12th TPE Technology Institute Open Seminar Features Speakers From Tokyo and Fukuoka Universities, Zeon

The Research Association of Nano Structured Polymer recently held the 12th TPE Technology Institute Open Seminar, which was host to lectures on three topics. First to present was Sadaharu Hashimoto, R&D manager at Zeon Corp.’s (TYO:4205) R&D Center. His presentation, titled “Development of Novel Elastic Materials: Asymmetric Triblock Styrene Copolymer,” previously received an award from the Society of Polymer Science,...

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Bridgestone Americas to Sell All Shares of Speedco

Bridgestone Americas Inc. (BSAM), the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108), announced on Sept. 15 that it will sell all shares of its wholly owned subsidiary Speedco Inc. to U.S.-based Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. The sale price was not disclosed. Speedco provides automotive lube, maintenance and other services to the trucking industry, and owns 52 stores in...

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Carbon Black Association Releases Updated Demand Estimates for 2017

The Carbon Black Association of Japan has released a mid-year update to its estimates of 2017 demand for carbon black. Demand including exports is now projected to rise 0.5 percent from last year to a total of 750,785 tons. While demand in tons has been downwardly revised from the previously projected 753,115 tons, the new figures indicate higher expected growth...

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Yokohama Rubber to Supply Advan Racing Tires at 64th Macau Grand Prix

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) will provide Advan racing tires for vehicles competing in China’s 64th Macau Grand Prix, a four-day event running from Nov. 16–19. Yokohama Rubber supplied tires for the race for 33 straight years until 2015. After a one-year hiatus, this will be the Japanese tire manufacturer’s 34th year of providing racers with their tires in Macau....

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ISO Issues New Standards to Determine Biobased Content of Rubber Products

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has issues new international standards for the determination of biomass-based (biobased) content of rubber and rubber products based on a proposal filed by Japan. Aiming at the popularization of rubber products derived from biomass raw materials to decrease environmental burdens and reduce the consumption of petroleum resources, the standards are expected to contribute to...

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Nishikawa Rubber CEO Discusses North America, Sealing Products

Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161), a large manufacturer of rubber parts for the automotive industry, inaugurated Yoshitomo Fukuoka as its new CEO three months ago. Unlike most in the automotive parts industry, Fukuoka’s prior work has been based around shipbuilding, and his switch between these highly divergent industries has drawn attention over recent months. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down...

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