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Sumitomo Chemical Looks to Expand Booming EPDM Business With High-Performance Grades

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:4005) business for ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) performed well in fiscal 2017, operating at full capacity and selling all products that were produced. But with supply and demand remaining at a tight balance, the company has been unable to keep up with increasing demand, and expects this trend in demand to continue for fiscal 2018....

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Sumitomo Chemical Develops New EPDM Grade for Rubber-to-Metal Adhesion

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) has developed a new grade of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) for rubber-to-metal adhesion, coming as part of a broader company effort to develop various new grades of EPDM. The development of this new grade was achieved via a random arrangement of ethylene and propylene. Sumitomo Chemical is now sending samples of the grade to...

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Sumitomo Chemical to Focus on Special-Grade EPDM Production at Chiba Plant

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:4005) ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) business has transitioned to the point where all EPDM products being produced are selling. The company’s EPDM sales to Japanese auto parts manufacturers in China are robust. Furthermore, a new EPDM plant in Saudi Arabia with an annual production capacity of 75,000 tons will begin operations within the current fiscal...

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Interview: ZS Elastomers President Talks Company Development, Production Consolidation and Aspirations

ZS Elastomers Co. Ltd. (ZSE), a solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) joint venture between Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005), will soon begin operations. Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with ZSE President Kei Itoh, temporarily assigned from Zeon, to talk about the company’s aims. Looking at the developments to come out of Zeon, Itoh said that it was...

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Zeon, Sumitomo Chemical S-SBR Joint Venture to Commence Operations in April

ZS Elastomers Co. Ltd. (ZSE), a solution styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) joint venture between Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005), will commence operations on April 3. ZSE has obtained approvals from the relevant authorities in Japan and overseas and will take over the sales and R&D functions of Zeon and Sumitomo Chemical’s S-SBR businesses. The company will also...

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Sumitomo Chemical Nears Completion of Saudi EPDM Plant

Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) and Saudi Aramco have been moving forward somewhat more slowly than anticipated with the ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) plant under their joint Petro Rabigh project. But now the plant, scaled at 75,000 tons in annual production, looks to achieve mechanical completion sometime around April–June this year. Once there are finished products on hand, plans...

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