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Denka Subsidiary Moves to Develop Coronavirus Test Kit

Chemical manufacturer Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) announced on Feb. 13 that consolidated subsidiary Denka Seiken Co. Ltd. has started development of a diagnostic test kit for China’s novel coronavirus. Making use of the immunochromatography method for coronavirus antigens, the kit can be used quickly and simply even at general medical facilities. Since its establishment in 1950, Denka Seiken has been...

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Fuji Latex Posts Decline to Sales, Profits Despite Strong Performance for New Condom Line

Fuji Latex Co. Ltd. (TYO:5199) recently posted its business results for April–December 2019, showing a drop in both sales and profits. The company’s sales for the three quarters came to 5.42 billion yen ($49.34 million) for a 14.1 percent year-on-year drop, while operating profit was down 95.6 percent to 22 million yen, ordinary profit was down 94.3 percent to 27...

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Yokohama Rubber Adds New Course to Winter Tire Test Center in Hokkaido

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is continuing to expand facilities at its Tire Test Center of Hokkaido (TTCH), a winter tire testing base located in the city of Asahikawa. This January, the company established a new handling course at the location with aims of putting this to use in evaluating tires for the domestic and European markets. Covered with compacted...

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Japan’s Total Carbon Black Demand Expected to Fall 0.6% for 2020

Japan’s total demand for carbon black is expected to drop for a second consecutive year, according to a recent forecast from the country’s Carbon Black Association. Including exports, demand here is estimated at 775,218 tons for 2020, which would mark a year-on-year decline of 0.6 percent. Demand for rubber applications – this being calculated based on forecasts of customer sectors...

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Bridgestone to Supply Greatec Tires as OE Option for New Isuzu Giga Truck

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is set to begin supplying its Greatec brand of tires as an OE option for use on Isuzu Motors Ltd.’s (TYO:7202) new Giga truck, which hit the Japanese market in December 2019. The Greatec brand has so far been largely geared toward the North American market. Tires at the rear of large trucks are typically mounted in...

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Toyo Tires to Transfer Truck and Bus Air Spring Business to Nitta Group

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) and Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) recently announced that they have agreed to transfer the Toyo Tire Group’s business for truck and bus air springs to the Nitta Group. Plans are for a June 30 transfer of this business, which in fiscal 2018 generated approximately 2 billion yen ($18.2 million) in sales revenue. The companies have not yet...

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