Interviews

Japan Challenging but Worthwhile – New Continental Tire Japan MD May

Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with Gregory May, who became the new managing director of Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd. this past May 1 at the age of 37. May explained that Continental AG’s Japanese arm, established in 2014, has reached the end of its start-up phase and moved on to the stage of generating stable profits while pursuing...

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New Kuraray Plastics President Talks Business Transformation, Strategy for Expansion

Appointed as the new president of Kuraray Plastics Co. Ltd. this past March, Takashi Nakajima says that his role is to keep a balance between offense and defense. And on this basis, Nakajima plans to expand Kuraray Plastics’ compound business while also finding new applications and contents for the company’s existing products. Founded in 1905, Kuraray Plastics marks its 112th...

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Daiichi Rubber President Talks Rubber Boots, Manufacturing in Japan

Japan Rubber Weekly recently had the opportunity to discuss management strategy with Minoru Hamamura, Daiichi Rubber Co. Ltd.’s newly appointed president. The fourth president to lead the company and its roughly 80 employees, 63-year old Hamamura took over the Hokkaido-based rubber products manufacturer on Feb. 25. Current situation Daiichi Rubber manufactures and sells rubber and synthetic resin products, with rubber boots...

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Sumitomo Rubber Executive Explains New Ride-Improving Shinobi Technology

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has significantly boosted the noise suppression and ride comfort performance of its Le Mans V fuel-efficient tire by employing the company’s new Shinobi technology. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with Sumitomo Rubber Sales Planning Manager Mamiko Kadoya from the company’s domestic tire replacement sales headquarters to discuss the Le Mans V and the new...

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Daiki Rubber President Discusses Business Performance, Future Challenges

Daiki Rubber Industry Co. Ltd., Japan’s first manufacturer of rubber lining, has been an industry leader since the company’s establishment in 1930. President Chisei Murayama recently set aside some time for an interview with Japan Rubbery Weekly to talk about the rubber lining industry’s current performance, internationalization and more. Discussing Daiki Rubber’s performance within the rubber lining market, Murayama said...

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Interview: Pirelli Japan Product Marketing Manager Talks Tire Market Expectations, Requirements

Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with Hitoshi Ichikawa, product marketing manager for Pirelli Japan Co. Ltd., to talk about the company’s supply of tires geared for Japan and its replacement-focused market. In talking about the idea behind fuel-efficient tires, Ichikawa pointed out the tire being just one part in what compromises an automobile, meaning that automakers want tire performance...

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