tires

JATMA Expects Japan’s Automotive Tire Demand to Grow 5% Next Year

Japanese demand for automotive tires is expected to improve year-on-year across all product categories next year, totaling 174.75 million tires. This would mark a 5 percent increase over demand levels seen in 2020, though a 9 percent decrease when compared to 2019. These figures come from a tire demand forecast put together by the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA)....

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Yokohama Rubber Rolls Out Extensive Lineup of Studless Winter Tires to Meet Demand for Almost Every Car Type

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is making a push to grow sales for its lineup of studless winter tires. Efforts here are centered on the iceGuard 6 line, which launched around four years ago and is known internationally as the iceGuard iG60. However, there is also a focus on the iceGuard 5 Plus, a mass-market line; the iceGuard SUV G075,...

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Bridgestone Works With Kumamoto University to Develop Electric Bus Tire

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has developed a prototype tire specifically for electric buses, achieving this by way of joint research with Kumamoto University’s Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology. The hope is that this will contribute to the rollout of sustainable public transport. Intended to help reduce the total running costs of electric buses, the prototype tire has been designed specifically...

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Mitsubishi Chemical’s Carbon Fiber SMC Finds Use in Roof of New Toyota GR Yaris

Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. recently announced that its carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) has been adopted for use in the roof of the new GR Yaris launched in September by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). In selecting this SMC, Toyota judged that the material would be able to facilitate both significant lightweighting and a high level of component performance while also...

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Carbon Black Production Rises as North American Tire Demand Trends Toward Recovery

Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5301) carbon black business is on the rebound after bottoming out during the April–June quarter, says President Hajime Nagasaka. Speaking at a financial results briefing on Nov. 5, Nagasaka said that demand is recovering particularly in the U.S. and Thai markets, adding that the company’s U.S. production bases have utilization rates up in the 90–95 percent...

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Bridgestone’s Turanza T005A Selected for Mazda’s New Mild Hybrid MX-30

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has announced that it will supply its Turanza T005A tire as OE for the mild hybrid version of the new Mazda MX-30. This follows Mazda Motor Corp.’s (TYO:7261) recent reveal of the new compact SUV. Based on the idea of “Living True to Yourself,” the Mazda MX-30 was designed with the aim of letting drivers spend time...

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