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Bridgestone Wins Design Rights Infringement Lawsuit Against Chinese Tire Manufacturer

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) announced on April 12 that it has won a design rights infringement lawsuit against the Shengtai Group in the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. The case stemmed from the Japanese firm’s claim that the major Chinese tire manufacturer utilized a tread pattern patented for the Bridgestone ST3000 truck tire. Bridgestone first filed the lawsuit with the Beijing Intellectual...

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Bridgestone to Join JAXA, Toyota for International Space Exploration Mission

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it is set to join the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) in an international space exploration mission. Through the mission, JAXA and Toyota aim to expand the domain of human activity while also developing new intellectual property. Bridgestone, meanwhile, will move forward with research for contact patches – essentially...

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Bridgestone’s Ecopia EP150 Adopted as OE Tire in New Nissan, Mitsubishi Models

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has begun supplying its Ecopia EP150 tires as OE for several new models of kei-class light motor vehicle. The tire is now being sent out for use in the new Nissan Dayz as well as the Mitsubishi eK Wagon and eK X. Tires under the Ecopia brand are able to maintain excellent performance in a number of...

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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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