Dow Corning Toray’s Molykote Approaches 70th Year in 2018

Molykote, a special lubricant produced and sold by Dow Corning Toray Co. Ltd., will celebrate its 70th year in 2018. Unlike regular lubricants, Molykote can withstand a large range of high and low temperatures while preventing wear and tear. It is used in automobile pistons and brakes to mitigate friction and to control vibrations, noise and squeaking. As a more...

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Kasco to Sell Golf Balls with Jointly Developed Eucommia Elastomer Covers

Golf equipment maker Kasco Corp. has announced that it will next April release a new golf ball made using eucommia elastomer. The ball, branded the Biospin, will be a high-end product with a suggested retail price of 1,000 yen ($8.88) per ball. The cover material is made with trans-1,4-polyisoprene, an inedible biomass produced by the Eucommia ulmoides tree – also...

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Bridgestone CEO Comments on Recent Troubles in Japanese Manufacturing

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) CEO Masaaki Tsuya recently offered comments regarding the series of problems this year that some say has shaken confidence in Japanese manufacturing. Speaking at a year-end press conference, Tsuya said that he does not believe that confidence in Japanese manufacturing has been undermined. He maintained that the earnestness and strong work ethic of Japanese people has not...

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Strong Demand for Robotics-Related Rubber Products

The robotics industry is booming as manufacturers cut personnel costs and supplement scarce human resources through production line automation and workforce reduction. According to statistics reported by the Japan Robot Association (JARA), 55,998 robotic devices were produced during the July-September quarter, up 44.9 percent from the same quarter of the previous year. Shipment value amounted to 195.95 billion yen ($1.73...

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Zeon Opens High-Performance Materials Distributor in California

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has established a new local distributor for high-performance materials in California’s Silicon Valley. The company, Zeon Specialty Materials Inc. (ZSM), moved into its offices in October and will begin operating in January. The new entity will take over North American sales operations from fellow Zeon Group company Zeon Chemicals LP, which is based in Kentucky. More specifically,...

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Sumitomo Riko Subsidiary to Exhibit Industrial Hoses at Indian Trade Fair

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) subsidiary Tokai Imperial Hydraulics India Pvt. Ltd. (TIH) is set to take part in Excon 2017, also known as the International Construction Equipment and Construction Technology Trade Fair. The Indian-based manufacturer and seller of industrial hoses will be exhibiting its key products at the trade fair, which starts in Bangalore on Dec. 12. The firm...

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