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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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Zeon to Improve Drying Capacity for Special Vulcanized HNBR

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) is planning to enhance the drying capabilities of its Kawasaki Plant, where the company produces a special vulcanized hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) sold under its Zetpol brand. This improvement to the plant’s drying capacity will allow Zeon more flexibility in manufacturing both dry and latex versions of its special-grade Zetpol products, and will also boost production efficiency....

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Sunpolymer Plans New Silicone Sponge Sheet Factory to Target EV, Aerospace Industries

Sunpolymer Corp., a manufacturer and seller of extruded silicone rubber, high-performance sponge sheet and molded products, is planning to build a new factory at the Santo Industrial Park, Asago, Japan. Established in Osaka in 1980, Sunpolymer specializes in made-to-order production using silicone rubber as a primary material. The company manufactures products for a wide range of fields, from medical devices...

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Continental Starts Setup of New Tire Plant in Thailand

Continental AG last year announced that it held a groundbreaking and prayer ceremony on Nov. 21, 2017, to mark the start of construction at the company’s new greenfield tire plant in Rayong, Thailand. These efforts mark Continental’s fifth greenfield investment into a tire plant since 1999. With the completion of the new plant, Continental’s Tire Division will expand its global...

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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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