Bridgestone and Kuraray Give for US Hurricane Relief

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) and chemical products manufacturer Kuraray Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) have announced that they will donate aid to the victims of the recent hurricanes in the U.S. Bridgestone, and its U.S. subsidiary Bridgestone Americas Inc., will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross in order to support those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Meanwhile, Kuraray will donate...

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Nishikawa Rubber Settles US Civil Suit

Major automotive rubber parts manufacturer Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161) announced on Sept. 14 that it had reached an agreement in principle for a settlement with plaintiffs in a class-action civil lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, involves the company’s sales of automotive sealing components. Nishikawa Rubber has agreed to pay...

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Michelin Japan Unveils New Information About Ota R&D Center

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has released new information on the activities of the Michelin Group’s R&D Center in Ota, Gunma Prefecture. According to this new information, the center is currently targeting research on passenger car and light truck (LT) tires and is the only facility in the Michelin Group capable of conducting basic research on winter tires. Following facilities...

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Mitsubishi Chemical and Air Liquide Subsidiary Partner on Butadiene Technology

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. signed a cooperation agreement on Sept. 7 with Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, a subsidiary of French firm Air Liquide SA. Under the agreement, Air Liquide E&C will license Mitsubishi Chemical’s process for manufacturing butadiene from n-butene. The aim is to develop a technology licensing business by packaging together Mitsubishi Chemical’s butene to crude butadiene production technology...

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Midori Anzen Develops New Plant-Based Polyester Work Gloves

Midori Anzen Co. Ltd. has added a new product to its Plantex Glove series of work gloves made from plant-based polyester. Designed for use in the logistics industry, the natural rubber gloves feature a new non-slip grip and have an unlined back. In the Plantex Glove series, at least 80 percent of each product by weight is made from Ecodear...

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Zeon, AIST Show Biodegradability of SG-CNT

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have announced research findings revealing that super-growth single-walled carbon nanotubes (SG-CNT) are biodegradable inside immune cells. Zeon and AIST have developed a technology that exploits the tendency for carbon nanotubes (CNT) to absorb near-infrared light in order to quantify the amount absorbed within the cell. SG-CNT...

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