Japanese rubber industry news
Bridgestone to Launch New Blizzak Winter Tire With Improved Performance on Wet, Icy Surfaces Jul. 12, 2019. - Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is set to launch a new product under its Blizzak brand of studless winter tires. Named the Blizzak DM-V3, this SUV- and 4×4-exclusive tire offers improvements to both traction on icy surfaces and braking performance on wet surfaces. It is scheduled to begin hitting the market on Aug. 1. As a studless winter tire for SUVs and […]
JSR Launches New Insulating Material With Low Dielectric Properties for 5G Applications Jul. 11, 2019. - JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has developed and launched a new insulating material with low dielectric constant and dielectric tangent characteristics, targeting this toward use in 5G communications. Given the high frequency bands used in 5G technologies, the sector is calling for printed circuit boards (PCBs) with low dielectric constant and low dielectric tangent materials so as to prevent signal transmission loss. […]
Yokohama Rubber Receives Supplier Award from Subaru in US Jul. 4, 2019. - Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC), a U.S. sales subsidiary of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101), recently announced that it has received an Excellent Performance Award from Subaru Corp. (TYO:7270) U.S. subsidiary Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA). The award was granted to YTC for its supply of the Avid S34P tire, which the company provides as OE for the Subaru Impreza. […]
Toyo Tires Becomes Fourth Major Japanese Tire Company to Raise Prices in Response to Distribution Costs Jul. 1, 2019. - Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) has announced that it will be raising prices on domestic aftermarket tire shipments from Aug. 1 onward. This comes as factors such as a labor shortage prompt a surge in distribution costs for the sector – a trend that looks set to continue going forward. The company has outlined a price hike of 3 percent to […]
Bridgestone to Launch New Blizzak Winter Tire With Improved Performance on Wet, Icy Surfaces Jul. 12, 2019. - Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is set to launch a new product under its Blizzak brand of studless winter tires. Named the Blizzak DM-V3, this SUV- and 4×4-exclusive tire offers improvements to both traction on icy surfaces and braking performance on wet surfaces. It is scheduled to begin hitting the market on Aug. 1. As a studless winter tire for SUVs and […]
Major Japanese Tire Firms Plan Price Hikes in Response to Surging Distribution Costs Jul. 10, 2019. - Japan’s four largest tire manufacturers have now all announced price increases on aftermarket tires for domestic sale. After Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) announced such a price hike on June 5, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) came out with its own on June 14, with Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) then following suit on June 21 and Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) on […]
Bridgestone Supplies Seismic Isolation Bearings for 2020 Olympics Venues Jun. 24, 2019. - Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has supplied a range of seismic isolation bearings to two venues currently being constructed for the upcoming 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. As part of the project, Bridgestone has provided eight natural rubber bearings for use in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, which is set to be used for swimming and diving […]
Okamoto Launches New Condom Aimed at Improving STD Prevention, Rate of Condom Use Jun. 14, 2019. - Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) recently announced that it has launched a new condom in the Japanese market. Named the VivaGel condom, the product is aimed at preventing the transmission of STDs and encouraging more people to make use of condoms. The new product is the first in the Japanese market to make use of VivaGel coating in its lubricant. Developed […]
Mitsui Chemicals Endorses White Logistics Movement, Plans Related Initiatives Jul. 8, 2019. - Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) recently announced its support of the White Logistics Movement, an initiative put forward by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). To go along with its support here, Mitsui Chemicals has drafted up a list of relevant independent activities […]
Tokyo Zairyo Posts Decreased Sales and Net Profit, Record-High Ordinary Profit for 2018 Jul. 5, 2019. - Tokyo Zairyo Co. Ltd., a raw materials trading firm operating as part of the Zeon Group, recently posted a mixed bag of results for fiscal 2018. The company’s sales for the year fell 0.2 percent year-on-year to end at 93.12 billion yen ($863.67 million), with ordinary profit up 3.6 percent to 2.06 billion yen and net profit down 6.8 percent […]
Shin-Etsu Polymer Posts Increased Sales, Profits for Fiscal 2018 May. 7, 2019. - Shin-Etsu Polymer Co. Ltd. (TYO:7970) has posted year-on-year increases to both sales and profits as part of its results for fiscal 2018. The company recorded sales of 85.46 billion yen ($770.76 million) for the year, up by 7.7 percent; operating profit of 8.15 billion yen, up by 13.1 percent; ordinary profit of 8.03 billion yen, up by 10.3 percent; and […]
Interview: Toyoda Gosei President Highlights Plans for Lighter, Quieter EVs Feb. 15, 2018. - Sitting down for a recent interview with Japan Rubber Weekly, Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) President Naoki Miyazaki said that the automotive industry is entering a massive, once-in-a-century turning point. Such a shake-up to business is an opportunity for growth, he said. Miyazaki spoke on the impact of electrification and Toyoda Gosei’s strategy to deal with it, saying that although […]

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