Interviews

Focusing Efforts on Mining Supplies—Kureha Elastomer

New Year’s Top Interview—Terumoto Shiroeda, president of Kureha Elastomer Co. Ltd., says that 2015 was more valley than peak for his company amid poor economic conditions. He spoke in a recent interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, looking back on the past business year.

Shiroeda said that products for the mining sector did well during the April-September period, putting in a solid business performance.

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Stronger Earning Capacity at Home and Abroad—Marugo

New Year's Top Interview—Marugo Rubber Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of anti-vibration rubber and rubber hoses for Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Isuzu, Hino and Daihatsu automobiles and motorcycles, is embarking on a new mid-term business plan in 2016, said President Tatsuo Fujiki in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. He said that his focus is on energizing the company to succeed over the next 100 years.

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Global Integration an Ongoing Project—Nichirin

New Year’s Top Interview: Nichirin President Ryuichi Maeda He wants to approach his work with passion in 2016, said Nichirin Co. Ltd. (TYO:5184) President Ryuichi Maeda during an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. The head of the high-performance rubber hoses manufacturer for automobiles and motorcycles said he wants to encourage his employees to act with what he describes as a...

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Double-Digit Growth for Functional Parts—Toyox

New Year’s Top Interview: Toyox President Makoto Nakanishi Sales for the plastic hose manufacturer in 2015 were forecast to increase, and double-digit growth in functional parts designed to solve problems helped contribute to higher profits, said Toyox Co. Ltd. President Makoto Nakanishi in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. Nakanishi, who is approaching his third year in his position in March...

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New Opportunities in Papermaking and Automobiles—Habasit Nippon

New Year’s Top Interview: Habasit Nippon President Atsuko Takinami Speaking with Japan Rubber Weekly, President Atsuko Takinami of belt manufacturer Habasit Nippon said this year the company is embarking on a five-year plan that runs through 2020. Habasit put several products featuring new concepts onto the market in 2015. This year the firm aims to further expand sales by focusing...

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Seeking Growth in Automobile Applications—Lanxess Japan

New Year’s Top Interview: Lanxess K.K. President and CEO Hideo Tsuji Hideo Tsuji, president and CEO of Lanxess K.K., said in a recent interview with the Japan Rubber Weekly that a company is made up of its products and people and that his company will focus on fostering its human resources. Tsuji took over from Peter Weinmar as president and...

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