Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association

JRMA President Discusses Recent Activities; Plans to Standardize High-Pressure Hoses for Hydrogen Stations

Ikuji Ikeda, president of the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) and chairman of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), spoke recently about just what the JRMA has been up to of late. For one, he noted how a centerpiece of the association’s activities last year was getting the manufacture of rubber products added as an occupation type under Japan’s Technical Intern...

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JRMA: Rubber Hose Demand to Rise Across All Categories in 2022

The Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) has released its forecast for rubber hose demand in 2022. According to the JRMA forecast, the slump in demand emanating from the pandemic will rebound next year, and production volume for new rubber products will rise for the first time in three years. Rubber hose demand for bicycles and high-pressure hoses has risen thanks...

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JRMA Delays 70th Anniversary Celebrations, Highlights Challenges Posed by COVID

The Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) held its 21st board of governors meeting on Oct. 29. But the JRMA’s anniversary commemoration, which had originally been planned for the same day, did not go ahead. Speaking at the board of governors meeting, Chairman Ikuji Ikeda said that while the JRMA had planned to commemorate its 70th anniversary – crossed on July...

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JRMA Forecasts Slight Drop in New Rubber Consumption for 2020

The Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) recently published a forecast on rubber consumption for 2020 as part of its 19th executive meeting. As its baseline, this forecast estimates Japan’s new rubber consumption as having risen 0.8 percent for 2019, reaching 1,343,700 tons to make for a third consecutive year of growth. But for 2020, the JRMA is estimating that consumption...

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Concern Around Market Slowdown for Rubber Products After Shipments Fall 4.6% in August

Concerning signs are appearing in the market for rubber products, which had until recently been trending well in terms of shipments. According to August shipment and production figures compiled by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan’s shipments of rubber products came to a total value of 166.77 billion yen ($1.53 billion) for the month, falling 4.6 percent...

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Growth to Asian Butadiene Prices Recedes in 2018 After Strong Showing in 2017

Butadiene prices in the Asian market dropped back slightly for 2018 after surging up in 2017. This then formed the topic at a recent executive meeting of the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA), with the association covering a range of information about trends in the market. Looking back, the meeting highlighted that butadiene prices continued to rise – in conjunction...

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