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Yokohama Rubber to Expand Overseas Fuel-Efficient Tire Business

Hikomitsu Noji, president of Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101), recently spoke with the Japan Rubber Weekly about the direction of the tire and non-tire businesses under the company’s current medium-term management plan. Noji said his company will concentrate on leveraging its advanced technological prowess based on three pillars: (1) focus on the global OE market; (2) achieve a stronger presence...

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Yokohama Rubber to Increase Production of Passenger Car Tires

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) is increasing production of high-performance passenger car tires (18-plus inches in diameter) at its Shinshiro Plant, Aichi Prefecture. The company will commence construction on a new line this May and, with a launch planned for June 2017, is in position to have full production possible by April 2018. With an investment of 3.7 billion yen ($32.76...

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Sumitomo Rubber CEO Ikuji Ikeda (archive photo)

Sumitomo Rubber to Advance Global Strategy and Production—CEO Ikeda

Ikuji Ikeda, president and CEO of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), said in a recent interview with the Japan Rubber Weekly that he expects major progress in his company’s global strategy. The dissolution of the alliance agreement with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company of the U.S. will free Sumitomo Rubber of constraints in the North American and European markets...

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Rubber Machinery Systems Maker Suzuka Engineering Reaches Financing Agreement

Suzuka Engineering Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Yokkaichi City, Mie Prefecture) reached a financing agreement last November with Hyakugo Bank Ltd. (TYO:8368) on the basis of an intellectual property business assessment report. Serving a wide spectrum of the rubber industry, Suzuka Engineering independently develops and designs rubber manufacturing processes and, most notably, industrial machinery instruments and systems for kneading operations. On the...

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2015 Tire Production in Japan Falls in All Product Categories

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) announced that automobile tire production volume (in terms of rubber volume) in 2015 (January–December) in Japan was 1.06 million tons. This marks a 6 percent year-on-year decrease and the fourth consecutive year of negative growth. Looking at product category, production volume was down year-on-year across the board. Truck and bus tires decreased by...

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New Bridgestone Tires Reduce Driver Fatigue

Bridgestone has announced the release of the Playz PX-Series, tires that contribute to driving safety by reducing driver fatigue. These tires have a different pattern on the inboard side and outboard side of the tread. By stabilizing contact with the road surface, they reduce the need for the driver to constantly make minor directional adjustments in steering.

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