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Zeon Opens Crowdfunding Page for Newly Developed Solar-Powered Lamp

Synthetic rubber manufacturer Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently announced that its Project LNES open innovation project has commercialized a solar card-based lamp with the development name of LNES SL-01. The company is currently looking for backers for the product on Green Funding by T-Site, a crowdfunding website. Looking to pursue the potential of plastic solar, Project LNES is developing products in...

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Yokohama Rubber to Raise Domestic Prices on Aftermarket Tires by 3%

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it will be raising prices on its aftermarket tires in the Japanese domestic market. The change will apply to all shipments from Aug. 1 onward. This move comes as factors such as a personnel shortage cause distribution-related costs to surge, with expectations that this trend will continue going forward. The decision marks...

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Bridgestone Receives 2018 Supplier of the Year Award from GM

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108), including subsidiary Bridgestone Americas Inc., was recently selected by General Motors Co. (GM) for the automaker’s 27th annual Supplier of the Year awards. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Bridgestone has received the award, and the 17th time overall. At the official award ceremony held on May 16 in Detroit, Michigan, the award was presented to...

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Sumitomo Rubber’s Falken Tires Selected as OE for New Jeep Gladiator

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that U.S. sales subsidiary Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. has begun supplying Falken-brand tires for the new Jeep Gladiator pickup truck sold by FCA US LLC. The supply agreement includes Wildpeak A/T AT3W tires as OE, with Wildpeak M/T MT01 also being provided as an option. The Wildpeak A/T AT3W tires selected as...

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Michelin, GM Co-Develop Airless Tires

French-based Michelin Group and U.S.-based General Motors Co. (GM) have jointly developed the Michelin Uptis Prototype, a new prototype airless tire. The two companies intend to continue their research on this going forward, with the aim of outfitting the tires on GM passenger cars by as early as 2024. These developments come as airless tires garner increasing attention as a...

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Okamoto Launches New Condom Aimed at Improving STD Prevention, Rate of Condom Use

Okamoto Industries Inc. (TYO:5122) recently announced that it has launched a new condom in the Japanese market. Named the VivaGel condom, the product is aimed at preventing the transmission of STDs and encouraging more people to make use of condoms. The new product is the first in the Japanese market to make use of VivaGel coating in its lubricant. Developed...

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