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Kuraray Plans Major Investment to Build New TPE Factory in Thailand

Kuraray Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) is set to build a new factory in Thailand for the production of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and highly functional resins. Located in the Hemaraj Eastern Industrial Estate, part of Thailand’s Map Ta Phut complex, the new factory is slated for completion at the end of 2021. Kuraray will use the location to provide 13,000 tons of...

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Toyoda Gosei Sets Up New Indian Base to Accelerate Engineering and Development

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), a member of the Toyota Group, has opened a new base for Indian subsidiary Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd. (TGMIN). The base is intended to handle engineering and sales matters, and is located in Gurgaon, near Delhi. Employees at the location have been tasked with developing, designing and selling a range of products –...

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Mitsui Chemicals Set to Add US Production for Milastomer TPO

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) has announced that it will set up new production facilities for Milastomer, a thermoplastic olefin (TPO) elastomer, at its U.S. production base Advanced Composites Inc. in Ohio. The move will take an investment of approximately 1.5 billion yen ($14.24 million), and will establish facilities with an annual production capacity of 6,000 tons. Construction is slated to...

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Toyo Tires Develops New Nano-Level Filler Dispersion Method for Truck and Bus Tires

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently succeeded in optimizing its process for nano-level molding using advanced filler dispersion. The process enables improved dispersion in compounds that are used for tires and are made from solid rubber and filler. The new process was developed as a means to improve fuel efficiency for trucks and buses. It allows for existing...

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Yokohama Rubber Launches Indoor On-Ice Test Facility in Hokkaido

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has established an indoor facility for testing the on-ice performance of winter tires at the company’s Tire Test Center of Hokkaido (TTCH) in Asahikawa. By establishing the new test facility, Yokohama Rubber is looking to further improve the performance of its winter tires. The new facility began operations on Jan. 5,...

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