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  • Bridgestone Joins Lunar Exploration Vehicle Development Team Sep. 30, 2022
    Bridgestone will join a development team for a manned lunar rover led by Teledyne Brown Engineering. The project is intended to be used as NASA’s manned Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV). NASA’s space missions that challenge new territory require manned automated vehicles to navigate unexplored areas of the Moon’s surface. LTVs are required to support astronauts’ […]
  • Evonik Partners With Silica Manufacturers to Supply Bio-Based Silica Sep. 30, 2022
    German chemicals company Evonik has formed a strategic alliance with the Perner Group from Austria and Pichit Biopower from Thailand, two of the world’s leading silica producers, to supply to tire manufacturers Ultrasil, a bio-based raw material silica. The product’s carbon footprint is significantly reduced because the raw material, sodium silicate, is produced from rice […]
  • Bridgestone to Ramp up Retread Business With US Plant Expansion Sep. 29, 2022
    Bridgestone Americas, a group company of Bridgestone, is set to bolster its production capacity at a truck and bus part manufacturing plant in Abilene, Texas, U.S. The move comes as part of a plan to further ramp up the company’s retread business. Investment here is set to come to $60 million, with the production space […]
  • Yokohama Rubber Delivers Tires for Mazda’s New Crossover SUV Sep. 28, 2022
    Yokohama Rubber has begun supplying Advan V61 and Geolandar X-CV tires for use on Mazda CX-60, the new crossover SUV launched by Mazda in Japan, Europe and other overseas markets in September. The company has now begun deliveries of these tires. The Advan V61 comes in two sizes, 235/60R18 103V and 235/60R18 107V, while the […]
  • South African Ambassador to Japan Visits Sumitomo Rubber to Discuss Business in South Africa Sep. 27, 2022
    Sumitomo Rubber was visited by Lulama Smuts Ngonyama, the South African Ambassador to Japan, on Sept. 14. The day saw Ngonyama welcomed by a number of Sumitomo Rubber officials, including Chairman Ikuji Ikeda, President and CEO Satoru Yamamoto, and Senior Executive Officer Yasuaki Kuniyasu. The group used their time together to exchange ideas and opinions […]
  • Asahi Kasei to Raise BR and SBR Prices for Shipments From October Sep. 27, 2022
    Asahi Kasei announced on September 22 that it will raise the price of polybutadiene rubber (BR) and styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR, oil and non-oil) by 30 yen ($0.21) or more per kilogram for shipments from October 1. The company said that the recent sharp rise in crude oil prices and the rapid depreciation of the yen […]
  • Showa Glove to Launch New Series of Nitrile Rubber Gloves for Food Factories Sep. 26, 2022
    Showa Glove will in September release the Nitrist Pink 100-pack as a new addition to its Nitrist series of nitrile rubber use-up gloves. The thickness is a versatile 0.08 mm, and four sizes (SS, S, M, L, LL) will be available. The new product is being launched in response to the fact that color-coded zoning […]
  • Yokohama Rubber Makes Donation to Disaster Rescue Dog Network Sep. 22, 2022
    The Yokohama Magokoro Fund – an employee-backed charity fund at Yokohama Rubber – has made a donation to support the activities of the Disaster Rescue Dog Network, a Japanese NPO that trains rescue dogs and carries out joint drills with rescue teams. Yokohama Rubber itself is also matching the donation from this employee fund, making […]
  • Toyoda Gosei Produces Lightweight Containers Made of CNF Reinforced Plastics Sep. 22, 2022
    Toyoda Gosei has produced lightweight product transport containers made of cellulose nanofiber (CNF) reinforced plastic, which was developed for use in vehicle interior and exterior parts. The material is five times stronger than steel but only one-fifth the weight. The company will accumulate actual results in the field with a view to adopting the technology […]
  • Michelin Japan Enters Logistics Partnership With Yamato Transport Sep. 21, 2022
    Michelin Tire Japan and Yamato Transport signed a lead logistics partnership agreement on September 14 to rebuild Michelin’s smooth and robust logistics system in Japan. The partnership aims to transform Michelin’s entire supply chain and optimize its logistics and inventory to reduce future total logistics costs and shipping lead times to further improve customer satisfaction. […]

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Japan’s Chemical Industry

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Japan’s Rubber Industry

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IoT - Ind40 - Smart Factory Connected Industries – Japan’s approach to Industry 4.0 on the way to Society 5.0 - Industry 4.0 was first introduced in Germany. The term comes from the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and refers to the digitalization of production. In the last editorials we described how Japan then introduced the idea of Society 5.0, which looks at digitalization from a societal viewpoint aiming at the Super Smart Society. Information Technology (IT), especially Artificial Intelligence, will change many […]
EU-Japan FTA - Abe, Tusk, Juncker EU and Japan Sign Breakthrough Free Trade Agreement - In a boost for global free trade, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and EU Presidents Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk yesterday signed the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) to lay the ground work for the creation of an open trade zone covering over 600 million people. Also known as JEFTA, the deal has been long in the making, but was […]
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) METI Releases White Paper on International Economy and Trade 2018 - The global economy is facing significant shifts, according to the 2018 White Paper on International Economy and Trade released recently by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). These shifts include movements against the free trade system under the WTO, advancement of digital transformation including expanding digital trade, and the rise of China and other emerging and developing economies. […]
EU Data Protection GDPR bits and bytes GDPR: A Curse or a New Milestone in Data Protection Regulation? - Data has become a valuable resource and currency over the past years. Methods of data processing, profiling and automated decision making are improving constantly, enhancing business processes and customer relations. From the perspective of the EU, it was just about time to update the old 1995 Data Protection Directive to protect its citizens against data and privacy breaches. Adopting the […]

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