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Michelin Japan Unveils New Information About Ota R&D Center

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has released new information on the activities of the Michelin Group’s R&D Center in Ota, Gunma Prefecture. According to this new information, the center is currently targeting research on passenger car and light truck (LT) tires and is the only facility in the Michelin Group capable of conducting basic research on winter tires. Following facilities...

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Bridgestone Launches Data Scientist Training Program to Boost Solutions Business

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently launched a training program for data scientists. Created by SAS Institute Japan Ltd., the program is based on existing curriculum and has been customized specifically for Bridgestone. Talented employees from within the company will be selected to participate. Recently, Bridgestone has been focusing on bolstering its solutions business and is planning to further boost the quality...

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Toyo Tires Reveals New Airless Concept Tire

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently unveiled its new Noair airless concept tire to the press. Despite not needing to be inflated with air, the concept tire successfully meets the basic requirements for regular tires, and can be utilized at speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour. Since starting research into airless tires in 2006, Toyo Tires...

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JATMA Study Upwardly Revises Forecast for 2017 Tire Demand in Japan

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has revised its forecast of tire demand for the business year through next March, reflecting anticipated annual domestic demand for close to 118.83 million tires, an upward revision of 626,000 tires from the initial forecast. The upward revision adds a full percentage point to the expected year-on-year increase in fiscal 2017 annual domestic...

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Nexen Tire Japan to Launch World’s First Hello Kitty Car Tire in Summer 2018

Nexen Tire Japan Inc. announced on Sep. 1 that it has agreed to team up with Sanrio Co. Ltd. (TYO:8136) to launch the world’s first Hello Kitty-themed automotive tire. Nexen Tire Japan is planning to launch the Hello Kitty tire in Japan in the summer of 2018 with a global launch also on the horizon. The Hello Kitty tire will...

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Michelin Japan Introduces BFGoodrich Truck Tires to Japanese Market

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has begun introducing BFGoodrich-branded truck tires to the Japanese market, starting from Sept. 1. The initiative will involve the sequential launch of four series of tires for trucks and trailers. The move was made in an effort to target customers who were not drawn in by the Michelin brand, as well as to respond to...

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