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Conveyor Belt Production in Recovery

The conveyor belt business is recovering thanks to a turnaround in domestic demand for conveyor production and a 40 percent jump in exports to Australia. Meanwhile, soaring raw material costs are hurting the industry’s bottom line. Production volume figures for January through August compiled by the Japan Belting Manufacturers Association show that output has recovered on a year-on-year basis to...

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K. Brasch Demonstrates REP Rubber Injection Molding Machine for Small Parts

K. Brasch & Co. Ltd., the Japanese agent for French-based REP International, recently began exhibiting a demonstration model of REP’s Microject rubber injection molding machine. The machine, which is designed for molding small parts, was installed at K. Brasch’s Oshiage Office in Sumida Ward, Tokyo. In addition to demonstrating the Microject at its office, K. Brasch exhibited the machine at...

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SRIJ and Rubber Division, ACS sign cooperation agreement

SRIJ and Rubber Division, ACS Sign Cooperation Agreement at IEC 2017

The Society of Rubber Science and Technology, Japan (SRIJ) and The Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society have agreed to cooperate in promoting mutual exchange in various areas related to rubber science and technology. SRIJ President Toshikazu Takata and Rubber Division, ACS Chair William Stahl inked the five-year agreement during a signing ceremony at International Elastomer Conference (IEC 2017)...

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Sumitomo Rubber Issues Statement on Kobe Steel Scandal, Impact on Products

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has issued an announcement concerning the impact on its products as a result of the falsification of data by Kobe Steel Ltd. (TYO:5406). Sumitomo Rubber said that it does not purchase any parts directly from Kobe Steel, but it has discovered that the steel cord and bead wire used in its tires contain material from...

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Major Plastic and Rubber Trade Show IPF 2017 Opens in Chiba

The 9th International Plastic Fair (IPF), one of Asia’s largest plastic and rubber-related trade shows, began at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, on Oct. 24. Open through Nov. 7, this year’s IPF includes nine exhibit categories: high-performance plastic raw materials, additives and fillers; plastic molding machines and systems; mold design and manufacturing systems for plastic and rubber; rubber materials and...

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Japanese Association Offers Conveyor Belt Proposals at International Conference

The Japan Belting Manufacturers Association recently offered a proposal regarding how to measure conveyor belt running resistance to an international conference on ISO/TC41 held in London from Sept. 19 to Sept. 22. Doshisha University Professor Toru Fujii presented the proposal, which is to be voted by committee members. Another member from the Japanese association also held a presentation, which proposed...

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