Interviews

Mitsuboshi Belt President Talks EV Impact on Automotive Belt Market

The Japanese market is witnessing a decline in demand for automotive belts, says Hajime Kakiuchi, president of major automotive belts and parts manufacturer Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192). Sitting down recently for an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, Kakiuchi said that the drop-off comes as a consequence of not only the shift to electric vehicles (EVs) but also with the expanded...

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Bando Chemical President Details Plans in Preparation for EV Shift

Mitsutaka Yoshii, president of rubber belt and functional parts manufacturer Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195), sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly ahead of the new year to discuss his company’s plans for 2018. Noting that Bando’s new businesses have finally taken shape, he stressed that placing them on a sound growth footing is the key task in the second stage...

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Nichirin Prepares for Auto Industry’s Shift to Electric Vehicles

Nichirin Co. Ltd. (TYO:5184), a manufacturer specializing in automotive hoses, has set up a production technology center within the company’s Himeji Factory. In a recent interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, Nichirin President Ryuichi Maeda said that the company will use the center to tackle innovative manufacturing and develop new production methods. In addition, he said, Nichirin will focus on bolstering...

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Sumitomo Riko President Talks Electric Vehicles and Adaptation

The auto industry’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs) is picking up pace. However, Toru Matsui, president of major rubber part manufacturer Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191), says the trend is not having as much of an impact on the company as public discussion would imply. That being said, Sumitomo Riko has responded to the wave of EV innovation by setting...

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Hiroshima Kasei Director Talks Overseas Expansion, Future Plans

Hiroshima Kasei Ltd.’s overseas production operations are thriving. Recently Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with Tomohiro Tamura, director of Hiroshima Kasei’s Industrial Materials Division, to discuss the company’s current state and overseas business expansion. When asked about Hiroshima Kasei’s current state of business, Tamura said that the company is focused on developing products based on the key concepts of safety...

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Nishikawa Rubber CEO Discusses North America, Sealing Products

Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161), a large manufacturer of rubber parts for the automotive industry, inaugurated Yoshitomo Fukuoka as its new CEO three months ago. Unlike most in the automotive parts industry, Fukuoka’s prior work has been based around shipbuilding, and his switch between these highly divergent industries has drawn attention over recent months. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down...

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