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Sumitomo Chemical Looks to Expand Booming EPDM Business With High-Performance Grades

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:4005) business for ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) performed well in fiscal 2017, operating at full capacity and selling all products that were produced. But with supply and demand remaining at a tight balance, the company has been unable to keep up with increasing demand, and expects this trend in demand to continue for fiscal 2018....

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Sumitomo Chemical Develops New EPDM Grade for Rubber-to-Metal Adhesion

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) has developed a new grade of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) for rubber-to-metal adhesion, coming as part of a broader company effort to develop various new grades of EPDM. The development of this new grade was achieved via a random arrangement of ethylene and propylene. Sumitomo Chemical is now sending samples of the grade to...

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Mitsui Chemicals to Strengthen Sales Efforts for Highly Heat-Resistant EPDM Rubber

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has recently announced that it will step up its market development efforts for a highly heat-resistant metallocene-based grade of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber in a move to boost sales. The chemical giant’s heat-resistant grade of EPDM rubber is able to withstand temperatures 30 degrees higher than conventional alternatives. Last fiscal year, the company started...

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Sumitomo Chemical to Focus on Special-Grade EPDM Production at Chiba Plant

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:4005) ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) business has transitioned to the point where all EPDM products being produced are selling. The company’s EPDM sales to Japanese auto parts manufacturers in China are robust. Furthermore, a new EPDM plant in Saudi Arabia with an annual production capacity of 75,000 tons will begin operations within the current fiscal...

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Sumitomo Chemical Nears Completion of Saudi EPDM Plant

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) and Saudi Aramco have been moving forward somewhat more slowly than anticipated with the ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) plant under their joint Petro Rabigh project. But now the plant, scaled at 75,000 tons in annual production, looks to achieve mechanical completion sometime around April–June this year. Once there are finished products on hand, plans...

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JSR Hikes Prices on Synthetic Rubber and Emulsion Products

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has raised its prices on synthetic rubber and emulsion products, starting with deliveries from Feb. 1. The company says that the hikes are in response to increased prices of raw materials in domestic naphtha. These come on the back of a weakening yen and the high price of crude oil, along with skyrocketing butadiene prices since last...

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