Fujikura Rubber Expects to See Slight Drop-off Following Stellar Run

Fujikura Rubber Ltd. (TYO:5121) has been getting strong performance out of its sales divisions for industrial products, control equipment and golf club carbon shafts. The company saw increased revenue for the fifth consecutive year in fiscal 2017 – as well as increased profit for three consecutive years. Automotive-related exports have grown in countries including China and Vietnam, with particular growth...

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Yokohama Rubber Develops New Hardening Accelerator, Enables Single-Day Waterproofing of Buildings

Yokohama Rubber MB Japan, an industrial rubber products subsidiary of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101), will release the EU-One Oneda-F hardening accelerator for urethane waterproofing film as a new addition to the Criterion series of products. When used at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, the EU-One Oneda-F hardening accelerator hardens urethane waterproofing film in five hours. This allows the...

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Japan’s Transmission Belt Production Rises 2% Year-on-Year for 2017

The Japan Belting Manufacturers Association recently released statistics showing Japan’s domestic production of transmission belts to have increased 2 percent year-on-year for 2017, reaching a total of 11,985 tons. While automotive demand stalled, demand for general industrial applications was solid. Increased demand was seen for applications such as semiconductor manufacturing equipment, injection molding machines, machine tools and industrial robots. Looking...

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Sumitomo Riko Starts Construction of New R&D Facility for Anti-Vibration Rubber

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has held a ceremony to formally mark the start of construction on a new R&D center. The facility will be established under SumiRiko AVS Germany GmbH, a subsidiary devoted to the R&D and sales of anti-vibration rubber for vehicles and based in Hesse, Germany. Under construction with a budget of approximately 10 million euros ($11.62...

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Inoac to Roll Out High-Performance Elastomer Developed by US-Based Cooper Standard

Inoac Corp. is poised to launch the new material Fortrex in Japan within this year. A high-performance elastomer developed by Inoac’s global partner U.S.-based Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc., Fortrex combines the advantages of thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) and ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), and will be sold as Japan’s first superelastomer of its kind. In the U.S., Fortrex is used in automotive...

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Bridgestone Acquires New Jersey-Based Industrial Rubber to Expand Northeastern US Hose Operations

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) announced on June 1 the acquisition of Industrial Rubber Co. through Bridgestone HosePower LLC, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary engaged in hose sales and services. Established in 1950 and based in the U.S. state of New Jersey with a staff of 17 employees, Industrial Rubber covers hydraulic and industrial hose sales and services in the Northeastern U.S....

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