd. The project will cost an estimated 132 million yen ($1.2 million). Anji Fujikura Rubber constructed and began operating its second plant in December 2016. Since the Chinese market’s...

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Bando Chemical Strengthens Existing Initiatives as First Part of Business Plan Draws to a Close

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) has been working to bolster existing businesses while creating new ones as part of Breakthroughs for the Future, the company’s medium- to long-term business plan. The plan was embarked upon in fiscal 2013, and its first stage – or “BF-1” – concludes this year. According to Bando Chemical’s president, Mitsutaka Yoshii, the company has made...

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