Materials

Sumitomo Rubber Sets up New Singaporean Subsidiary to Procure Natural Rubber

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it has established a natural rubber procurement subsidiary in Singapore in an effort to secure a stable supply of high-quality natural rubber. Named Sumitomo Rubber Singapore Pte. Ltd., this new company is set to begin operations in April. Sumitomo Rubber has so far procured natural rubber through a specialized division of Singaporean...

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Toyoda Gosei Highlights Employee Innovation at Global Group Conference

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently held the 2019 Global Small Group Activity Conference, an event for highlighting excellent examples of company employees coming up with improvements in the workplace. Held at Sun Court East – a company training facility in Aichi Prefecture, Japan – the event saw approximately 210 attendees. This included Toyoda Gosei executives, as well as representatives...

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Cabot Japan Emphasizes Importance of Dialogue With World-Leading Tire Manufacturers

Boasting a history of more than 130 years, Cabot Corp. is the world’s largest producer of carbon black. Noriaki Yamanashi, head of the company’s Japanese arm, Cabot Japan KK, said that his company’s existence has significant meaning for the parent firm, with Japan serving as a base to hold dialogues with some of the world’s leading tire manufacturers. Cabot has...

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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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