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Revenue From Construction Equipment Shipments Projected to Rise 1% for 2019

Japan’s construction equipment industry is expected to achieve healthy performance for fiscal 2018–2019, according to a demand forecast recently compiled by the Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA). This continues a trend from both fiscal 2017 and early fiscal 2018 wherein sluggish domestic demand has been offset by stronger demand overseas, leading to higher revenues on the whole. Alongside this...

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JRW Study: Japan’s Top 100 Rubber Firms See Rising Sales, Falling Profits for 2017

More than three-quarters of Japan’s top 100 rubber companies saw their sales rise year-on-year in fiscal 2017, an independent study by Japan Rubber Weekly has found. According to the results of this study, 79 of Japan’s top 100 firms operating in the industry reported year-on-year increases to sales, up from 48 in fiscal 2016. Double-digit sales growth was posted by...

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Toyo Tires to Transfer Flexible Urethane Business to Toyo Quality One

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) is looking to transfer its flexible urethane business, which targets the market for automotive seat cushions, to Toyo Quality One Corp. This comes as part of a plan from Toyo Tires to strengthen its management around a core of tires and automotive anti-vibration rubber, having already moved to divest its operations for chemical...

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Carbon Black Association Makes Upward Revision to 2018 Demand Forecast

The Carbon Black Association has upwardly revised its demand forecast for carbon black in a midyear revision. Under the association’s new estimates, total demand for domestic product this year – including exports – is now set to hit 765,050 tons. Previously, this figure was projected at 759,049 tons, which would have represented a flat growth rate based on non-finalized demand...

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Lanxess Agrees to Sell 50% Stake in Arlanxeo to JV Partner Saudi Aramco

Lanxess AG recently announced that it signed an agreement on Aug. 8 to sell its 50 percent stake in Arlanxeo, a manufacturer of synthetic rubber, to state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co. The German-based specialty chemicals manufacturer first established Arlanxeo in 2016 as a 50–50 joint venture with the Saudi firm, which is also known as Saudi Aramco. The sale is...

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First-Half Rubber Belt Production Down 2% Year-on-Year

Japan’s total production of rubber belts for January–June declined 2 percent year-on-year to 13,169 tons, according to a set of rubber and resin belt statistics recently released by the Japan Belting Manufacturers Association. Factors behind this included a fall in domestic demand for conveyor belts and flat demand, both domestically and in exports, for transmission belts. Looking specifically at rubber...

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