Zeon elastomers unit impacted by raw material costs

Tokyo – Zeon Corp.’s elastomer business has seen operating profit fall 16% year-on-year to Yen9.5 billion for the first six months of its financial year, ending March 2019.

Operating income at unit – comprised of ‘rubbers’, latex and chemicals segments – was impacted by currency effects and higher prices of raw materials, Zeon reported 31 Oct

Furthermore, the figure was hit by “an increase of the cost of inventory holding in ‘rubbers’, due to the periodic inspection,” said the company

First-half sales of rubber materials rose 1% to Yen7 billion…

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