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Emperor Akihito Visits Zeon Plant in Kawasaki

Emperor Akihito visited Zeon Corp.’s (TYO:4205) R&D center at the company’s plant in Kawasaki on July 7. The Emperor’s visit included viewing the packaging process for synthetic rubber. He observed also a rubber coagulation experiment and a demonstration of processing Zeonor Film, which is used as phase difference film for liquid crystal displays (LCDs). Hiroshige Seko, Japan’s Minister of Economy,...

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Kinjo Rubber Receives Japan Sports Agency Commendation for Assisting With Blind Tennis Tournament

Kinjo Rubber Co. Ltd., a Japanese industrial rubber product manufacturer that does business in assistive technology, recently received a letter of appreciation from the commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency for installing soft mats to guide visually impaired persons at a Japan Blind Tennis Federation (JBTF) tournament. The company is providing the mats at blind tennis tournaments to support the...

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Bridgestone Subsidiary Completes Acquisition of Fittings

Bridgestone HosePower LLC, an indirect U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) handling hose sales and services, has completed its acquisition of Fittings Inc., a hydraulic hose sales and services company based in Seattle, Washington. The addition of Fittings expands Bridgestone HosePower’s presence across the U.S. to 40 locations, with one also in also in Mexico, making the company the largest...

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New Showa Glove Impact Protection Glove Shields Fingers During Work

Rubber glove manufacturer Showa Glove Co. has developed an impact protection glove, marketed as Power Shield, that reduces the impact on fingers during work. The newly developed glove uses nitrile rubber, which is highly resistant to oil and abrasion. The structure consists of three layers in which nitrile rubber is double-coated on a glove that features finely woven 13-gauge seamless...

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Auto Part Survey Shows Mixed Results for Rubber Part Shipment Values

According to a survey of auto part shipments for fiscal 2015 compiled by the Japan Auto Parts Industries Association (JAPIA), total value was 19.12 trillion yen ($167.49 billion), down 3.4 percent over the prior year and the first year-on-year decline in three years. Within that total, the shipment value of rubber parts, spread across 11 categories, came to 709.03 billion...

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Mitsuboshi Belting Reports Flat Sales, Moves Forward With Value-Added Products

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) has reported 56.48 billion yen ($504 million) in sales for its belt business for the fiscal year ending March 2017, down 1.7 percent from a year prior. The company forecasts no domestic sales growth for its belt business for the current fiscal year. A decline of domestic farms and agricultural equipment retailers has led to shrinking...

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