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JRA Chairman Discusses Issues Facing Retreaded Tire Market in Japan

Japanese demand for retreaded tires has slowed in recent years, despite steady growth until 2014 driven by environmental and economic factors. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down for an interview with Tatsuo Gomi, chairman of the Japan Retreaders Association (JRA), to ask about several issues facing the industry. The JRA chairman started by saying he wants to properly push the...

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Japan’s Top 100 Rubber Companies Total Around 4 Trillion Yen in Sales for 2016

Japan Rubber Weekly recently conducted a study of the top 100 companies in Japan’s rubber industry, analyzing their business performance for fiscal 2016. Of these 100 companies, 48 posted a year-on-year revenue increase. Seven companies managed a double-digit increase to revenue, including NOK Elastomers Processing Co. Ltd., which ranked 42nd out of the 100 companies with an 11.9 percent increase,...

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JRW Survey Finds Domestic Manufacturers Increasingly Concerned About Labor Shortages

A survey conducted this July by Japan Rubber Weekly (JRW) was sent to senior executives from 169 domestic rubber and resin manufacturers, asking about their business outlooks and earnings forecasts. Of those who received the survey, 117 companies responded, making for a 69.2 percent response rate. When asked their thoughts on the future of the rubber industry, 55.8 percent of...

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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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