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Tosoh Resumes Operations at Nanyo Complex Following Minor Electrical Accident

Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042), a manufacturer of synthetic rubber and chemical products, provided a follow-up report on April 11 regarding an electrical accident and corresponding noise that occurred on April 6 at its Nanyo Complex in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The report notes that, as of April 10, Tosoh is moving to sequentially resume production at facilities within the Nanyo Complex and...

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JSR Elastomer India Starts Business Operations

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on April 9 that its Indian subsidiary JSR Elastomer India Pvt. Ltd. has started operations. Located in the city of Gurugram, Haryana, JSR Elastomer India was established on Dec. 20 last year to bolster operations and marketing activities for elastomer products such as synthetic rubber with a focus on India. It is the fourth JSR subsidiary...

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Asahi Kasei Announces Price Hike for Synthetic Rubber, TPE

Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) recently announced that it plans to increase the prices of its synthetic rubber and thermoplastic elastomer, among other products, starting from shipments on April 16. Prices per kilogram are set to rise by at least 25 yen ($0.24) for butadiene rubber, styrene–butadiene rubber, styrenic thermoplastic elastomer and hydrogenated styrenic elastomer. Meanwhile, the company’s clear styrenic block...

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Mitsubishi Chemical to Establish Regional Management Company for Performance Polymers in Singapore

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., a developer and manufacturer of performance products and materials, has announced it will set up a regional management company in Singapore to help expand its performance polymer business in the ASEAN region and India. As of April 1, Advanced Plastics Compounds Singapore Pte. Ltd. (APS) – a Singaporean-based consolidated subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical – will assume a...

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Mitsui Chemicals Set to Add US Production for Milastomer TPO

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has announced that it will set up new production facilities for Milastomer, a thermoplastic olefin (TPO) elastomer, at its U.S. production base Advanced Composites Inc. in Ohio. The move will take an investment of approximately 1.5 billion yen ($14.24 million), and will establish facilities with an annual production capacity of 6,000 tons. Construction is slated to...

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Bridgestone Subsidiary Looks to Transform Into Solutions Business

Bridgestone Diversified Products Japan Co. Ltd. (BDPJ), a Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) subsidiary focused on rubber and other materials for industrial and infrastructural applications, recently held a regular distributor conference. The conference covered BDPJ’s operations in the Ban-etsu and Kanto regions of Japan, and was attended by 78 corporate members. Speaking at the event, company president Fumihiko Eitoku said that he...

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