automotive

Japan Sees Imports and Exports of Rubber Products Drop Significantly Amid Pandemic

Japan’s exports of rubber products fell 23.2 percent year-on-year to 453.8 billion yen ($4.3 billion) over January–August, while imports were down 11.3 percent to 273.8 billion yen, according to trade figures published by the Ministry of Finance and compiled by the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). The spread of COVID-19 had a significant impact on both fronts here. Exports showed...

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Nitta Launches Automatic Tool Changer With High Payload Capacity, Thin Design

Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) launched sales on Aug. 1 for the NittaOmega Type XM, an automatic tool changer. In recent years, automakers have shown an increasing need for robots able to transport heavy objects. Improvements to robotic capabilities have meanwhile allowed for faster robotic movement, causing the market to seek out lighter, thinner products to serve as automatic tool changers here....

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New Sumitomo Riko President Kakushi Shimizu Highlights Importance of Organizational Reform Amid Tough Times

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) President & CEO Kakushi Shimizu held a press conference on July 9 to discuss company strategy after taking over the reins on June 18. Speaking at the press conference, Shimizu said that while COVID-19 caused automotive production to drop significantly over April–May, he hopes if anything to treat this as an opportunity for improvement. The...

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Bridgestone’s Ecopia RD613 Selected as OE Tire for Toyota Hiace

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has begun supplying the Ecopia RD613 as an OE tire for the newly updated Toyota Hiace, which was launched by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) in May. The Ecopia brand of tires offers impressive capabilities when it comes to various tire performance metrics – including wet performance and driveability – while also making targeted...

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Kuraray Holds Online Trade Show for Automotive Industry

Kuraray Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) is holding an online trade show focused on the automobile industry over May 20 – June 30. Through on-demand video and other such means, the chemicals company is showing how the Kuraray Group’s materials can provide various next-gen solutions for the automotive industry with a focus on the environment, safety and comfort One of the products...

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Denka Develops New Acrylic Elastomer With Heat Resistance at up to 190 Degrees Celsius

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) has developed a new line of special acrylic elastomer with the ability to withstand temperatures of up to around 190 degrees Celsius. The material is currently undergoing user evaluations and is slated to hit the market at some point in fiscal 2020. Plans are to produce the new elastomer at Denka’s Chiba Plant in Ichihara, Chiba...

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