Interviews

Interview: Toyoda Gosei President Toru Koyama Discusses Efforts to Balance New Initiatives With Existing Businesses

Inaugurated as president of Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) last June, Toru Koyama stepped into the role amid a raft of major changes in the business environment – including COVID-19 as well as the accelerating trend in automotive electrification. Speaking recently with Japan Rubber Weekly, Koyama said for fiscal 2021 that he aims to see the company land a proper...

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Zeon President Kimiaki Tanaka Sees Promising Market for Specialty Elastomers

Speaking recently about the future of his company’s business for elastomer materials, Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) President Kimiaki Tanaka said COVID-19 has made it clear that there is strong global demand for specialty elastomers. This can also be interpreted, he said, to mean that elastomers without specialized characteristics will have to be offered at a low price if they are to...

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Interview: Toyoda Gosei President Naoki Miyazaki Explains Plans to Boost Revenue in 2020

Facing a tough market and a need for innovation, Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has been making a range of moves to solidify its business foundations and pave the path for future growth. Company president Naoki Miyazaki recently sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly to give some insight into these plans. To begin with, Miyazaki noted that 2019 saw Toyoda...

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Interview: Gates Unitta Asia VP Shuji Miyamoto Details Plans for Sales Growth

Gates Unitta Asia Co. is making a number of efforts to improve its sales of V-belts, auto tensioners and more across the Asian market. Shuji Miyamoto, who serves as VP at the company, recently took some time out to sit down for an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly and talk about Gates Unitta Asia’s efforts toward this. 2020 is expected...

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Interview: Zeon President Kimiaki Tanaka Explains Plan to Boost Focus on Specialty Elastomers

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has set its sights on having speciality products make up a larger proportion of its elastomers business going forward. Company president Kimiaki Tanaka took some time out recently to speak with Japan Rubber Weekly about these plans. Tanaka noted that in its business for elastomer materials, Zeon recently started up a new Thai plant for acrylic rubber....

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Interview: Sumitomo Riko President Tatsu Matsui Details Plans in Response to Automotive Revolution

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191), a leading global supplier of automotive anti-vibration rubber, is striving to develop new products and sectors in response to major upheaval in the automotive industry. Tatsu Matsui, president and CEO at Sumitomo Riko, recently sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly to give some more details on his company’s efforts here. 2020 is likely to continue...

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