Interviews

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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Interview: Musashi Oil Seal President Discusses Business Performance and Industry Trends

Oil seal manufacturer Musashi Oil Seal Mfg. Co. Ltd. prides itself on its wide product lineup, multi-item small-lot production capabilities and favorable reputation among customers. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with company president Masahiro Muto to ask about the oil seal manufacturer’s business performance and management. Discussing Musashi Oil Seal’s recent business performance, Muto noted that the company made approximately...

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Interview: ZS Elastomers President Talks Company Development, Production Consolidation and Aspirations

ZS Elastomers Co. Ltd. (ZSE), a solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) joint venture between Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005), will soon begin operations. Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with ZSE President Kei Itoh, temporarily assigned from Zeon, to talk about the company’s aims. Looking at the developments to come out of Zeon, Itoh said that it was...

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Nishiyama President Discusses Smart Employee Base, Customer Trust and IoT Prospects

Nishiyama Corp. last May celebrated its 100th anniversary, and with the appointment of Managing Director Masaaki Nishiyama as the new president from this April, the company has launched a new organization system. In a recent interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, Nishiyama said his aim is for the company to become one that is loved by customers and brings happiness to...

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Bando’s Tamagaki Talks Current, Future Business: Interview

Rubber manufacturer Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) experienced turbulent sales in fiscal 2016. After early months showed a year-on-year downturn, the company recovered in the latter half of the year, most notably in the January–March period. But in an industry moving toward electric vehicles, how does Bando Chemical plan to respond to concerns around declining automotive belt sales? Japan Rubber...

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