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Showa Denko Increases Prices for Entire Range of Chloroprene Rubber

Showa Denko KK (TYO:4004) is raising the price of its full line of chloroprene rubber (CR). Marketed as Showa Denko Chloroprene, the various grades of CR are being increased to at least 42 yen ($0.37) per kilogram, coming into effect for delivery from March 1. The company’s CR business is tied up in an environment that has gone into a...

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Japanese Manufacturers, Arlanxeo Increase Prices for Chloroprene Rubber

A string of price hikes is taking place with chloroprene rubber (CR) in the international market. Japanese companies Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061), Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) and Showa Denko KK (TYO:4004) each have announced price increases, as has Netherlands-based Arlanxeo. The companies say that the reason for the price hikes is to ensure a stable product supply, as there is no...

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Showa Denko’s CR Sales Boosted by US Business Despite Yen’s Rise

Showa Denko K.K. (TYO:4004) enjoyed strong chloroprene rubber (CR) business during the January-June half of 2016 despite a rise in the yen’s value against other currencies. Although the business verged on stagnation in Japan, South Korea and China, performance was solid in the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia. In the U.S. in particular, products for automotive, construction and adhesive applications sold...

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Special Update on CR Manufacturers (Part 2)

(Continued from part 1 published Dec. 23, 2015)   Showa Denko K.K (TYO:4004) will continue strengthening its sales strategy for chloroprene rubber (CR) in the U.S. The company has had a joint CR production venture in the U.S. with E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) and has led the industry in meeting user needs for discontinued DuPont grades and...

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Special Update on CR Manufacturers (Part 1)

Total chloroprene rubber (CR) production remained firm through early autumn. According to Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061), production was somewhat sluggish in part because of a slump in domestic automobile manufacturing volume, although business performance was robust in China. Factors elsewhere in Asia, meanwhile, included weak domestic demand in Thailand, and stabilization at low levels in Europe. Domestic CR operations at...

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