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Toyoda Gosei to Launch New Steering Wheel for Accident Prevention

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) will begin sales of an aftermarket steering wheel that activates an alert upon detecting that the driver has taken his or her eyes off the road or started to fall asleep. The product was developed to prevent semi-trailer truck accidents, which can often lead to more damage than passenger vehicle accidents, and will be sold...

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Toyoda Gosei Plastic Roof Panel to be Used in Toyota FC Bus

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has announced that a large plastic roof panel developed by the company will be adopted by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) for use in a fuel cell (FC) bus scheduled for launch this year. Toyota will produce more than 100 of these buses, primarily for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Plastic car bodies, despite...

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Okamoto Industries President Forecasts Continued Demand for Automotive Products

Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) President Yoshiyuki Okamoto believes that his company this year will likely be able to maintain the business performance that it saw with automotive products in 2017. Sitting down for an interview recently with Japan Rubber Weekly, Okamoto said that he expects these products to keep up sales levels, particularly in the U.S. and China, though he...

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Rubber Seal Maker TPR Set to Acquire Nobukawa

TPR Co. Ltd. (TYO:6463), a producer of piston rings, cylinder liners and other key components for internal combustion engines, recently announced that it will acquire carbon masterbatch maker Nobukawa Co. Ltd. as a wholly owned subsidiary on Dec. 13. The move is part of an overall plan by TPR to diversify its operations by moving into the manufacturing and marketing...

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Mitsui Chemicals Set to Acquire TPS Business From Asahi Kasei

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has announced that it will acquire the Sunvieo thermoplastic styrene elastomer (TPS) business currently held by Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) on Oct. 1. The acquisition price has not been disclosed. With the acquisition, Mitsui Chemicals will be better situated to answer wide-ranging needs in various sectors, such as auto parts and consumer products. Mitsui Chemicals currently...

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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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