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Mitsufuku Industry Sees Growth With Fluororubber Compounds Business

Carbon masterbatch (CMB) manufacturer Mitsufuku Industry Co. Ltd. has seen favorable conditions for its compounds business in fiscal 2018. A number of trends continuing from the previous year – such as a downsizing of automotive engines, high semiconductor-related demand and growth for fluororubber sponge – have led to an increase in Mitsufuku Industry’s production levels, particularly for fluororubber compounds. As...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Appoint Satoru Yamamoto as New President

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) plans to appoint Satoru Yamamoto, currently a director and senior executive officer at the company, to the role of President and CEO, effective March 26. Current CEO and president Ikuji Ikeda will then move into the role of chairman and representative director. Yamamoto has a long history of working with domestic tire replacements. Following this,...

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Interview: Sumitomo Riko President Tetsu Matsui Notes Chinese Auto Sales as Point of Concern for 2019

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) is keeping a close eye on trends in the automotive industry as it continues to make strides with its 2022V medium-term management plan. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with company president Tetsu Matsui to hear his thoughts on these trends and their direction as the company gears up for 2019. Predicting how market trends...

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Zeon Establishes New Czech Subsidiary to Sell Raw Materials for Auto Parts

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) group company Tokyo Zairyo Co. Ltd., a seller of chemicals and other products from stock, recently established a new subsidiary in the Czech Republic capital of Prague. The new subsidiary began operations earlier this month under the name Tokyo Zairyo Czech s.r.o. Utilizing the networks that its parent company has cultivated both locally and overseas, Tokyo Zairyo...

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Bridgestone Works to Improve Marketing for Studless Winter Tires

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is looking to boost sales of its Blizzak VRX and Blizzak VRX2 lines of passenger car studless tires. While the company managed strong sales for its VRX2 line last year, a representative said that this was largely due to the appeal of it being a new product at the time, adding that the plan this season is...

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New Year’s Interview: JRMA President Ikuji Ikeda Discusses Priorities for 2019 – Part 2

Following his inauguration as president of the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) last May, Ikuji Ikeda has been giving significant thought to where Japan’s rubber industry is headed. After hearing what Ikeda had to say on his role at the JRMA and the hidden potential of rubber, Japan Rubber Weekly found out his thoughts on development trends heading into this...

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