Audi Selects Toyo Tires to Supply OE Tires for New Q8 SUV

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently announced that its Toyo Celsius CUV A line of tires has been adopted as OE for the Audi Q8, a new SUV set to launch this autumn or thereafter in the North American market. The company has already begun supply of these tires, providing them at the size of 275/50 R20 113H....

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Denka, Mitsubishi Materials to Co-Develop Ceramic Substrates for Eco-Friendly Cars

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) and Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (TYO:5711) have reached an agreement to co-develop new ceramic substrates, targeting these toward power modules in the motors of EVs and other such environmentally friendly vehicles. Following development, the companies plan to pursue efforts aimed at full-scale mass production. With the surging need for automotive electrification in recent years, there has been...

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Denka Plans Productivity Boost for Chloroprene Rubber as Global Supply Remains Tight

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) President Manabu Yamamoto has shed light on his company’s future plans for chloroprene rubber (CR), which is currently up against a tight supply–demand balance around the world. Yamamoto revealed that Denka is looking to increase its productivity for the material via bottleneck removal, implementing moves for this not only at the company’s Omi Plant in Japan...

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Sanyo Trading Posts Strong Results on Back of Rubber-Related Product Sales

Raw materials trading firm Sanyo Trading Co. Ltd. (TYO:3176) has posted a strong set of business results for the fiscal year ending September 2018. Over the period, the company achieved 78.45 billion yen ($688.8 million) in sales, up 15.8 percent year-on-year; 5.26 billion yen in operating profit, up 6.6 percent; 5.58 billion yen in ordinary profit, up 5.8 percent; and...

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Continental Tire Japan Selected as Preferred Partner of Daimler in Asia–Pacific

Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd. recently announced that it has been selected as a preferred after-sales partner of Daimler AG for the Asia–Pacific region. This comes as part of the German automaker’s Global Mercedes-Benz Tire Program. The new partnership covers a range of countries across the Asia–Pacific, including Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and India. It is...

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New Lexus ES Adopts Sumitomo Rubber Tires as OE

Sumitomo Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5110) announced on Oct. 30 that it is supplying its Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 line of tires as OE for the new Lexus ES model that launched last month. As an original debut model of the Lexus brand, the ES is a mainstay of the automaker’s lineup. And the latest model of this, coming as...

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