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Rubber Belt Production for 2016 Ends 7% Down From Previous Year

The production volume of rubber belts for 2016 fell 7 percent from the previous year, dropping to 26,373 tons, according to statistics from the Japan Belting Manufacturers Association. Conveyor belt production declined 13 percent, down at 14,607 tons. This came as a consequence of a 16-percent year-on-year drop in exports, with a significant depression in exports for mines in Australia....

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JRMA Forecast: Japanese Rubber Consumption to Bounce Back After Six Years

Rubber consumption will see its first annual increase in six years, according to a forecast by the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). Combined total consumption of natural and synthetic rubber in 2017 is expected to reach 1.2932 million tons, up 0.6 percent year on year. However, total rubber consumption in 2016 is expected to fall for the fifth straight year,...

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Tsubakimoto Chain Records Brisk Sales for Power Transmission Belts

Power transmission and materials handling systems manufacturer Tsubakimoto Chain recorded favorable sales of power transmission belts for the first half of the fiscal year (April–September 2016), up about 3 percent year-on-year. Power transmission belts for automobiles and robots rose during the period. Sales for automobiles grew with the increase in models using power sliding doors and other devices, while sales...

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Bando Chemical to Build New Transmission Belt Factory in Vietnam

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) will build a new factory at its current site in Vietnam. With an investment of 400 million ($3.7 million), operations are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2017. The new factory is set to be built after acquiring land-use rights in Than Long Industrial Park II in Hung Yen Province by Bando Manufacturing...

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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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Stand Out to Compete in Developing Markets—Mitsuboshi Belting

New Year’s Top Interview: Mitsuboshi Belting President Hajime Kakiuchi Speaking with Japan Rubber Weekly in an interview, Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) President Hajime Kakiuchi said he believes difficulties await this year if the current economic slump persists. The company has invested in upgrading its capabilities in Japan, and its ability to continue doing so will help adapt in the future...

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