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Rubber Sector Slumps Over January–March in Wake of Slow Automotive Production

An industry organization for rubber products has finished putting together a range of statistics for January–March. The results reflect what has been a significant impact to the Japanese economy over the quarter – a period that has seen the COVID-19 Omicron variant surge throughout the country, with semi-emergency measures then being put in place in various regions. Providing a broad...

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Toyoda Gosei to Establish New Plant in South China for Airbags and More

Toyota Group company Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has announced that it will establish a new plant in Guangdong, China, to bolster its production of airbags and steering wheels, which are major products for the manufacturer. The new plant will be established as a branch plant of subsidiary Toyoda Gosei (Foshan) Auto Parts Co. Ltd. With investment set to total...

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Sumitomo Rubber Develops Technology to Estimate Tire Wear Using Tire-Generated Power

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) announced last year that – working in conjunction with Kansai University – it had developed an energy harvester capable of generating power from a tire’s rotation and then supplying it to a sensor fitted in the tire’s periphery, all without the need for a battery. Now the tire manufacturer has taken its efforts here one...

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Toyota Takes on Conductive Surface Material From Achilles to Aid in Stable Vehicle Behavior

Achilles Corp. (TYO:5142) recently announced that a conductive surface material it offers has been picked up by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) for use in a special-edition Toyota Corolla launched last November. By incorporating the conductive surface material into the driver’s seat, static electricity built up in the driver and their surroundings can be dispersed throughout their entire body, reducing electric...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Launch Aftermarket EV Tire in China Starting April

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is planning to introduce its Dunlop e. Sport Maxx – the company’s first aftermarket tire for electric vehicles (EVs) – to the Chinese market, where demand for EVs is booming. The e. Sport Maxx is slated for an early launch in China this April. Then in 2023, Sumitomo Rubber is planning a European launch for...

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Asahi Rubber Develops CNT-Filled Silicone Rubber Composite Alongside GSI Creos

Rubber manufacturer Asahi Rubber Inc. has worked with a partner to develop silicone rubber with cup-stacked carbon nanotubes (CSCNTs) dispersed throughout, creating a material that combines high conductivity with optimal hardness. Following a long period of demonstration testing, the new material is set to be used in auto parts that remain usable even under harsh outdoor conditions, and will start...

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