Interviews

Sumitomo Riko President Shines Light on Plans to Get Results From Structural Reform Starting 2023

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) President Kazushi Shimizu recently spoke about current efforts being made by the company, highlighting here the good progress being made on the structural reform it has been pursuing of late. And with this in mind, plans going forward are to achieve growth for both auto parts and general industrial products, he said. Shimizu noted here...

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Zeon President Kimiaki Tanaka Sees 2022 as Year to Take Next Step Forward

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) President Kimiaki Tanaka recently expressed very high hopes for fiscal 2022 as a year for the company to take its next step forward. Beyond just business expansion, the company intends to use the year to pursue efforts such as the formulation of a master plan for reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. Giving his broad outlook for Zeon...

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JRMA President Discusses Recent Activities; Plans to Standardize High-Pressure Hoses for Hydrogen Stations

Ikuji Ikeda, president of the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) and chairman of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), spoke recently about just what the JRMA has been up to of late. For one, he noted how a centerpiece of the association’s activities last year was getting the manufacture of rubber products added as an occupation type under Japan’s Technical Intern...

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Interview: Toyoda Gosei President Toru Koyama Discusses Efforts to Balance New Initiatives With Existing Businesses

Inaugurated as president of Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) last June, Toru Koyama stepped into the role amid a raft of major changes in the business environment – including COVID-19 as well as the accelerating trend in automotive electrification. Speaking recently with Japan Rubber Weekly, Koyama said for fiscal 2021 that he aims to see the company land a proper...

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Zeon President Kimiaki Tanaka Sees Promising Market for Specialty Elastomers

Speaking recently about the future of his company’s business for elastomer materials, Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) President Kimiaki Tanaka said COVID-19 has made it clear that there is strong global demand for specialty elastomers. This can also be interpreted, he said, to mean that elastomers without specialized characteristics will have to be offered at a low price if they are to...

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Interview: Toyoda Gosei President Naoki Miyazaki Explains Plans to Boost Revenue in 2020

Facing a tough market and a need for innovation, Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has been making a range of moves to solidify its business foundations and pave the path for future growth. Company president Naoki Miyazaki recently sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly to give some insight into these plans. To begin with, Miyazaki noted that 2019 saw Toyoda...

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