Zeon Co-Develops New Technology to Produce Isoprene From Biomass

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has worked with the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (Riken) and Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) to co-develop a new technology for producing isoprene – a raw material used in synthetic rubber – from biomass in a stable and efficient manner. By constructing a world-first artificial pathway and creating highly active enzymes, the research project has...

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Bridgestone Develops Earthquake Response Analysis Model for High-Damping Rubber Bearings

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has developed an earthquake response analysis model for its high-damping bearings, which form part of the company’s lineup of seismic isolation rubber products. These efforts were made in conjunction with Kazuhiko Kasai, an adjunct professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Masaru Kikuchi, a professor from Hokkaido University. The newly developed analysis...

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JATMA Releases Midyear Update to 2018 Tire Demand Forecast

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has revised its forecast of tire demand for the business year through next March. Total domestic demand in the updated forecast – covering four-wheel vehicles, two-wheel vehicles and non-four-wheel specialty vehicles – was upwardly revised by 75,000 tires. But with higher figures having been confirmed for 2017 since the previous forecast, this still...

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Toyoda Gosei Sets Up New Indian Base to Accelerate Engineering and Development

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), a member of the Toyota Group, has opened a new base for Indian subsidiary Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd. (TGMIN). The base is intended to handle engineering and sales matters, and is located in Gurgaon, near Delhi. Employees at the location have been tasked with developing, designing and selling a range of products –...

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Rubber Industry Sees Solid Demand for Raw Materials in First Half

The first half of calendar 2018 has seen robust demand for raw materials in the rubber industry. This comes on the back of recovering applications in automobiles and tires – the main sources of demand for the materials – as well as strong demand for semiconductors. Due to a rise in the cost of crude oil, prices have increased for...

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New EPA Between Japan and EU Promises Removal of Tire Export Tariffs

Representatives from Japan and the EU met on July 17 to sign the EU–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) – a new bilateral agreement set to come into effect by the end of next March. For Japan’s rubber industry, the EPA promises the immediate repeal of a 4.5 percent tariff currently incurred on exports of passenger car tires to the EU,...

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