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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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Toyo Tires Produces 50 Millionth Tire at US Subsidiary

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) recently announced that U.S. tire manufacturing subsidiary Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. (TNA) has produced its 50 millionth tire since beginning operations. The 50 millionth tire to be manufactured at TNA was a Ridge Grappler, a light truck tire sold under the Nitto brand. The series has earned itself a strong reputation for its combination...

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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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