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Bridgestone CEO Tsuya Reflects on 2016

Sitting down for an interview recently, Brigestone Corp. (TYO:5108) CEO Masaaki Tsuya reflected on what 2016 held for the Japanese tire manufacturer – and touched also on what the near future might have in store. Tsuya said that, in terms of innovation, last year saw Brigestone promoting the development of new materials such as tough polymer composites. It is part,...

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Sumitomo Rubber Continues to Strengthen North American Business: CEO Ikeda

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) is proceeding with revamping its North American plants and bringing in new equipment for use with current production, said President & CEO Ikuji Ikeda at a press conference last week. He added that, with a view to the future, the company will also adopt new production technology to increase production capacity for high-performance tires. Increasing...

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2017 Forecast: JATMA Expects Steady Automobile Tire Demand to Continue

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has announced its 2016 estimates for domestic demand of automobile tires, together with its forecast for 2017. According to the association, domestic demand in 2016 was in line with the previous year at 117.87 million units, and a virtually identical demand of 118.19 million units is anticipated for 2017. This demand estimate is...

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Tire and Tire Tube Production Up Slightly to 94,000 Tons for October

Production of automobile tires and tire tubes was 93,934 tons in terms of rubber volume for October, up 0.7 percent year-on-year, according to the Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA). Production rose for the first time in 22 months in September, and albeit small, year-on-year production rose for the second consecutive month in October. The production volume was up in...

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Bridgestone Develops Next-Gen Polyisoprene, Potential to Outperform Natural Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO: 5108) announced on Dec. 13 that it has successfully synthesized a next-generation polyisoprene rubber (IR). The material features a narrowly controlled molecular structure and uses the company’s proprietary new gadolinium (Gd) polymerization catalyst. The new catalyst enables industrial applications for which conventional Gd catalysts have so far been unsuitable. Although IR is the synthetic rubber most closely...

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Bridgestone Announces New Motorcycle Tires With Better Tread Life and Handling

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) will release its new Battlecruise H50 motorcycle tires in February of next year. The tires, which come in eight sizes, are designed for V-twin cruiser motorcycles. The company plans to put out 14 more sizes in 2018. The Battlecruise H50s are tubeless bias-ply motorcycle tires for cruisers outfitted with a V-twin engine. The concept behind the product...

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