Market Background

Nitta Posts Financial Results, Sees Opportunity in Semiconductor-related Business

Nitta announced net sales of 88.61 billion yen ($565.29 million), up 0.7% year-on-year; operating income of 4.42 billion yen, down 11.4%; ordinary income of 12,01 billion yen, down 6.9%; and net income of 9.68 billion yen, down 9.2%, for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2024. “Sales were decent, but profits fell sharply due to a slower-than-expected decline in the...

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Special Report: Signs of Recovery in Demand for Rubber Sheets

Signs of recovery have emerged in demand for fluorine rubber sheets, which had been in a slump. With the elimination of the oversupply of semiconductors, there has been movement in the production of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, which had been undergoing production adjustments, and this has led to an upturn in current demand. Demand for silicone rubber sheets is also increasing...

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Review: Japanese Conveyor Belt Market in 2023

According to statistics compiled by the Japan Belting Industry Association, Japanese conveyor belt production in 2023 was 9,073 tons, down 5% from the previous year, marking the second consecutive year of decline and the second year in a row that production has fallen below 10,000 tons. Japanese domestic demand was boosted by an increase in automobile production due to the...

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Asahi Kasei Raises Prices of Styrenic Thermoplastic Elastomers

Asahi Kasei has raised the prices of styrenic thermoplastic elastomers for shipments from April 1. The price increase is 70 yen ($0.46) or more per kilogram for styrenic thermoplastic elastomers, including Tufprene and Asaprene T, and 120 yen or more per kilogram for hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomers, including S.O.E. and Tuftec. The company said that with the recent sharp rise...

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Chloroprene Rubber Volumes and Prices Likely to Bottom Out in Second Half

Chloroprene rubber (CR) sales volume and prices are likely to bottom out in the second half of fiscal 2023 (October-March 2024). This comes with demand for CR currently being sluggish due to weak demand for industrial goods and adhesive applications, as well as inventory adjustment in automotive applications, where demand has been recovering. Supply chain inventories have built up significantly...

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Sumitomo Riko Posts Firsts Half Results, Automotive Products Business up 19%

Sumitomo Riko’s first half (April-September 2023) results (IFRS) showed net sales of 297.88 billion yen ($1.98 billion), up 16.5% year-on-year; operating income of 12.78 billion yen, compared with a loss of 894 million yen in the same period of the previous year; and net income of 5.83 billion yen, compared with a loss of 4.79 billion yen. By business segment,...

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