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Company Report: Automotive Parts Supplier Molten

Besides being a world-famous maker of basketballs and other sports ball equipment, Molten Corp. also boasts a history of more than 60 years as a manufacturer of automotive rubber and resin products. Japan Rubber Weekly recently had the opportunity to speak about the company’s future strategy with Toshihiko Kobayashi, a board member at Molten, and chief operating officer of its...

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Mitsuboshi Belting Expands Into Metal Automotive Parts

Rubber transmission belt manufacturer Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) is moving aggressively into the field of metal parts for automobiles. At its recent global distributor meeting held in Kobe, the company has introduced its new product Smastar, a spring-loaded alternator pulley. The pulley’s built-in coil spring allows it to absorb engine rotational fluctuations, helping, the company says, to control belt noise,...

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