automotive

Tire Monitoring System From Yokohama Rubber Goes Into Demonstration Testing

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently launched demonstration testing for its newly developed tire solution service, beginning efforts here earlier this month in conjunction with Orix Auto Corp. The testing here is seeing Yokohama Rubber’s Tire air Pressure Remote access System (TPRS) get fitted to vehicles under Orix CarShare, a car sharing business run by Orix. TPRS is capable of...

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Sumitomo Rubber Supplies Highly Fuel Efficient Tires as OE for New Toyota Land Cruiser

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it has started supplying its Dunlop-branded Grandtrek AT23 and Grandtrek PT5A tires as OE for the newly launched Toyota Land Cruiser 300. On top of providing the durability, reliability and other such basic performance metrics sought after in Land Cruiser tires, the AT23 and PT5A incorporate a new tread compound that offers...

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Yokohama Rubber Develops New and Improved Studless Winter Tire for Trucks, Buses

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has announced a domestic launch for the 904W, a new studless winter tire for trucks and buses. Set to be made available this September from Yokohama tire distributors across Japan, the new tire will be offered in a total of 14 sizes, ranging from 295/80R22.5 to 215/70R17.5. Designed for overall performance, the 904W not only...

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Yokohama Rubber Develops New Material to Help Slash Weight of Automotive Air Conditioning Hoses

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has leaned on proprietary technologies to develop a new material that promises to help significantly reduce the weight of automotive air conditioning hoses. Taking the form of a rubber–resin polymer alloy, the new material exhibits a sea–island structure in which the sea phase is composed of resin and the island phase is composed of rubber....

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Toyoda Gosei Develops New Airbag Compatible With Increasingly Strict US Safety Ratings

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a new driver-side airbag with an innovative structure able to more safely protect the occupant. The airbag is fitted in the new Honda Civic, which launched in the U.S. market this June. In order to better protect the driver from angled head-on collisions, the new product makes use of an innovative structure. A...

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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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