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Company Report: Automotive Parts Supplier Molten

Besides being a world-famous maker of basketballs and other sports ball equipment, Molten Corp. also boasts a history of more than 60 years as a manufacturer of automotive rubber and resin products. Japan Rubber Weekly recently had the opportunity to speak about the company’s future strategy with Toshihiko Kobayashi, a board member at Molten, and chief operating officer of its...

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Toyoda Gosei President Miyazaki Looking to Strengthen and Further Elevate Quality and Delivery

The efforts of business activities to date are beginning to come to fruition for Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), Toyota Motor Group’s sole manufacturer of rubber and resin automotive components. Speaking of his ambition in a recent interview, President Naoki Miyazaki said that 2016 is a year in which Toyoda Gosei is looking to make full-scale developments. However, Miyazaki said,...

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Doubling Size of Technical Center—Yasufuku Rubber

New Year’s Top Interview—Although his company has no immediate plans to open new bases, it is in the midst of aggressively expanding existing facilities, said Tadaaki Yasufuku, president of Yasufuku Rubber Industries Co. Ltd., speaking about what’s in store for the company in a recent interview with Japan Rubber Weekly.

With a total of eight bases in the six countries of Japan, the U.S., Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil and Thailand, Yasufuku Rubber makes rubber components for automobiles and recreational vehicles including motorcycles, ATVs and jet skis.

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New Opportunities in Papermaking and Automobiles—Habasit Nippon

New Year’s Top Interview: Habasit Nippon President Atsuko Takinami Speaking with Japan Rubber Weekly, President Atsuko Takinami of belt manufacturer Habasit Nippon said this year the company is embarking on a five-year plan that runs through 2020. Habasit put several products featuring new concepts onto the market in 2015. This year the firm aims to further expand sales by focusing...

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Greater Productivity, Same High Quality—Forbo Siegling

New Year’s Top Interview: Forbo Siegling Japan President Mamoru Sato Representative Director and President Mamoru Sato of Forbo Siegling Japan Ltd. said recently in an interview with the Japan Rubber Weekly that 2015 sales are forecast to increase 4–5 percent year-on-year. Profit will likely rise only marginally due to higher costs for raw materials, electricity and distribution. Despite these difficulties,...

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Interior Auto Materials, Condoms Performing Strongly—Okamoto

New Year’s Top Interview: Okamoto Industries President Yoshiyuki Okamoto President Yoshiyuki Okamoto of Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) said recently in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly that increased capital spending had yielded results by producing good business performance in 2015. Of particular note, the company is unable to meet demand for interior automobile materials in North America as well as...

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