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Habasit Acquires and Integrates Two South Korean Belt Companies

Swiss-based plastic belt manufacturer Habasit AG announced on Dec. 5 that it has acquired all stocks in Namil Belt Industrial Co. Ltd. (NBI) and Korea Belt Services (KBI), turning these two South Korean belt companies into wholly owned subsidiaries. By then integrating these two companies, Habasit aims to bolster its supply of high-quality, customized solutions to customers throughout South Korea....

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Mazda Selects Toyo Tires’ Proxes R56M as OE Tire for New Crossover SUV

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) recently announced that it has started supplying its Proxes R56M to Mazda Motor Corp. (TYO:7261) for use as an OE tire in the automaker’s new crossover SUV. Named the Mazda CX-30, this new SUV launched in Japan on Oct. 24. The Proxes R56M employs a newly combined rubber compound brought about by Nano Balance Technology, a...

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Bridgestone Looks to Create New Value by Building Innovation Park in Kodaira

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is reconstructing an existing technological development base in Kodaira, Japan, to build the Bridgestone Innovation Park. The rebuilt facilities here will form a globally oriented base from which to achieve innovation as the company positions 2020 as the start of a new era of value creation. Bridgestone Innovation Park will serve as a composite area. On top...

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Cabot Japan Emphasizes Importance of Dialogue With World-Leading Tire Manufacturers

Boasting a history of more than 130 years, Cabot Corp. is the world’s largest producer of carbon black. Noriaki Yamanashi, head of the company’s Japanese arm, Cabot Japan KK, said that his company’s existence has significant meaning for the parent firm, with Japan serving as a base to hold dialogues with some of the world’s leading tire manufacturers. Cabot has...

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Toyo Tires Plans 2020 Launch for New Truck and Bus Tire With Improved Fuel Efficiency

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) has announced plans to launch the Nanoenergy M176, a ribbed truck and bus tire that is able to reduce rolling resistance by around 9 percent – and in turn improve fuel efficiency – when compared to the company’s existing products. The new tire is set to hit the Japanese market this upcoming January. Making use of...

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Naigai Rubber Launches Rubber Baseball With Sensor Technology

Naigai Rubber Industry Co. Ltd. has started sales of a new rubber baseball loaded with nine IoT-compatible sensors. Coming as part of the i-Ball Technical Pitch series, the new ball matches medium-sized regulation balls in terms of its size, weight and surface rubber, and is priced at 27,500 yen ($253). The sensors installed in the ball allow users to measure...

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