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Japan Automotive Daily

JapanAutomotiveDaily.com – The English-language news site of Japan’s only daily newspaper for the automotive industry (subscription)


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  • Mitsubishi Fuso Targets Smoother Trucking Operations With New Smartphone App Oct. 18, 2017
    Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. plans to introduce new connectivity services for its commercial vehicles before the end of the year. Utilizing Fuso Remote Truck, a smartphone app that connects with the automaker’s Truckonnect dispatch management system, customers will be able to monitor vehicle information and control certain functions remotely by smartphone. Increases to […]
  • Mazda to Stop Offering Full Hybrids Oct. 18, 2017
    Mazda Motor Corp. (TYO:7261) has announced that it will discontinue its offering of full hybrid vehicles (HVs) as part of the company’s next-generation product rollout for 2019. Hybrid technology is currently used in Mazda’s Axela, a domestic sedan first launched in 2013. However, sales of the Axela hybrid have not grown as expected, and the […]
  • Kosei Aluminum Eyes US for Expanded Wheel Production Oct. 18, 2017
    Kosei Aluminum Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of aluminum car wheels, is aiming to begin aluminum wheel production in the U.S. in 2020. Currently, the company manufactures in Japan and Thailand before shipping to the production bases of Japanese automakers, but is now looking toward local production as a way to better respond to the local […]
  • Hino Boosts Koga Plant Production by 20% Oct. 17, 2017
    Hino Motors Ltd. (TYO:7205) on Oct. 12 invited members of the press to its plant in Koga, Ibaraki Prefecture, where the automaker manufactures heavy- and medium-duty trucks. By setting up 26 sub-assembly lines, Hino has enabled truck and tractor manufacturing to take place on a single production line. Hino has also introduced a range of […]
  • Nvidia Develops New AI Computer to Support Fully Autonomous Driving Oct. 17, 2017
    U.S. company Nvidia Corp. has developed a new AI computer that will contribute to the practical realization of fully autonomous driving. Codenamed Pegasus, the computer supports completely self-driving Level 5 autonomous vehicles, and can make over 320 trillion calculations per second. Nvidia says the new computer demonstrates performance more than 10 times that of its […]
  • Panasonic to Add Automotive LiB Production at Himeji LCD Plant Oct. 17, 2017
    Panasonic Corp. (TYO:6752) recently announced that it will begin production of automotive lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) at an LCD plant operated by group company Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co. Ltd. in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture. Amid increasingly strict worldwide environmental regulations, automakers are accelerating their efforts to turn over to electrically powered vehicles. And with this move creating […]
  • Volkswagen to Launch First Diesel Model in Japan in 20 Years Oct. 16, 2017
    Volkswagen Group Japan KK (VGJ) announced on Oct. 11 that it will launch a diesel engine model in Japan for 2018, marking the first time in 20 years that the company has brought such a vehicle to the Japanese market. The diesel engine will be offered in the company’s midsize Passat – in both the […]
  • NGK Insulators to Boost NOx Sensor Production in Japan, Europe Oct. 16, 2017
    NGK Insulators Ltd. (TYO:5333) announced plans on Oct. 11 to boost annual production capacity for automobile nitrogen oxide (NOx) sensors to 25 million units a year in fiscal 2019. The higher output will be about 40 percent above the current level. The company will invest around 14 billion yen ($125 million) on this project. It […]
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JapanChemicalDaily.com – The only news site dedicated to Japan’s chemical and allied industries in English language (subscription)


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  • Teijin JV Develops Car Seat Capable of Providing Route Assistance Oct. 18, 2017
    Teijin Ltd. (TYO:3401) has launched what can be described as a “smart car seat” service, using a vibration sensor to provide route assistance to the driver of an emergency vehicle. This past February saw Netherlands-based Teijin Aramid BV, which handles the Teijin Group’s aramid fiber operations, finish laying the groundwork with venture company Elitac BV […]
  • Hokkaido Mitsui Chemicals to Produce Anti-Cancer Drug Ingredient From Plant Cell Culture Oct. 18, 2017
    Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) group plans to develop a plant cell culture technology for efficiently producing an ingredient in the anti-cancer drug paclitaxel, which is used to treat breast and other cancers. Making plant cells that efficiently generate useful components enables anti-cancer drug ingredients to be produced without the need to use plant resources, reducing […]
  • Toshiba CO2 Capture Facility Proves Effective Oct. 18, 2017
    Toshiba Corp. (TYO:6502) continues to see smooth operation out of the CO2 capture facility that it has installed at Saga City’s waste incineration plant. The CO2 recovered is supplied to a number of agricultural businesses, including a neighboring algae cultivation plant. As the world’s first CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) project using exhaust gas from […]
  • MHPS to Build Large Gas Turbines in Saudi Arabia Oct. 18, 2017
    Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd. (MHPS) has secured a site in Dammam, Saudi Arabia to build the M501JAC, the most efficient gas turbine in the world. The company already has a completed gas turbine repair facility in the city, where MHPS President Kenji Ando introduced the gas turbine plans at an opening ceremony on-site. The […]
  • Unitika Eyes Expansion for Glass Fiber Business Oct. 17, 2017
    Unitika Ltd. (TYO:3103) plans to ramp up its glass fiber business, which the company has in place for integrated circuit (IC) cloth and industrial material applications – with sales an approximate fifty–fifty split between these. Unitika aims now to increase its ratio of overseas sales by a further 10 percent. Driving the company’s endeavor here […]
  • Hitachi to Offer Materials Development Solution Using Materials Informatics Oct. 17, 2017
    Hitachi Ltd. (TYO:6501) has created a new service that employs artificial intelligence to help cut the time and cost of new materials development. Hitachi will offer its “Materials Development Solution” as part of its Lumada IoT platform product. Materials informatics (MI) technology can be utilized to help make the search for and testing of new […]
  • Murata Looks to Bolster LiB Business Oct. 17, 2017
    Murata Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TYO:6981) plans to strengthen its position in batteries after acquiring a business from the Sony Group on Sept. 1. The Japanese components maker hopes to be back in the black in fiscal 2019 by focusing on the energy sector. Murata will execute a two-pronged strategy consisting of external sales of lithium-ion […]
  • ITRI Taiwan to Begin Mass Production of Micro-LED Displays Oct. 17, 2017
    Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) recently announced that it will form partnerships to begin mass production next year for micro-LED displays, a type of flat-panel display (FPD). Yen-Hsiang Fang, manager at ITRI’s Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories, says the institute is aiming both to create a global value chain spanning from raw materials […]
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JapanRubberWeekly.com – The only news site dedicated to Japan’s tire and rubber industries in English language (subscription)


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  • JFE Engineering Wins Contract for Expansion Work at Asahi Kasei’s S-SBR Plant in Singapore Oct. 18, 2017
    JFE Engineering Corp. recently announced that it has been awarded a contract for expansion work at Asahi Kasei Corp.’s (TYO:3407) plant in Singapore, which manufactures solution-polymerized styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR). After receiving an order from Asahi Kasei, JFE Engineering began construction work to expand the facilities in July, and will complete the work by January […]
  • Bridgestone to Boost European Tire Production With 266 Million Euro Investment Oct. 18, 2017
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that the company will invest a total of 266 million euros ($312.56 million) to boost the tire production capacity of its European subsidiary Bridgestone Europe NV/SA (BSEMEA). The move is aimed at increasing the supply of high-performance tires in Europe. Production will be bolstered at three of the company’s European […]
  • Japanese Glove Sales Remain Strong as Focus on Work Safety Grows Oct. 17, 2017
    Japan’s domestic sales volumes of glove products remained firm in 2016, up slightly from the year before, according to a report by the Japan Glove Manufacturers Association. Domestic sales of household gloves totaled 91.84 million pairs during 2016, up 0.2 percent from the previous year, while sales for surgical gloves increased 1.5 percent to 79.02 […]
  • Tocom to List TSR Futures Contracts in Fiscal 2018 Oct. 17, 2017
    The Tokyo Commodity Exchange Inc. (Tocom) announced on Oct. 12 that it plans to list futures contracts for technically specified rubber (TSR), adding to its current listing for ribbed smoked sheets (RSS). Following regulatory approval from the relevant ministries, Tocom aims to complete the listing in the middle of fiscal 2018. TSR production volume has […]
  • Bando Chemical’s Automotive Parts Business Booms in Southeast Asia Oct. 16, 2017
    Bando Chemical Industries Ltd.’s (TYO:5195) automotive parts business is enjoying robust sales in Southeast Asia. This comes despite a slight decline in Japanese production due to the transfer of production overseas and the impact of a greater number of vehicles not equipped with belts. The growth has primarily been driven by scooter transmission belt sales […]
  • Inaba Rubber Looking Forward to the Advance of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Oct. 13, 2017
    Osaka-based Inaba Rubber Co. Ltd., a manufacturer and seller of special precision rubber parts for cars, says it is looking forward to the advance of hybrid vehicles (HVs) and electric vehicle (EVs). Before the rise of these technologies, Inaba Rubber had already been working on electrification in the form of side mirrors, power windows and […]
  • Matsuda Seisakusho Teams up With Desma to Sell Injection Molding Machines in NAFTA Zone Oct. 12, 2017
    Japanese-based Matsuda Seisakusho Co. Ltd. and German-based Klockner Desma Elastomertechnik GmbH (Desma), both major manufacturers of injection molding machines for rubber, recently announced that they have formed a business alliance. From this spring, the companies will use their alliance to establish a system for joint product development, sales and after-sales services. These services will be […]
  • Nikka Shoko, Hotty Polymer Showcase Silicone Products at Thai Trade Show Oct. 12, 2017
    Nikka Shoko (Japan) Co. Ltd., a trader of industrial rubber and plastic products, and Hotty Polymer Inc., a manufacturer of rubber and plastic goods for the automotive and construction sectors, recently co-exhibited at Thailand’s T-PLAS 2017 trade fair. The fair, which shows opportunities for the plastics and rubber industries under the country’s Thailand 4.0 economic […]

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Tokyo Buildings JETRO Releases Global Trade and Investment Report 2017 - Japan’s trade balance last year marked its first surplus in six years, according to the recently released Global Trade and Investment Report 2017 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). At the same time, the country’s outward FDI stood at record highs, while inward FDI from Asia to Japan continued to grow. Global trade declines 3.1%, downturn for two straight […]
Otemachi Tokyo Japanese Government Earmarks 46B Yen in Subsidies for SMEs - The Japanese Cabinet is setting aside 46 billion yen ($416 million) in planned subsidies for SMEs, small enterprises or other entities in fiscal 2017, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The subsidies are part of the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and geared toward business activities based on R&D results. Subsidies for SMEs The […]
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EU-Japan Summit July 7 A Trade Deal for the 21st Century - On the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, the European Union and Japan reached a political understanding about a new comprehensive free trade agreement. During the EU-Japan Summit, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, hailed the agreement as “the birth of the world’s largest, free, industrialized economic zone.” EU officials proclaimed it “the most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded […]

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