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Sumitomo Riko Continues Collaborative Efforts for Health With Itoshima City, Kyushu University

A three-party agreement between Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191), Itoshima City and Kyushu University has entered into its second term, which is set to span fiscal 2019–2021. Carried out at Itoshima City Hall, Itoshima, Fukuoka Prefecture, these joint efforts seek to build up a comprehensive regional care system while also making strides more broadly in the areas of health, medical...

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Toyoda Gosei Investing in Optical Design Experts Imuzak for Vehicle Module Development

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) is looking to accelerate its development of vehicle interior and exterior modules for the coming age of automated driving, investing in Imuzak Inc., a firm with strengths in optical design and evaluation. The outlay of 50 million yen ($450,000) is the first to be implemented by the new Corporate Venture Capital Department, established up by...

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Zeon Achieves Growth to S-SBR Sales, Expects to Hit Capacity in 2020

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) is seeing strong sales growth with its business for solution-polymerized styrene–butadiene rubber (S-SBR), recording year-on-year growth of 9 percent to its sales here for fiscal 2018. Going forward, the expectation is that this same level of growth will continue – and if it does, the company will likely have both its production and its sales of S-SBR...

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Rubber Unions, Companies Settle on Wage Increases for 2019

The Japanese Rubber Workers’ Union Confederation has released the results of its 2019 spring labor initiative aimed at securing higher wages and bonuses for workers at major rubber companies. As part of this, the organization announced that 56 of its 58 member unions submitted wage requests, of which 49 have reached a settlement with the relevant companies. Meanwhile, 49 unions...

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Sumitomo Rubber Set to Start up New Environmental Conservation Projects Across Japan

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is planning this year to run another set of environmental conservation efforts under its Team Enasave Future Project, which the company carries out in conjunction with the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The first initiative as part of this will begin in Niigata on May 26, looking to preserve and maintain the nature,...

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Kobe Steel Turns Indian JV for Tire and Rubber Machinery Into Wholly Owned Subsidiary

Kobe Steel Ltd. (TYO:5406) has acquired L&T Kobelco Machinery Pvt. Ltd. (LKTM) as a wholly owned subsidiary. Previously operated as a JV between Kobe Steel and Larsen & Toubro Ltd., the Indian-based firm designs, manufactures and sells a range of tire and rubber machinery, including rubber mixers and twin-screw extruders. By turning LKTM into a wholly owned subsidiary, Kobe Steel...

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