Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP150 Tires to Be Used in New Nissan Leaf

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has begun delivering Ecopia EP150 tires to Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7201) for use in the company’s updated Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. These tires play an important part in helping the Leaf achieve its characteristically stable control and comfortable ride, and also extend the car’s driving range. With the Ecopia line, Bridgestone has managed to reduce rolling...

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Zeon Adds New Production Line for Retardation Film Used in LCD TVs

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently announced that it its subsidiary Optes Inc. has begun full-scale operations at a new production line for retardation film used in LCD televisions. The line is part of Optes’ Himi Plant in Hokuriku. The new production line is Zeon’s sixth for retardation film, and is able to produce 24 million square meters of the material per...

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Hayakawa Rubber Donates Products to Thai Infrastructure Project

Hayakawa Rubber Co. Ltd. recently donated Superseal products, the company’s reactive-adhesion type sealant for concrete, to a Thai infrastructure project in which Chulalongkorn University’s Voluntary Engineering Student Camp (VESC) created estuary weirs. VESC, which was the first voluntary project carried out by Chulalongkorn University in 1969 and has been carried out once a year since then, was given its name...

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Sumitomo Riko to Offer Seminar on Seismic Damper System for Wooden Houses

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) will host seminars on building earthquake-proof homes for construction companies in the two major cities of Osaka and Tokyo by the end of this year. The seminar will look at the structure of the Total Response Control (TRC) Damper, Sumitomo Riko’s seismic damper system for wooden houses, and offer analyses of results from full-scale experiments....

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Hiroshima Kasei Director Talks Overseas Expansion, Future Plans

Hiroshima Kasei Ltd.’s overseas production operations are thriving. Recently Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with Tomohiro Tamura, director of Hiroshima Kasei’s Industrial Materials Division, to discuss the company’s current state and overseas business expansion. When asked about Hiroshima Kasei’s current state of business, Tamura said that the company is focused on developing products based on the key concepts of safety...

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