Materials

Mitsui Chemicals Opens Functional Compound Base in China

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. recently celebrated the opening of Mitsui Chemicals (Shanghai) Functional Composites Co. Ltd. (MFS), a company dealing in the production and sale of functional compounds in Shanghai’s Jinshan District. MFS aims to tap into demand in China’s growing automobile and packaging markets. In March, the factory started production and sales of Milastomer, a thermoplastic elastomer used in automotive window...

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Bridgestone Develops Seismic Isolation Rubber for Low-Rise Buildings

Bridgestone Corp. has announced the recent development of the X3R Series, its seismic isolation rubber for low-rise buildings. The company has already developed a super-large seismic isolation rubber for ultra-high-rise buildings, and sells a full assortment of types, including seismic isolation rubber for low-rise, mid-rise, high-rise, and ultra-high rise. In earthquake-prone Japan, the company’s products help mitigate earthquake damage. The...

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JRW Surveys Outlook for Eastern Japan’s Rubber Industry

Japan Rubber Weekly (JRW) recently conducted a questionnaire survey of manufacturers and dealers on the industry’s current state and outlook. The survey focused on Japan’s Kanto and Koshin’etsu regions. Sixty-three companies responded. When asked about the current status, 71.4 percent of respondents answered “normal,” 3.1 percent said “strong,” and 25.4 percent said “sluggish.” The reasons offered for the “strong” answers...

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Bridgestone Creates Tire Using Guayule Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. has completed a tire that utilizes natural rubber derived from guayule rubber. The completed tire is one in which over 99 percent of the para-rubber-tree-derived natural rubber, which is conventionally used for side-walls and treads, has been replaced with guayule-derived natural rubber. Although Bridgestone admits that “there are factors that require further study such as wear resistance, steering...

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Kuraray Develops new Light Curing Elastomer

Kuraray Co. Ltd. has developed a new light curing elastomer through its unique technology. By freely controlling the molecular weight and arrangement of the elastomer units and the light curing units, a superior curability and flexibility that has never been seen in light curing resins has been achieved. One feature of the new light curing elastomer is that the length...

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International Asia Conference on Carbon Black in Yokohama This November

The Carbon Black Association of Japan will hold the 12th Carbon Black Asia Pacific Conference 2015 at the Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu in Yokohama, Japan from Nov. 4-6, 2015. Over 170 participants are expected to attend, including overseas visitors. This international conference will be attended primarily by carbon black manufacturers from the Asia-Pacific region. They will include among others feedstock...

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