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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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Sumitomo Rubber Launches South African Production for Truck and Bus Tires

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) announced on Aug. 7 that it has established production facilities for truck and bus tires at its South Africa Factory, beginning production for this on July 19. Having invested approximately 970 million rand ($64.73 million) into the facilities, the company expects that production capacity will get up to 750 truck and bus tires per day...

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Bridgestone Americas Plans Capacity Increase for Off-the-Road Tires in Illinois

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) U.S. subsidiary Bridgestone Americas Inc. recently announced plans to increase its production capacity for off-the-road tires. Taking place at a plant in Bloomington, Illinois, this expansion will cost the company $12 million and is slated for completion at some point in 2020. The project will see the plant begin producing 29-inch, 33-inch and 35-inch tires for small-...

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Asahi Kasei Plans S-SBR Capacity Increase in Response to Steady Demand

Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) is planning an increase to production capacity for its solution-polymerized styrene–butadiene rubber (S-SBR) business, which has continued to achieve a high level of sales. The company’s facilities here are currently operating at full capacity. Moving forward, Asahi Kasei projects that sales under the business will continue growing steadily for fiscal 2018. As S-SBR is now used...

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JSR Aims to Surpass Market Growth Forecast for S-SBR Used in Fuel-Efficient Tires

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185), a leading manufacturer of synthetic rubbers, is promoting its sales of solution-polymerized styrene–butadiene rubber (S-SBR) products that utilize the company’s solutions and highly functional materials. These efforts are focused on applications in fuel-efficient tires. While the S-SBR market has been projected to grow 6 to 7 percent per year by sales volume between 2015 and 2019, JSR...

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Sealing Giant NOK Announces 47.9B Yen Investment to Increase Production

NOK Corp. (TYO:7240) President Kiyoshi Doi recently commented on the solid performance of his company’s seal business for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. Orders have been higher than expected, he said, leaving the company operating at full capacity – and so, he continued, NOK will make major investments this fiscal year to expand its facilities. Doi explained that...

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