Fuel-efficient Tire Manufacturers in Japan: Report (Part 2)

Continuing on from “Fuel-Efficient Tire Manufacturers in Japan: Report (Part 1),” we are looking at what individual tire manufacturers are doing. Yokohama Rubber – Bringing Added Value With Increased Safety in Driving A bolstered product lineup in Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5101) fuel-efficient tires, namely with its BluEarth series, brought a more than two-fold increase in 2013 – with 223...

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JSR to Boost S-SBR Production in Thailand

JSR BST Elastomer Co. Ltd. (JBE) plans to begin commercial operations of its phase-two plant in the second half of current fiscal year (April-October 2016). JBE, a joint venture between JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) and Thailand’s Bangkok Synthetics Co. Ltd., manufactures solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) in Thailand. The new facility is located adjacent to the phase-one plant. Its annual production...

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Fujikura Expands Vietnamese Subsidiary, Expects Rising Demand

Fujikura Rubber Ltd. (TYO:5121) is expanding the second plant of its Vietnamese subsidiary, Fujikura Composites Haiphong Inc. The company intends to raise the production capacity at the subsidiary in anticipation of further increasing demand for industrial materials with the growth of ASEAN economies. It is envisioned spending $6.4 million on an expansion plan that will allow sales to increase by...

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Fuel-efficient Tire Manufacturers in Japan: Report (Part 1)

The Japanese tire labeling system for defining fuel-efficient tires began in January 2010 as a voluntary industry standard, covering rolling resistance and wet-grip performance. Thanks to the continuous marketing efforts of tire manufacturers, the penetration rate of fuel-efficient tires in line with the grading system has steadily grown. However, these same manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to differentiate their...

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