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Yokohama Rubber Makes Strides Toward Sustainable Future With New Procurement Policy

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) announced on Oct. 15 that it has decided to adopt a new, sustainability-focused procurement policy for natural rubber. The new policy will serve to highlight Yokohama Rubber’s stance on natural rubber procurement, a range of efforts that the company is making in the area and any relevant requests for suppliers. Plans are to implement the...

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Tokai Carbon to Cover US Environmental Facility Investment Cost With Price Hike on Carbon Black

Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. (TYO:5301) will pass on the investment cost for environmental provisions made at its U.S. base to its price of carbon black. The company is negotiating the price for the next fiscal year and plans to transfer the additional cost to the sale price as a surcharge. The U.S. carbon black market has faced tightening environmental regulations...

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Tosoh Set to Raise Prices on PVC Paste From Next Month

Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) has announced that it will be raising its prices for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) paste by over 16 yen ($0.14) per kilogram as of Nov. 1. The company had previously announced on July 19 that it would be increasing its PVC price by 10 yen per kilogram. But with the cost of domestically produced naphtha – a basic...

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JSR Plans Price Hikes for Synthetic Rubbers, Emulsions

Major synthetic rubber firm JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on Oct. 1 that it will be increasing prices for a range of its synthetic rubbers, emulsions and other products from Oct. 21 onward. For synthetic rubbers, the company will raise its per-kilogram prices by at least 15 yen ($0.13) for styrene–butadiene rubber; 16 yen for butadiene rubber; 16 yen for isoprene...

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NOF Sees Success With High-Performance Elastomers for Auto Parts

NOF Corp. (TYO:4403) is keeping a keen eye on its NOF-Alloy TZ Series of high-performance elastomers, which are targeted toward use in components around automotive engines. Most applications for the series at present see these products being used in air ducts for trucks and similar vehicles. The NOF-Alloy TZ Series covers a range of thermoplastic elastomers with polymer alloy technology...

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Dow Chemical Japan Holds Tokyo Event for Innovation, Sustainability

Dow Chemical Japan Ltd. on Sept. 18 hosted a special event targeting innovation and a sustainable society at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Named the Dow Japan Innovation Day in Tokyo 2018, the event was held as a means to sound out possibilities for innovation that could help solve societal issues around the world. This was the event’s second iteration following...

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