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Yokohama Rubber Starts Shipping Tires for Toyota’s Next-Generation Taxi

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has begun shipping its Taxi Touring 898 as an original equipment tire for Toyota Motor Corp.’s (TYO:7203) next-generation taxi vehicle JPN Taxi, launched on Oct. 23. The Taxi Touring 898 was released in April as a taxi tire for the domestic retail market. The product utilizes Yokohama Rubber’s Mound Profile, which features a new tread...

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Toyoda Gosei Develops New Side Airbag

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) recently announced that it has jointly developed a new side airbag with Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). Compatible with various makes and models, the new airbag has already been adopted for use in Toyota’s new Camry and is scheduled to be equipped in about 2.5 million vehicles annually. Side airbags, which are mounted by the side...

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For 70th Anniversary, Fukoku Bussan Eyes Foray Into ASEAN: CEO

With Fukoku Bussan Co. Ltd. approaching the 70th anniversary of its founding this coming May, CEO and President Yoshie Kibe spoke recently on the rubber industrial product trading company’s aspirations moving forward. The last few decades has seen the company develop joint venture factories and sales offices in China, Indonesia and Thailand, Kibe said. Looking forward, she said, the company...

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Company Report: Automotive Parts Supplier Molten

Besides being a world-famous maker of basketballs and other sports ball equipment, Molten Corp. also boasts a history of more than 60 years as a manufacturer of automotive rubber and resin products. Japan Rubber Weekly recently had the opportunity to speak about the company’s future strategy with Toshihiko Kobayashi, a board member at Molten, and chief operating officer of its...

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Mitsuboshi Belting Expands Into Metal Automotive Parts

Rubber transmission belt manufacturer Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. (TYO:5192) is moving aggressively into the field of metal parts for automobiles. At its recent global distributor meeting held in Kobe, the company has introduced its new product Smastar, a spring-loaded alternator pulley. The pulley’s built-in coil spring allows it to absorb engine rotational fluctuations, helping, the company says, to control belt noise,...

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