Yokohama Rubber to Launch New Tire for SUVs, Pickup Trucks

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) will launch new sports utility and pickup truck tire Geolandar M/T G003 in August. The product will be offered in nine sizes ranging from 15–20 inches with additional options to be released after September. Through improved endurance and wear-resistance, the new tire has long-life off-road performance on various road surfaces, including mud, rock, dirt and...

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Fuji Latex Targets Higher Profits With IR Condoms

Fuji Latex Co. Ltd. (TYO:5199) has released projected earnings for the fiscal year ending March 2018. The company forecasts a 7.7 percent year-on-year increase in sales to 7.6 billion yen ($68.17 million), a 34.5 percent increase in operating profit to 740 million yen, a 32.1 percent increase in ordinary profit to 670 million yen and a 19.7 percent increase in...

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Fujikura Rubber to Bolster Global Plants for 2-Year Sales Increase of 35.6B Yen

Fujikura Rubber Ltd. (TYO:5121) led by President Kenji Morita will focus on shoring up its plants in China and Vietnam and aims to generate 35.6 billion yen ($319 million) in annual sales mainly from automobile parts, control equipment, industrial materials and carbon golf shafts in the fiscal year ending March 2020. Fujikura held an opening ceremony for its facilities in...

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Japan Challenging but Worthwhile – New Continental Tire Japan MD May

Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with Gregory May, who became the new managing director of Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd. this past May 1 at the age of 37. May explained that Continental AG’s Japanese arm, established in 2014, has reached the end of its start-up phase and moved on to the stage of generating stable profits while pursuing...

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Bridgestone to Supply Special Tires for World’s Top Solar Car Race

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) revealed at a recent press conference that as part of the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge the company will supply “Ecopia with ologic” tires to 11 teams from six countries, including a team from Tokai University. The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is one of the largest solar-powered vehicle races in the world. Ecopia with ologic tire design...

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Japan Sees Low Number of New Earthquake-Resistant Buildings for 2015

According to the Japan Society of Seismic Isolation’s (JSSI) recent report on the penetration of earthquake-resistant buildings, the cumulative number of buildings employing seismic isolation technology as of December 2015 amounted to 4,139, of which government buildings were 804 and private buildings were 3,335. The number of new earthquake-resistant buildings for 2015 was 170. The year saw a drastic decline...

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