Tires

Continental’s EcoContact 6 Performance Tires Adopted as OE for Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Continental Tire Japan Co. Ltd. recently announced that its EcoContact 6 tires, a series of high-performance eco-friendly tires launched in March, have been adopted as OE for the new-model Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Specifically, the front tires for the new C-Class will be 225/45R18 95Y XL EcoContact 6 MO tires, with the rear tires to be 245/40R18 97Y XL EcoContact 6 MO...

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Toyota Adopts Toyo Tires’ Open Country Series as OE for New RAV4

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) recently announced that its Open Country tire series has been adopted by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) as OE for the automaker’s new-model RAV4, which launched in North America last December. The styling of the new Toyota RAV4 conveys power befitting an SUV while also mixing this with a sense of refinement. On the practical side, the...

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Bridgestone Holds Memorial Ceremony for Former CEO Yoichiro Kaizaki

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) held an April 25 ceremony at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo’s Peacock Room to remember the late Yoichiro Kaizaki. Formerly president and CEO at Bridgestone, Kaizaki passed away on Jan. 20 this year at the age of 85. Around 500 people, including current and former employees as well as other industry figures, attended the ceremony to look back...

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Kobe Steel Turns Indian JV for Tire and Rubber Machinery Into Wholly Owned Subsidiary

Kobe Steel Ltd. (TYO:5406) has acquired L&T Kobelco Machinery Pvt. Ltd. (LKTM) as a wholly owned subsidiary. Previously operated as a JV between Kobe Steel and Larsen & Toubro Ltd., the Indian-based firm designs, manufactures and sells a range of tire and rubber machinery, including rubber mixers and twin-screw extruders. By turning LKTM into a wholly owned subsidiary, Kobe Steel...

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Michelin Japan to Provide Tires for ANA Airbus A380

Radial aviation tires from Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. are set to be used for the Airbus A380 airplanes flown by All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd. (ANA). The A380 is scheduled to enter into service on May 24 for flights between Japan and Hawaii. The A380 will be fitted with the Michelin Air X radial tire. Incorporating Michelin’s proprietary Near...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Launch New Minivan Tire With Improved Performance Across the Board

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has announced that it is planning a June 1 launch for the Enasave RV505, a new tire made specifically for minivans. In addition to limiting the wobbling that minivans tend to encounter when going around curves or through a crosswind, the RV505 offers an improved lifespan and quieter operation. Sumitomo Rubber intends to launch the...

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