Tires

JATMA Releases Midyear Update to 2018 Tire Demand Forecast

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has revised its forecast of tire demand for the business year through next March. Total domestic demand in the updated forecast – covering four-wheel vehicles, two-wheel vehicles and non-four-wheel specialty vehicles – was upwardly revised by 75,000 tires. But with higher figures having been confirmed for 2017 since the previous forecast, this still...

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Bridgestone Americas Plans Capacity Increase for Off-the-Road Tires in Illinois

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) U.S. subsidiary Bridgestone Americas Inc. recently announced plans to increase its production capacity for off-the-road tires. Taking place at a plant in Bloomington, Illinois, this expansion will cost the company $12 million and is slated for completion at some point in 2020. The project will see the plant begin producing 29-inch, 33-inch and 35-inch tires for small-...

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Bridgestone Launches Development Project Aimed at Driverless Tire Noise Tests

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has started a development project targeting the use of driverless vehicles in tire noise tests. Such tests are one of several types conducted using vehicles. By implementing tire noise tests that deploy a self-driving vehicle rather than rely on human skills and know-how, Bridgestone aims to improve the accuracy and efficiency of its...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Launch New Studless Winter Tires Under Falken Brand

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is set to begin rolling out Espia W-Ace, a new series of studless winter tires for passenger cars, under the Falken brand starting from Aug. 1. Aside from excellent performance on ice and snow surfaces, the Espia W-Ace offers high-level performance in wet conditions and safe handling at high speeds. The series will launch with...

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Michelin Japan Extends Satisfaction Guarantee Program to Studless Winter Tires

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. is adding studless winter tires to its full-refund satisfaction guarantee program. Four Michelin tire models – the X-Ice3+, X-Ice3, Latitude X-Ice2 and Agilis X-Ice – will be eligible for the program, which guarantees a refund of the full purchase price and installation cost if the customer reports dissatisfaction with tire performance within a 60-day return...

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Yokohama Rubber Schedules Japanese Launch of Geolandar X-MT Tires for Autumn

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has announced plans for this autumn to launch Japanese sales of the Geolandar X-MT, a mud-terrain tire for SUVs and pickup trucks. The tire is already available for pre-sale in the North American market. Geolandar tires are offered by Yokohama Rubber worldwide as a high-added-value brand of tires for SUVs and pickup trucks. The X-MT...

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