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Michelin Japan Details Ideas to Cut Down on Tire Waste via Regrooving, Retreading

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has detailed a number of solutions that it can provide to help with environmental issues. Holding a March 12 media seminar on this at the first day of the New Environmental Exposition 2019, Michelin Japan VP Takaaki Takahashi said that his company is setting out with a long-term strategy aimed at significantly cutting down on...

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Sumitomo Rubber Works With German Research Institute to Clarify Processes Behind Natural Rubber Failure

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has managed a world-first success in shedding light on the crystallization process that occurs at the tips of cracks in natural rubber – crystallization referring here to rubber molecules becoming aligned in the direction of elongation when the rubber is stretched. The company’s research on this was carried out in conjunction with the Leibniz Institute...

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Mitsui Chemicals Establishes Design & Solution Center in Niigata Prefecture

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) recently announced that it has opened the Design & Solution Center, a new base intended to bring together the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s wide range of development capabilities. These capabilities span from design to analysis, molding, prototyping and evaluation. Located in Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture, the new base has a floor area of 2,700 square meters. An opening...

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Sumitomo Rubber Utilizes Tire Technologies to Codevelop Highly Soundproof Flooring

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it has worked with Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd. (TYO:1911) and flexible concrete mat manufacturer Maxstone KK to develop highly soundproof flooring for rental housing. The new product will be adopted starting from the Forest Maison line of rental housing provided by Sumitomo Forestry. The highly soundproof flooring incorporates anti-vibration rubber based on...

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Mitsui Chemicals Pursues Applications for Temperature-Sensitive Elastomer

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) is targeting various applications for Absortomer, a material with unique characteristics that open up potential for use in a wide range of sectors. Developed 10 years ago and named just three years ago, this relatively new product takes its name from a portmanteau of the words “absorb” and “elastomer.” Absortomer is an alpha-olefin copolymer that has...

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Japan’s Synthetic Rubber Production Falls 3% Year-on-Year for 2018

Japan’s production of synthetic rubber fell by 3.2 percent year-on-year to end at just under 1.57 million tons for 2018, according to figures recently released by the Synthetic Rubber Industry Association of Japan. In terms of individual rubber types, the country’s production of chloroprene rubber (CR) rose 1.8 percent year-on-year to reach 126,114 tons for 2018, while that for ethylene...

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