Major Plastic and Rubber Trade Show IPF 2017 Opens in Chiba

The 9th International Plastic Fair (IPF), one of Asia’s largest plastic and rubber-related trade shows, began at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, on Oct. 24. Open through Nov. 7, this year’s IPF includes nine exhibit categories: high-performance plastic raw materials, additives and fillers; plastic molding machines and systems; mold design and manufacturing systems for plastic and rubber; rubber materials and...

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Sumitomo Rubber Supplies Subaru With Tires for New Crosstrek

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has begun supplying Falken Ziex ZE001 A/S tires to Subaru Corp. (TYO:7270) for use as factory-standard tires on their new model Crosstrek, known as XV in Japan, which went on sale in the North American market in September. The Falken Ziex ZE001 A/S is an all-season tire that has been developed to maximize the performance...

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Toyoda Gosei’s New Glass Run for Lexus LS Allows for Quieter Ride

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a new glass run design, which will be supplied for use on new models of the Lexus LS made by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). A glass run is a resin seal that interfaces between a vehicle window and its frame. By sealing gaps between the glass and frame, a glass run protects the...

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Japanese Association Offers Conveyor Belt Proposals at International Conference

The Japan Belting Manufacturers Association recently offered a proposal regarding how to measure conveyor belt running resistance to an international conference on ISO/TC41 held in London from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22. Doshisha University Professor Toru Fujii presented the proposal, which is to be voted by committee members. Another member from the Japanese association also held a presentation, which proposed...

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Sumitomo Riko President: Rapid Spread of EVs Demands a New Approach

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) President Tetsu Matsui says that he feels a sense of crisis at the need for his company to adapt to the trend toward electric vehicles (EVs), which is moving faster than expected. As EVs become more prevalent, he said, there will be a reduction in use of anti-vibration rubber and hose products for internal combustion...

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Yokohama Rubber Chairman Speaks at Company’s 100th Anniversary Ceremony

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) held a special ceremony on Oct. 13 to commemorate and express its gratitude for 100 years in business. A total of 660 people, including business partners and customers, attended the ceremony and congratulated Yokohama Rubber on the achievement. Speaking at the event, Yokohama Rubber Chairman Tadanobu Nagumo looked back on the handful of visionaries that...

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