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Nitta Unveils CNT Compound Technology at Nano Tech

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has received a favourable reception upon unveiling its compound technology for carbon nanotubes (CNT) at “nano tech 2016”, an international nanotechnology exhibition and conference held in Tokyo end of January. Currently under development by Nitta, this technology bypasses the use of adhesives to thinly and evenly attach CNT to several μm in diameter of carbon fiber (CF)...

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Tokai Carbon Posts 9% Sales Drop in 2015

Japan’s largest carbon black manufacturer Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. (TYO: 5301) reported annual sales of 104.9 billion yen ($921.8 million) for fiscal 2015 (January-December), marking a 9 percent year-on-year decline. Of those, the carbon black (CB) segment accounted for sales of 46.2 billion yen ($406 million), a year-on-year decline of 16 percent. Operating profit declined 50 percent to 1.3 billion...

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Rheinchemie Additives Toyohashi Site Reaches 7,500 Consecutive Days Without Accident

The Toyohashi production facility of the business unit Rhein Chemie Additives (BU ADD) of Lanxess K.K. announced that as of Nov. 30, 2015 it had reached 7,500 consecutive days without an accident. A ceremony to mark this milestone was held on Jan. 27, 2016. This marks more than 25 years of safe operation since the site went onstream. The Toyohashi...

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Kawaguchi Chemical Reports 5% Drop in Rubber Chemical Sales

Kawaguchi Chemical (TYO:4361) recently announced financial results for fiscal 2015 (Dec. 1, 2014–Nov. 30, 2015). Net sales were down 2 percent year-on-year to 6.6 billion yen ($57.57 million) on slower rubber chemicals sales. The company is targeting net sales of 7.0 billion yen in 2016. Kawaguchi Chemical provides organic rubber chemicals for tires and various rubber products.

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Ube Reports Strong BR Shipments in Q3

Ube Industries (TYO:4208) announced results for the first nine months of the fiscal year ending March 2016, showing sales of 482 billion yen ($4.28 billion), increasing 2 percent. Profit on operations was 31.3 billion yen, an increase of 118 percent. Ordinary income was 30.1 billion yen, up 117 percent. Net profit grew substantially by 275 percent to 19.2 billion yen.

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JSR Announces 3Q Results, Decreased Sales and Profits in Elastomers

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced its financial results for the first three quarters of the fiscal year ending March 2016 (April–December 2015). Net sales were down 4 percent to 294.5 billion yen ($2.52 billion), operating income down 3 percent to 29.5 billion yen and net income down 14 percent to 19.8 billion yen.

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