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Japanese Rubber Companies Heavily Revise Earnings Projections

As companies are releasing their second-quarter earnings for the business year ending on March 31, 2017, some stand out for their revisions to projected full-year earnings. Cost-cutting boosted profits for some, while the higher yen hurt others. The following companies announced upward revisions to profit for the period: Achilles Corp. (TYO:5142), Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122), Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192), Tigers...

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Several Rubber Sheet Makers Set About Remedying Profit Issues

Rubber sheet manufacturers are endeavoring to improve profits. Between March and June this year, a number of companies set out on making price revisions, primarily on general-purpose products. Two companies have additionally pushed forward on a unification of product classes, including the closing down of unprofitable products. Five companies set out on these price revisions: Tigers Polymer Corp. (TYO:4231), Kureha...

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Zeon Develops New TIM Sheet With CNT–Rubber Composite

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and the New Energy Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) have successfully developed a thermal interface material (TIM). Made of high-performance sheets, the product’s sheet form features double the heat dispersion of similar products to date. The company will be investing several hundred million yen to construct a new pilot plant within the Ibaraki Factory building of subsidiary Zeon...

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JRMA Publishes 20-Year History of ISO/TC45 Japan National Mirror Committee

The Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association’s (JRMA) ISO/TC45 Japan National Mirror Committee has issued a report on the progress of the ISO/TC45 Japan National Mirror Committee, a special publication commemorating the 20th anniversary of the committee’s founding. The ISO/TC45 Japan Mirror Committee was originally established within The Society of Rubber Science and Technology Japan (SRIJ) in May 1996. However, in response...

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Rubber Machinery Makers Pivot Into New Areas to Stay Afloat

Looking to open up new markets, Japan’s rubber machinery manufacturers are leveraging their expertise as they intensify development efforts in industry-related equipment. These efforts come against the backdrop of a decline in domestic demand for equipment used to manufacture rubber goods, as well as decreasing shipments due to a growing presence of overseas manufacturers. A visible shift can be seen...

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Bombay Chemical Pitches India’s Raw Materials at IRC 2016 Kitakyushu

Indian materials company Bombay Chemical & Rubber Products (BCRP) partook recently in the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2016 Kitakyushu, displaying at the Rubber & Elastomer Technical Exhibition. The company was exhibiting there with the purpose of introducing India’s high-quality, cost-competitive raw materials, and the array of top-class manufacturers behind them, to Japanese corporations who are considering venturing into South Asian...

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