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Dow Japan Holds Innovation Day

Dow Chemical Japan Ltd. (President: Peter Jennings) held “Dow Japan Innovation Day Tokyo” on November 19 to showcase its latest technologies and business activities in Japan. The large turnout of 320 visitors included customers, partner companies and industry representatives. The importance that Dow places on the Japanese market was shown by the presence of about 50 personnel from parent The...

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Denka President and CEO Shinsuke Yoshitaka

Denka Aims for CR Sales of 50 Billion Yen

Shinsuke Yoshitaka, president and CEO of Denka Co. Ltd., spoke about his company’s recently completed acquisition of the chloroprene rubber (CR) business of E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Company (Dupont). Yoshitaka said that since announcing the acquisition, Denka has submitted the deal to antitrust authorities in 12 countries and has been given the go-ahead, and that the newly acquired U.S....

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Sumitomo Rubber Develops Biomass Materials for Tires

Sumitomo Rubber Develops Biomass Materials for Tires

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. announced at a recent press conference that it is developing highly functional biomass materials for tires. Conventional rubber used in tires contains oil from fossil resource as a softener. The problem, however, is that the oil gradually leaches out of the rubber, causing tires to harden. Sumitomo Rubber solved this problem by using plant-based oil as...

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Kohei Arakawa, Zeon Corp.

Zeon to Mass-Produce Super-Growth Carbon Nanotubes

Zeon Corp., the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) held a completion ceremony at Zeon’s plant for the world’s first mass-production of carbon nanotubes using the super-growth method developed by AIST. The plant goes online in November 2015. The super-growth method offers the benefits of high-speed and...

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Denka Completes Acquisition of Dupont’s Chloroprene Rubber Business

Denka Company Limited completed it acquisition of the chloroprene rubber (CR) business of E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Company (Dupont) on Oct. 31, 2015. In December 2014, the companies announced that Dupont would sell its CR business to Denka Performance Elastomer (DPE; capital: $62 million), a joint venture between Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Denka, for between 10 and 14...

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Ube Industries Records Strong Butadiene Rubber Sales

Ube Industries Ltd. recorded increased sales and profit for the first six months (April-Sept.) of fiscal 2015. Sales were up 5 percent year-on-year to 323.3 billion yen ($2.62 billion), operating income was up 230 percent to 20.5 billion yen ($166.4 million), and ordinary income was up 303 percent to 19.7 billion yen ($159.9 million). Profit attributable to owners of parent...

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