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Michelin Japan to Launch New Circuit Racing Sports Tire Usable on Public Roads

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. is set to launch the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 R, marketing this as a circuit racing sports tire that can also be used on public roads. The tire will be available in two sizes, with the lineup consisting of one 20-inch and one 21-inch size. Incorporating the latest technologies that Michelin has cultivated throughout...

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Yokohama Rubber Launches New Advan A08B Spec G as Competitive Tire for Gymkhana Events

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) launched a new competitive tire on Sept. 4 for use in gymkhana motorsport events. Named the Advan A08B Spec G, the tire is available in only one size – 295/50R16 87V – and has no set price. The Advan A08B Spec G is based on the existing Advan A08B, a series of street radial tires...

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JSR Launches New SBR Material With Major Improvements to Strength, Wear Resistance, Durability

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) has developed and launched a new styrene–butadiene rubber (SBR) material that offers significant improvements to strength, wear resistance and durability. The company is marketing this SBR for use in tires, and is producing the material using the solution polymerization method at its Yokkaichi Plant in Mie Prefecture. In applications for fuel-efficient tires, this new SBR is able...

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Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP150 Tires Selected as OE for Nissan Serena e-Power

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has started supplying its Ecopia EP150 tires as OE for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:7201) Serena e-Power, which recently underwent minor changes. Tires under the Ecopia brand are able to maintain excellent performance in a number of metrics sought after in tires – including wet performance and stable handling – while also helping to cut down on...

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Bridgestone President Akihiro Eto Reiterates Company Focus on Studless Winter Tires Over All-Season Tires

Speaking at a results briefing on Aug. 9, Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) President and COO Akihiro Eto commented on his company’s position with regard to all-season tires in the Japanese market. Bridgestone, Eto said, is not planning any change to its stance of using studless winter tires with proper snow performance – as opposed to just going with all-season tires. He...

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JATMA Midyear Forecast Revision Points to 2% Year-on-Year Drop in Domestic Tire Demand for 2019

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) recently published a midyear revision to its forecast of Japan’s automotive tire demand for 2019. The forecast shows that in terms of overall domestic figures – which include tires not only for four-wheeled vehicles but also for two-wheelers and other special vehicles – demand is projected to come to 117,517,000 tires for 2019,...

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