Tires

Toyota Adopts Michelin’s Run-Flat Tires as OE for New Lexus LC500 Convertible

Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) has selected the Michelin Pilot Sport Super ZP as OE for its new-model Lexus LC500 Convertible. Offering impressive sporty performance, the high-performance run-flat tire was developed to help realize the world-leading sports car technology and performance of the Lexus LC line. By employing technology developed for endurance races, the Pilot Sport Super ZP exhibits excellent wear...

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Sumitomo Rubber Wins EcoPro Award for Enasave Next III Tire

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has won an award of excellence for the Enasave Next III, a flagship fuel-efficient tire that launched under the Dunlop brand last December. The company has been bestowed here with an eco-material award under the third EcoPro Awards, which are managed by the Sustainable Management Promotion Organization (SuMPO). The Enasave Next III was chosen for...

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Sumitomo Rubber Launches Proof-of-Concept Testing for Tire Pressure Monitoring Service

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it has started proof-of-concept testing for a new tire pressure management solutions service that is able to remotely monitor the pressure and temperature of tires. This testing is being carried out in conjunction with a number of external partners – including Shin-Idemitsu Co. Ltd. – as well as in-house sales subsidiary Dunlop...

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Bridgestone to Halt Production of Kart Tires by End of 2022

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it intends to stop kart tire production at its Kurume Plant in Kyushu by the end of 2022. Since beginning supply of kart tires in 1977, Bridgestone has handled development, production and sales for these both domestically and abroad. In Japan, the company has focused on kart tires accredited by the Japan Automobile Federation;...

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Sumitomo Rubber Supplies Dunlop Enasave EC300+ as OE Tire for New Toyota Yaris Cross

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it is supplying Dunlop Enasave EC300+ tires as OE for Toyota Motor Corp.’s (TYO:7203) new Yaris Cross, which was launched in Japan on Aug. 31. The Enasave EC300+ takes various fuel-efficient technologies cultivated through prior development of the Enasave series and uses these to help provide the high level of fuel efficiency...

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Bridgestone Looks to Close Bethune Plant in France

Bridgestone Europe NV/SA has started discussions with stakeholders with the aim of closing its Bethune plant in France. The plant is currently used to manufacture passenger car tires. This comes as the Bethune plant finds itself in an increasingly difficult competitive environment. Business profitability in the European passenger car tire market has fallen in recent years; then there is the...

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