Interviews

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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Interview: Inoac CEO Soichi Inoue Highlights Global Expansion

Inoac Corp. CEO Soichi Inoue recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. The 87-year-old Inoue discussed the global expansion of the Nagoya-based company, a Japanese leader in rubber and resin-related products. With Inoac having overseas subsidiaries in some 80 locations across 13 countries, the company is expanding its business in the global market, Inoue said. The...

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Yokohama Rubber’s Noji, Yamaishi Discuss Path to Navigating Turbulent Landscape

With Masataka Yamaishi set to step into the role of president and representative member of the board of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) on March 30, both Yamaishi and current president Hikomitsu Noji discussed the change at a press conference. It is a turning point of a year, said Noji, as 2017 marks the final year of the company’s 12-year...

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Toyoda Gosei to Keep Close Watch on NAFTA Renegotiations: President Miyazaki

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) operates four plants in Mexico and is in the process of shifting production from plants in Canada and the U.S. to Mexico as part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) framework, particularly in relation to weatherstrip products. The company is moving forward with investments in a Mexico subsidiary to increase the production capacity...

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Sumitomo Riko to Invest in US If NAFTA Collapses: CEO Nishimura

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) will need to boost production in the U.S. if renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) following President Trump’s inauguration results in high tariffs, said Chairman and CEO Yoshiaki Nishimura. Speaking at a recent media gathering, Nishimura stated that the company will monitor developments involving NAFTA, tailoring investment and employment plans accordingly and...

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Okamoto to Upgrade Factories in Japan, Expand Condom Business in Asia: President

Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) President Yoshiyuki Okamoto recently granted an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly to describe the company’s plans for the near-future. Okamoto said the company has plans to upgrade and redesign factories over the coming three years. Okamoto Industries will be aggressive in capital spending to streamline operations at plants in Japan, an effort that president Okamoto characterized...

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