Tires

Provide Ultimate Customer Satisfaction—Japan Michelin

New Year’s Top Interview: Nihon Michelin President Paul Perriniaux Japan Michelin strives to provide superior service and to be customers’ first choice for tires, said Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. President Paul Perriniaux in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. Japan is one of the world’s largest markets for new car tires and replacement tires and it is a market...

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Working to Establish a Corporate Ethos—Bridgestone

New Year’s Top Interview: Bridgestone CEO Masaaki Tsuya The administrative framework at Bridgestone has not changed one iota since it came under a dual leadership structure in February 2012, said Masaaki Tsuya, CEO of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108), in an interview with Japan Rubber Weekly. While moving forward with efforts to establish and maintain a systematic corporate ethos, they are using...

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Japanese Tire Demand Volume Ends Year Down 4%

Domestic demand for tires is expected to amount to 118.55 million tires for 2015, 4 percent fewer than the previous year, according to the Japan Automobile Tire Manufacturers Association (JATMA). The decrease was caused by lower vehicle production volume. The forecast for 2016, meanwhile, calls for a 1 percent annual increase to 119.2 million tires. ■ Assumptions behind the demand...

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2015 a Year of New Material Development Technologies (Part 2)

(Continued from part 1 published Dec. 18, 2015)   Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has developed a multi-objective design exploration technology enabling innovative new ideas in rubber materials design that have not been derived from conventional methods. The goal is to take a fresh approach to developing high-performance tires that excel in terms of fuel economy and safety, while also delivering...

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2015 a Year of New Material Development Technologies (Part 1)

2015 was a year of numerous new materials and material development technologies from tire companies. Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), which makes Dunlop tires, came out with its Advanced 4D Nano Design new materials development technology. Advanced 4D Nano Design is able to accurate analyse and simulate the internal structures and molecular behaviour of rubber, making possible significant, simultaneous improvements...

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Nippon Goodyear Names Kanahara President

Yujiro Kanahara has been named president of Nippon Goodyear Ltd. Kanahara succeeds Dale Brackin, who successfully served as interim president during the transition period since October 2015 when Nippon Goodyear and Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) ended their alliance. Kanahara joined Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) in 1978, where over the years he held positions in product planning, sales and marketing and...

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