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Bridgestone Targets Commercial Tire Applications for Plant-Derived Isoprene Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has entered into a joint research project for plant-derived isoprene rubber and its high-performance derivatives, working here on production technologies and practical applications for these materials. Efforts under the project look to establish plant-derived isoprene rubber as a practical, industrialized alternative to the natural rubber and oil-derived synthetic rubber currently used as raw...

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JSR Posts Major Sales Increase for First Quarter on Back of Strong Elastomer Demand

Synthetic rubber manufacturer JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has posted sales of 122.26 billion yen ($1.1 billion) for the first quarter of fiscal 2018, up 20.9 percent from the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, the company’s operating profit was down 9.6 percent year-on-year to 11.48 billion yen, with its net profit falling 5.4 percent to 8.94 billion yen. Sales at JSR’s elastomers...

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China Issues Preliminary Ruling on NBR Anti-Dumping Duty: Zeon Faces 30%, JSR 18.1%

China has issued a preliminary ruling on an anti-dumping duty targeting nitrile rubber (NBR) imports from Japan and South Korea. This follows the country’s Ministry of Commerce having announced this duty on July 16. Under the new anti-dumping duty, Japan’s Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) is required to pay a deposit of 30 percent on its NBR exports to China, with this...

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Tough Environmental Regulations Impact Elastomix Operations in China

Carbon masterbatch (CMB) manufacturer Elastomix Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of JSR Corp. (TYO:4185), is in the process of increasing its production capacity in China. As part of this, the company will look to take prompt measures to ensure the ensure the scheduling of its operations, with Chinese environmental regulations forcing production shutdowns on days with heavy pollution, among other requirements....

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JSR Aims to Surpass Market Growth Forecast for S-SBR Used in Fuel-Efficient Tires

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185), a leading manufacturer of synthetic rubbers, is promoting its sales of solution-polymerized styrene–butadiene rubber (S-SBR) products that utilize the company’s solutions and highly functional materials. These efforts are focused on applications in fuel-efficient tires. While the S-SBR market has been projected to grow 6 to 7 percent per year by sales volume between 2015 and 2019, JSR...

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JSR’s Elastomer Division Sees 6.5% Year-on-Year Increase in Sales

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) recently released its financial results for fiscal 2017, with these showing that sales from the company’s elastomer division went up 6.5 percent year-on-year to 197.37 billion yen ($1.81 billion). Operating profit from the division was at 14.87 billion yen, up 69 percent, while sales volume was at 677,731 tons, down 3 percent. In response to rising butadiene...

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