Tires

2015 Sees Drop in Number and Weight of Scrap Tires

According to a recent study by the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association, scrap tires in Japan in 2015 numbered 95 million, a year-on-year decrease of 4 million, and weighed 1 million tons, down 52,000 tons. A look at the breakdown shows that tire replacements accounted for 81 million scrap tires (3-million year-on-year decrease) or 877,000 tons (47,000-ton decrease). These figures...

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Fuel-efficient Tire Manufacturers in Japan: Report (Part 2)

Continuing on from “Fuel-Efficient Tire Manufacturers in Japan: Report (Part 1),” we are looking at what individual tire manufacturers are doing. Yokohama Rubber – Bringing Added Value With Increased Safety in Driving A bolstered product lineup in Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5101) fuel-efficient tires, namely with its BluEarth series, brought a more than two-fold increase in 2013 – with 223...

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Fuel-efficient Tire Manufacturers in Japan: Report (Part 1)

The Japanese tire labeling system for defining fuel-efficient tires began in January 2010 as a voluntary industry standard, covering rolling resistance and wet-grip performance. Thanks to the continuous marketing efforts of tire manufacturers, the penetration rate of fuel-efficient tires in line with the grading system has steadily grown. However, these same manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to differentiate their...

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Yokohama Rubber Returns to Super Formula Racing After 20 Years – Special Report

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is supplying one-make tires for Super Formula, which just kicked off the 2016 season. In the final race held at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture on April 24, a crowd of 32,000 excited spectators witnessed the performance of the Advan sports tires made by Yokohama Rubber, which has returned to super formula after a...

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Toyo Targets Mid-Range Minivans With New Tire in Tranpath Series

Toyo Tire and Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) has brought to market a new tire in the Tranpath minivan tire series: the Tranpath ML. This tire is aimed specifically at the mid-range minivan market. It offers good running stability, wear resistance and fuel efficiency, which are all requirements of minivan tires. During the development of the rubber materials used in the...

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JATMA Introduces New Associate Membership System

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has revamped its membership system, introducing a new associate membership system as of April 1, 2016. On the same date, two companies — Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. and Nippon Goodyear Ltd. — were registered as associate members. The establishment of this new membership system reflects the fact that tires are a global...

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