thermoplastic elastomer

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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Asahi Kasei Announces Price Hike for Synthetic Rubber, TPE

Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) recently announced that it plans to increase the prices of its synthetic rubber and thermoplastic elastomer, among other products, starting from shipments on April 16. Prices per kilogram are set to rise by at least 25 yen ($0.24) for butadiene rubber, styrene–butadiene rubber, styrenic thermoplastic elastomer and hydrogenated styrenic elastomer. Meanwhile, the company’s clear styrenic block...

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Mitsufuku Industry’s Compound Business for Specialty Rubber Shows Strong Profit Growth

Carbon masterbatch (CMB) manufacturer Mitsufuku Industry Co. Ltd. has seen its profit grow steadily, despite unchanging sales. Mitsufuku Industry’s fluororubber business has shown a solid performance on the back of annually growing demand for fluororubber triggered by downsizing of engines and other trends. The company is focusing on launching its fourth factory in Fukushima Prefecture to finalize compounds for olefin-based...

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Mitsui Chemicals to Ramp up TPE Production to 60,000 Tons by 2020

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) will expand production capacity for thermoplastic elastomer product Milastomer to 60,000 tons by 2020. This figure represents a 30-percent increase compared to 2017’s volume. Milastomer is a cross-linked olefin-based thermoplastic elastomer, referred to as thermoplastic vulcanite (TPV). The material’s primary ingredients are ethylene propylene (EP) rubber and polypropylene (PP). Compared to other soft resins, Milastomer has...

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Sanko Kagaku Launches World’s First TPE Medical Glove

Glove manufacturer Sanko Kagaku Co. Ltd. recently launched its new, groundbreaking medical glove, the Sanko Silky Fit Zero. Providing hitherto unachievable sensitivity, it is the first medical glove in the world to use thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). The TPE material achieves zero levels in multiple areas, including latex proteins, powder, rubber odor, and vulcanizing agents and accelerators. This serves to prevent...

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Mitsui Chemicals to Expand TPE Production Capacity, Investing 1 Billion Yen

Responding to increased global demand, Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) will increase annual production capacity of its Milastomer thermoplastic elastomer by 5,000 tons. The company will invest almost 1 billion yen ($10 million) in expanding production facilities of its wholly-owned subsidiary Sun Alloys Co. Ltd., adding one production line of 5,000 annual tons. Construction will start in February 2017 and is planned...

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