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Okamoto Sees Business Results Drop Across the Board Due to Coronavirus

Chemical products and condom manufacturer Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) recently posted results for the April–June quarter of fiscal 2020. Net sales here were down year-on-year 14.6 percent, dropping to 19.365 billion yen ($183.47 million); operating income was down 15 percent, dropping to 1.923 billion yen; ordinary income fell 5 percent to 2.416 billion yen; and net profit dropped 10.4 percent,...

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Zeon Moves to Launch New Positive-Tone Photosensitive Insulating Material

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently announced that it has developed Zeocoat ZC100, an alkaline-developable, positive-tone photosensitive insulating material. By way of its lithography and thermosetting, ZC100 is capable of forming an insulating layer on the micrometer level, and it can be cured at the low temperature of just 180 degrees Celsius. In addition to its high resolution, the product is notable...

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Inoac Targets Corporate Customers With Business for Mask Production and Sales

Inoac Corp. recently started large-scale sales of domestically produced polyurethane-based masks, supplying these to companies and organizations. Made in Japan, Inoac’s polyurethane masks provide users with security and peace of mind – and can also be washed to allow for reuse. The company has sold more than 600,000 of these masks since first putting them onto the market in April....

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Denka Pursues Domestic Approval for In Vitro Diagnostic Agent to be Used in COVID-19 Test Kits

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) announced on July 20 that it has submitted an application to Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA), looking here to get domestic regulatory approval for an in vitro diagnostic agent to be used in simple COVID-19 test kits. To help with developing the kit, Denka has pursued collaborative research with the National Institute of Infectious...

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Sumitomo Rubber Looks to More Than Double Production of Thin Nitrile Gloves

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is planning to increase its production capacity for nitrile gloves, which are used by medical institutions, food manufacturers and more. Demand for these gloves is on the rise amid the novel coronavirus, and current production is unable to keep up with demand. Responding then to a request from the government, Sumitomo Rubber intends to deal...

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Mitsui Chemicals Moves to Bolster Production of Mask Nose Clamps via Subsidiary

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) recently announced that it will have wholly owned subsidiary Sunrex Industry Co. Ltd. expand its production facilities for Teknorote mask nose clamps. This comes as an effort to meet increased demand, with mask-wearing now having become commonplace due to the fight against COVID-19. Through this move, Mitsui Chemicals will bolster its production capacity of mask nose...

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