Materials

Mitsui Chemicals Pursues Applications for Temperature-Sensitive Elastomer

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) is targeting various applications for Absortomer, a material with unique characteristics that open up potential for use in a wide range of sectors. Developed 10 years ago and named just three years ago, this relatively new product takes its name from a portmanteau of the words “absorb” and “elastomer.” Absortomer is an alpha-olefin copolymer that has...

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Toyoda Gosei Exhibits Next-Gen e-Rubber at Sports Business Expo

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently exhibited e-Rubber, a next-generation rubber product that moves with electricity and mechanical force. Displaying the product at the 2nd Sports Business Expo held at Makuhari Messe over Feb. 27 – March 3, Toyoda Gosei worked to draw attention to its new offering. Toyoda Gosei is currently using e-Rubber to develop lightweight soft actuators as...

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Lanxess to Continue Supplying Synthetic Rubber in Japan Following Sale of Arlanxeo Stake

Lanxess AG announced on Dec. 31 that that it has sold off its stake in synthetic rubber joint venture Arlanxeo AG to 50–50 JV partner Saudi Arabian Oil Co., commonly known as Saudi Aramco. But despite the divestment, the German-based company has declared that its Japanese arm, Lanxess KK, will continue to carry out marketing and sales activities for synthetic...

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Toyoda Gosei Holds Opening Ceremony at New Indian Plant for Automotive Safety Products

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently announced that Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd. (TGMIN), a subsidiary based in India, held an opening ceremony on Feb. 4 for its new Gujarat Plant. The Gujarat Plant began operations last October, manufacturing products for automotive safety systems – such as airbags and steering wheels – as well as weatherstrips and more. These...

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Continental Opens German Research Lab for Dandelion Rubber

Continental AG recently announced that it has opened Taraxagum Lab Anklam, a laboratory for research into dandelion rubber. The new facility is located in Anklam, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. The research lab will conduct R&D efforts into cultivation and extraction processes for the Russian dandelion, looking to use this as a source of natural rubber. Plans are to then utilize this as...

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JSR Director Koichi Kawasaki Outlays Goals, Results Targets for 2019

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) is intending to pursue its various goals for fiscal 2019 in a steady manner while achieving results, says Koichi Kawasaki, a representative director and managing officer. While external conditions for the year are difficult to predict, the first point of call, he said, will be in making efforts to get Hungarian operations up and running for solution-polymerized...

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