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  • Honda Turns to Continental as Sole Parts Provider for New Driver Assist System Jul. 28, 2017
    Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7267) will adopt a system from Germany’s Continental AG for its expressway autonomous driving technology to go into commercial use in 2020. The Japanese automaker is aiming to gain a competitive edge in the competitive development of autonomous driving technology by procuring parts from Continental, which has extensive know-how in this […]
  • Daicel to Improve Airbag Inflator Quality With New IoT-Enabled Production System Jul. 28, 2017
    Daicel Corp. (TYO:4202) is targeting 2020 for a new global production management system that utilizes the Internet of Things (IoT). The system will be for the production of inflators for automotive airbags. By the end of fiscal 2018, the company will install new management equipment, such as image analysis devices, in factories at seven bases […]
  • Denso to Launch New Energy Eye Heat Flow Sensor Jul. 28, 2017
    Denso Corp. (TYO:6902) announced on July 25 a September launch date for its new Energy Eye heat flow sensor. Effective in analyzing thermal energy at the product development stage, the sensor uses an inbuilt thermocouple to accurately measure absolute temperature, changes in temperature and heat transfer rate inside a vehicle’s engine room. With further development, […]
  • Toyota and Microsoft Launch Interactive Viewing Experience for World Rally Championship Jul. 27, 2017
    Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) and Microsoft Corp. have announced the launch of EchoCam, an interactive viewing experience for the World Rally Championship’s Neste Rally Finland 2017, which is being held July 27–30. During the event, spectators can go to special locations to take photos of the Yaris WRC as it passes by. Spectators who upload […]
  • Keihin to Increase Air Conditioner Capacitor Production for Volkswagen Jul. 27, 2017
    Keihin Corp. (TYO:7251) recently announced that it will increase its production capacity for air conditioner capacitors for Volkswagen AG at Keihin Thermal Technology Czech s.r.o., the company’s production base in the Czech Republic. The Czech subsidiary will add a new production line that will start operation in fiscal 2018, increasing the number of capacitors supplied […]
  • Subaru to Accelerate Global Implementation of EyeSight System Jul. 27, 2017
    Subaru Corp. (TYO:7270) will accelerate the global roll-out of its EyeSight driver assistance system. Currently used in five regions, including Japan, EyeSight will be introduced to the ASEAN region, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. The Japanese automaker has significantly improved development efficiency of the system for varying driving conditions across several regions through […]
  • Hino to Offer Chinese Market New Trucks at 10% Cheaper Cost Jul. 26, 2017
    Hino Motors Ltd. (TYO:7205) has announced that it will release new trucks for the Chinese market in 2018–2019, developed with a focus on reducing costs. The company hopes that increased local procurement and other such measures will allow it to cut the prices of its trucks by approximately 10 percent. Hino began manufacturing heavy-duty trucks […]
  • GMO Cloud to Carry out Connected Car Testing Across Japan Jul. 26, 2017
    GMO Cloud KK has announced that it will begin validation tests of connected cars across Japan, checking internet connectivity through an onboard connector developed by the company. With the help of 20 automotive dealers and maintenance service providers, GMO Cloud will be targeting vehicles manufactured after 2000 with the aim of bringing automated analysis and […]
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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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  • Mitsui Chemicals R&D Head Shin Fukuda Talks Innovation and Venture Business Jul. 28, 2017
    The Chemical Daily recently had the opportunity to interview Shin Fukuda, a managing executive officer at Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) and head of the company’s R&D headquarters as of April this year. After studying atomic engineering at Hokkaido University, Fukuda started his career at Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:7201) aerospace division, but due to restructuring […]
  • Denka to Make 70 Billion Yen Strategic Investment Over Five Years Jul. 28, 2017
    Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) has revealed that its next five-year business plan, beginning with the business year through March 2019, will include 70 billion yen ($630 million) for mergers, acquisitions and other strategic investments. The investments are to be made upon completion of the current 50 billion yen strategic investment budget for the four-year period […]
  • Riken Synthesizes High Molecular Weight Polar Polyolefins With Rare Earth Metal Catalyst Jul. 28, 2017
    A research group from Riken, the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, has developed a copolymerization technology that efficiently incorporates polar groups into polyolefins. High molecular weight polar polyolefins can be synthesized using a rare earth metal catalyst to copolymerize alpha-olefin (polar monomer) and ethylene (nonpolar monomer) in an arbitrary mixing ratio. Ordinary polyolefins do […]
  • CiRA Builds iPS Cell Stock, Targets 30% Coverage for Japan’s Population Jul. 28, 2017
    The Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA) at Kyoto University expects to expand its stock of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells enough to cover around 30 percent of the Japanese population sometime during fiscal 2017. The cells are provided through CiRA’s iPS Cell Stock for Regenerative Medicine project, which produces iPS cells from […]
  • Osaka University Researchers Eliminate Need for Anti-Reflective Coating in Solar Cells Jul. 28, 2017
    A research group from the Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research at Osaka University has developed a method of shaping silicon wafers with low reflectivity via a simple solution treatment. Using crystalline silicon photovoltaics (PV) with a simple structure and no need for anti-reflective coating, the wafers achieve a conversion efficiency of 20 percent. This […]
  • Sumitomo Chemical Works on New Liquid Crystal Polymer for High-Frequency Devices Jul. 27, 2017
    Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. (TYO:4005) is targeting an early market launch for a new liquid crystal polymer (LCP) suited to high-frequency devices. Suppressing the dielectric dissipation factor to a level of 0.001, the LCP promises to significantly reduce transmission loss. Sumitomo Chemical plans to supply the LCP in the form of a compound for electrical […]
  • Mitsubishi Tanabe to Acquire Israeli-Based NeuroDerm for $1.1 Billion Jul. 27, 2017
    Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp. (TYO:4508) announced an agreement on July 24 to acquire Israeli-based NeuroDerm Ltd. for about $1.1 billion, or $39 per share. NeuroDerm hopes to put ND0612, a Parkinson’s disease product candidate now in Phase III clinical testing in the U.S., on the market in fiscal 2019. This ties in with Mitsubishi Tanabe’s […]
  • China Sees Flurry of New CPL Facilities Come Online Jul. 27, 2017
    A series of new caprolactam (CPL) facilities have been popping up in China. Shanxi Lubao Coking Group Co. Ltd. this year has brought online a new facility with a total annual capacity of 100,000 tons in the company’s home province of Shanxi. The production is characterized by a process of obtaining benzene from coal, which […]
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  • New Zeon Thermal Interface Material Sheets Offer Hope for Semiconductor Heat Issues Jul. 28, 2017
    An advanced thermal interface material (TIM) sheet developed by Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) holds promise in helping to create an energy-efficient, smart, low-carbon economy. This potential stems from TIM’s ability to significantly reduce the temperature of semiconductors used in servers and power devices, where heat generation is a growing technical issue. Great advances in the processing […]
  • Asahi Kasei to Increase Annual Production Capacity for S-SBR by 30,000 Tons Jul. 27, 2017
    Asahi Kasei Corp. (TYO:3407) has decided to increase its production capacity for solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) for fuel efficient tires. The increase will take place at the company’s Singapore subsidiary Asahi Kasei Synthetic Rubber Singapore. Annual capacity will increase by 30,000 tons, raising the total production capacity in Singapore to 130,000 tons per year. The […]
  • Yokohama Rubber to Launch Classic Car Tire for Company’s 100-Year Anniversary Jul. 27, 2017
    Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has decided on six sizes for the Advan HF Type D, a classic car tire that the company plans to launch in October to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The six sizes range from 13 to 15 inches. The Advan HF Type D, which Yokohama Rubber is now remaking, is a […]
  • Bridgestone to Launch New, Quieter Studless VRX Tire With Longer Wear Jul. 26, 2017
    Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) plans on Sept. 1 to launch the Blizzak VRX2, the company’s new studless tire for passenger cars. To be offered in 109 sizes, the product has achieved the best on-ice performance recorded to date, and features long wear and quiet performance. The new product realizes significant performance improvements compared to its predecessors […]
  • Carbon Black Shipment Volume Rises For Fifth Straight Month Jul. 26, 2017
    Shipment volume of carbon black for May rose to 43,271 tons, up 0.2 percent from the same period a year prior, according to data compiled by the Carbon Black Association. This marks the fifth consecutive month of year-on-year increases. Looking at carbon black shipments for rubber, the volume for general-purpose rubber rose 1.4 percent. However, […]
  • Tokyo Zairyo Focuses on Bolstering US Operations Under New Management Plan Jul. 25, 2017
    Tokyo Zairyo Co. Ltd., a raw material trading company and a subsidiary of Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205), achieved record profits for the seventh year in a row in the fiscal year ending March 2017. Now starting this fiscal term, the company has implemented a new medium-term management plan. Sitting down recently with Japan Rubber Weekly, President […]
  • Toyoda Gosei Develops New Side Airbag Jul. 24, 2017
    Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently announced that it has jointly developed a new side airbag with Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). Compatible with various makes and models, the new airbag has already been adopted for use in Toyota’s new Camry and is scheduled to be equipped in about 2.5 million vehicles annually. Side airbags, which […]
  • JSR to Acquire Lexi, Expand 3D Printing and Material Business Jul. 24, 2017
    JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) recently reached an agreement to acquire a 100 percent stake in 3D software company Lexi Co. Ltd. With the JSR Group expanding its business through 3D printing and material technology, this is an opportunity for the company to move forward and establish a new business in the life sciences sector. The acquisition […]

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EU-Japan Summit July 7 A Trade Deal for the 21st Century - On the eve of the G20 summit in Hamburg, the European Union and Japan reached a political understanding about a new comprehensive free trade agreement. During the EU-Japan Summit, Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, hailed the agreement as “the birth of the world’s largest, free, industrialized economic zone.” EU officials proclaimed it “the most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded […]

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Japanese Overseas Subsidiaries Increase Sales for 4th Quarter in a Row - Total sales of Japanese overseas subsidiaries have increased 7.9 percent from January to March 2017, according to a recent survey published by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). This marks the fourth consecutive quarter of increasing sales. Sales by Region Sales in Asia grew 8.8 percent during the quarter, also showing growth for the fourth quarter in a […]
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Japanese Manager Japan Patent Office Opens Public Services Center in Osaka - The Japan Patent Office (JPO) will open the INPIT-KANSAI center of intellectual property public services on July 31. The new office is located in Osaka’s Grand Front Osaka Building and aims to support the business growth of firms in the Kansai region, including SMEs and startups. It is part of the Japanese government’s push to foster local economies. The new […]
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