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Yokohama Rubber Wins Good Design Awards for Three Tire Products

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has picked up Good Design Awards this year for three company tire products. These are the BluEarth-GT AE51, a grand touring tire; the Geolandar X-CV, a high-performance crossover SUV tire; and the 302C, a dump truck tire for both paved and unpaved roads. The BluEarth-GT AE51 provides excellent total performance across metrics including driveability, comfort...

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Michelin, Continental, Smag Form JV for Rubberway Smartphone App

Michelin, Continental AG and agricultural software developer Smag are forming a joint venture for Rubberway, a smartphone application aimed at mapping the supply chain for natural rubber. The new JV is slated to begin operations by the end of 2019 and will focus on bolstering the app’s technological development and rollout. The Rubberway app has been designed to comply with...

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Kuraray Adopts Rehiring System for Former Employees

Chemical manufacturer Kuraray Co. Ltd. (TYO:3405) launched a new system on Sept. 20 to offer re-employment opportunities to those who have left the company. Kuraray also introduced a social networking system (SNS) that enables the exchange of information with former career track employees to exchange information to help them get back up to speed with work. When an employee wishes...

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Bridgestone Exhibits Advanced Mobility Designs at Company Museum

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has started up a new exhibit at Bridgestone Today, a company museum located in Kodaira, Tokyo. Set to run until Nov. 5, the exhibit includes a number of advanced mobility designs that were created as part of a joint project with Musashino Art University. Established with an eye toward industry upheavals like Mobility as a Service (MaaS)...

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Bridgestone Wins Good Design Award For Eco Loop Hose Series

Bridgestone Corp.’s (TYO:5108) Eco Loop, a hose product for use with EcoCute water heating systems, has received a Good Design Award for 2019. Eco Loop hosing is used to connect an EcoCute system’s hot water storage unit with its heat pump unit, which allows for heat exchange. As hoses for EcoCute are in contact with boiling water over a long...

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Sumitomo Rubber Sets up New Tire Production System Utilizing AI, IoT

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is working on rolling out a new tire production system that makes use of AI and IoT platforms to achieve high quality and efficiency. The company intends to introduce this to all of its tire plants and 12 domestic and overseas bases by 2025. Under the new system, facility operating data from the tire production...

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