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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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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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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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Zeon President Discusses Growth Strategy in Increasingly EV-Centric Market

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) President Kimiaki Tanaka recently spoke with Japan Rubber Weekly about how the accelerating trend toward electric vehicles (EVs) will impact his company. Tanaka said that specialty rubber, which is used in parts around automotive engines and is central to the company’s earnings, will be used less and less as the industry continues its march toward EVs. Zeon...

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Bando Chemical President Details Plans in Preparation for EV Shift

Mitsutaka Yoshii, president of rubber belt and functional parts manufacturer Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195), sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly ahead of the new year to discuss his company’s plans for 2018. Noting that Bando’s new businesses have finally taken shape, he stressed that placing them on a sound growth footing is the key task in the second stage...

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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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