Tires

Bridgestone Completes Acquisition of Tire Retailer Group Ayme

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has through its European subsidiary Bridgestone EMEA completed the acquisition of French tire retailer Groupe Ayme. The French competition authorities gave clearance and authorised the transaction without any restrictions. As a result, the Bridgestone retail network of First Stop, Speedy and Côté Route now has more than 900 points of sale. This acquisition supports the company’s retail...

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Sumitomo Rubber Develops New Tire Sensing Technology

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has developed a new tire sensing technology able to detect road conditions and tire load. Sensing Core, as the company calls the technology, analyzes the wheel speed signals that are generated by the rotation of the tires. Sumitomo Rubber has already made extensive progress on its Deflation Warning System (DWS) technology, which analyzes wheel speed signals from the...

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Yokohama Rubber Donates Tires to Japan Car Sharing Association

As part of its support for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Kumamoto Earthquake, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has donated a total of 84 passenger vehicle tires to the Japan Car Sharing Association, 72 to Ishinomaki and 12 to Kumamoto. The association provides vehicles to earthquake victims and associated support groups. Yokohama Rubber has endorsed the...

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Mitsubishi Fuso Opts for Michelin X One Tire on New Eco-Friendly Truck

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd.’s Michelin X One, a wide single tire for trucks and buses, has been selected as an optional installation tire for Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp.’s recently redesigned truck, the Super Great. The applicable tire model is FU:6X2 and is limited to select air suspension vehicles. The new Super Great is a fuel-efficient heavy-duty truck...

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Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4 S Tire Scores High in Japanese Grading System

Michelin recently received high marks in Japan for the Pilot Sport 4 S, one of the company’s performance tires. Under Japan’s tire grading system, the tire received an “A” for rolling resistance and an “a” (in some areas a “B-a”) for wet grip performance. Although not specialized for fuel-efficiency, the Pilot Sport 4 S gained notice due to its support...

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JATMA Statistics Reveal Recycled Scrap Tires Down for 2016

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has compiled statistics on the recycling of scrap tires in Japan during 2016. The overall total of scrap tires in 2016 was 94 million units, a 1-percent year-on-year decline of 1 million tires. Measured in weight, this figure came in at 997,000 tons, a year-on-year drop of 3,000 tons. In the category of...

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