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Dow Chemical Japan Launches Year-Long Program to Support Plastic Recycling

Dow Chemical Japan Ltd. this month has launched a year-long program in which the company will work with areas across Japan to carry out clean-up activities, environmental education and the recycling of collected plastic waste. This will be carried out as a joint project alongside TerraCycle Inc., an environmentally and socially oriented venture with the goal of cutting down on...

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Bridgestone Looks to Close Bethune Plant in France

Bridgestone Europe NV/SA has started discussions with stakeholders with the aim of closing its Bethune plant in France. The plant is currently used to manufacture passenger car tires. This comes as the Bethune plant finds itself in an increasingly difficult competitive environment. Business profitability in the European passenger car tire market has fallen in recent years; then there is the...

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Henkel Japan Targets Full-Scale Launch of New Packaging Adhesive

Henkel Japan Ltd. has started a full-scale rollout this month of Technomelt Supra Cool, a series of hot-melt adhesives that can be applied at low temperature and are intended for use with packaging. First made available last year, the series is targeted primarily toward use in the assembly of cardboard cases, small boxes and so on. Technomelt Supra Cool has...

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Zeon Endorses Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has announced support of the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Established in response to requests from G20 finance ministers and central bank governors, the TCFD operates as an organization under the Financial Stability Board. Going forward, Zeon will use the TCFD’s recommendations as a basis to analyze the risks and opportunities that...

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Yokohama Rubber Plans Third Indian Plant for Production of Off-Highway Tires

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is looking to bolster its production capacity for off-highway tires, such as those used on agricultural machinery, via production subsidiary Alliance Tire Group (ATG). To this end, the company has announced that it will establish a new plant under new subsidiary ATC Tires AP Pvt. Ltd. within India’s Atchutapuram Industrial Park. With a planned capital...

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Bridgestone’s Enliten Tire Technology Set to Feature in Volkswagen Golf 8

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5180) has announced that Turanza Eco tires featuring the Enliten tire technology will be used as OE for the upcoming Volkswagen Golf 8. Developed by Bridgestone, Enliten technology achieves both superb environmental efficiency and driving performance. Enliten is a fundamental Bridgestone technology that excels at reducing tire weight, cutting down on raw material use and lowering rolling resistance....

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