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Price Hikes Set for Synthetic Rubber, Carbon Black and More

Synthetic rubber, carbon black and a range of other raw materials have entered into a major period of price rises. This comes as price spikes for crude oil and naphtha – as well as the rising costs of distribution – place increasing pressure on companies in the industry. In synthetic rubber, industry leader JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has announced that it...

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JSR Plans Price Hikes for Synthetic Rubbers, Emulsions

Major synthetic rubber firm JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on Oct. 1 that it will be increasing prices for a range of its synthetic rubbers, emulsions and other products from Oct. 21 onward. For synthetic rubbers, the company will raise its per-kilogram prices by at least 15 yen ($0.13) for styrene–butadiene rubber; 16 yen for butadiene rubber; 16 yen for isoprene...

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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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