Tires

Yokohama Rubber’s Advan Sport V107 Selected as OE Tire for New BMW EV

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it is supplying Advan Sport V107 tires as OE for the iX3, a new electric vehicle (EV) being sold by BMW AG. The Advan Sport V107 is a high-performance tire under Yokohama Rubber’s premier Advan series. In developing a version of this tire specifically for use in the iX3, Yokohama Rubber and...

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Yokohama Rubber’s Hokkaido Retread Tire Plant Wins Local Award for Zero-Emissions Effort

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) subsidiary Yokohama Tire Retread Co. Ltd. has seen its Hokkaido Plant win the grand prize in Hokkaido Prefecture’s zero emission awards, becoming the first tire manufacturer to do so. The term “zero emissions” refers here to all waste being taken from an industry and reused as raw materials elsewhere. This concept is being pushed by...

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Michelin Japan to Launch Two New Tires for Modern Classic Cars

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. is set to launch the Pilot Exalto PE2 car tire in April followed by the Primacy 3 in July, targeting both of these toward use in modern classic cars. Also referred to as “young-timers,” modern classic cars produced in the 1980s and 1990s are becoming increasingly popular in recent years both in Japan and abroad...

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Yokohama Rubber Adds 10 New Sizes to Classic Car Tire Lineup

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has added another 10 sizes to its lineup of Advan HF Type D tires for classic cars, launching sales of these on March 12. As a result of this expansion, the Type D is now available in 17 sizes. First launched in 1981, the Advan HF Type D is a hit product with a long...

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Sumitomo Chemical Looks to Improve Gender Diversity in the Workplace

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently held an online study event aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion. Introducing a number of the company’s initiatives for giving women a bigger role in the workplace, the event included 19 participants from across 12 companies. Recent years have seen workplace gender equality become an increasingly major topic in Japan. Sumitomo Chemical, for its...

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Bridgestone Set to Close Bethune Tire Plant at End of April

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is getting ready to close its passenger car tire plant in Bethune, France, by the end of April. Bridgestone started discussing the plant’s potential closure with stakeholders toward the end of last year. These discussions wrapped up on Feb. 26, followed by local authorities approving of the plans on March 16,. Following necessary processes such as job...

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