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Toyoda Gosei Develops Lightweight Resin Turbo Duct for Vehicles

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a lightweight resin turbo duct for automobiles. The use of resin for the turbo duct, which conducts air to the engine, makes it possible for the newly developed product to improve vehicle environmental performance. It is installed in new HiAce vans launched outside of Japan by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) in February. A...

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Sumitomo Riko Develops World’s First Vital Sensor to Utilize Piezoelectric Rubber

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has developed new diagnostic equipment in the form of a sensor able to simultaneously monitor vitals such as heart rate and respiration. This marks the world’s first practical application of piezoelectric rubber in vital sensing equipment. As of Feb. 28, the new product has already been delivered to Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)...

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Bridgestone Answers Range of Shareholder Questions at General Meeting of Shareholders

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) held its latest general meeting of shareholders on March 22, answering a number of questions posed to company representatives. With 395 people in attendance, the meeting lasted for 1 hour and 44 minutes. During the meeting, a total of 13 questions came from 13 shareholders. These covered topics such as the business impact of Brexit and of...

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Wholesalers in Greater Kanto Region Show Pessimistic Outlook for Belt and Hose Sales

Forecasts for belt and hose sales in 2019 are showing a pessimistic outlook despite what have been favorable market conditions so far this year. These findings come from TGS, an association of industrial rubber product wholesalers in the greater Kanto region. Conducting an independent survey as part of a report on belt and hose trade flows for 2018, TGS found...

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Inaba Rubber Develops Mouthpiece to Reduce Patient Discomfort During Endoscope Insertion

Inaba Rubber Co. Ltd., a producer of high-detail molded rubber and other products, has worked with Tottori University’s Faculty of Medicine to codevelop a mouthpiece for use during endoscopy. Named the Gagless Mouthpiece, the new product is already available and serves to cut down on patient discomfort by reducing gagging. By taking a horseshoe shape, the product better provides the...

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Nitta Celebrates 134th Anniversary, Looks to Capitalize on a Changing Society

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186), a major manufacturer of industrial-use rubber and resin products, celebrated its 134th anniversary on March 18 with ceremonies at its Osaka Head Office and its Nara Plant. Speaking on the day, President Motonobu Nitta said that his company has sought to create new value by expanding its range of operations outside of the existing Nitta family business...

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