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Bridgestone to Consolidate Domestic Production Bases for Automotive Seat Pads

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has announced plans to consolidate its domestic production bases for automotive seat pads, slimming down from its current four-base setup under domestic subsidiaries Bridgestone Chemitech Co. Ltd. (BSCT) and Bridgestone Diversified Chemical Products Co. Ltd. (BDCP). To achieve this consolidation, Bridgestone intends to close BSCT’s Ageo Plant in Ageo, Saitama Prefecture. Once this plant is closed in...

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Bridgestone’s Hose Business Sees V-Shaped Demand Recovery Both Domestically and Abroad

Bridgestone Corp.’s (TYO:5108) hose business has shown promising trends with its first-half results for calendar 2021. With demand marking a V-shaped recovery from last year both in Japan and overseas, the company’s business here has managed year-on-year increases in both sales revenue and profit, with the former of these metrics rising by double digits. Domestically, hose demand in OE applications...

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JSR Subsidiary D-Mec Launches Low-Cost, High-Performance 3D Printer for Rapid Prototyping

D-Mec Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of JSR Corp. (TYO:4185), recently announced that it has launched sales of the Daram 3, an inexpensive rapid-prototyping 3D printer able to create the sort of high-fidelity objects characteristic to the rapid prototyping approach. In designing the Daram 3, D-Mec has looked to maintain the benefits provided by high-performance rapid prototyping while also carrying...

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NOK Plans Price Hike on Seal Products Starting October

NOK Corp. (TYO:7240) recently announced that it has decided to raise prices on products sold via domestic distributors to the likes of the general industrial machinery industry. The price revision here is set to apply to oil seals, O-rings and other such seal products listed in NOK’s catalog, albeit with a number of exceptions. Set to come into effect starting...

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Toyoda Gosei to Launch High-Speed Surface Disinfector Based on UV-C LEDs

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently announced that it is planning a November launch for a high-speed surface disinfector that uses deep-UV (UV-C) LEDs to effectively eliminate viruses and bacteria. The product went up for preorder via the company’s site on Sept. 1. Looking to respond to the recent heightened awareness around preventing infections, Toyoda Gosei is marketing various products...

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Yokohama Rubber Indonesian Subsidiary Gains American Petroleum Institute Certification

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that PT Yokohama Industrial Products Manufacturing Indonesia (YIID), a production and sales subsidiary for marine products, has been granted API Specification Q1 9th Edition (API Spec Q1) certification by the American Petroleum Institute. API Spec Q1 is an internationally recognized standard that outlines quality management system requirements for organizations in the petroleum, petrochemical...

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