JSR’s Elastomer Division Sees 6.5% Year-on-Year Increase in Sales

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) recently released its financial results for fiscal 2017, with these showing that sales from the company’s elastomer division went up 6.5 percent year-on-year to 197.37 billion yen ($1.81 billion). Operating profit from the division was at 14.87 billion yen, up 69 percent, while sales volume was at 677,731 tons, down 3 percent. In response to rising butadiene...

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Toyoda Gosei Achieves Industry-Leading Current with Vertical GaN Power Semiconductor

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has achieved a record-high current with a newly developed vertical gallium nitride (GaN) power semiconductor. GaN, which is used in the semiconductor, is also a key material in blue LEDs. Power semiconductors are widely used in power converters, with this including applications in adapters and power sources for electronic devices. However, due to the characteristics...

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Yokohama Rubber Subsidiary Targets Improved Supply of Non-Tire Products

Yokohama Industrial Products Japan Co. Ltd., a sales subsidiary for the non-tire operations of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101), is striving to further improve its contributions to its parent company, which last year welcomed its 100th anniversary. Hiroyuki Hosoda, president of Yokohama Industrial Products Japan, has said that he is satisfied with his company’s numerical results for 2017. But with...

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Sunpolymer Plans New Silicone Sponge Sheet Factory to Target EV, Aerospace Industries

Sunpolymer Corp., a manufacturer and seller of extruded silicone rubber, high-performance sponge sheet and molded products, is planning to build a new factory at the Santo Industrial Park, Asago, Japan. Established in Osaka in 1980, Sunpolymer specializes in made-to-order production using silicone rubber as a primary material. The company manufactures products for a wide range of fields, from medical devices...

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Lanxess KK President Hideo Tsuji Comments on 2018 Plans, 2017 Results

Hideo Tsuji, president and CEO of Lanxess KK, held a press conference on April 17 to discuss the company’s plans and activities for fiscal 2018. Speaking at the event, Tsuji said that his company – which is the Japanese arm of German-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Lanxess AG – will provide lightweighting solutions for next-generation vehicles. This will include efforts in...

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Michelin Japan to Launch New All-Season Tire for Small Wheel Loaders

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has announced that it will launch the Michelin Cross Grip, an all-season radial tire for small wheel loaders, in Japan this September. The tire will be sized at 440/80R24, which is equivalent to 16.9R24. The most significant feature of the new product is its ability to help meet year-round urban needs – such as construction,...

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