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Sumitomo Rubber to Start Commercialization of Active Tread and Sensing Core

Sumitomo Rubber will start from this year commercialization of its Active Tread and Sensing Core technologies, which it positions as pillars of growth. Active Tread is a unique rubber technology that synchronizes with the external environment, such as water and temperature, and switches properties. Sensing Core, on the other hand, is a sensing technology that detects tire pressure, wear, load,...

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Toyo Tires Achieves Record Highs in Sales and Profit in Fiscal 2023

Toyo Tires posted record highs in sales and profit for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2023. The company achieved many of the financial indicators set forth in the current mid-term business plan through 2025 ahead of schedule. Takashi Shimizu, President & CEO, said, “We will work on each of the measures to maintain the achievement of the targets, and...

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Michelin Produces France’s First Biomass-derived Butadiene

Michelin, IFP Energies nouvelles, and Axens have opened France’s first industrial-scale prototype facility to produce butadiene derived from biomass at Michelin’s plant in Bassens, near Bordeaux. The facility was built as part of the BioButterfly project, in which the three companies are participating with the support of the French ecological transition agency Adem with the aim of producing butadiene from...

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Evonik to Increase Wet Silica Production Capacity in North America

Evonik will increase wet silica production capacity by 50% at its U.S. plant in Charleston, South Carolina, to meet growing demand from the tire, oral care and other industries in North America. The company plans to invest several billion yen to build a new production line, with construction scheduled to begin in mid-2024 and operations to start in early 2026....

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Goodyear Japan Launches Rugged Terrain Tire

Goodyear Japan will on March 1 at an open price launch in 14 sizes the Wrangler Duratrac RT, a rugged terrain tire that combines on-road agility and off-road drivability at a high level. Goodyear’s Wrangler series is one of the world’s best-known series brands and has been recognized for decades as a tough and reliable tire for both on-road and...

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Zeon Obtains ISCC PLUS Certification at Four Facilities in Japan

Zeon has acquired ISCC PLUS certification, an international certification system for sustainable products, at four of its Japanese production facilities, namely the Takaoka, Kawasaki, Tokuyama and Mizushima plants. The certified products include butadiene, synthetic latex, HNBR (hydrogenated nitrile rubber), BR (butadiene rubber), IR (isoprene rubber), NBR (acrylonitrile butadiene rubber), E-SBR (emulsion polymerization styrene butadiene rubber) and S-SBR (solution polymerization styrene...

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