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Zeon Sets New Records With Business Results for Fiscal 2017

Synthetic rubber giant Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently released its business results for fiscal 2017, with highlights including the company topping its previous record figures for sales, operating profit and ordinary profit. Sales for the year ended at 332.68 billion yen ($3.04 billion), up 15.7 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, operating profit totaled 38.88 billion yen, up 26.4 percent; ordinary profit came in...

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Daicel-Evonik PEEK Material Set for Use in High-Performance Plastic Needles

Daicel-Evonik Ltd.’s Vestakeep Care brand of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) resin has been selected for use in a high-performance plastic syringe needle currently under development by Yamada Seiko Co. Ltd. Made using precision die casting and molding technologies, the needle is extremely thin, featuring an outer diameter of 0.57 millimeters and an inner diameter of 0.31 millimeters. The product is...

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JSR’s Elastomer Division Sees 6.5% Year-on-Year Increase in Sales

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) recently released its financial results for fiscal 2017, with these showing that sales from the company’s elastomer division went up 6.5 percent year-on-year to 197.37 billion yen ($1.81 billion). Operating profit from the division was at 14.87 billion yen, up 69 percent, while sales volume was at 677,731 tons, down 3 percent. In response to rising butadiene...

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Lanxess KK President Hideo Tsuji Comments on 2018 Plans, 2017 Results

Hideo Tsuji, president and CEO of Lanxess KK, held a press conference on April 17 to discuss the company’s plans and activities for fiscal 2018. Speaking at the event, Tsuji said that his company – which is the Japanese arm of German-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Lanxess AG – will provide lightweighting solutions for next-generation vehicles. This will include efforts in...

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Tosoh Resumes Operations at Nanyo Complex Following Minor Electrical Accident

Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042), a manufacturer of synthetic rubber and chemical products, provided a follow-up report on April 11 regarding an electrical accident and corresponding noise that occurred on April 6 at its Nanyo Complex in Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture. The report notes that, as of April 10, Tosoh is moving to sequentially resume production at facilities within the Nanyo Complex and...

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JSR Elastomer India Starts Business Operations

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on April 9 that its Indian subsidiary JSR Elastomer India Pvt. Ltd. has started operations. Located in the city of Gurugram, Haryana, JSR Elastomer India was established on Dec. 20 last year to bolster operations and marketing activities for elastomer products such as synthetic rubber with a focus on India. It is the fourth JSR subsidiary...

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