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ISO Issues New Standards to Determine Biobased Content of Rubber Products

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has issues new international standards for the determination of biomass-based (biobased) content of rubber and rubber products based on a proposal filed by Japan. Aiming at the popularization of rubber products derived from biomass raw materials to decrease environmental burdens and reduce the consumption of petroleum resources, the standards are expected to contribute to...

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Bridgestone and Kuraray Give for US Hurricane Relief

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) and chemical products manufacturer Kuraray Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) have announced that they will donate aid to the victims of the recent hurricanes in the U.S. Bridgestone, and its U.S. subsidiary Bridgestone Americas Inc., will donate $1 million to the American Red Cross in order to support those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Meanwhile, Kuraray will donate...

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Mitsubishi Chemical and Air Liquide Subsidiary Partner on Butadiene Technology

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. signed a cooperation agreement on Sept. 7 with Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, a subsidiary of French firm Air Liquide SA. Under the agreement, Air Liquide E&C will license Mitsubishi Chemical’s process for manufacturing butadiene from n-butene. The aim is to develop a technology licensing business by packaging together Mitsubishi Chemical’s butene to crude butadiene production technology...

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Kansai Rubber Technical Training Course Sees Good Turnout This Year

This year 48 people, 46 men and 2 women, took the Kansai Rubber Technical Training Course for employees of rubber manufacturers and rubber-related companies with bases in Japan’s Kansai region. This is the second highest number of people ever to take the course. Recently, the number of trainees from outside Japan has also increased. Trainees from India will be in...

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CEMA Forecasts Construction Equipment Demand for Fiscal 2018 to Surpass 2 Trillion Yen

Shipment values of construction equipment are forecast at 2.78 trillion yen ($25.27 billion) in fiscal 2018, down 2 percent year-on-year, according to the Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA). Despite a decrease in demand, CEMA is forecasting shipment values to surpass the high mark of 2 trillion yen for the second year in a row. Shipment values in the domestic...

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JRC Chairman Focuses on Positives at 2017 Annual Convention

The Japanese Rubber Workers Union Confederation (JRC), a labor union of different rubber industries whose membership includes tire and other industrial rubber product manufacturers and shoe makers, recently held its 2017 annual convention. JRC introduced at the convention policies for the union’s 13th term, coming under the ethos that JRC members take pride in their work, have something to live...

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