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  • Rubber Hose Demand Forecast for 2023 Dec. 8, 2022
    The Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association recently released its demand forecasts for rubber hoses for 2022 and 2023. According to the forecast, production (new rubber consumption) in 2022 is expected to exceed that of 2021 due to continued strong demand for high-pressure hoses throughout the year and a sharp recovery in automotive hoses from the […]
  • Rubber Hose Demand Forecast For 2022 Dec. 8, 2022
    The Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association recently released its demand forecasts for rubber hoses for 2022 and 2023. According to the forecast, production (new rubber consumption) in 2022 is expected to exceed that of 2021 due to continued strong demand for high-pressure hoses throughout the year and a sharp recovery in automotive hoses from the […]
  • Zeon Develops New Heat-Resistant and Pressure-Resistant Micro Hollow Particles Dec. 7, 2022
    Zeon has developed new heat-resistant and pressure-resistant micro hollow particles. They come with a particle diameter of 2 to 20 micrometers and porosity that can be controlled to 60 to 80 percent. The shell of the hollow particles is composed of a polymer with a cross-linked structure and has the following features: (1) Shape retention: […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber to Launch New High-Grip Sports Tire Dec. 7, 2022
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries will in February 2023 launch the Dunlop Direzza β11 high-grip sports tire, which has been developed with the goal of achieving high rankings in gymkhana competitions. It will be available in seven sizes. The Direzza β11 achieves both grip and wear resistance at a high level by adopting an asymmetrical pattern and […]
  • Toyo Tires Launches Tire With Optimized Cruising and Environmental Performance Dec. 6, 2022
    Toyo Tires will sequentially launch the premium comfort tire Proxes Comfort Ⅱs from the global flagship tire brand Proxes series in the Japanese market from March 2023. This product is a premium comfort tire that pursues high-quality cruising and has evolved environmental performance. The pattern design utilizes the company’s unique tire design platform technology T-Mode […]
  • Toyo Tires’ Global Flagship Proxes Tires Installed on Mazda’s New SUV Dec. 5, 2022
    Toyo Tires’ Proxes Sport tires have been selected by Mazda to be installed on the new Mazda CX-60 crossover SUV, which went on sale in Japan on September 15. The tire size is 235/50R20 100W. The Mazda CX-60 is a crossover SUV that offers environmental and safety performance that meets the demands of the times, […]
  • Zeon Expands Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber Production in the U.S. Dec. 5, 2022
    Zeon announced on Nov. 30 that it will in the U.S. increase its production capacity of Zetpol, a hydrogenated nitrile rubber (HNBR). Construction will begin in November, with production scheduled to start in January 2025. The company has been strengthening its Zetpol supply system in recent years by increasing production capacity at its Texas plant […]
  • Bando Chemical’s Q2 (Apr-Sep) FY03/2023 Results: Revenue Up But Profit Down Due to High Raw Material Prices Dec. 2, 2022
    Bando Chemical’s first half (April-September) results (IFRS) showed revenue of 52.2 billion yen ($378.70 million), up 13.1 percent year-on-year; and core operating profit of 3.65 billion yen, down 16.6 percent. Sales of products remained strong despite the lingering impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Sales also increased due to the weaker yen. On the other hand, […]
  • Sumitomo Riko Hosetex to Increase High-Pressure Hose Production Capacity in Japan, China and India Dec. 2, 2022
    Industrial hose manufacturer Sumitomo Riko Hosetex is expanding production capacity at its production bases in Japan (Kyoto), China (Hefei, Anhui Province) and India (Neemrana, Rajasthan) in response to strong demand for high-pressure hoses (wire braid hoses). The plan was decided in August 2021, with an investment of approximately 1 billion yen ($7.43 million). The expansion […]
  • Nissan’s Elgrand Minivan to Come With Yokohama Rubber Advan V51 Tires Dec. 1, 2022
    Yokohama Rubber has begun deliveries of Advan V51 tires for new vehicle installation (OE) on Nissan’s Elgrand minivan, which has been partially upgraded to improved specifications. The Advan V51 is a high-performance tire from the company’s top-of-the-line Advan series brand. Installed on the Elgrand this time, it achieves a high level of quietness suitable for […]

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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 […]
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