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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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Japan’s Transmission Belt Production Rises 2% Year-on-Year for 2017

The Japan Belting Manufacturers Association recently released statistics showing Japan’s domestic production of transmission belts to have increased 2 percent year-on-year for 2017, reaching a total of 11,985 tons. While automotive demand stalled, demand for general industrial applications was solid. Increased demand was seen for applications such as semiconductor manufacturing equipment, injection molding machines, machine tools and industrial robots. Looking...

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Tough Environmental Regulations Impact Elastomix Operations in China

Carbon masterbatch (CMB) manufacturer Elastomix Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of JSR Corp. (TYO:4185), is in the process of increasing its production capacity in China. As part of this, the company will look to take prompt measures to ensure the ensure the scheduling of its operations, with Chinese environmental regulations forcing production shutdowns on days with heavy pollution, among other requirements....

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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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