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Market Shows Signs of Strong Recovery for Specialty Rubber Sheets

Rubber sheets are on the road to recovery, with both production and shipments on the rise. With the market having been hit by COVID-19, figures for May 2020 slumped by more than 25 percent year-on-year; but the economy then started to recover in the following months, showing only a quite small year-on-year decline for October onward. And for the January–March...

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Annual Rubber Industry Accounts for FY2020 Show Second-Half Recovery on Automotive Rebound

Rubber industry earnings reports for the fiscal year through March 2021 show a second-half recovery from nearly across-the-board first-half negative revenue and profit performance due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that struck early in 2020. The second-half turnaround reflected a worldwide economic recovery, powered in large part by strong performance in the Chinese and U.S. automotive industries....

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EPDM Rubber Prices Driven up by Complex Web of Factors

Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber is seeing a rise in its overseas market prices. The increase here has been driven by a wide range of factors, including supply–demand tightness, U.S.–China tensions, the recent U.S. cold snap and the global shortage of shipping containers. The U.S., for its part, is not only facing a tight supply–demand balance for domestic EPDM...

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High Transport, Materials Costs Build Momentum for Hose Price Hikes

Price hikes are under consideration in the rubber and resin hose industry as manufacturers grapple with soaring costs of transport and raw materials, in addition to corrections for unprofitable products. While high transport costs are an industrywide issue, factors specific to certain hose types are also evident. High transport costs are not limited to the domestic Japanese industry. Difficulty in...

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Supply–Demand Balance Tightens in Japan’s EPDM Rubber Market

Japan’s market for ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) is tightening due to a number of factors, with trends in the COVID-19 pandemic top among this list. While demand for EPDM rubber did decline as a result of the virus, it has more recently been making a resurgence due to the turnaround in automotive production recovery that started last autumn. And...

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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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