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Asahi Kasei to Increase Annual Production Capacity for S-SBR by 30,000 Tons

Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) has decided to increase its production capacity for solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) for fuel efficient tires. The increase will take place at the company’s Singapore subsidiary Asahi Kasei Synthetic Rubber Singapore. Annual capacity will increase by 30,000 tons, raising the total production capacity in Singapore to 130,000 tons per year. The additional production of S-SBR is...

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Japan Makes Fifth Straight Monthly Gain in Carbon Black Shipments

Figures compiled by the Carbon Black Association show that 43,271 tons of carbon black were shipped in Japan for the month of May. This marks a 0.2 percent year-on-year increase and the fifth consecutive monthly increase. With regard to carbon black for use in rubber, shipments rose 1.4 percent for general rubber, but fell 1.1 percent for tires, which account...

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Zeon to Develop New Synthetic Rubber Grades and Technical Services

Zeon Corp.’s (TYO:4205) synthetic rubber business is doing well at present. As for specialty rubber not used in tires specifically, rising operation rates of oil wells thanks to renewed shale gas production have been a boon for hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) and nitrile rubber (NBR). Zeon is opening the Asia Technical Support Laboratory (ATSL) in Singapore this month to...

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Tosoh Reports Favorable CR Adhesive Demand for FY2016

Chemical manufacturer Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) has announced that domestic automotive-related demand for its chloroprene rubber (CR) business grew solidly in the second half of fiscal 2016 while CR exports for the first half struggled. However, demand for adhesives and industrial products recovered in the second half on the back of increased demand for industrial products for mining and construction equipment....

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Sumitomo Chemical to Focus on Special-Grade EPDM Production at Chiba Plant

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:4005) ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) business has transitioned to the point where all EPDM products being produced are selling. The company’s EPDM sales to Japanese auto parts manufacturers in China are robust. Furthermore, a new EPDM plant in Saudi Arabia with an annual production capacity of 75,000 tons will begin operations within the current fiscal...

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Mitsui Chemicals Improves EPT, Expects Use Around Engines

Mitsui Chemicals Inc.’s (TYO:4183) business in ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPT) operated at full production capacity and completely sold out its inventory for fiscal 2016 on the back of strong demand. The company said that considering market growth rates and the location of its plants, it has focused on Asia rather than Europe and the Americas. Asian markets in which...

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