Yokohama Rubber’s Masaki Noro on Harnessing Motorsports Technology for Commercial Tires

One of the premier players in the global tire industry, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is also involved in racing events such as the Japanese Super Formula Championship. In addition to finding out about Yokohama Rubber’s engagement in such motorsports, Japan Rubber Weekly learnt how this carries over to the commercial business, sitting down for an interview with Masaki Noro,...

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Sumitomo Rubber Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Miyazaki Plant

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of its Miyazaki plant. Beginning operations in 1976, the plant now produces high-performance tires for passenger cars, trucks and buses with a monthly production volume of 9,354 tons. It manufactures more products for overseas export than any of the company’s other domestic plants. Among the roughly 2,000...

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Racing the Ultimate Test for Tire Technology, Says Yokohama Rubber’s Head of Consumer Tire Development

From 2016, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is supplying its Advan racing tires as the control tires for the Japanese Super Formula Championship, the highest echelon of formula racing in Asia. To find out about what goes into such tires and the overlap with their commercial counterparts, Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with Masaki Noro, head of the company’s consumer...

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Bridgestone Substantiates Durability of Its Seismic Isolation Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has been conducting performance verification testing of its seismic isolation rubber bearings together with Takenaka Corp. at one of the general contractor’s buildings. The isolators demonstrated long-term durability after being in place for approximately 30 consecutive years. Manufactured in 1986 from laminated natural rubber, the bearings have been in use at a Takenaka staff dormitory, located in...

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Japanese Carbon Black Association Publishes Carbon Black Almanac 2016

The Japanese Carbon Black Association recently published the 2016 edition (vol. 66) of its carbon black almanac, the only yearbook in the Japanese carbon black industry. This new edition contains a complete overview of the industry in 2015, with information regarding supply and demand trends in the Japanese market, as well as the latest international information from the following regions:...

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