Interviews

Interview With Nichirin President Hiroyuki Soga

Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with President Hiroyuki Soga of Nichirin, a manufacturer of automotive hoses and piping. Soga, who assumed the position of president in April 2023, was posted to the United States at the age of 26 and has since then worked overseas for a total of 26 years. He has also served as president of overseas subsidiaries...

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Sumitomo Riko President Kazushi Shimizu Gives Outlook for Fiscal Year

Talking to Japan Rubber Weekly, Sumitomo Riko President Kazushi Shimizu said he believes that while automotive products will be firm this year, high-pressure hoses will depend on market conditions in China. In addition to doubling the number of local distributor members during the coronavirus pandemic, the major manufacturer of anti-vibration rubber for automobiles has announced a new product and expects...

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New Year’s Top Interview: Eneos Materials President Hayato Hirano

Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with Eneos Materials President Hayato Hirano to learn about his priorities for the new year 2024. Concentrate on Growth Areas and Expand Business Domains Concentration on growth areas and expansion of business domains are two of the mid-term tasks set forth in the new medium-term business plan. The first growth area is solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber...

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Passion to Turn the World: Bridgestone President Shuichi Ishibashi

Bridgestone will promote sustainable global motorsports activities to continue to be the best supporter and to be an indispensable part of the future of mobility, according to the company’s global CEO, Shuichi Ishibashi. Bridgestone’s sustainable global motorsports activities include the use of racing as a driving laboratory to refine technologies under extreme conditions, and the development and evolution of commercial...

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New Year’s Top Interview: Yokohama Rubber President Yamaishi

Yokohama Rubber President Masataka Yamaishi commented on the outlook for 2024, saying, “In 2024, we will formulate a new medium-term management plan and continue to aim for growth with profitability. Our role is to address all the issues left over from YX2023, eliminate the negative legacy, and provide the next generation with opportunities for further growth.” Looking Back at 2023...

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ETIC Eyes Setting Global Standards for SSBR

Solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR) is one of the raw materials that contribute to the improvement of fuel economy in terms of electric power consumption of tires. The demand for SSBR is expected to further expand on a global scale as it becomes more important for EVs, which require longer cruising distances. ETIC, which specializes in consulting on synthetic rubber and...

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