automotive

Bridgestone Looks to Expand Air Spring Production Capacity in US

Bridgestone Americas Inc. has announced that subsidiary Firestone Industrial Products LLC (FSIP) is set to boost its production capacity for air springs at a plant in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Total investment in this expansion is slated to come to $51 million, with construction to begin in the second quarter of this year and wrap up by the end of 2022. The...

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Toyoda Gosei Exhibits Mock-up Cooling System for Electrified Vehicles at Auto Shanghai 2021

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) is exhibiting at Auto Shanghai 2021, which is being held over April 19–28. With its booth at the Chinese motor show, Toyoda Gosei is displaying a range of auto parts. This includes those that contribute to safety and peace of mind, as well as those for use in electric vehicles (EVs) and other such electrified...

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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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Sumitomo Riko Creates Prototype of Seat-Fitted Driver Monitoring System

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has been working in recent years to develop a driver monitoring system. And now the company has created a prototype that can be fitted to seats. Able to be fitted to all kinds of vehicles, this prototype driver monitoring system serves to acquire information regarding the driver’s vitals – such as heartbeat and breathing –...

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Sumitomo Rubber Set to Improve Materials Simulation Capabilities by Using Fugaku Supercomputer

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it has succeeded in its application to utilize the Fugaku supercomputer for industrial research in 2021. Opened up for use by the academic and industrial research sectors this March, Fugaku is part of Japan’s High-Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI). By utilizing the supercomputer, Sumitomo Rubber will look to speed up improvements to its...

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Goodyear Japan to Launch New Minivan Tire Promising More Comfortable Travel

Nippon Goodyear KK is set to launch a new tire, the EfficientGrip RVF02, on March 1. The tire has been designed specifically for use on minivans, with Goodyear going about this by paying heed to the quirks of such vehicles – such as their characteristic wobbling from side to side due to their height. The result is a tire that...

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