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Japan’s Carbon Black Shipments in June Fall for First Time in Six Months

Shipment volume of carbon black in June dropped 5.5 percent year-on-year to 46,709 tons, reversing five straight months of gain, according to data compiled by the Japanese Carbon Black Association. Among shipments to be used for rubber, those for tires fell 4.5 percent as well as those for general purpose rubber by 5.2 percent. The total shipments for rubber decreased...

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Japan Makes Fifth Straight Monthly Gain in Carbon Black Shipments

Figures compiled by the Carbon Black Association show that 43,271 tons of carbon black were shipped in Japan for the month of May. This marks a 0.2 percent year-on-year increase and the fifth consecutive monthly increase. With regard to carbon black for use in rubber, shipments rose 1.4 percent for general rubber, but fell 1.1 percent for tires, which account...

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Auto Part Survey Shows Mixed Results for Rubber Part Shipment Values

According to a survey of auto part shipments for fiscal 2015 compiled by the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA), total value was 19.12 trillion yen ($167.49 billion), down 3.4 percent over the prior year and the first year-on-year decline in three years. Within that total, the shipment value of rubber parts, spread across 11 categories, came to 709.03 billion...

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Carbon Black Shipments up 6% for March on Strong Tire Sector Demand

Shipment volume of carbon black rose 6.1 percent year-on-year to 52,479 tons in March, the third straight month of positive growth, according to records compiled by the Japanese Carbon Black Association. Total shipment for rubber use rose 6.8 percent year-on-year, up for the third straight month, at 49,270 tons. Although shipments for tire use were up 11 percent, shipments for...

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Rubber Unions Agree to Average Wage Increase of 5,150 Yen

Member unions of the Japan Rubber Workers Union Confederation (JRWUC) and major rubber manufacturers have reached agreements following the 2017 spring labor offensive regarding wages and lump sum payments. Out of a total of 58 member unions, 45 of 51 unions that submitted demands for higher wages have reached agreements, while 38 of the 46 unions that submitted demands in...

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Driven by Tires, Japan’s Carbon Black Shipments Rise for February

Shipment volume of carbon black in February was up 2.3 percent to 46,531 tons from the same period last year, according to data compiled by the Japanese Carbon Black Association. It marks the second consecutive month of a year-on-year increase this year. Of carbon black used for rubber, shipments for tire purposes increased 6.3 percent, and shipments for general rubber...

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