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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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Bando Chemical Sets Sights on Winning Top Share for Belt Business in Asia

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195), a manufacturer of automotive rubber components and belts, is focusing on Asia as part of its current medium- to long-term management plan, which it has been following since fiscal 2013. With one of this plan’s guidelines targeting the “evolution of global market strategy,” the company has set Asia as a high-priority region, and aims for...

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Japan Belting Manufacturers Association Releases Demand Forecast for 2018

The Japan Belting Manufacturers Association recently published a 2018 demand forecast for rubber and resin belts. As part of the report, the association estimated the 2017 production volume of rubber belts at 26,694 tons, marking a 1 percent year-on-year increase and a third consecutive year below 30,000 tons. While transmission belt production stayed flat for 2017, conveyor belt production rose...

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Mitsuboshi Belting Launches Upgraded Tension Meter for Transmission Belts

Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) has launched sales as of the end of last year for the Doctor Tension Type-IV, a sonic tension meter that helps maximize conveyor belt function. The device, which uses sound waves to measure optimum tension in transmission belts, can be used with a wide range of belt designs – including timing belts, flat belts, V-belts and...

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Transmission Belt Demand up for General Industrial Products, Flat for Auto Products

The Japan Belting Manufacturers Association is forecasting 11,817 tons of demand for domestically produced transmission belt products during 2017, virtually unchanged from the previous year. While automotive-related demand has somewhat declined, demand has been strong for general industrial belting. Growth was driven by applications for semiconductors, injection molding machinery, machine tools and industrial robots. Transmission belt production from January through...

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Bando Chemical and Mitsuboshi Belting See Robust Transmission Belt Sales in China and Asia

Japanese belt manufacturers are enjoying robust sales of general industrial transmission belts in China and Asia. Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) and Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) both boasted strong sales in these regions in fiscal 2016. Sales continue to grow, centering on agricultural and industrial machinery transmission belts, a market with high expectations. Bando Chemical’s Industrial Products Division’s sales in...

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