Materials

Denka to Withdraw From EVA Emulsion, Vinyl Acetate Resin Businesses

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) recently announced that it is planning a business withdrawal for ethylene–vinyl acetate (EVA) emulsion and vinyl acetate resin. The company intends to stop its operations here by August 2021. Denka has been producing and selling these two materials since the 1970s, and has worked constantly to cut costs while pursuing a number of other business improvements....

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Achilles Develops New Polyurethane With Improved Rebound Resilience, Versatility

Achilles Corp. (TYO:5142), a manufacturer of rubber and resin products, has developed a new polyurethane material named Acrofoam. The material exhibits excellent rebound resilience – around 60 percent higher than that of general-purpose polyurethane – as well as the ability to be molded into various shapes. Noting the frequency with which runners injure their feet, Achilles has previously targeted sports...

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Lanxess Starts up Plastic Production Plant in Changshu

Lanxess AG has started up operations at a new plant in Changshu, China, for the production of high-performance plastics. The plant will be used to manufacture the company’s Durethan and Pocan brands of high-performance plastics for use in the automotive, electrical and electronics sectors. The new plant specializes in intelligent manufacturing. As part of this, it has been designed with...

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Denka Decides to Continue Acetylene Black Production at Omuta Plant Amid Rising LiB Demand

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) recently announced that it has decided to continue production for certain grades of acetylene black at its Omuta Plant in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture. The company previously announced on Nov. 8, 2017, that it intended to stop production of calcium carbide-based products at its Omuta Plant. This included plans to halt the plant’s production of acetylene black...

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Bridgestone Touts Susym as New Polymer That Joins Rubber, Resin at Molecular Level

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) announced on Oct. 16 that it has decided on the name Susym for a new polymer that combines rubber with resin at a molecular level. The name comes from the words “sustain,” “symphony” and “symbiosis,” and represents high hopes for the material as Bridgestone aims to spread the word about its new development. This follows a previous...

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Zeon to Bolster Cycloolefin Polymer Production

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has decided to boost cycloolefin polymer (COP) production capacity at its Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture. The move comes as an effort to respond to rising demand for optical film. Through this project, Zeon intends to increase its production capacity for this highly transparent thermoplastic resin from a current level of 37,000 tons per year up...

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