Toyoda Gosei Develops New Rubber Technology, Halves Permanent Distortion

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed material technology for rubber that easily regains its shape even after applications of force over long periods of time at high temperatures. The new technology holds promise for thinner, lighter and longer lasting sealing parts to be used in battery units of the next generation of vehicles – including electric cars (EV), plug-in...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Launch New Tire Featuring Highest Labelling Rating

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) will from Nov. 1 commence sales of its flagship fuel-efficient Enasave NextII tire. The tire has achieved the highest rating of “AAA-a” under Japan’s tire labelling system and features substantially improved wear resistance. It will be the first to deploy the company’s new materials development technology “Advanced 4D Nano Design.” Advanced 4D Nano Design allows for...

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Bridgestone to Implement Cutting-edge Tire Assembly System in Overseas Plant for First Time

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) will be implementing its cutting-edge tire assembly system, “Examation,” at the company’s passenger car tire plant in Tatabanya, Hungary. Tatabanya Plant is scheduled to introduce the system before year’s end, making it Bridgestone’s second to do so, following the company’s flagship Hikone Plant. The state-of-the-art Examation system combines Bridgestone’s proprietary information and communication technologies (ICT) with artificial...

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Japanese Seismic Isolation Technology Met With Interest in Romania

Chairman Akira Wada of the Japan Society of Seismic Isolation (JSSI) recently spoke about Japanese seismic isolation technology at a conference on earthquake-resistant architecture in Romania. Held at the Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest, the conference took place from Oct. 10–12. JSSI’s participation in the conference was supported by the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism...

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Bridgestone to Increase Production Capacity of Aircraft Radial Tires

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) will be increasing manufacturing capacity of aircraft radial tires at the company’s Kurume Plant, Fukuoka Prefecture. The move comes in response to the strong medium-to-long-term demand projected for these tires. The production capacity increase will bring aircraft radial tire production up 1.5 times of that currently at Kurume Plant. With a total investment of 2.1 billion yen...

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High-Pressure Hoses Recover on Construction Equipment, up 12% for August

Production and shipment of high-pressure hoses are recovering, according to records compiled by the Japan Rubber Hose Manufacturers Association based on Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) statistics. August production rose 12.6 percent year-on-year to 313 tons, while the value of shipments rose 10.8 percent to 1.293 billion yen ($12.44 million). High pressure hoses are largely used in construction...

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