Interviews

Inner Branding Creates New Value—Nitta

New Year’s Top Interview: Nitta President Mototsune Nitta In 2015, Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) marked 130 years of business. Today, only those companies that continue to create value survive, said Nitta President Mototsune Nitta in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. Over the next 50 to 100 years, the company’s three main aspirations are to create new businesses and new products,...

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Reaching 110th Anniversary Since Founding—Bando Chemical

New Year’s Top Interview: Bando Chemical President Mitsutaka Yoshii Mitsutaka Yoshii, president of Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195), said in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly that his firm’s research and development efforts have yielded the seeds of growth into new markets. He added that this year’s work will include the cultivation of business operations based on the resulting new...

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Onward With Operational Globalization—Sumitomo Riko

New Year’s Top Interview: Sumitomo Riko President Tetsu Matsui In an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) President Tetsu Matsui talked about his background as well as his and the company’s present situation. He said he assumed his post in June 2015 after spending seven years in North America. Since Matsui’s previous work experience was in...

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Focus on Global OE & Maintenance Market—Yokohama Rubber

New Year’s Top Interview: Yokohama Rubber President Hikomitsu Noji 2015 was a very difficult year, but in 2016, Yokohama Rubber plans to recover by improving sales in Russia and Japan—markets where the company is strong—in addition to meeting strong demand in North America, Europe and China, said Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) President Hikomitsu Noji in an interview with Japan...

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Provide Ultimate Customer Satisfaction—Japan Michelin

New Year’s Top Interview: Nihon Michelin President Paul Perriniaux Japan Michelin strives to provide superior service and to be customers’ first choice for tires, said Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. President Paul Perriniaux in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. Japan is one of the world’s largest markets for new car tires and replacement tires and it is a market...

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Strategic Businesses in Western Markets—Sumitomo Rubber

New Year’s Top Interview: Sumitomo Rubber CEO Ikuji Ikeda 2016 will be a crucial year for Sumitomo Rubber’s new mid-term business plan. In order to achieve its goals, the company plans to stay steady on its feet and adapt to the changes in the increasingly challenging rubber market, said Ikuji Ikeda, CEO of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), in an...

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