natural rubber

Japan’s Import Volume of Natural Rubber Drops 3.3% for 2016

Japan’s import volume of natural rubber (NR) for 2016 decreased 3.3 percent year-on-year, falling to 655,312 tons, according to data compiled by the Rubber Trade Association of Japan from the Trade Statistics of Japan. Import value decreased 23.6 percent, dropping to 99.59045 billion yen ($875.59 million). The average import price fell 20.9 percent to hit 152 yen per kilogram, dropping...

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Yokohama Rubber Joins IRSG’s SNR-i Natural Rubber Sustainability Project

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has voiced its support for and joined the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i) to make natural rubber a sustainable resource. The initiative is advocated by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG), an intergovernmental organization formed by governments of synthetic rubber producers and consumers. The SNR-i has set five goals: support for greater productivity; enhanced quality...

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JRMA Forecast: Japanese Rubber Consumption to Bounce Back After Six Years

Rubber consumption will see its first annual increase in six years, according to a forecast by the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). Combined total consumption of natural and synthetic rubber in 2017 is expected to reach 1.2932 million tons, up 0.6 percent year on year. However, total rubber consumption in 2016 is expected to fall for the fifth straight year,...

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Natural Rubber Import Volume Up Nearly 9% in August

Japan’s import volume of natural rubber in August increased 8.8 percent year-on-year, while the import value decreased 19 percent year-on-year, according to data compiled by The Rubber Trade Association of Japan based on the Ministry of Finance’s Trade Statistics of Japan. This represents the first year-on-year increase in six months for import volume, but the 11th consecutive month of year-on-year...

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Sumitomo Rubber Presents Research on Natural Rubber, Expects to Enhance Tire Performance

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has reported results of research on the molecular structural analysis of natural rubber from para rubber trees at the International Rubber Conference (IRC) 2016 Kitakyushu. Based on this research, the company expects significant improvements in the performance and processability of natural rubber, opening up new possibilities for enhanced tire performance in terms of fuel efficiency...

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Sumitomo Rubber Joins IRSG Initiative for Natural Rubber Sustainability

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has announced that it has signed on to participate in the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i). Established by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of natural rubber (NR) as a resource, SNR-i will form part of Sumitomo Rubber’s corporate social responsibilities (CSR) and its efforts toward preserving the...

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