automotive

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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Audi Selects Toyo Tires to Supply OE Tires for New Q8 SUV

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently announced that its Toyo Celsius CUV A line of tires has been adopted as OE for the Audi Q8, a new SUV set to launch this autumn or thereafter in the North American market. The company has already begun supply of these tires, providing them at the size of 275/50 R20 113H....

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Denka, Mitsubishi Materials to Co-Develop Ceramic Substrates for Eco-Friendly Cars

Denka Co. Ltd. (TYO:4061) and Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (TYO:5711) have reached an agreement to co-develop new ceramic substrates, targeting these toward power modules in the motors of EVs and other such environmentally friendly vehicles. Following development, the companies plan to pursue efforts aimed at full-scale mass production. With the surging need for automotive electrification in recent years, there has been...

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