Toyo Tires to Transfer Flexible Urethane Business to Toyo Quality One

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) is looking to transfer its flexible urethane business, which targets the market for automotive seat cushions, to Toyo Quality One Corp. This comes as part of a plan from Toyo Tires to strengthen its management around a core of tires and automotive anti-vibration rubber, having already moved to divest its operations for chemical...

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Okamoto Sees Sales, Profits Rise for Q1 on Back of Strong Performance From Condom Business

Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) has seen its sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 rise 6.2 percent year-on-year to 22.47 billion yen ($203.93 million), according to a recent release of business results for the period. These results also show the company’s operating profit for the quarter as having risen 2.1 percent to 2.89 billion yen, while ordinary profit was...

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Toyo Tires Revises Annual Forecast Downward Following Extraordinary Loss, Shifting Conditions

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) has downwardly revised its results forecast for calendar 2018, lowering its projections for sales by 1.3 percent, operating profit by 4.3 percent, ordinary profit by 5.2 percent and net profit by 24.1 percent when compared to initial estimates. Explaining the adjustment to operating profit, company president Takashi Shimizu first said that while raw...

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Yokohama Rubber Appears Set to Meet Early 2018 Performance Projections

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5101) consolidated results for calendar 2018 appear set to hold to the company’s forecast announced this past February. While this has been helped along by natural rubber prices dropping 7 cents from what had been expected, a surge in crude oil prices has brought increases to synthetic rubber and carbon black prices, with this expected to...

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Sumitomo Rubber Downwardly Revises Results Forecast for 2018

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has announced a downward revision to its forecast of business results for calendar 2018. Compared to the company’s initial forecast, the revision sees sales lowered by 1.1 percent, business profit by 6.8 percent and net profit by 10.4 percent. The main factor behind the revision is Sumitomo Rubber’s tire business, for which both sales and...

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Carbon Black Association Makes Upward Revision to 2018 Demand Forecast

The Carbon Black Association has upwardly revised its demand forecast for carbon black in a midyear revision. Under the association’s new estimates, total demand for domestic product this year – including exports – is now set to hit 765,050 tons. Previously, this figure was projected at 759,049 tons, which would have represented a flat growth rate based on non-finalized demand...

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