chloroprene rubber

Denka Plans 10,000-Ton Production Increase for Chloroprene Rubber

Toshio Imai, a managing executive officer at chloroprene rubber (CR) market leader Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061), recently revealed plans by the company to deal with globally tight supply for CR. Imai clarified that Denka intends to increase its production of the material by 10,000 tons, and that plans here include resuming operations at a stopped line within its domestic Omi...

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Chloroprene Rubber Shortage Intensifies Worldwide, Affecting Japanese Firms

Chloroprene rubber (CR) is continuing to face a global shortage. Japanese CR manufacturers are already at their limit, holding down exports to prioritize domestic supply, while both producers and users of the product are struggling to navigate a situation where there are no expectations of a falloff in demand. A representative of one Japanese CR manufacturer has said that his...

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Showa Glove Launches New Solvent-Resistant Gloves for Chemical Handling Work

Showa Glove Co. recently launched the Showa 3415, a chloroprene-based glove designed to protect hands from the dangers of working with chemical substances. The gloves come in black and are available in the three sizes of medium, large and extra large. As a solvent-resistant glove fully coated in chloroprene rubber, the company’s new product offers resistance to both acidic and...

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Chloroprene Rubber Supply Tightens as Japanese Manufacturers Struggle to Keep up With Demand

The supply–demand balance for chloroprene rubber (CR) is tightening worldwide. Japanese CR manufacturers report that they are barely able to keep up with increased demand from existing users, let alone meet new demand. CR’s good balance of physical properties means that this synthetic rubber has found a diverse array of applications. Unable to meet demand despite operating at full capacity,...

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Increase in Demand for Chloroprene Rubber Tightens Global Supply–Demand Balance

Supply and demand for chloroprene rubber (CR) is tightening worldwide. According to a Japanese domestic CR manufacturer, inquiries from overseas are flourishing to the point where domestic CR manufacturers cannot handle all of them. For product shipping, Japanese domestic CR manufacturers give preferential treatment to existing, mainly Japanese, customers and strive to maintain a steady supply of CR. The global...

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Tosoh Reports Favorable CR Adhesive Demand for FY2016

Chemical manufacturer Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) has announced that domestic automotive-related demand for its chloroprene rubber (CR) business grew solidly in the second half of fiscal 2016 while CR exports for the first half struggled. However, demand for adhesives and industrial products recovered in the second half on the back of increased demand for industrial products for mining and construction equipment....

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