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  • JSR Director Koichi Kawasaki Outlays Goals, Results Targets for 2019 Jan. 18, 2019
    JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) is intending to pursue its various goals for fiscal 2019 in a steady manner while achieving results, says Koichi Kawasaki, a representative director and managing officer. While external conditions for the year are difficult to predict, the first point of call, he said, will be in making efforts to get Hungarian operations […]
  • Mitsufuku Industry Sees Growth With Fluororubber Compounds Business Jan. 17, 2019
    Carbon masterbatch (CMB) manufacturer Mitsufuku Industry Co. Ltd. has seen favorable conditions for its compounds business in fiscal 2018. A number of trends continuing from the previous year – such as a downsizing of automotive engines, high semiconductor-related demand and growth for fluororubber sponge – have led to an increase in Mitsufuku Industry’s production levels, […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber to Appoint Satoru Yamamoto as New President Jan. 16, 2019
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) plans to appoint Satoru Yamamoto, currently a director and senior executive officer at the company, to the role of President and CEO, effective March 26. Current CEO and president Ikuji Ikeda will then move into the role of chairman and representative director. Yamamoto has a long history of working with […]
  • Interview: Sumitomo Riko President Tetsu Matsui Notes Chinese Auto Sales as Point of Concern for 2019 Jan. 15, 2019
    Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) is keeping a close eye on trends in the automotive industry as it continues to make strides with its 2022V medium-term management plan. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with company president Tetsu Matsui to hear his thoughts on these trends and their direction as the company gears up for […]
  • Zeon Establishes New Czech Subsidiary to Sell Raw Materials for Auto Parts Jan. 11, 2019
    Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) group company Tokyo Zairyo Co. Ltd., a seller of chemicals and other products from stock, recently established a new subsidiary in the Czech Republic capital of Prague. The new subsidiary began operations earlier this month under the name Tokyo Zairyo Czech s.r.o. Utilizing the networks that its parent company has cultivated both […]
  • Bridgestone Works to Improve Marketing for Studless Winter Tires Jan. 10, 2019
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is looking to boost sales of its Blizzak VRX and Blizzak VRX2 lines of passenger car studless tires. While the company managed strong sales for its VRX2 line last year, a representative said that this was largely due to the appeal of it being a new product at the time, adding that […]
  • New Year’s Interview: JRMA President Ikuji Ikeda Discusses Priorities for 2019 – Part 2 Jan. 9, 2019
    Following his inauguration as president of the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) last May, Ikuji Ikeda has been giving significant thought to where Japan’s rubber industry is headed. After hearing what Ikeda had to say on his role at the JRMA and the hidden potential of rubber, Japan Rubber Weekly found out his thoughts on […]
  • New Year’s Interview: JRMA President Ikuji Ikeda Discusses Priorities for 2019 – Part 1 Jan. 8, 2019
    Ikuji Ikeda, president and CEO at Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), was inaugurated last May as the 15th president of the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with Ikeda to hear his thoughts on the association and the industry heading into 2019. Defining his role with the JRMA, Ikeda said […]

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