automotive

Yokohama Rubber Develops Double-Tube Internal Heat Exchanger for Cars

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has developed a double-tube internal heat exchanger (IHX) that offers improved cooling efficiency for automotive air conditioning systems. The product has already been adopted in the new Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Compass. While conventional IHX systems use two separate refrigerant tubes, Yokohama Rubber’s new offering partially integrates these. This allows the...

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Zeon Plans New Thai Subsidiary for Production of Acrylic Rubber

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has announced that it intends to establish a new subsidiary, tentatively named Zeon Chemicals Asia Co. Ltd., to help in expanding its business for the manufacture and sale of acrylic rubber. The subsidiary will be located in Rayong Province, Thailand, and capitalized at 1.25 billion baht ($38.13 million). Acrylic rubber provides for excellent resistance to heat and...

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Nishikawa Rubber to Establish Chinese Production Base for Automotive Seals by End of Year

Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161) has announced that it will establish a Chinese manufacturing and sales subsidiary for rubber and plastic auto parts in the outskirts of Wuhan, Hubei Province. By starting up a new base here, the company hopes to better meet the needs of its major customers, seeing these needs growing in tandem with China’s domestic automotive market....

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Yokohama Rubber Develops Car Air Conditioning Hoses For Refrigerant HFO-1234yf

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has developed a new series of car air conditioning hoses that offer compatibility with HFO-1234yf. A next-generation refrigerant, HFO-1234yf is finding increasing use in automotive air conditioning, especially by North American automakers. The new hose series includes both high-pressure and low-pressure products, and has already been adopted for use in the...

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Toyoda Gosei Sets Up New Indian Base to Accelerate Engineering and Development

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), a member of the Toyota Group, has opened a new base for Indian subsidiary Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd. (TGMIN). The base is intended to handle engineering and sales matters, and is located in Gurgaon, near Delhi. Employees at the location have been tasked with developing, designing and selling a range of products –...

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Rubber Industry Sees Solid Demand for Raw Materials in First Half

The first half of calendar 2018 has seen robust demand for raw materials in the rubber industry. This comes on the back of recovering applications in automobiles and tires – the main sources of demand for the materials – as well as strong demand for semiconductors. Due to a rise in the cost of crude oil, prices have increased for...

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