Yokohama Rubber Aims for Global Expansion With New Motorsports Department

The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has announced that it will dissolve its specialist motorsports subsidiary Yokohama Motorsports International Co. Ltd. (YMI) on June 30 and establish an internal motorsports department on May 1. YMI was established in April 2013 to promote and supervise the company’s motorsports activities, including the development and supply of tires for motor racing competitions. Since...

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Falken Tire Scores Second Place in Test by Influential German Magazine

The Falken Azenis FK510 tire, manufactured by Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), recently managed to place second overall in a test conducted by German car magazine Auto Bild. Auto Bild regularly conducts tire comparison tests, using unique methods to compare tires sold in the European market by major manufacturers. Due to the magazine’s high popularity, the test results exert a...

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Sumitomo Riko Develops New, Low-Cost Version of Refleshine Window Film

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has launched Refleshine TW36, a film for heat shielding and insulation that also makes windows stronger. The product marks an advance in materials development. Sumitomo Riko restructured the film to reduce costs while retaining all the advantages. The new Refleshine film maintains protection against glass breakage, heat shielding and insulation, a more pleasant indoor environment...

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Du Pont-Toray Opens Kevlar Technical Center

Du Pont-Toray Co. Ltd. has established the Kevlar Technical Center, a technical facility for Kevlar aramid fiber used in tires and rubber. The center is located within Toray Industries Inc.’s (TYO:3402) Tokai Plant. For the first year of operation, the center has been outfitted with such equipment as state-of-the-art dipping machines to deal with consecutive double dipping and heat treatment...

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Interview: Pirelli Japan Product Marketing Manager Talks Tire Market Expectations, Requirements

Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with Hitoshi Ichikawa, product marketing manager for Pirelli Japan Co. Ltd., to talk about the company’s supply of tires geared for Japan and its replacement-focused market. In talking about the idea behind fuel-efficient tires, Ichikawa pointed out the tire being just one part in what compromises an automobile, meaning that automakers want tire performance...

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Apollo Tyres Seeks Talent for R&D Department Through Japanese Recruitment Site

Indian-based Apollo Tyres Ltd. is searching for experienced talent on the Japanese recruiting site BizReach, which connects skilled workers with corporations in Japan. The tire manufacturer is looking to fill positions in the company’s R&D department and is offering noteworthy annual salaries at a maximum of 50 million yen ($455,478) and a minimum of 15 million yen based on experience,...

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