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Japan’s 2015 Rubber Goods Exports Down 4%, Imports Up 8%

The Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) released a compilation of full-year figures for 2015 showing that exports of rubber goods fell by 4 percent year-on-year to 977 billion yen ($8.78 billion). The poorer performance compared to the previous year was despite the weak yen. Meanwhile, exports rose for the sixth year in a row, increasing 8 percent year-on-year to 428.9...

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Rubber Hose Production and Shipping in Japan Down 1% in 2015

Production and shipping of rubber hoses in Japan took a marginal fall in 2015 from the results of the previous year. Due to stagnation in industries that are markets for automobiles and construction equipment, there was a decrease in the production and shipping of automotive and high-pressure hoses. Hope is present for 2016 to show a turnaround domestically in automobile...

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2015 Tire Production in Japan Falls in All Product Categories

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) announced that automobile tire production volume (in terms of rubber volume) in 2015 (January–December) in Japan was 1.06 million tons. This marks a 6 percent year-on-year decrease and the fourth consecutive year of negative growth. Looking at product category, production volume was down year-on-year across the board. Truck and bus tires decreased by...

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Auto Production Declines 5% in 2015, First Decline in 2 Years

According to automobile production numbers for 2015 compiled by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), total production for four-wheel vehicles was 9.28 million units, a 5-percent year-on-year decline that marked the first drop in two years. 5.05 million vehicles were produced to serve domestic demand, down 9 percent and marking the first fall in four years.

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Construction Machinery Shipments Down 5% in 2015

The value of construction machinery shipments during calendar 2015 totaled 2.3129 trillion yen ($19.27 billion), down 5 percent from the previous year as the annual figure turned negative after an increase in 2014, according to a report compiled by the Japan Construction Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA; 69 member companies).

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JRMA’s IRSG Liaison Committee Takes On Range of Rubber Industry Issues

In 2015, the JRMA established a committee to study the impact that a current IRSG project aimed at sustainable development in the rubber industry is likely to have on its members. Now, the JRMA believes that in addition to liaising with the IRSG, the committee can deal in a wide range of areas covering raw materials as a whole.

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