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Michelin Japan Details Ideas to Cut Down on Tire Waste via Regrooving, Retreading

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has detailed a number of solutions that it can provide to help with environmental issues. Holding a March 12 media seminar on this at the first day of the New Environmental Exposition 2019, Michelin Japan VP Takaaki Takahashi said that his company is setting out with a long-term strategy aimed at significantly cutting down on...

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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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Yokohama Rubber Supplies Fuel-Efficient Tires for New Mitsubishi Minivan

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has started supplying its Geolandar SUV and Geolandar G033 tires as OE for the new Delica D5 minivan from Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (TYO:7211), which launched in Japan on Feb. 15. The new Delica D5 is available as either a standard model or the Delica D5 Urban Gear model, which incorporates new modern elements. The standard...

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Yokohama Rubber Subsidiary Expands Japanese Lineup of Agricultural Machinery Tires

The Alliance Tire Group (ATG), a subsidiary of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101), is looking to expand its lineup in the Japanese market for the agricultural machinery tires that it manufactures and sells under the Alliance brand. The group has begun offering a number of new tire sizes to this end. Coming as new products here are seven sizes of...

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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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Bridgestone Supplies Tires for Audi’s First EV

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it is supplying six different tires ranging 19–21 inches for the E-Tron SUV, a new electric vehicle (EV) that launched this January under the Audi Group. Hitting the market as Audi’s first EV, the E-Tron utilizes two electric motors to make for major improvements to both acceleration and noise levels. Bridgestone’s tires then help...

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