Kureha Elastomer Sees Strong Demand for Ultrathin Rubber Sheets

Kureha Elastomer Co. Ltd., a maker of rubber sheeting and molded products, is enjoying strong business performance for its ultrathin sheets. In addition to the electronics industry, which is the main source of demand, the company’s sheeting is being met with heavy demand for use in production processes at semiconductor manufacturing plants. Recent years have also seen demand continue to...

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Toyo Tires Develops New Nano-Level Filler Dispersion Method for Truck and Bus Tires

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently succeeded in optimizing its process for nano-level molding using advanced filler dispersion. The process enables improved dispersion in compounds that are used for tires and are made from solid rubber and filler. The new process was developed as a means to improve fuel efficiency for trucks and buses. It allows for existing...

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CSJ Recognizes Late Professor’s Historical Synthetic Rubber Invention as Chemical Heritage

The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) has selected synthetic rubber created using monovinyl acetylene (MVA) as one of three historical chemical developments to be newly deemed “chemical heritage”. The MVA production method for synthetic rubber was invented by the late Junji Furukawa, a professor emeritus from Kyoto University’s Faculty of Engineering. Synthetic rubber made using the method successfully completed industrial...

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Toyoda Gosei Looks Toward FCVs With New Plant for High-Pressure Hydrogen Tanks

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), the Toyota Motor Group’s only manufacturer of high polymers, established a new plant on March 14 to manufacture high-pressure hydrogen tanks – a main component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). The company has invested 12 billion yen ($113.28 million) in the plant, where it is preparing to start production in the early 2020s. Moving forward,...

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Bridgestone Offers Total Management Package for Truck and Bus Tires

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is aggressively marketing its Eco Value Pack service combining new tires, retreads and maintenance to help distribution and busing companies cope with a harsh business environment as they struggle with driver and maintenance staff shortages and soaring fuel costs. On Feb. 23, the tire maker held a public fuel efficiency test in the Tokyo area for fuel-efficient...

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Yokohama Rubber Adds New Size to Advan A053 Dirt Trial Tire

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has introduced and begun selling a new size of its Advan A053 radial tire for rally and dirt trials. Adding a 205/65R15 94Q size to its existing lineup of 215/60R15 94Q, 195/65R15 91Q and 185/65R15 88Q variants, the tire now comes in four sizes. The lineup uses different tread patterns for left and right wheels,...

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