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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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Zeon Establishes a New Company in India

Zeon Corp. has established a new company in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. It began business on Oct. 1, 2015 and is involved in importing, selling, and marketing. The new company is called Zeon India Private Limited (capital: 15 million Indian rupees). It is involved in the import, sale, and marketing of synthetic rubber and other Zeon group products. The establishment of...

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Natural Rubber Import Volume Increases Almost 7 Percent in First Half

According to figures compiled by The Rubber Trade Association of Japan, the import volume of natural rubber from January to June 2015 was 367,159 tons, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. The import amount was 70.6 billion yen (approximately $500 million), a decrease of 12.1 percent compared to the same period of...

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Kuraray Plans to Expand Genestar Applications to Automotive

Kuraray Co. Ltd. is proactively expanding toward the usage of its polyamide engineering plastic “Genestar” in automobiles. Genestar is a product developed by Kuraray from a unique monomer and boasts a variety of properties including low water absorption, high heat resistance, high chemical resistance, and high dimensional accuracy. The total production capacity is 9,000 tons in Kashima and 4,000 tons...

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