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  • NTT Data, Gunma University Target Fully Autonomous Driving for 2020 May. 26, 2017
    NTT Data Corp. (TYO:9613) and Gunma University recently announced that they will collaborate on bringing next-generation vehicles capable of fully autonomous driving into practical use. They will jointly research technical elements required for a society with fully autonomous driving, including AI and technology for Big Data processing. The two partners will start demonstration tests in […]
  • JEITA: Automotive AVC Equipment Shipments up 9.5% for 2016 May. 26, 2017
    Japan’s domestic shipment value of consumer electronics increased in fiscal 2016 for the first time in six years, rising 4.1 percent to hit 1.33 trillion yen ($11.91 billion), according to the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA). This included a 9.5-percent increase in vehicle automatic volume control (AVC) equipment, which grew in shipment […]
  • Isuzu Motors to Acquire GM’s Stake in South African Subsidiary May. 26, 2017
    Isuzu Motors Ltd. (TYO:7202) announced on May 18 that it will acquire General Motors Co.’s (GM) equity stake in Isuzu Truck South Africa (Pty) Ltd. (ITSA) and turn it into a wholly owned subsidiary. With this, Isuzu will internalize its pickup truck business, which to date has been outsourced to a GM subsidiary. The acquisition […]
  • Toyoda Gosei, Daicel Strengthen Relationship With Capital Alliance May. 26, 2017
    Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) and Daicel Corp. (TYO:4202) announced plans on May 19 to strengthen their relationship in product development and form a capital alliance. Both companies will mutually acquire approximately 1 billion yen ($8.97 million) of each other’s shares. The companies will strengthen global development and supply capacity in the automotive safety field […]
  • Ricoh, Denso Develop World’s Smallest ADAS Stereo Camera May. 25, 2017
    Ricoh Industrial Solutions Inc. and Denso Corp. (TYO:6902) recently announced their joint development of the world’s smallest stereo camera for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Mass production of the camera started in October 2016 at Ricoh’s Hanamaki Production Center, Iwate Prefecture, with cumulative shipments already having reached 80,000 units. Stereo cameras excel in their ability […]
  • Toyoda Gosei to Meet Growing Indian Demand for Airbags With New Plant May. 25, 2017
    Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) announced on May 22 that it will establish a new production plant for airbags and other automotive parts in Gujarat, India. The new plant will be the company’s fifth in the country. Excluding expenses for buildings and land, Toyoda Gosei will invest a total of 732 million Rupees ($11.32 million) […]
  • JAMA Chairman: Japan’s Auto Industry Welcomes TPP With or Without US May. 25, 2017
    Hiroto Saikawa, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and president of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7201), has addressed JAMA’s approval of a joint statement supporting the early ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by 11 nations. During the regularly scheduled press conference on May 22, Saikawa stated that the automobile industry prefers the […]
  • Japan’s LDP Puts Forth Policy Proposals for Autonomous Driving, Seeks Tie-up With Germany May. 24, 2017
    Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) recently made its policy proposals for autonomous driving. Japan’s governing political party called for putting in place a shared database to enhance control technology, as well as for the use of quasi-zenith satellites. In 3D mapping, the LDP is seeking active international cooperation with the likes of Germany so as […]
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  • Asahi Kasei Heads to Silicon Valley in Search of Innovative Auto Technology May. 26, 2017
    Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) has set up an intelligence-gathering operation in Silicon Valley to focus on the automotive sector. Positioning growth in this field as its top priority, Asahi Kasei dispatched a staff member to the U.S. from its Automotive Marketing Department in April. The department was established last year to enhance functions throughout the […]
  • Daicel’s New Medium-Term Plan Indicates Change in Company Focus – Part 1 May. 26, 2017
    Daicel Corp. (TYO:4202) is one of the most profitable enterprises in the chemical sector. The company has maintained a top market share with its core-business products, increasing revenue and profits since 2011. This year, the company launched 3D-III, a new medium-term management plan with three main themes: change, challenge and courage. These themes show an […]
  • DuPont to Enter Chinese Market for 3D Printer Resin May. 26, 2017
    E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., commonly known as DuPont, will be entering the Chinese market for 3D printer resin. Anticipating rapid market growth, the company plans to invest this year in three resin products: Hytrel, a thermoplastic copolyester elastomer (TPC); Zytel, a nylon resin; and Surlyn, an ionomer resin. The company is also […]
  • Sumitomo Chemical to Expand Chinese Production With New Facilities in Chengdu, Dalian May. 26, 2017
    Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) announced on May 23 that the company will be boosting production capacities for its automotive materials operations in China. The company will be constructing a new factory in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, for polypropylene (PP) compound, which is used in automotive bumpers and interiors. The company will also be establishing new […]
  • Teijin Targets Car Sharing Market With New Concept Car May. 26, 2017
    Teijin Ltd. (TYO:3401) has announced its fourth-generation concept car. Whereas material manufacturers typically outsource the building of concept cars, Teijin’s acquisition of a tier-one supplier in the North America has provided knowledge on parts design. In having the advantages of handling everything from the design stage in-house, Teijin is working to develop concept cars that […]
  • Mitsui to Expand Into Fish Farm Biotechnology With Investment in Calysta May. 25, 2017
    Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (TYO:8031) is getting into the business of biotechnology-derived raw materials for aquaculture feed. The company has concluded a basic agreement to invest in Calysta Inc., a U.S.-based bioventure that owns biotechnology for making ingredients used in food for fish farms. The venture uses natural gas to cultivate nutrient-rich bacteria, and supplies […]
  • Toray Executive Yasuo Suga Discusses Future of Carbon Fiber Industry – Part 2 May. 25, 2017
    By Yusuke Sekiguchi, Editor Toray Industries Inc. (TYO:3402) maintains the largest market share in the world for both regular-tow (RT) and large-tow (LT) carbon fiber. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) is seeing increased demand in the automotive industry, despite a market slowdown last year, as the material’s ability to reduce vehicle weight enables better fuel […]
  • All Eyes on Shale Gas-Derived PE as Curtain Falls on APIC2017 – Part 2 May. 25, 2017
    Polyethylene (PE) appears set for considerable overcapacity in the next few years. Ethylene market growth is forecast to peak around 2020–2022 with PE the key driver of consumption, accounting for the majority of ethylene demand. A number of U.S. ethane crackers are due to come online in the latter half of this year, most of […]
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  • Daicel, Toyoda Gosei to Enter Into Capital Alliance, Strengthen Collaboration May. 26, 2017
    Daicel Corp. (TYO:4202) and Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) have agreed to form a capital alliance in order to strengthen the two companies’ collaborative relationship. The two companies will cross-hold each other’s shares through acquiring equity from each other at about 1 billion yen ($9 million). The targeted areas for collaboration are safety fields, including […]
  • Yokohama Rubber to Sell Revamped Flat Tire Repair Kit May. 26, 2017
    Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has announced that the Airlock One, a new version of the company’s Airlock emergency flat tire repair kit, will launch on June 1. While the Airlock One’s predecessor was offered as a two-piece type, which required a connection between the emergency repair liquid bottle and a compressor to fill tires […]
  • Sumitomo Rubber Executive Explains New, Ride-Improving Shinobi Technology May. 25, 2017
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has significantly boosted the noise suppression and ride comfort performance of its Le Mans V fuel-efficient tire by employing the company’s new Shinobi technology. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with Sumitomo Rubber Sales Planning Manager Mamiko Kadoya from the company’s domestic tire replacement sales headquarters to discuss the Le […]
  • Ube Industries Aims to Start Full Operations of Malaysian BR Joint Venture This Year May. 24, 2017
    Ube Industries Ltd.’s (TYO:4208) butadiene rubber (BR) joint venture factory in Malaysia, Lotte Ube Synthetic Rubber Sdn. Bhd. (LUSR), expects to start fully operating in the second half of the current fiscal year. Synthetic rubber is one of the business areas designated for aggressive expansion in Change & Challenge 2018, Ube Industries’ three-year medium-term business […]
  • Nishikawa Rubber Taps Yoshitomo Fukuoka to Be New President May. 24, 2017
    Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161), a rubber manufacturer of automotive parts such as weatherstrips and seal material, unofficially selected a new president at a board meeting convened on May 12. The company offered the position of president and CEO to Managing Director Yoshitomo Fukuoka, aged 64. The decision will be formalized at a regular shareholder […]
  • Osaka Soda Sees Revenue Decline Despite Sales Spike for Epichlorohydrin Rubber May. 23, 2017
    Chemicals manufacturer Osaka Soda Co. Ltd. (TYO:4046) has released its business results for the fiscal year ending in March 2017. The company saw sales of 93.59 billion yen ($840.94 million), a year-on-year decrease of 8.4 percent; operating profit of 6.59 billion yen, an increase of 2.2 percent; ordinary income of 6.54 billion yen, an increase […]
  • Nitta Implements Capital Investment Plan With Direct Tie-in to Sales May. 23, 2017
    Nitta Corp. (TYO:5186) is moving forward with a capital investment plan totaling at 4.5 billion yen ($40.38 million) for fiscal 2017, directly linking the investment to company sales. Included in this amount, says President Motonobu Nitta, are remaining funds from fiscal 2016’s budget, as only 3 billion of the allotted 4.8 billion for the year […]
  • Toyoda Gosei Enters Into Exclusive e-Rubber Licensing Agreement May. 22, 2017
    Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) and Advanced Softmaterials Inc. have concluded an exclusive licensing agreement for the use and sales of Slide-Ring Material, a key material for e-Rubber. The agreement is limited to applications of the material in dielectric actuators and dielectric sensors. Advanced Softmaterials, which was established in 2005 with the aim of commercializing […]

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