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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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Zeon Moves Into Full-Scale Production With New Line for Retardation Film

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has begun full-scale operations at its optical film plant in Himi, Toyama Prefecture, with a new production line for LCD TV-use retardation film. The new line brings Zeon’s annual production capacity for the film up from 95 million square meters to 119 million square meters. Retardation film is a vital component in LCD TVs, as it widens...

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Zeon Targets Self-Driving Vehicles With New Resin for Sensor Lenses

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently launched Zeonex T62R, a new heat-resistant cyclo-olefin polymer (COP) resin. The product is intended for use in the lenses of automotive sensing cameras, for which heat-resistant materials are in high demand, and is expected to be adopted as a replacement for glass. While sensing cameras are used in high temperature environments for long periods of time,...

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Zeon Adds New Production Line for Retardation Film Used in LCD TVs

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently announced that it its subsidiary Optes Inc. has begun full-scale operations at a new production line for retardation film used in LCD televisions. The line is part of Optes’ Himi Plant in Hokuriku. The new production line is Zeon’s sixth for retardation film, and is able to produce 24 million square meters of the material per...

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12th TPE Technology Institute Open Seminar Features Speakers From Tokyo and Fukuoka Universities, Zeon

The Research Association of Nano Structured Polymer recently held the 12th TPE Technology Institute Open Seminar, which was host to lectures on three topics. First to present was Sadaharu Hashimoto, R&D manager at Zeon Corp.’s (TYO:4205) R&D Center. His presentation, titled “Development of Novel Elastic Materials: Asymmetric Triblock Styrene Copolymer,” previously received an award from the Society of Polymer Science,...

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