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Yokohama Rubber Sales up 28.8% in First Half

Yokohama Rubber’s sales increased by 28.8 percent year-on-year to 391.48 billion yen ($2.81 billion) in the first half (January-June) of the fiscal year ending December 31, 2022. Business profit for the period was 27.73 billion yen, up 5.3 percent; and net income was 23.31 billion yen, down 36.9 percent. The factors for increases and decreases at the business profit level...

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Japan’s Carbon Black Association Forecasts Demand up 5% in Midyear Review

Japan’s Carbon Black Association has in its mid-year review of carbon black demand revised its forecast of total demand – including exports – for the year to 754,670 tons, up 5.0 percent from the previous year. This marks a downward revision of 0.4 points from the initial forecast of 757,840 tons, which would have seen an increase of 5.4 percent....

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Ube Posts Year-on-Year Drop to Sales Revenue, Butadiene Rubber Profits

Butadiene rubber (BR) manufacturer Ube has posted its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022. The company’s sales revenue came to 116.18 billion yen ($871.79 million), down 20.6 percent from the same quarter last year; operating profit was 4.36 billion yen, down 51.1 percent; ordinary profit was 2.3 billion yen, down 74.3 percent; and net profit was 5.74 billion...

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Asahi Kasei Sales up 14.9% in First Quarter

Asahi Kasei posted sales of 670.44 billion yen ($5.02 billion) in the first quarter from April to June of the fiscal year ending March 2023, up 14.9 percent year-on-year. Operating profit was 49.36 billion yen, down 18.4 percent, ordinary profit stood at 51.53 billion yen, down 20.9 percent, and net profit was 29.83 billion yen, down 35.7 percent. Environmental Solutions,...

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NOK’s Sealing Business With Lower Sales and Profits on Automobile Production Cutbacks

NOK’s results for the first quarter of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023 (April-June 2022) showed sales of 161.031 billion yen ($1.193 billion), up 2.7 percent year-on-year; operating loss of 1.394 billion yen (versus 6.882 billion yen profit in the same period last year); ordinary income of 4.941 billion yen, down 54.6 percent; and net income of 2.053 billion...

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Tosoh Maintains Steady Chloroprene Rubber Results Year-on-Year

Chemical company Tosoh has posted its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2022, revealing sales revenue of 252.33 billion yen ($1.87 billion), up 25.4 percent year-on-year; operating income of 30.31 billion yen, up 0.5 percent; ordinary income of 43.62 billion yen, up 35.9 percent; and net income of 28.44 billion yen, up 31 percent. Each of these figures represents...

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