Tires

Bridgestone to Boost European Tire Production With 266 Million Euro Investment

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that the company will invest a total of 266 million euros ($312.56 million) to boost the tire production capacity of its European subsidiary Bridgestone Europe NV/SA (BSEMEA). The move is aimed at increasing the supply of high-performance tires in Europe. Production will be bolstered at three of the company’s European locations. These are the Poznan...

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JRA Chairman Discusses Issues Facing Retreaded Tire Market in Japan

Japanese demand for retreaded tires has slowed in recent years, despite steady growth until 2014 driven by environmental and economic factors. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down for an interview with Tatsuo Gomi, chairman of the Japan Retreaders Association (JRA), to ask about several issues facing the industry. The JRA chairman started by saying he wants to properly push the...

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Toyo Tires Receives Good Design Award for Seventh Straight Year

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5150) announced that the company received the 2017 Good Design Award for three new tire brands that it launched this year. This marks the seventh straight year that Toyo Tires has received the Good Design Award. Out of the three brands that won the award, two were Toyo Tire brands – Open Country A/T...

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Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP150 Tires to Be Used in New Nissan Leaf

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has begun delivering Ecopia EP150 tires to Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7201) for use in the company’s updated Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. These tires play an important part in helping the Leaf achieve its characteristically stable control and comfortable ride, and also extend the car’s driving range. With the Ecopia line, Bridgestone has managed to reduce rolling...

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Continental’s Built-In Sensor Tech Optimizes Tires for Electric, Automated Cars

Continental Tire has developed two new tire technologies for enhanced safety and comfort. The new technologies, ContiSense and ContiAdapt, constantly monitor tire status and road conditions and adapt tire performance accordingly. The technologies were developed to serve a need emerging from the trend toward automated, electric-powered vehicle operation. ContiSense uses rubber-based sensors to continually monitor tire tread depth and temperature,...

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Sumitomo Rubber Launches New Dunlop Sport Tire for Gymkhana and Circuit Racing

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has this month launched the new S5 version of the Direzza 03G, Dunlop’s sport tire for gymkhana and circuit racing. The company has adopted open pricing for the new tire, which will be available in two sizes. The Direzza 03G is a high-grip tire developed with the goal of taking top prizes at racing and...

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