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Zeon Sets New Records With Business Results for Fiscal 2017

Synthetic rubber giant Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently released its business results for fiscal 2017, with highlights including the company topping its previous record figures for sales, operating profit and ordinary profit. Sales for the year ended at 332.68 billion yen ($3.04 billion), up 15.7 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, operating profit totaled 38.88 billion yen, up 26.4 percent; ordinary profit came in...

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Zeon to Improve Drying Capacity for Special Vulcanized HNBR

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) is planning to enhance the drying capabilities of its Kawasaki Plant, where the company produces a special vulcanized hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR) sold under its Zetpol brand. This improvement to the plant’s drying capacity will allow Zeon more flexibility in manufacturing both dry and latex versions of its special-grade Zetpol products, and will also boost production efficiency....

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Zeon Sees 22% Sales Increase in Elastomer Business for First Three Quarters

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has posted 146 billion yen ($1.33 billion) in sales for its elastomer materials business over the first three quarters of fiscal 2017, marking a year-on-year increase of 22 percent. The sales figures included a 29 percent increase in rubber, totaling 104.1 billion yen; a 14 percent in increase in latex, reaching 14.5 billion yen; and a 6...

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Yokohama Rubber to Use Zeon’s Solution-Polymerized Rubber in New Studless Tires

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently revealed that it is set to supply solution-polymerized rubber to Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101). The rubber will be sold through ZS Elastomers Co. Ltd., and is slated to be used for a white polymer that is highly reactive with silica in Yokohama Rubber’s latest studless tire, the iceGuard 6. Due to the solution-polymerized rubber’s strong...

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Zeon President Discusses Growth Strategy in Increasingly EV-Centric Market

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) President Kimiaki Tanaka recently spoke with Japan Rubber Weekly about how the accelerating trend toward electric vehicles (EVs) will impact his company. Tanaka said that specialty rubber, which is used in parts around automotive engines and is central to the company’s earnings, will be used less and less as the industry continues its march toward EVs. Zeon...

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Zeon Opens High-Performance Materials Distributor in California

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has established a new local distributor for high-performance materials in California’s Silicon Valley. The company, Zeon Specialty Materials Inc. (ZSM), moved into its offices in October and will begin operating in January. The new entity will take over North American sales operations from fellow Zeon Group company Zeon Chemicals LP, which is based in Kentucky. More specifically,...

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