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  • JSR Set to Transfer Control of Life Sciences Business to New US Subsidiary Mar. 26, 2019
    JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) is working to transfer control of its life sciences business to U.S.-based JSR Life Sciences LLC., a new company established on Jan. 1 under wholly owned subsidiary JSR North America Holdings Inc. Practical operations here are slated to begin on April 1. So far, JSR has grown its life sciences business on […]
  • Rubber Unions Make New Demands for Wage Increases Mar. 25, 2019
    The Japan Rubber Workers Union Confederation (JRC), an organization made up of rubber unions encompassing tire, rubber auto part, industrial rubber product and shoe manufacturers, has set out on its annual spring labor offensive for 2019. Focusing on major manufacturers, this initiative has seen the bulk of the relevant labor unions – of which there […]
  • Toyo Tires Looks to Incorporate Sustainable Development Goals Mar. 22, 2019
    Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) recently announced that it has gotten on board with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), drafting up a plan for how the company aims to implement these SDGs throughout its group’s business by 2030. The company has also signed the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) to help bring about an inclusive […]
  • Yokohama Rubber Charity Fund Makes Donation to ChildFund Japan Mar. 20, 2019
    Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5101) Yokohama Magokoro Fund, a charity initiative funded by voluntary employee donations, has contributed funding to support ChildFund Japan. As a special nonprofit organization (NPO), ChildFund Japan runs initiatives such as a sponsorship program that sees sponsors exchange letters with children in need while helping to support their growth. To bolster […]
  • Japanese Belt Exports Stay Flat for 2018 While Imports Rise 16% Mar. 19, 2019
    Japan’s rubber belt exports for 2018 were largely unchanged year-on-year at a value of 39.62 billion yen ($356.06 million), according to foreign trade statistics released by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and put together by the Japan Belting Manufacturers Association. Rubber belt exports to the U.S. – the Japanese sector’s top customer here – were […]
  • JSR to Switch up Top Management With New Positions, New President Mar. 18, 2019
    JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) announced on March 14 that it intends to restructure its top management, having made a decision on this at a board of directors meeting earlier that day. Managing Officer Eric Johnson, 57, has been selected to fill the newly created role of CEO. Meanwhile, Nobuo Kawahashi, 62 – currently an executive managing […]
  • Michelin Japan Details Ideas to Cut Down on Tire Waste via Regrooving, Retreading Mar. 15, 2019
    Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has detailed a number of solutions that it can provide to help with environmental issues. Holding a March 12 media seminar on this at the first day of the New Environmental Exposition 2019, Michelin Japan VP Takaaki Takahashi said that his company is setting out with a long-term strategy aimed […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber Works With German Research Institute to Clarify Processes Behind Natural Rubber Failure Mar. 14, 2019
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has managed a world-first success in shedding light on the crystallization process that occurs at the tips of cracks in natural rubber – crystallization referring here to rubber molecules becoming aligned in the direction of elongation when the rubber is stretched. The company’s research on this was carried out in […]

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