JRA Chairman Discusses Issues Facing Retreaded Tire Market in Japan

Japanese demand for retreaded tires has slowed in recent years, despite steady growth until 2014 driven by environmental and economic factors. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down for an interview with Tatsuo Gomi, chairman of the Japan Retreaders Association (JRA), to ask about several issues facing the industry. The JRA chairman started by saying he wants to properly push the...

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Sumitomo Riko Showcases Anti-Vibration Rubber Products at APTA Expo 2017

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) is exhibiting for the first time at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo 2017 taking place in Atlanta, Georgia from Oct. 9–11. The company has introduced its anti-vibration rubber products for railcars at the expo, eyeing a full-scale expansion into the North American market. Anti-vibration rubber products for railcars are installed in the truck...

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Sanko Chemical Industry Sees Strong Sales With World’s First TPE Medical Gloves

Medical glove manufacturer Sanko Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. is seeing robust sales. The strong performance is led by the company’s flagship surgical gloves, which were launched on Sept. 1 of last year and are the world’s first gloves made of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). The use of TPE helps to prevent reactions caused by latex proteins such as Type I hypersensitivity,...

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Tohoku University Associate Professor Receives Bioindustry Research Award for Joint Research With Sumitomo Rubber

Seiji Takahashi, associate professor at Tohoku University’s Graduate School of Engineering, recently received the Japan Bioindustry Association’s 1st Bioindustry Research Award for his joint research with Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), which shed light on natural rubber biosynthesis mechanisms and in vitro rubber synthesis. The research revealed that three types of protein play a major role in the biosynthetic mechanism...

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Toyo Tires Receives Good Design Award for Seventh Straight Year

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5150) announced that the company received the 2017 Good Design Award for three new tire brands that it launched this year. This marks the seventh straight year that Toyo Tires has received the Good Design Award. Out of the three brands that won the award, two were Toyo Tire brands – Open Country A/T...

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JSR Adopts AI Strategy to Boost Plant Safety and Productivity

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has teamed up with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (TYO:9432), commonly known as NTT, and Accenture PLC on a proof-of-concept project for a next generation smart industrial complex at JSR’s Chiba Plant. The project integrates JSR’s expertise in operation management and maintenance tasks with state-of-the-art technology from NTT Advanced Technology Corp. and others within the NTT Group....

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