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Rubber Industry Rushes to Counter Coronavirus Threat

Efforts in Japan to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infection are moving forward at a rapid pace. On Feb. 25, Japan’s central government issued its basic policy on novel coronavirus countermeasures, with large-scale events postponed or canceled the following day. JRW has compiled the following report on concurrent efforts being undertaken in rubber-related industries. Many companies have instituted staggered...

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Interview: JSR President & COO Nobuo Kawahashi Discusses Future of Elastomers Business

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) is facing a number of questions regarding the future of its elastomers business as the company finds success with new business ventures. Nobuo Kawahashi, who was inaugurated last June as president and COO of JSR, recently took some time out of his schedule to talk with Japan Rubber Weekly about the performance and direction of this elastomers...

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JSR Starts Construction Work on New Bioscience and Informatics R&D Center in Kawasaki

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on Nov. 11 that it has started construction of the JSR Bioscience and Informatics R&D Center (JSR BIRD). Located within King Skyfront – an international R&D hub in Tonomachi, Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture – this new research institute is scheduled to open in July 2021 with a total floor space of 6,440 square meters. Through this project,...

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JSR Launches New SBR Material With Major Improvements to Strength, Wear Resistance, Durability

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has developed and launched a new styrene–butadiene rubber (SBR) material that offers significant improvements to strength, wear resistance and durability. The company is marketing this SBR for use in tires, and is producing the material using the solution polymerization method at its Yokkaichi Plant in Mie Prefecture. In applications for fuel-efficient tires, this new SBR is able...

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JSR Plans New Investment Subsidiary to Speed up Business Creation Around Digital Technologies

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has announced that it intends to establish a new investment subsidiary on Oct. 1. Named JSR Active Innovation Fund LLC, the new company will invest on a global scale into startups focused on digital technologies. The aim is to then use these technologies to further accelerate the creation of new businesses. Investment activities will start with an...

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JSR Posts 7.8% Decrease in Elastomer Division Sales Revenue for Q1

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) recently posted results showing a year-on-year decrease to sales and profits for the first quarter of fiscal 2019. Overall, the company achieved sales revenue of 119.5 billion yen ($1.13 billion) for the quarter, down 2.3 percent from the same quarter last year; operating profit of 10.04 billion yen, down 12.6 percent; and net profit of 7.29 billion...

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