Bridgestone CEO Masaaki Tsuya Discusses Focus on Europe, US Markets

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) CEO Masaaki Tsuya is focused in on Europe and the U.S. as two markets for his company to build upon. Tsuya recently sat down to talk with Japan Rubber Weekly and offer his breakdown of the market situations here and what his plans are here for Bridgestone. Tsuya sees Europe as being an important market for his...

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Toyo Tires All Set for North American Launch of Newly Enhanced Long-Haul Tires

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. (TYO:5105) next spring will begin supplying the North American market with two new fuel-efficient super single tires for use in trucks and buses, lowering rolling resistance by around 6 percent from that of the company’s previous super single. The two new super single tires, the Nanoenergy M175 long-haul trailer tire and the Nanoenergy M675 long-haul...

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Yokohama Rubber to Increase Hamatite Building Materials by 5–15%

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) plans to raise ex-manufacturer prices on Hamatite building products for shipments from Jan. 1, 2019. Products under the Hamatite line set for the price hike include building sealants, urethane waterproofing materials and other related products. The price increase on these products will range between 5–15 percent. Yokohama Rubber said that the price hike comes on...

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Japanese Glove Sales Stand Firm, Increasing Steadily Over Last Two Years

Kiyohiko Moto, head of the Japan Glove Manufacturers Association, recently sat down with Japan Rubber Weekly to reflect on domestic glove sales against statistics for 2017, discussing both current conditions for his industry and where he sees things heading. Looking firstly at household gloves, Moto said that sales have been quite robust with 93.71 million pairs – 102 percent against...

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Yokohama Rubber Launches Limited Sales of Lightweight, Eco-Friendly Tire

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) on Dec. 5 launched Japanese sales of BluEarth-air EF21, a new tire incorporating the latest in design technique for lightweighting and reduction of environmental impact. Sales have been limited to 100 units with a single size of 205/55R16 91V. Adopting Yokohama Rubber’s latest design technique to achieve a lighter tire and conserve resources, the BluEarth-air...

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Fujikura Rubber Acquires ISO Certification for Medical Device Quality Management Systems

Major industrial rubber manufacturer Fujikura Rubber Ltd. (TYO:5121) recently obtained ISO 13485:2016 certification, the international standard for quality management systems of medical devices. In contrast to the ISO 9001:2015 standard, ISO 13485:2016 comes chiefly aimed at medical device manufacturers. It seeks conformity with regulatory requirements these devices, adding in risk management, cleanliness, pollution control and other such requirements specific to...

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