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Zeon to Improve Drying Capacity for Special Vulcanized HNBR

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) is planning to enhance the drying capabilities of its Kawasaki Plant, where the company produces a special vulcanized hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) sold under its Zetpol brand. This improvement to the plant’s drying capacity will allow Zeon more flexibility in manufacturing both dry and latex versions of its special-grade Zetpol products, and will also boost production efficiency....

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Zeon to Develop New Synthetic Rubber Grades and Technical Services

Zeon Corp.’s (TYO:4205) synthetic rubber business is doing well at present. As for specialty rubber not used in tires specifically, rising operation rates of oil wells thanks to renewed shale gas production have been a boon for hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) and nitrile rubber (NBR). Zeon is opening the Asia Technical Support Laboratory (ATSL) in Singapore this month to...

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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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Zeon Increases Profit on Falling Revenues, Specialty Rubbers Strong in Japan

Synthetic rubber manufacturer Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has posted increasing profits on falling revenues for its rubber business over the April–December period for fiscal 2017. The company’s sales volume over the period declined 5 percent year-on-year, sitting at 224,000 tons. General-purpose rubber for tires declined 10 percent domestically on account of a lowered utilization rate among tire manufacturers. Coupled with overseas...

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Zeon President Tanaka Talks S-SBR, Prospects Moving Forward

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) needs to quickly find and master new solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) technology in order to develop a distinctive position, says President Kimiaki Tanaka. Sitting down recently for an interview, Tanaka said that with Zeon and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) having agreed to merge their S-SBR operations under a new joint venture, we will see a...

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Sansho Kogyo Transitions to More Heat-Resistant, Durable Rubber

Tokyo-based rubber manufacturer Sansho Kogyo Co. Ltd. is moving toward more frequent use of hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) and fluororubber in its rubber materials, citing increased industry demand for durability and heat resistance. Traditionally, rubber products have been optimized for oil resistance, using high quantities of nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR). The production of more compact engines in recent years,...

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