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Rubber Hoses See Solid Demand for Automotive and High-Pressure Applications

Production and shipments for rubber and resin hoses are on an upward trend. Automotive and high-pressure rubber hoses have been solid performers on the back of a recovery in domestic automotive production volume and robust demand for construction equipment and machine tools. Resin hoses and tubes have also been going strong, supported by firm demand from the semiconductor industry. This...

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Japanese Glove Sales Remain Strong as Focus on Work Safety Grows

Japan’s domestic sales volumes of glove products remained firm in 2016, up slightly from the year before, according to a report by the Japan Glove Manufacturers Association. Domestic sales of household gloves totaled 91.84 million pairs during 2016, up 0.2 percent from the previous year, while sales for surgical gloves increased 1.5 percent to 79.02 million pairs. Ultra-thin disposable gloves...

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Zeon Hit by Sluggish Specialty Rubber Markets in Asia

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), a major manufacturer of specialty synthetic rubber, has reported that net sales for the company’s elastomer materials business declined by 5 percent year on year to 178.9 billion yen ($1.61 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 2016. Meanwhile, operating profit for the segment climbed 23 percent to 20.7 billion yen. Sales volume for synthetic rubber rose...

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