automotive

Bridgestone Supplies Tires for Audi’s First EV

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it is supplying six different tires ranging 19–21 inches for the E-Tron SUV, a new electric vehicle (EV) that launched this January under the Audi Group. Hitting the market as Audi’s first EV, the E-Tron utilizes two electric motors to make for major improvements to both acceleration and noise levels. Bridgestone’s tires then help...

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Mitsufuku Industry Sees Growth With Fluororubber Compounds Business

Carbon masterbatch (CMB) manufacturer Mitsufuku Industry Co. Ltd. has seen favorable conditions for its compounds business in fiscal 2018. A number of trends continuing from the previous year – such as a downsizing of automotive engines, high semiconductor-related demand and growth for fluororubber sponge – have led to an increase in Mitsufuku Industry’s production levels, particularly for fluororubber compounds. As...

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Interview: Sumitomo Riko President Tetsu Matsui Notes Chinese Auto Sales as Point of Concern for 2019

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) is keeping a close eye on trends in the automotive industry as it continues to make strides with its 2022V medium-term management plan. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with company president Tetsu Matsui to hear his thoughts on these trends and their direction as the company gears up for 2019. Predicting how market trends...

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New Year’s Interview: JRMA President Ikuji Ikeda Discusses Priorities for 2019 – Part 2

Following his inauguration as president of the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA) last May, Ikuji Ikeda has been giving significant thought to where Japan’s rubber industry is headed. After hearing what Ikeda had to say on his role at the JRMA and the hidden potential of rubber, Japan Rubber Weekly found out his thoughts on development trends heading into this...

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Sumitomo Riko to Establish Chinese Headquarters for Automotive Business

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) is looking to target local OEMs by establishing a Chinese headquarters for its automotive business next April. Located in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, the new headquarters will come as part of a broader company initiative to strengthen its business system in China – the hope here being to speed up local sales growth for auto parts....

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Yokohama Rubber Launches Limited Sales of Lightweight, Eco-Friendly Tire

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) on Dec. 5 launched Japanese sales of BluEarth-air EF21, a new tire incorporating the latest in design technique for lightweighting and reduction of environmental impact. Sales have been limited to 100 units with a single size of 205/55R16 91V. Adopting Yokohama Rubber’s latest design technique to achieve a lighter tire and conserve resources, the BluEarth-air...

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