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Bridgestone CEO Tsuya Reflects on 2016

Sitting down for an interview recently, Brigestone Corp. (TYO:5108) CEO Masaaki Tsuya reflected on what 2016 held for the Japanese tire manufacturer – and touched also on what the near future might have in store. Tsuya said that, in terms of innovation, last year saw Brigestone promoting the development of new materials such as tough polymer composites. It is part,...

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Bridgestone Substantiates Durability of Its Seismic Isolation Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has been conducting performance verification testing of its seismic isolation rubber bearings together with Takenaka Corp. at one of the general contractor’s buildings. The isolators demonstrated long-term durability after being in place for approximately 30 consecutive years. Manufactured in 1986 from laminated natural rubber, the bearings have been in use at a Takenaka staff dormitory, located in...

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Museum With Seismic Retrofitting by Bridgestone Named World Cultural Heritage Site

The National Museum of Western Art (NMWA), Tokyo, has been named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site at a session of the World Heritage Committee on July 17, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. The building uses seismic isolation rubber bearings supplied by Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108). Bridgestone’s seismic isolation bearings consist of thin rubber layers and steel plates alternately laminated together. In...

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Seismic Isolation Rubber Use Spreads in Japan, Adoption Rates Differ by Region

When the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011, its hypocenter some 70 kilometers off the coast of Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, buildings were left devastated. However, this was primarily the result not of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake itself, which many buildings were able to withstand, but of the subsequent tsunami. As a method of addressing seismic activity, the use...

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Kumamoto Earthquake Proves Seismic Isolation Rubber Effective

The aftershocks continue from the major earthquake that struck the Kumamoto Prefecture on the Japanese island of Kyushu April 14. Almost two months after the original quake registered a seismic intensity of 7, an aftershock of intensity 5- struck on June 13. Although it cannot be said that the 24 buildings in Kumamoto Prefecture that incorporate seismic isolation rubber came...

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Tokyo City University Develops New Seismic Isolation Rubber

A research team at Tokyo City University has succeeded in developing a new seismic isolation rubber for use in new buildings that could have roughly twice the earthquake mitigation performance of structures using conventional materials. Led by Prof. Isao Nishimura of the architectural faculty in the university’s engineering department, the team is moving ahead on joint development with a manufacturer,...

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