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Bridgestone to Expand Indian Plant Production With $300M Investment

Bridgestone Corp.’s (TYO:5108) group company in India, Bridgestone India Pvt. Ltd., has announced that it will shore up production capacity at its Pune and Indore plants for passenger car radial tires. Bridgestone India will invest $304.3 million in a phased manner over the next five years. The investment is expected to increase the combined daily production capacity of the two...

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Bridgestone to Launch New, Quieter Studless VRX Tire With Longer Wear

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) plans on Sept. 1 to launch the Blizzak VRX2, the company’s new studless tire for passenger cars. To be offered in 109 sizes, the product has achieved the best on-ice performance recorded to date, and features long wear and quiet performance. The new product realizes significant performance improvements compared to its predecessors in the VRX range. On-ice...

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NKNK Drafts S-SBR Production Plan for Fuel-Saving Tires, ETIC to Provide Support

Major Russian oil refining and petrochemical company PJSC Nizhnekamskneftekhim, also known as NKNK, is considering the commercialization of solution styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) for use in fuel-saving tires. The company aims to begin operations at some point beyond 2020. Production capacity will total at 60,000 tons per annum, with plans to increase this to 120,000 tons in the future. Japanese...

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New Seat Ibiza Comes With Falken Tires

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) said that Spanish auto manufacturer Seat S.A. has again chosen Falken as its OEM tire supplier for the fifth generation of its best-selling Seat Ibiza launched last month. The new model offers superb driving dynamics and quality, impressive stability and extreme reliability on the road. The Falken tires fitted as standard further enhance the benefits...

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Sumitomo Rubber Develops New Tire Sensing Technology

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has developed a new tire sensing technology able to detect road conditions and tire load. Sensing Core, as the company calls the technology, analyzes the wheel speed signals that are generated by the rotation of the tires. Sumitomo Rubber has already made extensive progress on its Deflation Warning System (DWS) technology, which analyzes wheel speed signals from the...

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JATMA Statistics Reveal Recycled Scrap Tires Down for 2016

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has compiled statistics on the recycling of scrap tires in Japan during 2016. The overall total of scrap tires in 2016 was 94 million units, a 1-percent year-on-year decline of 1 million tires. Measured in weight, this figure came in at 997,000 tons, a year-on-year drop of 3,000 tons. In the category of...

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