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Bridgestone Americas to Sell All Shares of Speedco

Bridgestone Americas Inc. (BSAM), the U.S. subsidiary of Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108), announced on Sept. 15 that it will sell all shares of its wholly owned subsidiary Speedco Inc. to U.S.-based Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. The sale price was not disclosed. Speedco provides automotive lube, maintenance and other services to the trucking industry, and owns 52 stores in...

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Nishikawa Rubber CEO Discusses North America, Sealing Products

Nishikawa Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5161), a large manufacturer of rubber parts for the automotive industry, inaugurated Yoshitomo Fukuoka as its new CEO three months ago. Unlike most in the automotive parts industry, Fukuoka’s prior work has been based around shipbuilding, and his switch between these highly divergent industries has drawn attention over recent months. Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down...

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New Nissan Rogue Sport SUV Comes With Falken Sincera Tires

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has begun supplying high-performance Falken Sincera SN250A A/S SUV tires to Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. (TYO:7201) for use as factory-standard tires on their new model Rogue Sport compact crossover SUV, which went on sale in the North American market this spring. In addition to providing outstanding fuel efficiency, the Falken Sincera SN250A A/S tires strike...

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Shareholders Meeting: Bridgestone COO on Tackling Future Auto Technology

With the four large Japanese tire makers closing their fiscal years by end of December, the latter half of March has in succession seen Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108), Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) and Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) holding their annual shareholders meetings. Talking at Bridgestone’s meeting on March 24, Kazuhisa Nishigai, the...

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Toyo Tires Expands R&D Base to Bolster North American Tire Business

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) will expand its research and development capabilities at its Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. (TNA) facility located in White, GA, to strengthen its North American business. Scheduled for completion during 2017, the expansion will build on the product development capabilities and the resources and personnel at the existing TNA R&D department. Established...

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Bridgestone to Expand Joliette Plant in Canada

Bridgestone Corp (TYO:5108) is expanding production capacity of passenger car tires and light truck radial tires at the Quebec-based Joliette Tire Manufacturing Plant of Bridgestone Canada Inc. (BSCA), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Inc. (BSA). The investment is expected to total $250 million. With the expansion scheduled to break ground in 2016, new technologically advanced equipment will be phased in...

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