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Sumitomo Rubber Works With German Research Institute to Clarify Processes Behind Natural Rubber Failure

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has managed a world-first success in shedding light on the crystallization process that occurs at the tips of cracks in natural rubber – crystallization referring here to rubber molecules becoming aligned in the direction of elongation when the rubber is stretched. The company’s research on this was carried out in conjunction with the Leibniz Institute...

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Sumitomo Rubber Utilizes Tire Technologies to Codevelop Highly Soundproof Flooring

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it has worked with Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd. (TYO:1911) and flexible concrete mat manufacturer Maxstone KK to develop highly soundproof flooring for rental housing. The new product will be adopted starting from the Forest Maison line of rental housing provided by Sumitomo Forestry. The highly soundproof flooring incorporates anti-vibration rubber based on...

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Major Tire Companies Plan Production Increases for 2019 While Projecting Rising Sales, Falling Profits

Japan’s four major tire manufacturers have now posted their earnings forecasts for calendar 2019, with the general trend of expectations here pointing to increased sales and decreased profits. And amid this, all four of the companies are planning increases to their production capacity. While a number of factors make 2019 a difficult year to predict – including the U.S.–China trade...

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Sumitomo Rubber Plans US Launch for SUV Tires From Popular Falken Brand

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is planning a U.S. rollout for new 4×4 and SUV tires under the Falken brand, which already has sales operations and a strong reputation in the country. The company intends here to launch two new products under the Wildpeak series and one under the Ziex series, with sales of these to begin gradually rolling out...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Appoint Satoru Yamamoto as New President

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) plans to appoint Satoru Yamamoto, currently a director and senior executive officer at the company, to the role of President and CEO, effective March 26. Current CEO and president Ikuji Ikeda will then move into the role of chairman and representative director. Yamamoto has a long history of working with domestic tire replacements. Following this,...

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New Year’s Interview: JRMA President Ikuji Ikeda Discusses Priorities for 2019 – Part 1

Ikuji Ikeda, president and CEO at Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), was inaugurated last May as the 15th president of the Japan Rubber Manufacturers Association (JRMA). Japan Rubber Weekly recently sat down with Ikeda to hear his thoughts on the association and the industry heading into 2019. Defining his role with the JRMA, Ikeda said that he sees his job...

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