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JAMA: August Decline in Motor Vehicle Production

According to figures collected by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (JAMA), the number of motor vehicles (4-wheeler) produced in August 2015 was 605,000, an approximate 5 percent drop over the same month of the previous year. It was also the 14th consecutive month that the figure had fallen compared to the same month of the previous year. In terms of...

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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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Michelin: Regarding the Direction of the Japanese Branch

Michelin Group is now in its 51st year after expanding its tire business to Japan in 1964. In addition, Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has reached its 40th year since its establishment in Japan. Japan Michelin President Bernard Delmas, whose tenure as president spans 8 years, said about the present situation in the Japanese market, “Although Japan’s systems of distribution are...

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Toyo Tire & Rubber Reaches a Settlement in U.S. Antitrust Case

At a meeting with the board of directors held on Sept. 17, 2015, Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. announced that the company had reached a 4.2 billion yen (approximately $35 million) settlement with automobile manufacturers who were seeking damages for alleged U.S. antitrust violations. Regarding U.S. antitrust violations concerning price adjustments by Toyo Tire & Rubber of automotive anti-vibration...

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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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Yokohama Corporate Officer Says Tire Price Competition Is Heating Up

At a tire technology study meeting held for the media and analysts, The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s Corporate Officer Masaki Noro said that “There is a slight global surplus of tires, and price competition is heating up. Yokohama Rubber will overcome this situation by cutting costs, of course, and we will also specialize and differentiate product performance.” To increase tire...

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