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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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Toyoda Gosei Develops New Cutoff Valve to Help Reduce Fuel Tank Weight

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a cutoff valve with a novel structure as a means of helping reduce the weight of automobiles. This valve is already being used as part of the new Toyoda Land Cruiser in certain regions, including the Middle East. Cutoff valves are plastic components used in fuel tanks, where they serve to prevent elevation...

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Sumitomo Chemical to Stop EPDM Production in Chiba; Sell Plant by 2023

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) is ceasing operations at its ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) production plant in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, with plans to complete its sale by the end of March 2023. Sumitomo Chemical has been making efforts to boost the competitiveness of its operations here by increasing added value and cutting costs. More than 50 years after it...

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Toyoda Gosei Pursues Medium-Term Goal for Cutting Down on Waste

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has set a medium-term goal of reducing waste by 50 percent over 2012–2030, marking part of a broader push toward carbon neutrality. One recent effort here saw the company’s Morimachi Plant in Shizuoka Prefecture bring together recycling processes for various weatherstrip products into a dedicated building this April, bolstering the plant’s existing scheme of taking...

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Sumitomo Rubber President Satoru Yamamoto Notes Quick Sales Recovery for High-Performance Tires

Speaking at an online results briefing on Feb. 9, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) President Satoru Yamamoto commented on his company’s performance in coming out of the slump in global tire demand. Sumitomo Rubber’s sales, he said, are seen to be recovering faster than overall market demand. And what is more, he added, the company is projecting a particularly fast...

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Sumitomo Riko President Kazushi Shimizu Eyes Electric-Powered Vehicles as Driver of Business Growth

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) President Kazushi Shimizu spoke recently about the expectation of growth in the electric-powered vehicle market, describing the trend as something that should benefit his company going forward. And already, he said, Sumitomo Riko is doing well at securing orders for new products in this field. Shimizu said that given the policies of national and local...

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