Materials

Rare Earths and Metals

In many industrial sectors, the demand for rare earths and metals is increasing. Japan is one of the biggest importers of such materials, and has been heavily depending on imports from China.

About Materials

The material sector in Japan focusses on processing raw materials rather than extracting them, as the country itself is scarce in raw materials and depends on largescale imports in almost every area.

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Steel and Aluminium

Japan is one of the biggest global producers of steel, with export destinations all over the world. Paradoxically, at the same time the country has to import all of its resources needed for production.

Polymers

In the global polymer market, Japan is a leading manufacturer rubber and carbon fibre. Rubber is a domestically important material for Japan’s automotive industry, an important pillar of the country’s economy.

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Stones & Tiles

Demand for building stone in Japan is influenced by peaks and troughs in the construction industry. Stricter building standards have reduced the number of new builds and, as a result, imports of building stone are down.

Ceramic & Glass

Japan’s traditional craft industries, ceramic and glass-making, have recently found new applications in the automotive and aerospace sectors as well as in the production of technological devices.

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