Increase in Demand for Chloroprene Rubber Tightens Global Supply–Demand Balance

Supply and demand for chloroprene rubber (CR) is tightening worldwide. According to a Japanese domestic CR manufacturer, inquiries from overseas are flourishing to the point where domestic CR manufacturers cannot handle all of them. For product shipping, Japanese domestic CR manufacturers give preferential treatment to existing, mainly Japanese, customers and strive to maintain a steady supply of CR. The global...

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Shin-Etsu Polymer Achieves Strong First Quarter Results

Plastics processing company Shin-Etsu Polymer Co. Ltd. (TYO:7970) achieved net sales of 18.98 billion yen ($172.27 million) for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 (April–June 2017), up 5.8 percent year-on-year. Shin-Etsu Polymer’s operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was 1.68 billion yen, up 2.3 percent year on year. The company achieved an ordinary income of 1.85 billion...

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Mizuno and Sumitomo Riko Co-Develop Advanced Table Tennis Rubber

Sports goods manufacturer Mizuno Corp. (TYO: 8022) has co-developed Q3, a new table tennis rubber, with Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO: 5191). The product will be sold starting Oct. 7 at Mizuno stores across Japan that handle table tennis goods. The two companies aim to sell 24,000 units globally in the first year. Q3 targets advanced players with a high speed...

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Nitta to Acquire Toyo Tires’ Chemical and Industrial Product Business

Osaka-based Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) recently announced that it will acquire the chemical and industrial product business of Toyo Tire and Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105), excluding the seismic isolation rubber business. Toyo Tires’ subsidiary, Toyo Chemical Industrial Products Co. Ltd., will set up a new company in which the business to be acquired by Nitta will be transferred. 100 percent of...

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