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Sumitomo Rubber Set to Start up New Environmental Conservation Projects Across Japan

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is planning this year to run another set of environmental conservation efforts under its Team Enasave Future Project, which the company carries out in conjunction with the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan. The first initiative as part of this will begin in Niigata on May 26, looking to preserve and maintain the nature,...

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Toyota Adopts Toyo Tires’ Open Country Series as OE for New RAV4

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) recently announced that its Open Country tire series has been adopted by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) as OE for the automaker’s new-model RAV4, which launched in North America last December. The styling of the new Toyota RAV4 conveys power befitting an SUV while also mixing this with a sense of refinement. On the practical side, the...

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Shin-Etsu Polymer Posts Increased Sales, Profits for Fiscal 2018

Shin-Etsu Polymer Co. Ltd. (TYO:7970) has posted year-on-year increases to both sales and profits as part of its results for fiscal 2018. The company recorded sales of 85.46 billion yen ($770.76 million) for the year, up by 7.7 percent; operating profit of 8.15 billion yen, up by 13.1 percent; ordinary profit of 8.03 billion yen, up by 10.3 percent; and...

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JSR Begins Trial Operations at New S-SBR Plant in Hungary

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has been working to construct a new plant in Hungary for the production of solution-polymerized styrene–butadiene rubber (S-SBR), managing this through joint venture JSR MOL Synthetic Rubber Ltd. Late April saw the JV complete construction work and move into trial operations. JSR MOL Synthetic Rubber is owned 51 percent by JSR and 49 percent by local firm...

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Bridgestone Holds Memorial Ceremony for Former CEO Yoichiro Kaizaki

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) held an April 25 ceremony at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo’s Peacock Room to remember the late Yoichiro Kaizaki. Formerly president and CEO at Bridgestone, Kaizaki passed away on Jan. 20 this year at the age of 85. Around 500 people, including current and former employees as well as other industry figures, attended the ceremony to look back...

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Sumitomo Rubber’s Dunlop Tennis Balls Used at Australian Open

The Australian Open, one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, made waves in Japan this year when Japanese player Naomi Osaka won the women’s singles title. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) supported the tournament by supplying Dunlop-branded tennis balls. Sumitomo Rubber supplied 15,000 sets of a dozen balls each for the tournament and its preliminary...

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