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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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Yokohama Rubber Expects to Resume Full Operations at Filipino Tire Plant by End of 2020

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is planning for Yokohama Tire Philippines Inc. (YTPI), its manufacturing subsidiary in the Philippines, to return to full production capacity by the end of 2020. This follows a fire that occurred at YTPI on May 14, 2017, affecting approximately 17,400 square meters in the northeast sector of the subsidiary’s East Plant. The plant’s buildings and...

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Zeon Plans New Thai Subsidiary for Production of Acrylic Rubber

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has announced that it intends to establish a new subsidiary, tentatively named Zeon Chemicals Asia Co. Ltd., to help in expanding its business for the manufacture and sale of acrylic rubber. The subsidiary will be located in Rayong Province, Thailand, and capitalized at 1.25 billion baht ($38.13 million). Acrylic rubber provides for excellent resistance to heat and...

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Nishikawa Rubber to Establish Chinese Production Base for Automotive Seals by End of Year

Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161) has announced that it will establish a Chinese manufacturing and sales subsidiary for rubber and plastic auto parts in the outskirts of Wuhan, Hubei Province. By starting up a new base here, the company hopes to better meet the needs of its major customers, seeing these needs growing in tandem with China’s domestic automotive market....

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First-Half Rubber Belt Production Down 2% Year-on-Year

Japan’s total production of rubber belts for January–June declined 2 percent year-on-year to 13,169 tons, according to a set of rubber and resin belt statistics recently released by the Japan Belting Manufacturers Association. Factors behind this included a fall in domestic demand for conveyor belts and flat demand, both domestically and in exports, for transmission belts. Looking specifically at rubber...

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Rubber Industry Sees Solid Demand for Raw Materials in First Half

The first half of calendar 2018 has seen robust demand for raw materials in the rubber industry. This comes on the back of recovering applications in automobiles and tires – the main sources of demand for the materials – as well as strong demand for semiconductors. Due to a rise in the cost of crude oil, prices have increased for...

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