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Companies Struggle to Predict How Novel Coronavirus Will Impact Rubber Industry With Uncertainties Hovering Over Western Markets

Around two months have now passed since the novel coronavirus came to be widely reported on in the global media. But unlike in China, where some aspects relating to the virus outbreak are starting to calm down, the world more broadly is seeing the virus continue to spread. Against this backdrop, one player in the field noted concern around how...

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Bridgestone Wins Chinese Patent Case for Truck and Bus Tire Tread Pattern

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) announced on Feb. 28 that it has won a patent rights infringement lawsuit against Chinese tire manufacturer Fangxing Rubber Co. Ltd. in the Shanghai High People’s Court. Bridgestone first filed the lawsuit with the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court in September 2017, claiming that Fangxing had infringed on its patent rights by manufacturing and selling tires with a...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Raises Major Concerns Over Supply of Raw Materials From China

With the spread of the novel coronavirus showing no signs of letting up, companies in the rubber sector are seeing increasingly serious effects on business. Problems are piling up with regard to securing employees, carrying out logistics, operating supply chains and more. Issues on the production side of business have spread to regions outside of China, including Japan. And with...

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Coronavirus Outbreak Poses Major Issue for Chinese Plant Operations of Japanese Rubber Companies

The novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, is having a major impact on society. This is especially true in China itself, though there is also the possibility that the virus will spread further overseas going forward. Looking then to get a better idea of how all this will impact business, Japan Rubber Weekly collected information from a number...

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Toyoda Gosei Looks to Double Production Capacity at Chinese Weatherstrip Plant

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently announced that it is looking to double production capacity for automotive rubber weatherstrips at Hubei Toyoda Gosei Zheng Ao Rubber & Plastics Sealing Science and Technology Co. Ltd. (TG Zheng Ao), an affiliate located in Hubei Province, China. By May 2021, Toyoda Gosei aims to have extended its floor space at the location and...

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Lanxess Starts up Plastic Production Plant in Changshu

Lanxess AG has started up operations at a new plant in Changshu, China, for the production of high-performance plastics. The plant will be used to manufacture the company’s Durethan and Pocan brands of high-performance plastics for use in the automotive, electrical and electronics sectors. The new plant specializes in intelligent manufacturing. As part of this, it has been designed with...

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