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JATMA Mid-year Review: Automobile Tire Demand to Decrease Slightly in 2016

Demand for automobile tires in Japan is expected to decrease for a second consecutive year, according to the mid-year review of domestic tire demand for 2016 published by the Japan Automobile Tire Manufacturers Association (JATMA) on July 21. The review places gross demand for tires including those for special and two-wheeled vehicles at 117.366 million units, a decline of 1.837...

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New Bridgestone M746 Trailer Tire to Feature Better Tire Rotation Frequency

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has announced that it will launch its M746 all-season trailer tire on Oct. 10. Combining performance capabilities in both wet and snow, the M746 employs a specially designed pattern with consideration to the twisting force that is characteristic of trailers. This improves block durability and wear resistance, helping to reduce the frequency of tire rotations, as the...

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Sumitomo Rubber to Sponsor Germany’s 2016 DFL-Supercup

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) will use its Falken Tire brand to sponsor the 2016 DFL-Supercup, a professional soccer match in Germany scheduled for mid-August. The 2016 DFL-Supercup will be the kickoff event for the 2016–17 season, pitting the 2015–16 Bundesliga champions against the winners of the DFB-Pokal, or “German Cup,” a tournament involving pro and amateur clubs. Sumitomo Rubber...

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Michelin Japan Supports Car Sharing Project in Earthquake-stricken Regions

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. is lending a hand to a car sharing project supporting residents of areas affected by the earthquakes in Tohoku (March 2011) and Kumamoto (April 2016). Organized by the Ishinomaki City-based Japan Car Sharing Association, the auto-sharing project aims to improve the quality of life of local residents who live in temporary accommodations or at home...

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Bridgestone Director on Cutting-edge Automation Technology – Interview

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) is looking at leveraging Japan’s forte of manufacturing and rolling out its technology on a global scale, says Yukio Saegusa, director of the company’s Advanced Tire Production System Division. To this end, the company is putting effort into optimizing production and introducing cutting-edge technology. Presently within Bridgestone’s 10 tire factories domestically, Saegusa said that the company has enhanced the...

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Yokohama Rubber to Launch New All-terrain SUV Tires

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has announced it will release new all-terrain SUV tires “Geolandar A/T G015” in August under its Geolandar SUV tire brand. The product will come in 27 sizes. Marking the 20th anniversary of the Geolandar brand, the new product targets drivers who enjoy an active lifestyle. The product’s overall improvements enable higher off-road capabilities and endurance...

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