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Nitta Launches New Instrument to Measure Foot Pressure Distribution

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) has launched Footview SAM, a new device that measures the distribution of pressure from feet. The company develops and sells ultra-thin sensor units with a diverse range of features and shapes. Among these is the Footview series of products for reading foot pressure distribution. The devices have a good track record, primarily at medical institutions. Nitta developed...

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Adidas Japan Beefing Up Lineup for Women

Adidas Japan K.K. plans to further bolster its business geared toward women between now and 2020. This year, the company will start by releasing new core products in its lineup, such as its Pure Boost X running shoes developed exclusively for women, a first in Adidas history. Other efforts will include creating a women-only multi-sports community and opening new stores...

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All India Rubber Industries Association Mission Visits Japan

A mission comprising 13 representatives of the All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA; Mohinder Gupta, President) visited Japan February 8 through 13, calling on five Japanese rubber and synthetic rubber manufacturers, as well as raw materials merchants and others. They also made a courtesy call on February 12 to the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA), and were greeted by other...

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2015 Tire Production in Japan Falls in All Product Categories

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) announced that automobile tire production volume (in terms of rubber volume) in 2015 (January–December) in Japan was 1.06 million tons. This marks a 6 percent year-on-year decrease and the fourth consecutive year of negative growth. Looking at product category, production volume was down year-on-year across the board. Truck and bus tires decreased by...

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Toyoda Gosei President Miyazaki Looking to Strengthen and Further Elevate Quality and Delivery

The efforts of business activities to date are beginning to come to fruition for Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), Toyota Motor Group’s sole manufacturer of rubber and resin automotive components. Speaking of his ambition in a recent interview, President Naoki Miyazaki said that 2016 is a year in which Toyoda Gosei is looking to make full-scale developments. However, Miyazaki said,...

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Kawaguchi Chemical Reports 5% Drop in Rubber Chemical Sales

Kawaguchi Chemical (TYO:4361) recently announced financial results for fiscal 2015 (Dec. 1, 2014–Nov. 30, 2015). Net sales were down 2 percent year-on-year to 6.6 billion yen ($57.57 million) on slower rubber chemicals sales. The company is targeting net sales of 7.0 billion yen in 2016. Kawaguchi Chemical provides organic rubber chemicals for tires and various rubber products.

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