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Yokohama Tire Renews Sponsorship Contract With Los Angeles Angels

Yokohama Tire Corp. (YTC), a U.S. subsidiary of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101), has renewed its contractual partnership with Major League Baseball team the Los Angeles Angels for 2018–2020. Based on the agreement, the Yokohama logo will be displayed at the team’s home ballpark, Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The move comes as a bid to increase Yokohama Rubber’s brand awareness...

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Sumitomo Riko Lauded for Application of Anti-Vibration Rubber to Table Tennis Rackets

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has been in the limelight after its co-development of Q3, a rubber for use in table tennis rackets, with sporting goods manufacturer Mizuno Corp. (TYO:8022). While product supply in the sports industry is a first for Sumitomo Riko, the company has been able to leverage its know-how, cultivated over many years, in both anti-vibration rubber...

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Yonex Adopts Nitta’s CNT Technology for Tennis Rackets

Sporting goods maker Yonex Co. Ltd. (TYO:7906) plans to manufacture tennis rackets with shafts that incorporate Namd prepreg, a carbon fiber prepreg made using Nitta Corp.’s (TYO:5186) proprietary Namd technology for carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersion and synthesis. The use of Namd prepreg in the shafts of VCore Pro tennis rackets is expected to provide a combination of strength, flexibility and...

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Kasco to Sell Golf Balls with Jointly Developed Eucommia Elastomer Covers

Golf equipment maker Kasco Corp. has announced that it will next April release a new golf ball made using eucommia elastomer. The ball, branded the Biospin, will be a high-end product with a suggested retail price of 1,000 yen ($8.88) per ball. The cover material is made with trans-1,4-polyisoprene, an inedible biomass produced by the Eucommia ulmoides tree – also...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Consolidate Global Sports Business

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has announced that effective Jan. 1, 2018, it will consolidate the Sumitomo Rubber Group’s sports business by merging Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd. (TYO:7825), a sports business subsidiary, and Dunlop International Co. Ltd., the Group’s overseas Dunlop-brand sporting goods and licensing company. By consolidating its sports business, Sumitomo Rubber is looking to leverage the company’s management...

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