Interviews

Hiroshima Kasei Director Talks Overseas Expansion, Future Plans

Hiroshima Kasei Ltd.’s overseas production operations are thriving. Recently Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with Tomohiro Tamura, director of Hiroshima Kasei’s Industrial Materials Division, to discuss the company’s current state and overseas business expansion. When asked about Hiroshima Kasei’s current state of business, Tamura said that the company is focused on developing products based on the key concepts of safety...

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Nishikawa Rubber CEO Discusses North America, Sealing Products

Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161), a large manufacturer of rubber parts for the automotive industry, inaugurated Yoshitomo Fukuoka as its new CEO three months ago. Unlike most in the automotive parts industry, Fukuoka’s prior work has been based around shipbuilding, and his switch between these highly divergent industries has drawn attention over recent months. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down...

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Tokyo Zairyo Focuses on Bolstering US Operations Under New Management Plan

Tokyo Zairyo Co. Ltd., a raw material trading company and a subsidiary of Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), achieved record profits for the seventh year in a row in the fiscal year ending March 2017. Now starting this fiscal term, the company has implemented a new medium-term management plan. Sitting down recently with Japan Rubber Weekly, President Shuichi Kakinuma said that the...

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SRIJ Chairman Takata: Japan Needs Open Innovation Lab for Rubber Technology

Toshikazu Takata, Tokyo Institute of Technology professor and new chairman of the Society of Rubber Science and Technology Japan (SRIJ) for fiscal 2017–18, recently spoke of his aspirations to establish an open innovation center in the form of a general laboratory for rubber technology. Takata said that the world recognizes the Japanese rubber industry’s world-class technology, such as tires and...

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New President at Yokohama Rubber Discusses Market Trends, Growth Strategies

The new president of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101), Masataka Yamaishi, assumed office on March 30. This year is a milestone for Yokohama Rubber, marking the 100th anniversary of the company’s founding. President Yamaishi recently sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly to discuss his thoughts on being named president of Yokohama Rubber and a variety of other topics. On being...

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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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