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Pirelli Japan Launches New Line of Studless Winter Tires Using Soft Tread Compound

Pirelli Japan Co. Ltd. has this month begun a sequential launch for its new line of studless winter tires, Ice Asimmetrico Plus. The Ice Asimmetrico Plus series has seen Pirelli Japan adopt a soft, durable new compound based on material used in the company’s existing Ice Asimmetrico line. By then improving the mixture and distribution of materials such as silica,...

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Bridgestone Targets Commercial Tire Applications for Plant-Derived Isoprene Rubber

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has entered into a joint research project for plant-derived isoprene rubber and its high-performance derivatives, working here on production technologies and practical applications for these materials. Efforts under the project look to establish plant-derived isoprene rubber as a practical, industrialized alternative to the natural rubber and oil-derived synthetic rubber currently used as raw...

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Yokohama Rubber Appears Set to Meet Early 2018 Performance Projections

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.’s (TYO:5101) consolidated results for calendar 2018 appear set to hold to the company’s forecast announced this past February. While this has been helped along by natural rubber prices dropping 7 cents from what had been expected, a surge in crude oil prices has brought increases to synthetic rubber and carbon black prices, with this expected to...

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Sumitomo Rubber Launches South African Production for Truck and Bus Tires

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) announced on Aug. 7 that it has established production facilities for truck and bus tires at its South Africa Factory, beginning production for this on July 19. Having invested approximately 970 million rand ($64.73 million) into the facilities, the company expects that production capacity will get up to 750 truck and bus tires per day...

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Michelin Japan Plans October Launch for Michelin X One Truck and Bus Retreads

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. recently announced that it will start selling retreads of the Michelin X One, a wide single tire for trucks and buses, starting from October 1. The launch will see the company accelerate its efforts toward cost-cutting and environmental protection in the transportation industry. As a single tire able to replace the dual tires used at...

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JATMA Releases Midyear Update to 2018 Tire Demand Forecast

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has revised its forecast of tire demand for the business year through next March. Total domestic demand in the updated forecast – covering four-wheel vehicles, two-wheel vehicles and non-four-wheel specialty vehicles – was upwardly revised by 75,000 tires. But with higher figures having been confirmed for 2017 since the previous forecast, this still...

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