Tires

Bridgestone Starts Tire Safety Inspection Campaign Through Network of Tire Retailers

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is working with a number of partners to launch a collaborative tire safety effort this June, with participants here including Bridgestone Tire Japan Co. Ltd., company-run sales shops and a number of select retailers that carry the Bridgestone brand. Dubbed “#TIRE SAFETY,” the campaign will see participants inspect the tires of customer vehicles and report the results....

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Bridgestone’s Masahiro Higashi Named as New JATMA Chairman

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) appointed a new chairman and vice chairman at its annual general meeting on May 26, 2020. Masahiro Higashi of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has replaced Takashi Shimizu of Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) as chairman, while Masataka Yamaishi of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has taken over from Bridgestone’s Akihiro Eto as vice chairman. This...

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Sumitomo Rubber Sees Decline in Business Profit for First Quarter

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has released its business results for the January–March quarter of calendar 2020 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The company reported sales revenue of 190.79 billion yen ($1.77 billion) for a year-on-year decrease of 9.7 percent, while business profit decreased 54.7 percent to 2.57 billion yen. Tire operations recorded sales revenue of 163.19...

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Bridgestone Looks to Expand European Sales Network by Acquiring Germany’s Reiff

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) subsidiary Bridgestone Europe NV/SA recently announced that it has concluded a final agreement to acquire Reiff Reifen und Autotechnik GmbH, a supplier of automotive services including tire sales in southern Germany. The agreement was concluded on May 1; the amount paid for the acquisition has not yet been revealed. Reiff controls a retail network of 42 tire...

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Bridgestone Nominates Masahiro Higashi as New Global COO

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) announced on May 11 that Representative Executive Officer Masahiro Higashi has been picked to fill the role of Global COO going forward. The decision came at a board of directors meeting on the same day. Higashi will also take up a number of other new roles, including global chief administration officer (CAO), CEO and president of the...

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Michelin Partners With Swedish Company to Develop Recycling Technology for Used Tires

The Michelin Group is partnering with Scandinavian Enviro Systems AB (Enviro), a Swedish-based tire recycling company, on a large-scale project to develop and commercialize pyrolysis technology for the recycling of used tires. Pyrolysis is a method of chemically breaking down organic compounds through rapid heating. This then allows for the formation of new products which the treated organic compound did...

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