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Zeon Launches Commercial Production of Acrylic Rubber in Thailand

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) subsidiary Zeon Chemicals Asia Co. Ltd. recently launched commercial production of acrylic rubber at a base in Rayong Province, Thailand. The Zeon Group has to date carried out its acrylic rubber production across three bases, these being located in Kawasaki and Kurashiki, Japan, and one in the U.S. By now adding commercial production in Thailand as well,...

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Zeon Posts Sales Decline for Elastomer Business in FY2020 Results

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has posted its business results for fiscal 2020, revealing sales revenue of 301.96 billion yen ($2.77 billion), down 6.2 percent year on year, and an operating income of 33.41 billion yen, up 28 percent. Speaking at the results briefing, company director Kazuyoshi Matsuura said that with customer industries having made a recovery in recent months, the January–April...

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Riken, Yokohama Rubber and Zeon Develop Technology for Bio-Production of Butadiene

The Bio-monomer Production Laboratory has developed a new, world-first technology able to efficiently create butadiene from biomass. Consisting of members from Riken, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) and Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), the research team has then succeeded at using butadiene created with this technology to produce butadiene rubber. At present, butadiene is produced industrially from fossil resources such as petroleum....

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Zeon Uses Single-Walled CNTs to Develop Conductive Silicone Rubber With Medical Applications

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has used single-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to develop a masterbatch that significantly improves the conductivity of silicone rubber. Compounds using this new masterbatch are being targeted toward use in medical equipment that can help limit the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and similar conditions. Zeon is pursuing joint research here alongside Novation Solutions LLC (NovationSi), a U.S.-based manufacturer...

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Zeon President Kimiaki Tanaka Sees Promising Market for Specialty Elastomers

Speaking recently about the future of his company’s business for elastomer materials, Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) President Kimiaki Tanaka said COVID-19 has made it clear that there is strong global demand for specialty elastomers. This can also be interpreted, he said, to mean that elastomers without specialized characteristics will have to be offered at a low price if they are to...

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Carbon Black Production Rises as North American Tire Demand Trends Toward Recovery

Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5301) carbon black business is on the rebound after bottoming out during the April–June quarter, says President Hajime Nagasaka. Speaking at a financial results briefing on Nov. 5, Nagasaka said that demand is recovering particularly in the U.S. and Thai markets, adding that the company’s U.S. production bases have utilization rates up in the 90–95 percent...

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