Market Background

International Asia Conference on Carbon Black in Yokohama This November

The Carbon Black Association of Japan will hold the 12th Carbon Black Asia Pacific Conference 2015 at the Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu in Yokohama, Japan from Nov. 4-6, 2015. Over 170 participants are expected to attend, including overseas visitors. This international conference will be attended primarily by carbon black manufacturers from the Asia-Pacific region. They will include among others feedstock...

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Natural Rubber Import Volume Increases Almost 7 Percent in First Half

According to figures compiled by The Rubber Trade Association of Japan, the import volume of natural rubber from January to June 2015 was 367,159 tons, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. The import amount was 70.6 billion yen (approximately $500 million), a decrease of 12.1 percent compared to the same period of...

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Rubber Institute in Kansai Holds 54th Annual Entrance Ceremony

The Kansai Rubber Technical Training Course held its 54th annual entrance ceremony on Sept. 2, 2015 at the Chemicals Evaluation and Research Institute, in Osaka, Japan. This year’s class consisted of 43 students, 41 male and two female. This training course was founded 54 years ago in 1962, when the rubber industry in Kansai at the time was experiencing a...

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Japanese Synthetic Rubber Production Increases 0.7 Percent in First Half of 2015

According to a report by the Synthetic Rubber Manufacturers Association, the total amount of synthetic rubber produced in Japan during the January―June period 2015 was 819,403 tons, an increase of 0.7 percent over the same period last year. In particular, while SBR and CR showed decreases of 5.6 percent and 5.8 percent respectively from the same period lastyear, BR increased...

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Demand for Construction Equipment to Increase 2 Percent

According to estimates by the Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association, an organization of companies including makers of hydraulic excavators, construction cranes and tractors, the 2016 demand for shipments of construction equipment is projected to rise to 2.16 trillion yen (approximately $18 billion), an increase of 2 percent over the previous year. The Japanese domestic portion of this figure is 853.6...

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Domestic Tire Production Down 3.8 Percent in First Half

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association Inc. (JATMA) announced combined automobile tire and tire tubes production performance figures for the January–June period at a total of 536,091 tons, a 3.8 percent drop compared to the same period last year. Differentiated according to product categories, production performance for truck and bus tires and tubes dropped by 5.3 percent, for light trucks...

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