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  • Report: General-Purpose and Specialty Synthetic Rubbers Remain Sluggish Dec. 6, 2023
    Synthetic rubber shipments are sluggish and many manufacturers are saying that it will be difficult to achieve a recovery at least by the end of the fiscal year. This comes as both tire and industrial goods applications, particularly automotive parts, continue to struggle. A certain degree of recovery is expected once inventory adjustments, which are […]
  • Lanxess Expands Ion Exchange Resin Product Line for Effective PFAS Removal Dec. 5, 2023
    Lanxess has expanded its line of ion exchange resins for the effective removal of perfluoroalkyl compounds and polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS) from contaminated water by adding the anion exchange resin Lewatit Monoplus TP109 to its product lineup. In line with this announcement, Lanxess Japan held a press conference in November to explain the advantages of Lewatit […]
  • Michelin to Raise Tire Prices in Japan by 6 to 10 Percent Dec. 4, 2023
    Michelin Tire Japan announced that it will effective February 1, 2024, raise the prices of its Michelin, BF Goodrich, and Camso brand tires for the Japanese domestic market by 6-10%, with the rate of revision varying depending on the product. The price increase applies to commercial tires (summer and winter) for passenger cars, light trucks, […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber Updates CO2 Reduction Targets Dec. 4, 2023
    Sumitomo Rubber has set a new 2030 reduction target for Scope 3 to achieve carbon neutrality for its entire supply chain. In addition, the 2030 reduction targets for Scope 1 and 2 have been raised due to the progress made ahead of schedule as a result of proactive efforts at each of the company’s sites. […]
  • Sumitomo Riko to Streamline Factories at Komaki Plant Dec. 1, 2023
    Sumitomo Riko has begun renovation of its Komaki Plant to achieve the 2029 Sumitomo Riko Group Management Vision (2029V). As the first phase of this project, a groundbreaking ceremony for a new chemical engineering plant was held on November 28. In 2021, the company has dismantled the former company housing and gymnasium in the northern […]
  • Bridgestone Outlines Retreading Strategy Nov. 30, 2023
    Bridgestone aims to address the challenges facing the transportation industry by combining its products, retreading and digital technology-based services, and B-select, a solutions network, to provide four key values: safe operation, environmental impact reduction, cost reduction, and operational efficiency. “We are building a network of bases close to our customers and providing products and services […]
  • Fukoku’s Sales up 10% in First Half Nov. 29, 2023
    Automotive rubber parts maker Fukoku posted sales of 42.95 billion yen ($291.76 million), up 10.2% year-on-year, operating profit of 1.06 billion yen, up 29.6%, recurring profit of 1.39 billion yen, down 23.2%, and net profit of 1.047 billion yen, down 28.7% in the first half (April-September) of the fiscal year ending March 2024). Sales were […]
  • Mitsuboshi Belting Posts Increasing Sales of Mainstay Automotive Belts in First Half Nov. 28, 2023
    Mitsuboshi Belting’s results for the first half (April-September 2023) of the fiscal year ending March 2024 showed an increase in sales of its mainstay automotive belts, but a decline in sales and profits from general industrial and OA equipment use. With the company raising product prices in 2021 and 2022, it said that this led […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber Opens New Research Base in Sendai Nov. 27, 2023
    Sumitomo Rubber will open a new research base, the Sumitomo Rubber Innovation Base Sendai, in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, as a base for utilizing Nanoterrace, a next-generation synchrotron radiation facility that will start operation in 2024. The number of researchers will be increased in the future. The company wants the center to become a hub […]
  • Chloroprene Rubber Volumes and Prices Likely to Bottom Out in Second Half Nov. 24, 2023
    Chloroprene rubber (CR) sales volume and prices are likely to bottom out in the second half of fiscal 2023 (October-March 2024). This comes with demand for CR currently being sluggish due to weak demand for industrial goods and adhesive applications, as well as inventory adjustment in automotive applications, where demand has been recovering. Supply chain […]
fujitsu supermarket ai Fujitsu Tests AI Customer Service Solution in Japanese Supermarket Aug. 7, 2023. - Fujitsu has begun testing an innovative AI module in a Japanese supermarket that generates AI avatars and tailors promotional content based on consumer behavior. The field trial, run in collaboration with the Retail AI Institute, is taking place from August 3 to October 15 at Aruk Mitajiri stores operated by supermarket chain Marukyu in Hofu City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. This […]
jetro Global Trade Suffers Amid Fragmentation, Warns JETRO 2023 Report Aug. 4, 2023. - According to the World Trade and Investment Report 2023 by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), global trade is faltering due to a myriad of international conflicts and geopolitical risks. The report indicates that enduring tension in Ukraine, an uptick in trade restrictive measures, and the uncertain relationship between the U.S. and China are undermining the principles of free trade. […]
Japan and Germany Co-Develop Standard for Automated Valet Parking Aug. 3, 2023. - In a significant step towards efficient urban mobility, an international standard for “automatic valet parking” co-developed by Japan and Germany has been officially issued. This system leverages autonomous vehicle technology to navigate vehicles into parking spaces in large facilities, improving utilization of parking space and user convenience, reducing accidents, and cutting CO2 emissions. Large complexes, shopping malls, theme parks, and […]
yokohama mhi ccu Yokohama Spearheads Japan’s First Waste-to-Energy CO2 Capture Demonstration Experiment Aug. 2, 2023. - The City of Yokohama, Tokyo Gas, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and MHI Environmental & Chemical Engineering (MHIEC) have launched a pioneering demonstration experiment aimed at capturing and utilizing CO2 emissions from a local waste-to-energy plant. The project, based in Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, is the first of its kind in Japan and involves the separation and capture of CO2 from plant flue […]
Mitsui Chemicals Spearheads Development of Advanced Carbon-Neutral Naphtha Cracking Tech Aug. 1, 2023. - In an ambitious move towards carbon neutrality, Mitsui Chemicals has partnered with Microwave Chemical and Chiyoda Corporation to develop a pioneering naphtha cracking technology, the M-Cracker. The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) adopted this initiative under its program for advancing research, development and social implementation of energy-saving technologies to realize a decarbonized society. Japan’s petrochemical industry annually […]
Japan’s Cabinet Greenlights Strategy for Decarbonized, Growth-Centric Economy Aug. 1, 2023. - In a bid to promote energy stability amid ongoing global challenges and to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy, the Japanese Cabinet approved the “Strategy for Promoting the Transition to a Decarbonized Growth-Oriented Economic Structure” (GX Promotion Strategy) on July 28. This approval follows the enactment of several key policies earlier this year, including the “GX Promotion Law” and […]
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan’s METI Launches Committee to Accelerate Generative AI Development Jul. 31, 2023. - The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has formed an expert committee to propel the development of generative AI technology. The initiative aims to establish a support scheme for companies developing competitive base models in the fast-evolving field of generative AI. This advanced technology is predicted to have a transformative impact on industrial activities and daily life, tackling social […]
new 10000 yen note New Series of Japanese Bank Notes to Launch in July 2024 Jul. 28, 2023. - The Japanese Ministry of Finance has announced that the new series of Bank of Japan notes, designed to strengthen anti-counterfeiting measures, will start circulating in the first half of July 2024. The initiative follows the decision made by the Ministry in April 2019 to produce a new series of notes to enhance the country’s ability to prevent counterfeiting and fraud. […]
tokyo toyota arena Toyota Breaks Ground on Tokyo’s Next-Gen Sports Complex, Set for Fall 2025 Opening Jul. 26, 2023. - Toyota Motor, Toyota Fudosan, and Toyota Alvark Tokyo announced the groundbreaking for the construction of the highly-anticipated Tokyo A-Arena in the Odaiba Aomi area. Toyota Fudosan hosted the ceremony to commemorate the start of this ambitious project. Expected to be completed in June 2025, the arena aims to begin operations in the fall of the same year. Situated on the […]
mitsui chemicals pellicle Mitsui Chemicals Targets Global Leadership in Pellicle Manufacturing Jul. 25, 2023. - Mitsui Chemicals has announced the inauguration of its new affiliate, Mitsui Chemicals EMS Corp., which started operations on July 1, 2023. The newly established company is built on the pellicle business acquired from Asahi Kasei. As a leading provider of FPD pellicles, used in the LCD panel exposure process, this business has established a strong market presence. The company also […]
ntt kyuden mitsubishi 1 Japan Heralds New Era of Solar Power with Launch of Grid-Scale Battery System Jul. 24, 2023. - NTT Anode Energy Corporation, Kyushu Electric Power Company (Kyuden), and Mitsubishi Corporation officially started operations of a 1.4 MW / 4.2MWh grid-scale battery storage system in Tagawa-gun, Fukuoka Prefecture, marking a significant milestone in Japan’s journey toward renewable energy. The implementation of this system is expected to boost the country’s use of solar power by minimizing the necessity for solar […]
Toyo Ink Unveils Nano-Silver Sintering Paste for Enhanced Power Die Bonding Jul. 21, 2023. - Toyo Ink SC Holdings, the parent company of specialty chemicals firm Toyo Ink Group, has developed a silver nanoparticle paste for die-attach applications. This lead-free material is engineered to meet the needs of next-generation power electronics, capable of sintering at low temperatures under both pressureless and pressure-assisted methods. The silver nanoparticle paste, born from the company’s Corporate R&D Division, caters […]
Denso to Negotiate Transfer of Combustion Engine Parts Operations to Niterra Jul. 19, 2023. - Automotive parts supplier Denso has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to negotiate the transfer of certain internal combustion engine parts operations to Niterra. The move comes as the automotive industry accelerates its shift toward electrification in the push for carbon neutrality. The sector continues to develop internal combustion engines, accounting for regional and country-specific energy situations and fuel usage. […]
mitsubishi shipbuilding lng tank Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Bags Order for LNG Systems from Imabari Shipbuilding Jul. 17, 2023. - Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, a Yokohama-based subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has secured an order for 12 units of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel gas supply system (FGSS) from Imabari Shipbuilding. The order includes high-pressure systems for nine LNG-fueled car carriers and three bulk carriers. The units are set to contribute significantly to the decarbonization of the marine environment with a […]
Fujitsu and IHI Collaborate on Blockchain Project for Environmental Value Exchange Market Jul. 12, 2023. - Fujitsu and IHI Corporation have made significant progress in their joint project, which aims to contribute to carbon neutrality and establish an environmental value distribution platform supporting environmental value transactions. The project, initiated in fiscal year 2022, focuses on simplifying the environmental value creation process and preparing for the issuance of J-Credit, a carbon credit system. Under the initiative named […]

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