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Rubber Hoses See Solid Demand for Automotive and High-Pressure Applications

Production and shipments for rubber and resin hoses are on an upward trend. Automotive and high-pressure rubber hoses have been solid performers on the back of a recovery in domestic automotive production volume and robust demand for construction equipment and machine tools. Resin hoses and tubes have also been going strong, supported by firm demand from the semiconductor industry. This...

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Automotive Tire and Tube Production up 0.6% Across First Three Quarters

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association Inc. (JATMA) has announced that the combined domestic production of automotive tires and tubes for the January–September period totaled 763,456 tons, making for a 0.6 percent increase over the same period last year. Of this total production volume, 395,632 tons were for domestic use, up 4.7 percent, while production volume for exports totaled 375,654...

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Seals, Electronic Components Drive Higher Income and Profit for NOK in First Half

NOK Corp. (TYO:7240) has released its results for the second quarter of fiscal 2017. The major oil seals manufacturer posted net sales of 357.04 billion yen ($3.14 billion), up 6.7 percent year-on-year; operating income of 20.1 billion yen, up 77 percent; ordinary income of 26.6 billion yen, up 175.7 percent; and quarterly net profit of 16.25 billion yen, up 246.1...

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Nishikawa Rubber Sees Strong First Half on Back of Automotive Turnaround

Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161) recently released its business results for the first half of the fiscal year ending March 2018. The company, which manufactures weatherstrips and other auto parts, posted sales of 44.29 billion yen ($390.32 million), up 4.7 percent year-on-year; an operating profit of 3.75 billion yen, down 3.5 percent and an ordinary profit of 4.54 billion yen,...

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Bando Creates New Subsidiary in Bangkok to Promote Business, Efficiency

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) has established Bando Asia & Pacific Co. Ltd., a new wholly-owned subsidiary in Bangkok, Thailand. Intended to help Bando advance its business in Asian markets more effectively, the subsidiary was established with 11 million Thai Baht ($332,527) in capital, and is set to begin operating next January. For the time being, its role will be...

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Forbo Siegling Japan’s Belt and Seal Businesses Report Strong Sales for First Half

Forbo Siegling Japan Ltd.’s belt and seal businesses have posted solid sales for the first half (January–June) of 2017. The company’s belt business saw sales increase more than 5 percent year-over-year on the back of sales growth in the logistics and food industries. Sales for the logistics sector were particularly robust, backed by increased demand both from logistics centers that...

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