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Toyo Tires Moves to Unify Branding in Effort Starting With Open Country SUV Tires

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) is making a push to unify its branding across tire sidewalls and more. Up until now, Toyo Tires has branded many of its tire sidewalls simply with “Toyo.” But starting with the Open Country series of SUV tires, which has been made available in a wider lineup of sizes as of last December, the company is...

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Sumitomo Rubber Launches New Go-Kart Tires Offering Strong Performance in Wide Range of Temperature Conditions

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has launched a series of new Dunlop-branded go-kart tires with approval from the CIK-FIA, an international organization for kart racing. Offering new specs, the series launched on Jan. 9 and is available in six sizes. For dry surfaces, the series is available with one of two rubber compounds. These are DG M, which offers both...

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Denka Develops New Acrylic Elastomer With Heat Resistance at up to 190 Degrees Celsius

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) has developed a new line of special acrylic elastomer with the ability to withstand temperatures of up to around 190 degrees Celsius. The material is currently undergoing user evaluations and is slated to hit the market at some point in fiscal 2020. Plans are to produce the new elastomer at Denka’s Chiba Plant in Ichihara, Chiba...

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Interview: Gates Unitta Asia VP Shuji Miyamoto Details Plans for Sales Growth

Gates Unitta Asia Co. is making a number of efforts to improve its sales of V-belts, auto tensioners and more across the Asian market. Shuji Miyamoto, who serves as VP at the company, recently took some time out to sit down for an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly and talk about Gates Unitta Asia’s efforts toward this. 2020 is expected...

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Sumitomo Rubber Sets up New Singaporean Subsidiary to Procure Natural Rubber

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it has established a natural rubber procurement subsidiary in Singapore in an effort to secure a stable supply of high-quality natural rubber. Named Sumitomo Rubber Singapore Pte. Ltd., this new company is set to begin operations in April. Sumitomo Rubber has so far procured natural rubber through a specialized division of Singaporean...

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Interview: Zeon President Kimiaki Tanaka Explains Plan to Boost Focus on Specialty Elastomers

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has set its sights on having speciality products make up a larger proportion of its elastomers business going forward. Company president Kimiaki Tanaka took some time out recently to speak with Japan Rubber Weekly about these plans. Tanaka noted that in its business for elastomer materials, Zeon recently started up a new Thai plant for acrylic rubber....

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