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Global Integration an Ongoing Project—Nichirin

New Year’s Top Interview: Nichirin President Ryuichi Maeda He wants to approach his work with passion in 2016, said Nichirin Co. Ltd. (TYO:5184) President Ryuichi Maeda during an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. The head of the high-performance rubber hoses manufacturer for automobiles and motorcycles said he wants to encourage his employees to act with what he describes as a...

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Double-Digit Growth for Functional Parts—Toyox

New Year’s Top Interview: Toyox President Makoto Nakanishi Sales for the plastic hose manufacturer in 2015 were forecast to increase, and double-digit growth in functional parts designed to solve problems helped contribute to higher profits, said Toyox Co. Ltd. President Makoto Nakanishi in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. Nakanishi, who is approaching his third year in his position in March...

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New Opportunities in Papermaking and Automobiles—Habasit Nippon

New Year’s Top Interview: Habasit Nippon President Atsuko Takinami Speaking with Japan Rubber Weekly, President Atsuko Takinami of belt manufacturer Habasit Nippon said this year the company is embarking on a five-year plan that runs through 2020. Habasit put several products featuring new concepts onto the market in 2015. This year the firm aims to further expand sales by focusing...

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Seeking Growth in Automobile Applications—Lanxess Japan

New Year’s Top Interview: Lanxess K.K. President and CEO Hideo Tsuji Hideo Tsuji, president and CEO of Lanxess K.K., said in a recent interview with the Japan Rubber Weekly that a company is made up of its products and people and that his company will focus on fostering its human resources. Tsuji took over from Peter Weinmar as president and...

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Making All-out Effort to Fulfill ‘JSR20i6’ Mid-term Business Plan—JSR

New Year’s Top Interview: JSR President Mitsunobu Koshiba President Mitsunobu Koshiba of JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) said recently in an interview with the Japan Rubber Weekly that his company’s future does not lie in an extension of the pattern its success has followed up to now. He instead stressed the crucial nature of nonlinear thinking. Koshiba said that an all-out effort...

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Focus on Further Expanding Sales and Profit—Gates Unitta Asia

New Year’s Interview: Gates Unitta Asia VP Shuji Miyamoto Shuji Miyamoto, vice president of Gates Unitta Asia Co., said in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly that growth was sluggish during 2015 in monetary terms due to the impact of exchange rates, but expanding business volume is raising expectations for increased revenue and profit. Although automotive industry growth was anemic...

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