Sumitomo Rubber to Launch Motorcycle Tire With Improved Sports Performance

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is set to release the Sportmax Roadsport2, a new sport radial tire for motorcycles, on March 1. The company aims to sell 10,000 of the tires for the first year. On top of the line’s existing sports performance in metrics such as grip, long life and handling, the new tire is designed to add further...

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Nitta Makes New Development in Proprietary CNT Dispersion Technology

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has recently developed new technology to be applied as part of the company’s proprietary carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersion technology. The new technology improves flow, conductivity and film strength by taking elongated, isolated and dispersed CNTs and turning these into round cotton ball-like shapes. As it improves in usability, Nitta’s new technology is expected to find an expanded...

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Denka Set to Fully Consolidate Industrial Rubber Manufacturer CRK

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061), a manufacturer of products including chloroprene rubber, has recently announced that it will raise its stake in CRK Co. Ltd. from 53 percent to 100 percent. CRK is engaged in the manufacturing, processing and sale of industrial rubber products. The move is intended to strengthen synergies between Denka’s materials development and CRK’s product development, as well...

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Yokohama Rubber Emphasizes Truck and Bus Tire Sales Growth in Latest Management Plan

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is targeting sales of 700 billion yen ($6.56 billion), an operating profit of 70 billion yen and a return on equity of 10 percent under international financial reporting standards (IFRS) for its new medium-term management plan. Named “Grand Design 2020,” the plan is set to run through to 2020. Company president Masataka Yamaishi said that...

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Mitsui Chemicals Announces Open-Lab Event to Promote Materials

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has announced that it will run the Mitsui Chemicals Material Oriented Laboratory (MOLp) – part of the company’s cross-organizational open-lab activities – for five days from March 7–11. This will take the form of an event the company is calling MOLpCafe, where visitors will be able to experience the appeal of a range of different materials....

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Sumitomo Riko Lauded for Application of Anti-Vibration Rubber to Table Tennis Rackets

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has been in the limelight after its co-development of Q3, a rubber for use in table tennis rackets, with sporting goods manufacturer Mizuno Corp. (TYO:8022). While product supply in the sports industry is a first for Sumitomo Riko, the company has been able to leverage its know-how, cultivated over many years, in both anti-vibration rubber...

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