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Mitsui Chemicals to Strengthen Sales Efforts for Highly Heat-Resistant EPDM Rubber

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has recently announced that it will step up its market development efforts for a highly heat-resistant metallocene-based grade of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber in a move to boost sales. The chemical giant’s heat-resistant grade of EPDM rubber is able to withstand temperatures 30 degrees higher than conventional alternatives. Last fiscal year, the company started...

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JSR Elastomer India Starts Business Operations

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on April 9 that its Indian subsidiary JSR Elastomer India Pvt. Ltd. has started operations. Located in the city of Gurugram, Haryana, JSR Elastomer India was established on Dec. 20 last year to bolster operations and marketing activities for elastomer products such as synthetic rubber with a focus on India. It is the fourth JSR subsidiary...

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Mitsui Chemicals Set to Add US Production for Milastomer TPO

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has announced that it will set up new production facilities for Milastomer, a thermoplastic olefin (TPO) elastomer, at its U.S. production base Advanced Composites Inc. in Ohio. The move will take an investment of approximately 1.5 billion yen ($14.24 million), and will establish facilities with an annual production capacity of 6,000 tons. Construction is slated to...

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Toyoda Gosei Looks Toward FCVs With New Plant for High-Pressure Hydrogen Tanks

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), the Toyota Motor Group’s only manufacturer of high polymers, established a new plant on March 14 to manufacture high-pressure hydrogen tanks – a main component of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). The company has invested 12 billion yen ($113.28 million) in the plant, where it is preparing to start production in the early 2020s. Moving forward,...

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Interview: Toyoda Gosei President Highlights Plans for Lighter, Quieter EVs

Sitting down for a recent interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) President Naoki Miyazaki said that the automotive industry is entering a massive, once-in-a-century turning point. Such a shake-up to business is an opportunity for growth, he said. Miyazaki spoke on the impact of electrification and Toyoda Gosei’s strategy to deal with it, saying that although...

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Mitsui Chemicals Posts Record Profits for April–December Period

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has posted record-high net, ordinary and operating profit figures for the combined first three quarters of fiscal 2017 (April–December). Sales for the period totaled 959.83 billion yen ($8.78 billion), up 10.3 percent from the same period in the previous year. Operating profit was 75.74 billion yen, up 5.7 percent year-on-year; ordinary profit was 78.85 billion yen,...

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