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Yokohama Rubber Appears Set to Meet Early 2018 Performance Projections

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5101) consolidated results for calendar 2018 appear set to hold to the company’s forecast announced this past February. While this has been helped along by natural rubber prices dropping 7 cents from what had been expected, a surge in crude oil prices has brought increases to synthetic rubber and carbon black prices, with this expected to...

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Yokohama Rubber Develops Car Air Conditioning Hoses For Refrigerant HFO-1234yf

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has developed a new series of car air conditioning hoses that offer compatibility with HFO-1234yf. A next-generation refrigerant, HFO-1234yf is finding increasing use in automotive air conditioning, especially by North American automakers. The new hose series includes both high-pressure and low-pressure products, and has already been adopted for use in the...

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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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Totaku Grows Industrial Hose Sales on Back of Strong Semiconductor Market

Totaku Industries Inc, a specialty manufacturer of plastic hoses and pipes, has forecast a double-digit increase to its industrial hose division’s sales for fiscal 2017. Company president Kozo Toyoda said that while sales were generally robust in all areas of demand, industrial hoses have been selling particularly well in the semiconductor sector for use as duct hoses in clean rooms....

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Yokohama Rubber Pushes Sales of High-Pressure Hydrogen Hoses

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is stepping up efforts to expand sales of its ibar series of resin hoses for high-pressure hydrogen dispensing. The ibar series was co-developed with Iwatani Industrial Gases Corp. to allow hydrogen dispensing for fuel cell vehicles, which are expected to rise in popularity moving forward. With a hybrid structure combining fiber and steel wires, products...

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Nichirin Prepares for Auto Industry’s Shift to Electric Vehicles

Nichirin Co. Ltd. (TYO:5184), a manufacturer specializing in automotive hoses, has set up a production technology center within the company’s Himeji Factory. In a recent interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, Nichirin President Ryuichi Maeda said that the company will use the center to tackle innovative manufacturing and develop new production methods. In addition, he said, Nichirin will focus on bolstering...

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