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  • Honda Moves Toward Domestic Procurement for New Chinese-Market EV Jun. 23, 2017
    Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7267) will begin locally procuring batteries and motors for an electric vehicle (EV) to be launched exclusively for the Chinese market in 2018. Thus far, Honda has supplied batteries and motors for hybrid vehicles (HVs) in China with exports from Japan. Utilizing the EV launch as an opportunity, however, the company […]
  • ISID Develops 3D Vehicle Data Sharing System Using VR Technology Jun. 23, 2017
    Information Services International-Dentsu Ltd. (TYO:4812), commonly referred to as ISID, announced on June 20 that it has developed a prototype remote 3D vehicle data sharing system using virtual reality (VR) technology for Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). This system will allow people in remote locations to communicate and share full-size vehicle models over the internet. Toyota […]
  • HP Japan to Launch Industrial-Grade 3D Printer With Mass Production Capabilities Jun. 23, 2017
    Hewlett-Packard Japan Ltd. announced on June 20 its development of a industrial-use 3D printer able to mass-produce printed components. The printer, created in collaboration with Mutoh Industries Ltd. and Ricoh Co. Ltd. (TYO:7752), is set to be launched in Japan this August. HP Japan has designed the new product using proprietary technology, allowing it to […]
  • GLM, Teijin Make Strides to Commercialize Lightweight Resin Windshields Jun. 22, 2017
    GLM Co. Ltd., a venture-backed electric vehicle (EV) company based in Kyoto, announced on June 19 that it is aiming to commercialize the world’s first resin windshield in cars driving on public roads. Jointly develop with Teijin Ltd. (TYO:3401), resin windshields are at least 30 percent lighter than those using glass.  The company plans to […]
  • Taiho Kyogo Develops Lubrication System to Cut Oil, Fuel Consumption Jun. 22, 2017
    Taiho Kogyo Co. Ltd. (TYO:6470) is accelerating the development of a new lubrication system as part of its new business activities. The company is collaborating with a Japanese car maker to develop its Cam-Shower, which will be able to supply lubricating oil to the entire camshaft evenly through optimized design of the oil passages. Besides […]
  • Uchihama Kasei Develops Automotive Interior Resin With Natural Fiber Texture Jun. 22, 2017
    Uchihama Kasei Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Aichi-based Kojima Industries Corp., has recently developed an automotive interior resin containing conspicuous natural fibers. The company used these fibers with the initial goal of reducing CO2 emissions in resin part manufacturing; however, by allowing the fiber to surface in the resin, a leather-like texture was achieved. The […]
  • Schaeffler Develops Sensor Coating Technology for 3D Surfaces Jun. 21, 2017
    Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG has developed a coating technology called Sensotect, which makes it possible to add sensor functions to objects with three-dimensional surfaces. The technology involves coating parts with sensor circuitry 2–3 microns thick, enabling detection of factors such as weight, vibration and heat. Used on automotive wheel bearings, the coating can […]
  • Bridgestone Holds Opening Ceremony for New Tire Factory in Russia Jun. 21, 2017
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently held an opening ceremony for a newly established passenger car tire factory in Ulyanovsk Oblast, Russia. The factory primarily supplies tires to the region encompassing Russia and the CIS and is operated by Bridgestone Tire Manufacturing C.I.S. LLC, a newly established tire manufacturing company jointly funded by Bridgestone and Mitsubishi Corp. […]
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  • Mitsui Enters Vegetable Seed Business With Acquisition of Israeli Firm Jun. 23, 2017
    Mitsui & Co. Ltd. has entered the seed business through the acquisition of Israeli vegetable seed company Top Seeds Ltd., since renamed Top Seeds International Ltd. The move is a starting point for Mitsui to round up other small and medium-sized Japanese seed makers with advanced technology while forming partnerships. Mitsui plans to assemble other […]
  • Japanese Chemical Giants to Leverage AI, Big Data for Joint Research Into Polymer Materials Jun. 23, 2017
    Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005), Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) and Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) plan to work with the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) on basic research into polymer materials. The four firms have agreed to contribute both basic research data on polyolefins and researchers in the hope of developing data […]
  • Kaneka to Acquire Applied Poleramic for Full-Scale Entry Into Aerospace Jun. 23, 2017
    Kaneka Corp. (TYO:4118) recently announced that it will acquire California-based Applied Poleramic Inc., a manufacturer and vendor of compounded resin used in aerospace components and carbon fiber composites. Kaneka will purchase 100 percent of Applied Poleramic’s shares, making it a consolidated subsidiary for an approximate amount of 1.5 billion yen ($13.46 million). In order to […]
  • Asia Could See Large Influx of US Shale-Derived Ethylene Jun. 23, 2017
    U.S. shale-derived ethylene is expected to increase in the Asian market, with a number of companies planning the construction of ethylene export terminals. For such projects, 10,000-ton class tanks require billions of yen (1 billion yen = $87.87 million) in investment, making the plans appear to be targeted at recruiting long-term customers primarily from Asian […]
  • Japan Polyethylene Fights Influx of US PE With Special LLDPE Jun. 22, 2017
    Japan Polyethylene Corp., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. (TYO:4188), will commence full-scale mass production of new low-density polyethylene products sometime in 2017. As the competition in generic products seems likely to intensify due to U.S. shale-derived products coming into Asia, Japan Polyethylene is speeding up a shift focused on high-performance chemicals. These new […]
  • Teijin to Supply Polycarbonate Resin for GLM Electric Car Windshield Jun. 22, 2017
    Teijin Ltd. (TYO:3401) has announced that its polycarbonate (PC) resin has been selected for use in the pillarless front windshield of the Tommykaira ZZ, a sports electric vehicle (EV) manufactured by GLM Co. Ltd., a Kyoto University-spawned automaker. This represents the world’s first production model road car windshield to be made of resin. Teijin uses […]
  • Key to the Car of Tomorrow: V2X – Part 2 Jun. 22, 2017
    When it comes to the connected car and other next-generation automobiles, attention has mostly focused on fuel and driving innovations. Yet improving comfort is also an important factor. New technologies are coming in light of a variety of objectives, such as drivability and ride quality. In addition to air conditioning and lighting, there is growing […]
  • Key to the Car of Tomorrow: V2X – Part 1 Jun. 21, 2017
    The situation surrounding advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), the connected car, autonomous driving and automobiles has been changing at a rapid pace. These changes concern not just in-vehicle electronics but also infrastructural aspects such as communications and electricity supply. As such, many companies are beginning to draft growth strategies that account for these changes in […]
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  • Sumitomo Rubber Participates in MOE CO2 Reduction Campaign Jun. 23, 2017
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) and its group companies have once again participated in the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Reduction/Light-Down Campaign, an initiative led by the Ministry of the Environment (MOE). On June 21, Sumitomo Rubber partially switched off its signage and indoor lighting between 8 pm and 10 pm at its 479 affiliated facilities across […]
  • Columbus Releases New Specialized Sneaker Insoles Jun. 23, 2017
    Manufacturer of shoe care products Columbus Co. Ltd. has launched Foot Solution For Sneakers, a product line of special insoles for sneakers. The new line features five types of insoles that adjust to shoe size, keep the shoe in place and help relieve leg fatigue. The insoles are equipped also with different functions based on […]
  • Zeon Wins 2016 SPSJ Award for Asymmetric SIS Copolymer Jun. 22, 2017
    Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) received the fiscal 2016 Society of Polymer Science Japan (SPSJ) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science and Technology. The award was given at the 66th SPSJ annual meeting to Zeon for its product Quintac, an asymmetric styrene-isoprene-styrene (SIS) block copolymer. The annual meeting included an award ceremony and acceptance speeches. Zeon […]
  • Yokohama Rubber to Launch New Tire for SUVs, Pickup Trucks Jun. 22, 2017
    Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) will launch new sports utility and pickup truck tire Geolandar M/T G003 in August. The product will be offered in nine sizes ranging from 15–20 inches with additional options to be released after September. Through improved endurance and wear-resistance, the new tire has long-life off-road performance on various road surfaces, […]
  • Fuji Latex Targets Higher Profits With IR Condoms Jun. 21, 2017
    Fuji Latex Co. Ltd. (TYO:5199) has released projected earnings for the fiscal year ending March 2018. The company forecasts a 7.7 percent year-on-year increase in sales to 7.6 billion yen ($68.17 million), a 34.5 percent increase in operating profit to 740 million yen, a 32.1 percent increase in ordinary profit to 670 million yen and […]
  • Fujikura Rubber to Bolster Global Plants for 2-Year Sales Increase of 35.6B Yen Jun. 21, 2017
    Fujikura Rubber Ltd. (TYO:5121) led by President Kenji Morita will focus on shoring up its plants in China and Vietnam and aims to generate 35.6 billion yen ($319 million) in annual sales mainly from automobile parts, control equipment, industrial materials and carbon golf shafts in the fiscal year ending March 2020. Fujikura held an opening […]
  • Japan Challenging but Worthwhile – New Continental Tire Japan MD May Jun. 20, 2017
    Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with Gregory May, who became the new managing director of Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd. this past May 1 at the age of 37. May explained that Continental AG’s Japanese arm, established in 2014, has reached the end of its start-up phase and moved on to the stage of […]
  • Bridgestone to Supply Special Tires for World’s Top Solar Car Race Jun. 19, 2017
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) revealed at a recent press conference that as part of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge the company will supply “Ecopia with ologic” tires to 11 teams from six countries, including a team from Tokai University. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is one of the largest solar-powered vehicle races in the world. […]

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Will Japanese Firms Make Marketing a Formidable Weapon? - This is the third in a series of columns about Japan Inc.’s ultimate global challenge: marketing (if you came here from somewhere else, read this and this first). Marketing is the process involved to sell a product and brand. It addresses how a product or brand should be perceived by the customer to be more desirable (positioning); where and how […]
AI - Toyota Concept i Japan Takes Fast Follower Approach on Artificial Intelligence, Too - Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has recently become a buzzword around the globe. The processing power of microchips is now strong enough for machines to do very complex tasks. In 2015, Google’s AlphaGo defeated the best human players in the board game Go, which was considered the last bastion of human advantage. It did not use pure computing power, but deep […]
EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement Understanding the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement - Underway since 2013, it looks as if trade negotiations are coming to a close toward an EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement (FTA), as the European Union calls it, or Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the term used by the Japanese side. This is important as together, the economies of Japan and Europe account for a third of global GDP. Moreover, the EU […]
ISO 14001 in Japan ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard Trends in Japan - By Hiroyuki Arie, General Manager, Business Stream Systems at TÜV Rheinland Japan   Twenty years have passed since the 1996 establishment of ISO 14001, the standard for environmental management systems (EMSs). By now, there are over 25,000 ISO 14001-certified organizations in Japan. This is second only to the number in China, and demonstrates that the concept of the environmental management […]
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