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

 

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  • JFE Steel, Mitsubishi Chemical Develop Lightweight Door Panel Technology Dec. 15, 2017
    JFE Steel Corp. announced on Dec. 12 that it has developed a new door panel technology in partnership with Mitsubishi […] The article JFE Steel, Mitsubishi Chemical Develop Lightweight Door Panel Technology appeared first on Japan Automotive Daily.
  • Automatic Braking Sees Boom in Popularity Dec. 15, 2017
    Cars equipped with automatic braking are rapidly increasing in popularity. Sales of cars with Toyota Motor Corp.’s (TYO:7203) Safety Sense […] The article Automatic Braking Sees Boom in Popularity appeared first on Japan Automotive Daily.
  • Mitsubishi Fuso Prepares to Go All in on Electric Trucks and Buses Dec. 15, 2017
    Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. is preparing to go all the way in on the electric vehicle (EV) market, […] The article Mitsubishi Fuso Prepares to Go All in on Electric Trucks and Buses appeared first on Japan Automotive Daily.
  • World’s Strictest Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy Vehicles Set for 2025 Introduction Dec. 15, 2017
    The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) published on […] The article World’s Strictest Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy Vehicles Set for 2025 Introduction appeared first on Japan Automotive Daily.
  • Volvo XC60 Wins Car of the Year Japan Award Dec. 14, 2017
    Volvo Car Japan Co. Ltd. received the 38th Car of the Year Japan award for the Volvo XC60 on Dec. […] The article Volvo XC60 Wins Car of the Year Japan Award appeared first on Japan Automotive Daily.
  • Nihon Unisys to Provide Platform for Nissan’s New Car Sharing Service Dec. 14, 2017
    Nihon Unisys Ltd. (TYO:8056) announced on Dec. 11 that it will provide the company’s mobility service platform, Smart Oasis Carsharing, […] The article Nihon Unisys to Provide Platform for Nissan’s New Car Sharing Service appeared first on Japan Automotive Daily.
  • Daido Kogyo Prepares to Launch New Motorcycle Chain Plant in Philippines Dec. 14, 2017
    Daido Kogyo Co. Ltd. (TYO:6373) recently announced plans to establish a factory in the Philippines for manufacturing motorcycle chains. The […] The article Daido Kogyo Prepares to Launch New Motorcycle Chain Plant in Philippines appeared first on Japan Automotive Daily.
  • Mitsubishi Motors Signs Memorandum With Indonesia to Spread EVs Dec. 14, 2017
    Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (TYO:7211) announced on Dec. 11 that it has signed a memorandum with the Indonesian government to promote […] The article Mitsubishi Motors Signs Memorandum With Indonesia to Spread EVs appeared first on Japan Automotive Daily.
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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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  • Mitsubishi Chemical Looks to Accelerate M&A Efforts in Performance Products Dec. 15, 2017
    Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. is moving to accelerate its M&A strategies in the area of performance products. With an investment and loan framework of 1.7 trillion yen ($15.08 billion) established as […] The article Mitsubishi Chemical Looks to Accelerate M&A Efforts in Performance Products appeared first on Japan Chemical Daily - Industry News in English.
  • Showa Denko Targets 40% Increase to Operating Profit Over 2019–2022 Dec. 15, 2017
    Showa Denko KK (TYO:4004) President Kohei Morikawa revealed at a Dec. 12 press conference in Tokyo that the company is targeting 200 billion yen ($1.77 billion) in cumulative operating profit […] The article Showa Denko Targets 40% Increase to Operating Profit Over 2019–2022 appeared first on Japan Chemical Daily - Industry News in English.
  • JFE Steel and Mitsubishi Chemical Develop Strong, Lightweight Car Door Panels Dec. 15, 2017
    JFE Steel Corp.  has developed multi-material technology for lighter automotive door panels as part of a joint development partnership with Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. While a panel’s rigidity is usually highly […] The article JFE Steel and Mitsubishi Chemical Develop Strong, Lightweight Car Door Panels appeared first on Japan Chemical Daily - Industry News in English.
  • Dai Nippon Printing Looks to Commercialize CNFs in 2020 Dec. 14, 2017
    Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. (TYO:7912) is considering an entry into the market for cellulose nanofibers (CNFs), looking toward commercialization in 2020. The company has expertise in creating compounds using […] The article Dai Nippon Printing Looks to Commercialize CNFs in 2020 appeared first on Japan Chemical Daily - Industry News in English.
  • Osaka University Synthesizes Methanol From Methane and Oxygen Dec. 14, 2017
    An Osaka University research group led by Professor Kei Ohkubo has developed the world’s first oxidation reaction method to synthesize methanol from methane gas and air with high efficiency under […] The article Osaka University Synthesizes Methanol From Methane and Oxygen appeared first on Japan Chemical Daily - Industry News in English.
  • JBIC Survey: China Again Most Promising Chemicals Market Dec. 14, 2017
    Japanese chemical makers have begun redirecting their focus toward China. According to the “Survey Report on Overseas Business Operations by Japanese Manufacturing Companies” by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation […] The article JBIC Survey: China Again Most Promising Chemicals Market appeared first on Japan Chemical Daily - Industry News in English.
  • Ube Industries Moves Toward 300M Square Meter Annual Capacity for LiB Separators Dec. 13, 2017
    Ube Industries Ltd. (TYO:4208) is continuing to make investments into increasing its production of separators, which are primary components of lithium-ion secondary batteries (LiBs). The company’s Sakai Factory in Osaka […] The article Ube Industries Moves Toward 300M Square Meter Annual Capacity for LiB Separators appeared first on Japan Chemical Daily - Industry News in […]
  • Showa Shell Teams up With Tohoku University to Produce Hexene From Cellulose Dec. 13, 2017
    Showa Shell Sekiyu KK (TYO:5002) has succeeded in using cellulose – a non-edible biomass material – to produce hexene, which can be used as a gasoline component. Based on the company’s […] The article Showa Shell Teams up With Tohoku University to Produce Hexene From Cellulose appeared first on Japan Chemical Daily - Industry News in […]
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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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  • Dow Corning Toray’s Molykote Approaches 70th Year in 2018 Dec. 15, 2017
    Molykote, a special lubricant produced and sold by Dow Corning Toray Co. Ltd., will celebrate its 70th year in 2018. Unlike regular lubricants, Molykote can withstand a large range of high and low temperatures while preventing wear and tear. It is used in automobile pistons and brakes to mitigate friction and to control vibrations, noise […]
  • Kasco to Sell Golf Balls with Jointly Developed Eucommia Elastomer Covers Dec. 14, 2017
    Golf equipment maker Kasco Corp. has announced that it will next April release a new golf ball made using eucommia elastomer. The ball, branded the Biospin, will be a high-end product with a suggested retail price of 1,000 yen ($8.88) per ball. The cover material is made with trans-1,4-polyisoprene, an inedible biomass produced by the […]
  • Bridgestone CEO Comments on Recent Troubles in Japanese Manufacturing Dec. 13, 2017
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) CEO Masaaki Tsuya recently offered comments regarding the series of problems this year that some say has shaken confidence in Japanese manufacturing. Speaking at a year-end press conference, Tsuya said that he does not believe that confidence in Japanese manufacturing has been undermined. He maintained that the earnestness and strong work ethic […]
  • Strong Demand for Robotics-Related Rubber Products Dec. 12, 2017
    The robotics industry is booming as manufacturers cut personnel costs and supplement scarce human resources through production line automation and workforce reduction. According to statistics reported by the Japan Robot Association (JARA), 55,998 robotic devices were produced during the July-September quarter, up 44.9 percent from the same quarter of the previous year. Shipment value amounted […]
  • Zeon Opens High-Performance Materials Distributor in California Dec. 11, 2017
    Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) has established a new local distributor for high-performance materials in California’s Silicon Valley. The company, Zeon Specialty Materials Inc. (ZSM), moved into its offices in October and will begin operating in January. The new entity will take over North American sales operations from fellow Zeon Group company Zeon Chemicals LP, which is […]
  • Sumitomo Riko Subsidiary to Exhibit Industrial Hoses at Indian Trade Fair Dec. 8, 2017
    Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) subsidiary Tokai Imperial Hydraulics India Pvt. Ltd. (TIH) is set to take part in Excon 2017, also known as the International Construction Equipment and Construction Technology Trade Fair. The Indian-based manufacturer and seller of industrial hoses will be exhibiting its key products at the trade fair, which starts in Bangalore […]
  • Rubber Seal Maker TPR Set to Acquire Nobukawa Dec. 7, 2017
    TPR Co. Ltd. (TYO:6463), a producer of piston rings, cylinder liners and other key components for internal combustion engines, recently announced that it will acquire carbon masterbatch maker Nobukawa Co. Ltd. as a wholly owned subsidiary on Dec. 13. The move is part of an overall plan by TPR to diversify its operations by moving […]
  • Yokohama Rubber Launches Limited Web Sales of New Cutting-Edge Tire Dec. 6, 2017
    Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) began limited domestic sales of its new BluEarth-air EF21 tire on Dec. 5. With sales via Yokohama’s website limited to 100 units, the tire is being sold as a special model equipped with leading technology. The new product has adopted Yokohama Rubber’s advanced lightweight design technology in a bid to […]

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Currency Markets How Will Currency Markets Affect Japan’s Exporters in 2018? - In 2016, Japanese exporters had a rough time due to the strong Japanese yen. 2017 has been a bad year for the U.S. dollar, which has lost ground against most currencies. This has helped exporters in Japan, but many would prefer the yen to be even weaker. What does the next year hold for the Japanese currency, and how will […]
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Meetings in Japan JETRO Publishes New Invest Japan Report, Says Foreign Tech Contributes to Innovation - Japan sees significant increases in inward foreign direct investment, or FDI, according to the “Invest Japan Report 2017” just published by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). In a new trend, the report finds foreign technology contributing to innovation in Japanese society. Significant increase in Japan’s inward FDI Japan’s inward FDI stock at the end of 2016 was 27.8 trillion […]
ABB and Kawasaki announce cobot collaboration Setting Sights on Bright Cobot Future, Robot Leaders Join Forces - Collaborative robots can be the next big thing – and robot market leaders ABB and Kawasaki Heavy Industries are moving quickly to make that happen. Just a few days back, the two heavyweights announced in Tokyo a formal cooperation. Shortly after, also in Tokyo, ABB launched its latest YuMi collaborative robot at iRex International Robot Exhibition 2017. Also known as […]
Tokyo Buildings Japanese Statistics Bureau Publishes Statistical Yearbook 2018 - The Statistics Bureau of the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has published the Japan Statistical Yearbook 2018. The annual publication is a systematic summary of statistical information published by government and private organisations. The yearbook covers 30 wide-ranging fields such as land, population, economy, society and culture in 539 tables. Read the Japan Statistical Yearbook 2018 here.
Mount Fuji Shizuoka Industry Zone Japanese Manufacturers Set up Close to 500 New Sites in First Half – METI - Manufacturing companies in Japan invested in 499 new factory locations between January and June 2017, according to a report by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Up 9.4 percent compared to the previous year, this marked the return to a level comparable to that of 2014. The total area covered by new factory locations stood at 569 hectars, […]
Indian Passport Japan Relaxes Visa Requirements for Indian Nationals - Japan will relax requirements for multiple-entry visa for short-term stay for Indian nationals from Jan. 1, 2018. The government will simplify visa application documents and expand the scope of eligible applicants. (1) Simplification of visa application documents The “Applicant’s Employment Certificate” and “Explanation Letter stating the reason of applying for multiple-entry-visa” will be exempted in applying for multiple-entry-visa. In principle, […]
TPP Comes Roaring Back TPP Comes Roaring Back as 11 Countries Reach Agreement - Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have made substantial progress when negotiators on Nov. 10 reached agreement for a way forward at the TPP Ministerial Meeting held in Vietnam. This marks an important milestone for building the broader free trade area in the Asia-Pacific region, which experienced a stumble block when U.S. President Trump pulled out of negotiations back im January. Yet […]

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