Japanese rubber industry news
Sumitomo Rubber to Start Commercialization of Active Tread and Sensing Core Feb. 23, 2024. - Sumitomo Rubber will start from this year commercialization of its Active Tread and Sensing Core technologies, which it positions as pillars of growth. Active Tread is a unique rubber technology that synchronizes with the external environment, such as water and temperature, and switches properties. Sensing Core, on the other hand, is a sensing technology that detects tire pressure, wear, load, […]
Toyo Tires Achieves Record Highs in Sales and Profit in Fiscal 2023 Feb. 22, 2024. - Toyo Tires posted record highs in sales and profit for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023. The company achieved many of the financial indicators set forth in the current mid-term business plan through 2025 ahead of schedule. Takashi Shimizu, President & CEO, said, “We will work on each of the measures to maintain the achievement of the targets, and […]
Yokohama Rubber Co-Hosts Natural Rubber Seminar in Thailand Jan. 31, 2024. - In December 2023, Yokohama Rubber and the Surat Thani Branch of the Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT) jointly held a seminar event for natural rubber farmers in Thailand to improve the quality and productivity of natural rubber. The seminar was attended by 70 farmers in Surat Thani district, who were provided with 250 kg of fertilizer free of charge per […]
Pirelli Joins JATMA as Associate Member Jan. 31, 2024. - Pirelli Japan joined the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) as an Associate Member on January 18. As an associate member, the company will actively participate in related activities and cooperate in the five required activities, namely tire recycling, statistical surveys, public relations, accident prevention and recalls.
Sumitomo Rubber to Start Commercialization of Active Tread and Sensing Core Feb. 23, 2024. - Sumitomo Rubber will start from this year commercialization of its Active Tread and Sensing Core technologies, which it positions as pillars of growth. Active Tread is a unique rubber technology that synchronizes with the external environment, such as water and temperature, and switches properties. Sensing Core, on the other hand, is a sensing technology that detects tire pressure, wear, load, […]
Toyo Tires Achieves Record Highs in Sales and Profit in Fiscal 2023 Feb. 22, 2024. - Toyo Tires posted record highs in sales and profit for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023. The company achieved many of the financial indicators set forth in the current mid-term business plan through 2025 ahead of schedule. Takashi Shimizu, President & CEO, said, “We will work on each of the measures to maintain the achievement of the targets, and […]
Toyoda Gosei to Increase Production Capacity in North America Feb. 6, 2024. - Toyoda Gosei will increase the production capacity of its U.S. subsidiaries TG Missouri (TGMO) and TG Kentucky (TGKY) in order to respond to expanding sales of automotive interior and exterior parts in North America. The investment will be approximately 3.1 billion yen ($20.88 million) for TGMO and approximately 5.7 billion yen for TGKY. The expanded capacity is scheduled to start […]
Bando Starts Solar Power Generation at Chinese Subsidiary Jan. 26, 2024. - Bando Chemical started operation of a solar power generation system on the roof of Bando Belt Tianjin, its subsidiary in China, in December as part of its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality and utilize clean energy. The newly installed solar power generation system has a generating capacity of 741 kW, with a projected annual power output of 850 MWh per […]
Michelin Produces France’s First Biomass-derived Butadiene Feb. 21, 2024. - Michelin, IFP Energies nouvelles, and Axens have opened France’s first industrial-scale prototype facility to produce butadiene derived from biomass at Michelin’s plant in Bassens, near Bordeaux. The facility was built as part of the BioButterfly project, in which the three companies are participating with the support of the French ecological transition agency Adem with the aim of producing butadiene from […]
Evonik to Increase Wet Silica Production Capacity in North America Feb. 20, 2024. - Evonik will increase wet silica production capacity by 50% at its U.S. plant in Charleston, South Carolina, to meet growing demand from the tire, oral care and other industries in North America. The company plans to invest several billion yen to build a new production line, with construction scheduled to begin in mid-2024 and operations to start in early 2026. […]
Interview With Nichirin President Hiroyuki Soga Feb. 8, 2024. - Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with President Hiroyuki Soga of Nichirin, a manufacturer of automotive hoses and piping. Soga, who assumed the position of president in April 2023, was posted to the United States at the age of 26 and has since then worked overseas for a total of 26 years. He has also served as president of overseas subsidiaries […]
Sumitomo Riko President Kazushi Shimizu Gives Outlook for Fiscal Year Feb. 2, 2024. - Talking to Japan Rubber Weekly, Sumitomo Riko President Kazushi Shimizu said he believes that while automotive products will be firm this year, high-pressure hoses will depend on market conditions in China. In addition to doubling the number of local distributor members during the coronavirus pandemic, the major manufacturer of anti-vibration rubber for automobiles has announced a new product and expects […]