Kansai Rubber Technical Training Course Sees Good Turnout This Year

This year 48 people, 46 men and 2 women, took the Kansai Rubber Technical Training Course for employees of rubber manufacturers and rubber-related companies with bases in Japan’s Kansai region. This is the second highest number of people ever to take the course. Recently, the number of trainees from outside Japan has also increased. Trainees from India will be in...

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CEMA Forecasts Construction Equipment Demand for Fiscal 2018 to Surpass 2 Trillion Yen

Shipment values of construction equipment are forecast at 2.78 trillion yen ($25.27 billion) in fiscal 2018, down 2 percent year-on-year, according to the Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA). Despite a decrease in demand, CEMA is forecasting shipment values to surpass the high mark of 2 trillion yen for the second year in a row. Shipment values in the domestic...

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Bridgestone Launches Data Scientist Training Program to Boost Solutions Business

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently launched a training program for data scientists. Created by SAS Institute Japan Ltd., the program is based on existing curriculum and has been customized specifically for Bridgestone. Talented employees from within the company will be selected to participate. Recently, Bridgestone has been focusing on bolstering its solutions business and is planning to further boost the quality...

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Toyo Tires Reveals New Airless Concept Tire

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently unveiled its new Noair airless concept tire to the press. Despite not needing to be inflated with air, the concept tire successfully meets the basic requirements for regular tires, and can be utilized at speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour. Since starting research into airless tires in 2006, Toyo Tires...

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JRC Chairman Focuses on Positives at 2017 Annual Convention

The Japanese Rubber Workers Union Confederation (JRC), a labor union of different rubber industries whose membership includes tire and other industrial rubber product manufacturers and shoe makers, recently held its 2017 annual convention. JRC introduced at the convention policies for the union’s 13th term, coming under the ethos that JRC members take pride in their work, have something to live...

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Techno Polymer and UMG ABS Delay Launch of New ABS Resin Company

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185), Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Ube Industries Ltd. (TYO:4208) have announced delays to the integration of Techno Polymer Co. Ltd.’s and UMG ABS Ltd.’s acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) resin businesses. Techno Polymer is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JSR, while Ube Industries and Mitsubishi Chemical each hold 50 percent shares in UMG ABS. The parent companies had originally planned...

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