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Bridgestone Looks to Close Bethune Plant in France

Bridgestone Europe NV/SA has started discussions with stakeholders with the aim of closing its Bethune plant in France. The plant is currently used to manufacture passenger car tires. This comes as the Bethune plant finds itself in an increasingly difficult competitive environment. Business profitability in the European passenger car tire market has fallen in recent years; then there is the...

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Mitsui Chemicals, Prime Polymer Open Their First PP Compounding Plant in Europe

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) and Prime Polymer Co. Ltd. announced on June 11 that they have begun business operations at Mitsui Prime Advanced Composites Europe BV (ACE), a joint venture that also includes Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (TYO:8031). Located within Chemelot Industrial Park in the Netherlands, ACE is the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s first polypropylene (PP) compounding plant in Europe. The...

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Japanese Companies in China See Significant Variation in Their Recovery From Coronavirus

Japanese companies with Chinese bases in the rubber sector look like they will still need some more time to get these bases back to where they were before COVID-19. A survey carried out by Japan Rubber Weekly provided some details here. China is starting to work toward economic recovery, making moves such as lifting the urban lockdown on virus epicenter...

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Toyoda Gosei to Restructure Indian Production Subsidiaries in Effort to Construct Flexible Supply System

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) is planning to restructure its Indian production subsidiaries in an effort to build a more optimal production network in the country. By the end of 2020, the company intends to transfer its entire stake in subsidiary Toyoda Gosei South India Pvt. Ltd. (TGSIN) to Toyoda Gosei Minda India Pvt. Ltd. (TGMIN). At present, Toyoda Gosei’s...

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Carbon Masterbatch Demand for Leading Japanese Firms Expected to Fall Short of 140,000-Ton Mark

Japanese producers of carbon masterbatch (CMB) have seen an uptick in performance over recent years, highlighting good conditions in the local industry for rubber refining. However, developments in 2019 have raised concerns over the current direction of the market. Looking at the figures of 24 companies under the Japan Polymer Mixing Manufacturers Association (JPMA), CMB production trended upward for 2017,...

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Nichirin to Stop UK Production of Automotive Air Conditioning Systems and Brake Hoses

Nichirin Co. Ltd. (TYO:5184) recently announced that it intends to stop production and sales of automotive air conditioning units and brake hoses at U.K.-based subsidiary Nichirin U.K. Ltd. (NUK). At present, around 40 percent of such shipments from this plant go out to the U.K. and Turkish assembly plants of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7267), making Honda the most significant...

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