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Denka Plans Productivity Boost for Chloroprene Rubber as Global Supply Remains Tight

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) President Manabu Yamamoto has shed light on his company’s future plans for chloroprene rubber (CR), which is currently up against a tight supply–demand balance around the world. Yamamoto revealed that Denka is looking to increase its productivity for the material via bottleneck removal, implementing moves for this not only at the company’s Omi Plant in Japan...

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Sanyo Trading Posts Strong Results on Back of Rubber-Related Product Sales

Raw materials trading firm Sanyo Trading Co. Ltd. (TYO:3176) has posted a strong set of business results for the fiscal year ending September 2018. Over the period, the company achieved 78.45 billion yen ($688.8 million) in sales, up 15.8 percent year-on-year; 5.26 billion yen in operating profit, up 6.6 percent; 5.58 billion yen in ordinary profit, up 5.8 percent; and...

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Continental Tire Japan Selected as Preferred Partner of Daimler in Asia–Pacific

Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd. recently announced that it has been selected as a preferred after-sales partner of Daimler AG for the Asia–Pacific region. This comes as part of the German automaker’s Global Mercedes-Benz Tire Program. The new partnership covers a range of countries across the Asia–Pacific, including Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India. It is...

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New Lexus ES Adopts Sumitomo Rubber Tires as OE

Sumitomo Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5110) announced on Oct. 30 that it is supplying its Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 line of tires as OE for the new Lexus ES model that launched last month. As an original debut model of the Lexus brand, the ES is a mainstay of the automaker’s lineup. And the latest model of this, coming as...

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Toyoda Gosei Plans Chinese Acquisition to Bolster Business for Auto Parts

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has announced that it intends to invest in Hubei Rock Rubber and Seal Technology Co. Ltd., an independent weatherstrip supplier located in central China. The move represents an effort by Toyoda Gosei to bolster its Chinese business for auto parts. In carrying out the investment, Toyoda Gosei will use its Chinese regional headquarters to acquire...

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Toyo Tires Strikes Capital Partnership With Mitsubishi to Bolster Technological, Sales Efforts

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) has agreed to enter into a new capital partnership with Mitsubishi Corp. As part of this, Mitsubishi will be issued new Toyo Tires shares through a third-party allotment, bringing its current 3.05 percent stake in the company up to 20 percent and making it the top shareholder. Mitsubishi will achieve this by investing...

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