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Toyo Tires Joins Event to Achieve Workplace Reform Through Home-Based Work, Flexible Hours

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) has announced that it will endorse and join as a member of the 2018 Telework Days event, a national movement backed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as part of a push for workplace reform. The rubber company has already been looking to better handle fluctuations in business with a...

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Toyo Tires Supplies Proxes R47 Tires for New Toyota Crown

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently revealed that it has begun supplying its Proxes R47 tires as original equipment to Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) for the automaker’s new Toyota Crown, which was announced on June 26. The updated Crown represents the 15th generation of the model following its debut in 1955. In developing the new model, Toyota has...

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Bridgestone Develops New Rubber Composite With High Fuel Efficiency, Fracture Strength

Bridgestone Corp.’s (TYO:5108) Katsuhiko Tsunoda, a member of Research Department III, Central Research Division, recently announced that the company has successfully developed a rubber composite combining low fuel consumption with high fracture strength. The manufacturer’s efforts here fall under an initiative to develop ultrathin, strong, flexible and tough polymers as part of the Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies (ImPACT)...

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Bridgestone Reveals Plans for Digital Solutions, Smart Factories

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) on June 26 held a press conference to announce its plans for digital solutions and smart factories as part of an effort toward digital transformation. In the area of digital solutions, the Japanese tire manufacturer intends to not only sell tires but also use digitalization to make the value being offered more visible, said Yukio Saegusa, VP...

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Michelin Japan to Launch New High-End Touring Tires

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. is planning a July 2 release of the Michelin Primacy 4, a new line of high-end touring tires. There will be 36 available sizes, ranging from 16 to 19 inches. The Michelin Primacy 4 touring tires have advanced specs that boost performance on wet road surfaces, offering drivers reassurance with durability that makes for excellent...

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Mondo Design Makes Speakers by Recycling Used Tires

Mondo Design Co. Ltd., which reuses tires and their inner tubes to manufacture bags and other consumer products, has been creating a stir with its SEAL Speaker line of audio speakers that use old motorcycle tires as-is for a structural frame. Part of the company’s SEAL brand of environmentally friendly products, the wireless speakers also incorporate cedar lumber produced from...

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