Toyoda Gosei Enters Into Exclusive e-Rubber Licensing Agreement

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) and Advanced Softmaterials Inc. have concluded an exclusive licensing agreement for the use and sales of Slide-Ring Material, a key material for e-Rubber. The agreement is limited to applications of the material in dielectric actuators and dielectric sensors. Advanced Softmaterials, which was established in 2005 with the aim of commercializing the Slide-Ring Material developed at...

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Bridgestone Completes Acquisition of Tire Retailer Group Ayme

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has through its European subsidiary Bridgestone EMEA completed the acquisition of French tire retailer Groupe Ayme. The French competition authorities gave clearance and authorised the transaction without any restrictions. As a result, the Bridgestone retail network of First Stop, Speedy and Côté Route now has more than 900 points of sale. This acquisition supports the company’s retail...

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Sumitomo Rubber Develops New Tire Sensing Technology

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has developed a new tire sensing technology able to detect road conditions and tire load. Sensing Core, as the company calls the technology, analyzes the wheel speed signals that are generated by the rotation of the tires. Sumitomo Rubber has already made extensive progress on its Deflation Warning System (DWS) technology, which analyzes wheel speed signals from the...

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Yokohama Rubber Donates Tires to Japan Car Sharing Association

As part of its support for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Kumamoto Earthquake, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has donated a total of 84 passenger vehicle tires to the Japan Car Sharing Association, 72 to Ishinomaki and 12 to Kumamoto. The association provides vehicles to earthquake victims and associated support groups. Yokohama Rubber has endorsed the...

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Mitsubishi Fuso Opts for Michelin X One Tire on New Eco-Friendly Truck

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd.’s Michelin X One, a wide single tire for trucks and buses, has been selected as an optional installation tire for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp.’s recently redesigned truck, the Super Great. The applicable tire model is FU:6X2 and is limited to select air suspension vehicles. The new Super Great is a fuel-efficient heavy-duty truck...

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Rubber Associations in Tokyo, Kyushu, Hyogo to Form Liaison Committee

Tokyo’s Bokuto Rubber Industrial Committee and two other regional rubber associations in Hyogo and Kyushu recently announced that they have agreed to establish a liaison committee comprised of their representatives. It is tentatively named the Rubber Industrial Association Committee and due to be formed this autumn. Japan’s rubber industry is supported by rubber associations whose members consist of small and...

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