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Rubber Hose Market Expected to Fall Short of Full Recovery Next Year

The Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association recently released a forecast of Japan’s rubber hose demand for 2021. According to the figures here, domestic rubber hose production for the year is slated to come to 32,340 tons, up 11.9 percent year-on-year. But while this represents a significant increase, it does not quite get the sector back to where it was before...

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Recovery in Automotive Production Sees Rubber Products Sector Spring Back in September

With automotive production recovering, there has also been steady improvement in both production and shipment results for rubber products. According to figures released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) for September, Japan’s monthly production and shipments of rubber products came to a value of almost 181.4 billion yen ($1.74 billion), down just 8.2 percent against the same...

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Carbon Black Production Rises as North American Tire Demand Trends Toward Recovery

Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5301) carbon black business is on the rebound after bottoming out during the April–June quarter, says President Hajime Nagasaka. Speaking at a financial results briefing on Nov. 5, Nagasaka said that demand is recovering particularly in the U.S. and Thai markets, adding that the company’s U.S. production bases have utilization rates up in the 90–95 percent...

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JRW Report: Rubber and Resin Conveyor Belts See Spotty Demand Amid Coronavirus

Demand for rubber and resin conveyor belts remains spotty as the industry is impacted by the wide division of peaks and valleys it faces. Since the spread of COVID-19, demand for rubber and resin parts has declined for many applications, as is the case with other rubber and resin products. On the other hand, there are also applications for which...

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COVID-19 Shows Little Impact on Japan’s Retread Tire Market

Showing no signs of subsiding, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the world’s economic activities – and the Japanese rubber industry has been no exception to this. So how has the retread tire industry been affected? Japan Rubber Weekly asked a number of domestic tire companies to find out. A common sentiment in the sector was that the impact of...

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Japan Sees Imports and Exports of Rubber Products Drop Significantly Amid Pandemic

Japan’s exports of rubber products fell 23.2 percent year-on-year to 453.8 billion yen ($4.3 billion) over January–August, while imports were down 11.3 percent to 273.8 billion yen, according to trade figures published by the Ministry of Finance and compiled by the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). The spread of COVID-19 had a significant impact on both fronts here. Exports showed...

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