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Sumitomo Riko Develops World’s First Vital Sensor to Utilize Piezoelectric Rubber

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has developed new diagnostic equipment in the form of a sensor able to simultaneously monitor vitals such as heart rate and respiration. This marks the world’s first practical application of piezoelectric rubber in vital sensing equipment. As of Feb. 28, the new product has already been delivered to Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)...

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Inaba Rubber Develops Mouthpiece to Reduce Patient Discomfort During Endoscope Insertion

Inaba Rubber Co. Ltd., a producer of high-detail molded rubber and other products, has worked with Tottori University’s Faculty of Medicine to codevelop a mouthpiece for use during endoscopy. Named the Gagless Mouthpiece, the new product is already available and serves to cut down on patient discomfort by reducing gagging. By taking a horseshoe shape, the product better provides the...

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Mitsubishi Chemical Set to Acquire PVC Compound Business From Welset Plast Extrusions

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. announced on June 21 that it has reached an agreement with Welset Plast Extrusions Pvt. Ltd. of India to acquire the latter’s polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compound business. The business is to be handed over to Mitsubishi Chemical this autumn. With locations both in India and overseas, Welset conducts masterbatch operations – including those for PVC – in...

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Daicel-Evonik PEEK Material Set for Use in High-Performance Plastic Needles

Daicel-Evonik Ltd.’s Vestakeep Care brand of polyether ether ketone (PEEK) resin has been selected for use in a high-performance plastic syringe needle currently under development by Yamada Seiko Co. Ltd. Made using precision die casting and molding technologies, the needle is extremely thin, featuring an outer diameter of 0.57 millimeters and an inner diameter of 0.31 millimeters. The product is...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Establish New Company, Manufacturing Facility in Slovenia

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it will establish a new company and manufacturing facility in Slovenia. Serving to accelerate the global development of Sumitomo Rubber’s business in precision rubber parts for medical applications, the new company will be established as a subsidiary of Swiss-based Lonstroff AG with a total investment of 34 million euros ($40.03 million). Sumitomo...

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Production and Shipments of Rubber Belts and Hoses for May Continue Declining Trend

Rubber belt production for May totaled 2,003 tons in terms of new-rubber volume, down 3.6 percent from the same month of the previous year, while shipments were valued at 5.6 billion yen ($53.01 million), up 0.6 percent from the previous May. It was the 13th consecutive month of decline in production volume and the first year-on-year increase in shipment value...

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