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  • TPR to Commercialize Aluminum Alloy Brake Drums Feb. 28, 2017
    TPR Co. Ltd. (TYO:6463) has received orders from the electric vehicle (EV) sector for the company’s newly developed aluminum alloy brake drums. The drums will be made available at some point in 2018. Aluminum alloy is lighter than cast iron but offers the same braking performance. Using the alloy on all four brakes can decrease […]
  • Toyota Tsusho Wins Order for Truck Platooning Proof of Concept in Singapore Feb. 28, 2017
    Toyota Tsusho Corp. (TYO:8015) announced on Feb. 23 that the company has received a truck platooning proof-of-concept order from Singapore’s Ministry of Transport and port operations company PSA International Pte. Ltd. The project’s objective is to establish a driverless platooning system that will connect a container transportation route of 10 kilometers between two of Singapore’s […]
  • Pioneer Partners With Here on Maps for Self-Driving Vehicles Feb. 28, 2017
    Pioneer Corp. (TYO:6773) has announced an agreement with European map and navigation systems giant Here Global B.V. to form a partnership in the field of global mapping solutions and next-generation position information services. In combining their mapping and automotive technologies, the two companies will provide standard global mapping services and high-definition mapping solutions used by self-driving vehicle […]
  • Mazda Develops New Technology for Die Pressing Process Feb. 27, 2017
    Mazda Motor Corp. (TYO:7261) has developed new production technology for dies to press fenders and other large-scale external panels. Previously, dies could process longitudinally only, but technological innovation has made it possible now to cut and process horizontally. Consequently, a modeler can manufacture the die with the same movements used when forming the clay model. […]
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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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  • Fujifilm Helps Cut CO2 Emissions With Magnetic Data Storage Tape Feb. 28, 2017
    Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (TYO:4901) is working to reduce CO2 emissions by spreading the use of a magnetic tape that has the world’s highest data storage capacity. Magnetic data storage tape consumes far less electrical energy than hard disc drive (HDD) storage devices, which must remain constantly powered up, resulting in commensurate reductions in CO2 emissions. […]
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Taps Former Sharp Labs of America President to Accelerate IoT and AI Utilization Feb. 28, 2017
    Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. (TYO:4188) announced on Feb. 23 that it is bringing on board Larry Meixner, former president of Sharp Laboratories of America. He will head the company’s Emerging Technology and Business Development Office, which is set to be established on April 1. The new outfit will both promote the utilization of cutting-edge digital […]
  • Asahi Kasei Looks to Use Cupro Fiber for Entry Into Legwear Business Feb. 28, 2017
    Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) is working on new uses for Bemberg, a cupro fiber. The company plans to enter the segment for tights and other legwear, as well as innerwear, by using Bemberg in previously impossible ways as a primary material for advanced knitting and processing techniques that make apparel stronger. Bemberg is mostly used […]
  • Westlake, Lotte Chemical to Complete US Ethane Cracker by End of 2018 Feb. 28, 2017
    Westlake Chemical Corp. revealed at its recent business results briefing that an ethane cracker it is building jointly with Korea’s Lotte Chemical Corp. in Lake Charles, Louisiana, looks set to be completed by the end of 2018. Westlake said commercial production is slated to begin in the first half of 2019. This ethane cracker will […]
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  • Bridgestone Earns Highest Ranking in Supplier Engagement Rating Feb. 28, 2017
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has been recognized as a global leader for managing climate change across its supply chain. The tire manufacturer has received the highest “A” rating from CDP and awarded a position on the organization’s supplier engagement leaderboard. The U.K.-based international nongovernment organization CDP uses its supplier engagement rating to assess the efforts of […]
  • Rubber Hose Production, Shipment Value Drop Slightly in 2016 Feb. 28, 2017
    Both production volume and shipment value of rubber hoses were slightly down year-on-year for 2016, according to records collated by the Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association. Based on statistics from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the records reveal that production volume of hoses for 2016 was 34,621 tons in terms of new-rubber […]
  • Asics CEO Discusses Global Performance, Changes in Response to Changing Markets Feb. 27, 2017
    Asics Corp. (TYO:7936) posted a 29.3 billion yen ($261 million) year-on-year decline of sales in 2016, down at 391.1 billion yen. However, when putting aside exchange rate effects to the tune of 32.6 billion yen, the company enjoyed an increase of 0.8 percent. While sales were healthy in Asia and the Oceania region, and robust […]
  • Tosoh to Transfer TPU Sales Rights Over to Miractran Feb. 27, 2017
    Chemical manufacturer Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) plans to transfer the sales rights to its thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastomer operations over to wholly owned subsidiary Nippon Miractran Co. Ltd. With the move to take effect Oct. 1, the Tosoh Group is consolidating TPU elastomer manufacturing and marketing over to Miractran in a bid to strengthen business in […]

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New Toyota Prius PHV 2017 Toyota Closes Another Gap in Sustainable Mobility - Green driving just got one option richer in Japan. At one of its largest press conferences since introducing the Mirai two years ago, Toyota launched its new Prius PHV plug-in hybrid. The automaker is shooting to sell each month 2,500 of the car it considers to be a key to sustainable mobility. Consumers nowadays have a broad range of electrified […]
Salaries in Japan In War of Talent, Japan’s Companies Poised to Ramp up Salaries: Hays Survey - Salaries in Japan lag behind those in Asia and the country is losing in the global race for talent, said Marc Burrage, managing director for Japan of international recruitment firm Hays at the presentation of the company’s 2017 Asia Salary Guide. And on first sight, the situation appears dire: The World Economic Forum finds Japan falling from sixth to eighth […]

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Daily Automotive News | Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun Japan’s Daily Automotive News Launches English Website - TOKYO – Jan. 16, 2017 – The Daily Automotive News (Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun), Japan’s only daily newspaper dedicated to the automotive industry, is launching an English-language news site today. The website is online at https://www.JapanAutomotiveDaily.com. “The automotive industry is Japan’s most prominent industry, and technologies developed by Japanese car makers and parts suppliers are at the leading edge of present […]

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