Japan has one of the most important rubber industries in the world. The figures alone are notable. With almost 1.67 million tons per year, it is the third largest consumer of the versatile material worldwide behind China and the United States. Japan also has a large number of manufacturers, many of which produce products not found elsewhere. The Japanese rubber industry is unique and this is what makes it so important.

Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications found that since 2013 the automotive sector in Japan spent a whopping 3 trillion yen and more annually on R&D. This research helps improve the manufacturing and design of cars, making them more efficient and safer.

The future of cars is looking greener and more efficient. Japan is leading the charge in development of next-generation cars that are both environmentally friendly and economically viable. Keep an eye out for advancements in rubber parts that will make these cars even more powerful and responsive.

Synthetic rubber can be made from many different types of materials, and its production can help to reduce the amount of natural rubber that is used.

A

Achilles, Arai Seisakusho, Asahi Kasei, Asahi Rubber, Asahi Shoes, Atom, Atryz Yodogawa

B

Bando Chemical Industries, Bridgestone, Bridgestone Sports

C

CRK

D

Daicel Chemical Industries, Daiki Engineering, Daiso, Daiwabo, Denka

F

Forbo Movement Systems, Fuji Latex, Fujikura, Fujikura Rubber, Fukoku Rubber

G

Gomunoinaki

H

Hachiken, Hatada, Heisen, Higashi Kagaku, Hokusay Rubber Industry, Hotty Polymer

I

Inaba Rubber, Inoac

J

Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association, Japan Rubber Times, JEXJSR

K

Kaiyo Rubber, Kansen Expander Industrial, Kato Sansho, Katsura Roller Mfg., Katsura Seiki, Keeper, KEF, Kohshin Rubber, Kokoku Intech, Kosuge, Kuraray, Kureha Elastomer, Kuriyama, KYB, Kyokuto Rubber, Kyowa

L

Lion Specialty Chemicals

M

Marugo Rubber, Maruo Calcium, Meiji Flow Systems, Meiji Rubber & Chemical, Meiwa Rubber, Midori Anzen, Mikasa, Mitoyo, Mitsubishi Cable Industries, Mitsuboshi Belting, Mitsufuku Industry, Mitsuma Special Work Boots, Miyako Roller Industrial, Molten, Musashi Oil Seal Mfg., Mutsubishi Rubber

N

Nagase Kenko, Nagayanagi, Naigai Rubber Industries, Naniwa RubberNariwa Rubber, Nichirin, Nippon Chemi-Con, Nippon Mechtron, Nippon Valqua Industries, Nishikawa Rubber, Nishiyama, NITTA, Nitto Denko, Nitto Kohki

O

Ohji Rubber & Chemicals, Okamoto Industries, Osaka Rubber, Osaka Soda, Otaka Rubber Industry

P

Pacific Industrial, Polymatech Japan

R

Rico

S

Sagami Rubber Industries, Sakagami Seisakusho, Sakura Rubber, Shin-Etsu Polymer, Showa Rubber Chemical Industry, Society of Rubber Industry, JapanSumitomo Chemical, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Sumitomo Wiring Systems, SWCC Showa Holdings, Sumitomo Rubber IndustriesSuzuki Latex

T

Tigers Polymer, Togawa Rubber, Toho Polymer, Toshin Rubber Chemical, Toso, Toso Silica, Toyo RubberToyo Quality One, Toyo Tires, Toyoda Gosei, Tsubaki

U

Ube Industries, Uchiyama Manufacturing, Ueshima, Unamatec, Utsunomiya Seisaku

W

Weather Balloon Mfg.

Y

Yamamoto,Yamauchi, Yasuda Seiki Seisakusho, Yokohama Rubber, Yoshino Rubber Industrial, Yukigaya Chemical Industries

Z

Zeon