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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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Sumitomo Riko, Nagoya University Advance Joint Research on Heat Management for Organic Materials

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) and Nagoya University recently entered into the second year of a collaborative research agreement under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Formed last April, the agreement targets joint research into heat management for organic materials. Looking to accelerate the deployment of heat management measures in materials technology, this comprehensive agreement targets four annual...

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Toyoda Gosei Eyes Autonomous Driving, Electrification Trends in 2025 Business Plan

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) is aiming to achieve over 1 trillion yen ($9.14 billion) in sales revenue, an operating profit margin of eight percent and a return on equity (ROE) of 10 percent in a new business plan for fiscal 2025. To this end, the company intends to develop products and commercialize new technologies in response to the spread...

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Sumitomo Riko Targets 1 Trillion Yen in Sales for 100th Anniversary in 2029

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) announced on May 24 that it is switching to a new medium-term management plan, titled 2022 Sumitomo Riko Group Vision (2022V). With recent years seeing factors such as a major transformation in the automotive industry and the rise of protectionism in Western nations, the new plan comes as a fundamental shift to the approach outlined...

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Lanxess KK President Hideo Tsuji Comments on 2018 Plans, 2017 Results

Hideo Tsuji, president and CEO of Lanxess KK, held a press conference on April 17 to discuss the company’s plans and activities for fiscal 2018. Speaking at the event, Tsuji said that his company – which is the Japanese arm of German-based specialty chemicals manufacturer Lanxess AG – will provide lightweighting solutions for next-generation vehicles. This will include efforts in...

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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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