Tigers Polymer Sees Robust First Half Due to Strong Rubber Sheet Demand

Rubber sheet manufacturer Tigers Polymer Corp. (TYO:4231) recently released strong business results for the first half (April–September) of the fiscal year ending March 2018. Robust results in the company’s rubber sheet business were evidenced by a nearly double-digit increase in revenue year-on-year. Demand from Tigers Polymer’s main customers in the civil engineering, construction and automotive industries was sluggish in the...

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Bridgestone Upgrades Digital Solution for Truck, Bus Tires

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has updated and improved its Toolbox digital solution for truck and bus tires. The upgraded system will be phased into operation beginning in December at some Bridgestone locations in Japan, following its adoption in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Russia and South America. Already in use in more than 80 countries, Toolbox enables Bridgestone personnel to...

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Bridgestone: No Problems With Products From Toray Subsidiary Despite Faked Data

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has issued a public statement that there are no performance problems with products supplied by Toray Industries Inc. (TYO:3402) subsidiary Toray Hybrid Cord Inc. (THC), which has admitted falsifying inspection data. THC recently announced that quality-related inspection data for tire cords, as well as for cords used in vehicle hoses and belts, had been falsified. The new...

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Chloroprene Rubber Supply Tightens as Japanese Manufacturers Struggle to Keep up With Demand

The supply–demand balance for chloroprene rubber (CR) is tightening worldwide. Japanese CR manufacturers report that they are barely able to keep up with increased demand from existing users, let alone meet new demand. CR’s good balance of physical properties means that this synthetic rubber has found a diverse array of applications. Unable to meet demand despite operating at full capacity,...

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Rubber Associations in Tokyo, Kobe, Kyushu Team up to Grow Business

Associations of medium-sized rubber companies in Tokyo, Kobe and Kyushu recently held a combined forum to explore possibilities for collaboration. These three regions are marked by monuments as the birthplace of Japan’s rubber industry, the history of which is built on the backs of local industry in the regions. Members of Tokyo’s Bokuto Rubber Industrial Committee, the Kyushu Rubber Manufacturers...

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Showa Glove to Sell Cut-Resistant Gloves Offering Safety, Durability, Workability

Showa Glove Co. has announced that it plans to launch sales of new cut-resistant gloves on Jan. 9. The gloves provide safety and durability while also being pliable and easy to work with – a combination that has been difficult to achieve until now. Intended to be worn in settings that pose a danger of incision wounds, the new gloves...

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