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Asics Global Sales Rise to 76% of Total

Motoi Oyama, president and CEO of Asics Corp. (TYO:7936), explained the company’s recent performance as follows. Domestic sales fell by 1.5 percent to 101.2 billion yen ($890.8 million) largely due to sluggish performance of apparel. Overseas sales increased by 14.8 percent to 327.3 billion yen, which even after removing currency effects, represented a 10.2 percent increase. The proportion of global...

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Hotty Polymer Develops Flexible Filament for 3D Printers

As previously reported, Hotty Polymer Co. Ltd. has been receiving high marks for its originally developed “HP Filament” at the MD&M West Trade Fair and Conference in Anaheim, California, U.S. The HP Filament is a flexible filament designed for general-purpose 3D printers and enables the sculpting of highly flexible molded objects through Hotty Polymer’s proprietary compounds. Made with resin materials,...

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Sumitomo Riko Establishes New Manufacturing Base in Poland

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has established in Poland a new company, SumiRiko Automotive Hose Poland Sp. z o. o. (SRK-HP), for the manufacturing and distribution of automotive hoses. The new company represents an investment of 10 million euro ($11 million). Located in the city of Sosnowiec, the company will commence operations in October of this year. Sumitomo Riko already...

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Nitta Acquires Canadian Belt Company

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has acquired Connect Conveyor Belting Inc., a Canadian fabricator and seller of belts based in Milton, Ontario. Since before the acquisition Connect has been fabricating and selling Nitta’s flat belts, such as the SEB (Super Endless Belt) and the Polybelt, which are used in mail handling equipment, printers, banking terminals and other machinery. Now Connect will become...

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Automation Triples Productivity of Bridgestone Rubber Manufacturing Process

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has introduced a newly developed pre-forming method that improves productivity of the manufacturing process for seismic isolation rubber. The new method is in use at the company’s Yokohama Plant where it manufactures seismic isolation rubber. In the pre-forming method, the interior rubber is injection-compression molded (ICM) to eliminate the rolling and punching processes. The use of robots...

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Nitta Reinforces Effort to Expand Sales of Piping for Urea SCR

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) is strengthening its production and sales effort for heat piping used in urea selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, which are drawing interest for their environmental advantages. One of the technologies that can be used to purify diesel engine emissions, urea SCR systems are rapidly being put to use not only in passenger vehicles, but also commercial vehicles...

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