Materials

Bridgestone Subsidiary Looks to Transform Into Solutions Business

Bridgestone Diversified Products Japan Co. Ltd. (BDPJ), a Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) subsidiary focused on rubber and other materials for industrial and infrastructural applications, recently held a regular distributor conference. The conference covered BDPJ’s operations in the Ban-etsu and Kanto regions of Japan, and was attended by 78 corporate members. Speaking at the event, company president Fumihiko Eitoku said that he...

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Tokai Carbon Expects Strong Business Performance to Continue

Carbon black manufacturer Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. (TYO:5301) is enjoying strong business performance, with recently posted business results showing drastic increases to the company’s sales and profits. Sales for the year through December 2017 were up 19.9 percent from the previous year. Meanwhile, operating profit rose by 915.1 percent, ordinary profit by 678.3 percent, and net profit increased by approximately...

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Mitsui Chemicals Announces Open-Lab Event to Promote Materials

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has announced that it will run the Mitsui Chemicals Material Oriented Laboratory (MOLp) – part of the company’s cross-organizational open-lab activities – for five days from March 7–11. This will take the form of an event the company is calling MOLpCafe, where visitors will be able to experience the appeal of a range of different materials....

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Mitsui Chemicals Posts Record Profits for April–December Period

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has posted record-high net, ordinary and operating profit figures for the combined first three quarters of fiscal 2017 (April–December). Sales for the period totaled 959.83 billion yen ($8.78 billion), up 10.3 percent from the same period in the previous year. Operating profit was 75.74 billion yen, up 5.7 percent year-on-year; ordinary profit was 78.85 billion yen,...

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Zeon Sees 22% Sales Increase in Elastomer Business for First Three Quarters

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has posted 146 billion yen ($1.33 billion) in sales for its elastomer materials business over the first three quarters of fiscal 2017, marking a year-on-year increase of 22 percent. The sales figures included a 29 percent increase in rubber, totaling 104.1 billion yen; a 14 percent in increase in latex, reaching 14.5 billion yen; and a 6...

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IPCR Builds Genetic Database for Rubber Tree Research

The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (IPCR/RIKEN) has revealed that it has constructed a gene transcription database which will serve as the basis for research into the genome of the rubber tree. The database makes it possible to use a browser to sequence the genome, find genes and access full-length cDNA. Researchers will be able to use it to...

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