Bridgestone Boosts Retread Tire Sales With Total Package Plan

In a recent interview, Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with Bridgestone Tire Japan Co. Ltd.’s Katsunori Nakamura, production-goods marketing director, and Shinichi Ito, sales planning director, to talk about the current situation regarding retread tire sales for trucks. Outlook for retread tire business Since Bridgestone Tire Japan’s acquisition of Bandag Inc., the leading retread tire manufacturer in the U.S., in...

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Bridgestone Launches M746 All-season Trailer Tire

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) this month has launched its M746 all-season trailer tire. The M746 maintains the high tire-tread depth of that found in truck tires, enabling use also as retreaded tires after initial wear. Japan Rubber Weekly sat down with Bridgestone Tire Japan Co. Ltd.’s Katsunori Nakamura, production-goods marketing director, and Shinichi Ito, sales planning director, to hear about the...

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Isaburo Yamada, Founder of Weather Balloon Manufacturing, Inducted into FAI Hall of Fame

Isaburo Yamada (1863-1913) has been inducted into the World Air Sports Federation (FAI) Hall of Fame during the Ballooning Commission’s annual meeting in March. Yamada was the founder of Weather Balloon Manufacturing, the first company to develop and successfully fly a Japanese-made airship. The commission hailed Yamada’s achievements as a pioneer of Japanese aviation. An induction ceremony was later held...

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Sumitomo Rubber Thai Subsidiary Celebrates 10 Years in Operation

Sumitomo Rubber (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (SRT), a tire manufacturing and marketing subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO: 5110), held a ceremony recently to mark 10 years in operation. In addition to holding a Buddhist ceremony within the factory, SRT held a ceremonial party, playing host to a guest list of 300 people, including the local governor and members from...

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Yokohama Rubber Promotes Sales of New Compound for Hardwearing Conveyor Belts

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is promoting sales of Tuftex α, its new conveyor belt cover compound designed for use in conveyor belts with world class abrasion resistance. The compound, which was launched in August, is targeting equipment such as reclaimers, which are used to move large volumes of materials, such as iron ore, in a short period of time...

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Tosoh to Consolidate Macromolecule and Urethane R&D at Yokkaichi

Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) is looking to integrate its R&D activities through the establishment of a new research wing at its Yokkaichi Complex, Mie Prefecture. The company is investing some 4.5 billion yen ($4.33 million) in order to consolidate at Yokkaichi its macromolecule and urethane-related research, which to date has been divided over three locations. Plans call for the process to...

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