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Yokohama Rubber Appears Set to Meet Early 2018 Performance Projections

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5101) consolidated results for calendar 2018 appear set to hold to the company’s forecast announced this past February. While this has been helped along by natural rubber prices dropping 7 cents from what had been expected, a surge in crude oil prices has brought increases to synthetic rubber and carbon black prices, with this expected to...

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Zeon’s Elastomer Business Sees Rising Sales, Falling Profits for First Quarter

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has released its results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, showing its sales for the period as having risen 1.1 percent year-on-year to reach 83.67 billion yen ($754.26 million). Meanwhile, the company’s operating profit was down 13 percent to 8.46 billion yen, while its ordinary profit fell 10.6 percent to 9.66 billion yen and its net...

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JSR Posts Major Sales Increase for First Quarter on Back of Strong Elastomer Demand

Synthetic rubber manufacturer JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has posted sales of 122.26 billion yen ($1.1 billion) for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, up 20.9 percent from the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, the company’s operating profit was down 9.6 percent year-on-year to 11.48 billion yen, with its net profit falling 5.4 percent to 8.94 billion yen. Sales at JSR’s elastomers...

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Zeon Subsidiary Tokyo Zairyo Sees Profit Rise for Ninth Straight Year

Tokyo Zairyo Co. Ltd., a Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) subsidiary focused on the trading of raw materials, has shown strong financial results for the fiscal year ending March 2018. Fiscal 2017 saw the company generate 93.28 billion yen ($844.28 million) in sales, up 7 percent year-on-year; 1.99 billion yen in ordinary profit, up 2.6 percent; and 1.54 billion yen in net...

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Asahi Kasei Plans S-SBR Capacity Increase in Response to Steady Demand

Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) is planning an increase to production capacity for its solution-polymerized styrene–butadiene rubber (S-SBR) business, which has continued to achieve a high level of sales. The company’s facilities here are currently operating at full capacity. Moving forward, Asahi Kasei projects that sales under the business will continue growing steadily for fiscal 2018. As S-SBR is now used...

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Sumitomo Chemical Looks to Expand Booming EPDM Business With High-Performance Grades

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:4005) business for ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) performed well in fiscal 2017, operating at full capacity and selling all products that were produced. But with supply and demand remaining at a tight balance, the company has been unable to keep up with increasing demand, and expects this trend in demand to continue for fiscal 2018....

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