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Bridgestone Targets Commercial Tire Applications for Plant-Derived Isoprene Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has entered into a joint research project for plant-derived isoprene rubber and its high-performance derivatives, working here on production technologies and practical applications for these materials. Efforts under the project look to establish plant-derived isoprene rubber as a practical, industrialized alternative to the natural rubber and oil-derived synthetic rubber currently used as raw...

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Air Water Develops Highly Heat-Resistant FKM O-Ring

Air Water Inc. (TYO:4088) has developed a highly heat-resistant new O-ring using general-purpose fluororubber (FKM). This was achieved via efforts from subsidiary Air Water Mach Inc., which produces and and sells O-rings in addition to other sealing products. The new product combines fluororubber with Zeonano SG101, a series of single-walled carbon nanotubes that Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) produces via the super-growth...

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Rubber Hose Production up 5.4% for First Half on Back of Strong Demand for High-Pressure Hoses

Rubber hose operations in Japan have achieved growth in both production volume and revenues for the first half of calendar 2018, according to new results compiled by the Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association. In terms of the volume of new rubber, production was up 5.4 percent year-on-year to end at 19,111 tons for the half, while shipment value rose 2.8...

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Toyox Adds Two New Sizes to Lineup of Plastic Hoses for Food Industry

Plastic hose manufacturer Toyox Co. Ltd. has launched sales of two new hose sizes under its Toyofoods-S lineup, which has earned itself a strong reputation in the food industry. The move comes in response to high industry demand for large-diameter hoses. More specifically, the company has added hoses with internal diameters of 75 millimeters and 100 millimeters. This comes on...

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Yokohama Rubber Develops Double-Tube Internal Heat Exchanger for Cars

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has developed a double-tube internal heat exchanger (IHX) that offers improved cooling efficiency for automotive air conditioning systems. The product has already been adopted in the new Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Compass. While conventional IHX systems use two separate refrigerant tubes, Yokohama Rubber’s new offering partially integrates these. This allows the...

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Yokohama Rubber Expects to Resume Full Operations at Filipino Tire Plant by End of 2020

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is planning for Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI), its manufacturing subsidiary in the Philippines, to return to full production capacity by the end of 2020. This follows a fire that occurred at YTPI on May 14, 2017, affecting approximately 17,400 square meters in the northeast sector of the subsidiary’s East Plant. The plant’s buildings and...

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