Industry

Mitsubishi Chemical’s Carbon Fiber SMC Finds Use in Roof of New Toyota GR Yaris

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. recently announced that its carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) has been adopted for use in the roof of the new GR Yaris launched in September by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). In selecting this SMC, Toyota judged that the material would be able to facilitate both significant lightweighting and a high level of component performance while also...

Please subscribe to read the full story.

[lwa template="modal" register="0"]Subscribe

Continue Reading

Sumitomo Rubber Tests TPMS to be Used in Level 4 Autonomous Driving

Looking to help achieve Level 4 autonomous driving, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has built an integrated system that handles everything from obtaining tire pressure data through to facilitating maintenance for detected issues. The company recently subjected this system to proof-of-concept testing on public roads in Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, on Nov. 12. This system comes as part of a joint...

Please subscribe to read the full story.

[lwa template="modal" register="0"]Subscribe

Continue Reading

Carbon Black Production Rises as North American Tire Demand Trends Toward Recovery

Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5301) carbon black business is on the rebound after bottoming out during the April–June quarter, says President Hajime Nagasaka. Speaking at a financial results briefing on Nov. 5, Nagasaka said that demand is recovering particularly in the U.S. and Thai markets, adding that the company’s U.S. production bases have utilization rates up in the 90–95 percent...

Please subscribe to read the full story.

[lwa template="modal" register="0"]Subscribe

Continue Reading

Sumitomo Rubber Wins Award for Research Using K Supercomputer

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has received an award for research that used Japan’s K supercomputer to carry out a large-scale molecular dynamics simulation of tire rubber. This award was one of a number given out for effective use of the country’s High Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI). Awarded on Oct 30, the winners were announced at “The Seventh Project Report...

Please subscribe to read the full story.

[lwa template="modal" register="0"]Subscribe

Continue Reading

JRW Report: Rubber and Resin Conveyor Belts See Spotty Demand Amid Coronavirus

Demand for rubber and resin conveyor belts remains spotty as the industry is impacted by the wide division of peaks and valleys it faces. Since the spread of COVID-19, demand for rubber and resin parts has declined for many applications, as is the case with other rubber and resin products. On the other hand, there are also applications for which...

Please subscribe to read the full story.

[lwa template="modal" register="0"]Subscribe

Continue Reading

Sumitomo Riko Engine Cover Adopted for Use in Toyota GR Yaris

A polyurethane-based engine cover from Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has been chosen for use in the newly launched GR Yaris from Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). The GR Yaris is a compact car that takes the technologies Toyota has built up in the racing field and applies them to a mass-market offering. And to reduce the noise coming from the...

Please subscribe to read the full story.

[lwa template="modal" register="0"]Subscribe

Continue Reading