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JFE Engineering Wins Contract for Expansion Work at Asahi Kasei’s S-SBR Plant in Singapore

JFE Engineering Corp. recently announced that it has been awarded a contract for expansion work at Asahi Kasei Corp.’s (TYO:3407) plant in Singapore, which manufactures solution-polymerized styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR). After receiving an order from Asahi Kasei, JFE Engineering began construction work to expand the facilities in July, and will complete the work by January 2019. With this expansion, production...

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Bridgestone to Boost European Tire Production With 266 Million Euro Investment

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that the company will invest a total of 266 million euros ($312.56 million) to boost the tire production capacity of its European subsidiary Bridgestone Europe NV/SA (BSEMEA). The move is aimed at increasing the supply of high-performance tires in Europe. Production will be bolstered at three of the company’s European locations. These are the Poznan...

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Japanese Glove Sales Remain Strong as Focus on Work Safety Grows

Japan’s domestic sales volumes of glove products remained firm in 2016, up slightly from the year before, according to a report by the Japan Glove Manufacturers Association. Domestic sales of household gloves totaled 91.84 million pairs during 2016, up 0.2 percent from the previous year, while sales for surgical gloves increased 1.5 percent to 79.02 million pairs. Ultra-thin disposable gloves...

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Tocom to List TSR Futures Contracts in Fiscal 2018

The Tokyo Commodity Exchange Inc. (Tocom) announced on Oct. 12 that it plans to list futures contracts for technically specified rubber (TSR), adding to its current listing for ribbed smoked sheets (RSS). Following regulatory approval from the relevant ministries, Tocom aims to complete the listing in the middle of fiscal 2018. TSR production volume has been on an upward trend...

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Bando Chemical’s Automotive Parts Business Booms in Southeast Asia

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd.’s (TYO:5195) automotive parts business is enjoying robust sales in Southeast Asia. This comes despite a slight decline in Japanese production due to the transfer of production overseas and the impact of a greater number of vehicles not equipped with belts. The growth has primarily been driven by scooter transmission belt sales in Vietnam and India, as...

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Inaba Rubber Looking Forward to the Advance of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Osaka-based Inaba Rubber Co. Ltd., a manufacturer and seller of special precision rubber parts for cars, says it is looking forward to the advance of hybrid vehicles (HVs) and electric vehicle (EVs). Before the rise of these technologies, Inaba Rubber had already been working on electrification in the form of side mirrors, power windows and more, said company president Yoshihiro...

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