winter tires

Toyo Tires Wins Good Design Award for M925 Snowplow Tire

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) recently announced that it has won a 2018 Good Design Award for its M925 snow tire, a product made exclusively for snowplows. Launched in July 2017, the M925 is designed to improve snowplow performance. The tire sets itself apart with its tread: while conventional studless tires for trucks and buses adopt a symmetric...

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Yokohama Rubber Launches New Run-Flat Tire With Improved Durability

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) on Oct. 1 launched its new iceGuard 6 ZPS tire, a run-flat model under its iceGuard 6 line of studless winter tires for passenger cars. The ZPS mark, which is also imprinted on the tire’s sidewall, refers to the company’s Zero Pressure System technology and the run-flat tire structure that allows for this. Development for...

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Yokohama Rubber Develops Technology to Help Boost Ice Performance of Winter Tires

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has developed evaluation technology able to visualize the frictional conditions of tires running on an icy surface. The company expects that this will lead to the development of winter tires with significantly improved performance on ice. The new technology will help Yokohama Rubber more accurately discover compounding agents that excel at...

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Yokohama Rubber Launches Indoor On-Ice Test Facility in Hokkaido

Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) recently announced that it has established an indoor facility for testing the on-ice performance of winter tires at the company’s Tire Test Center of Hokkaido (TTCH) in Asahikawa. By establishing the new test facility, Yokohama Rubber is looking to further improve the performance of its winter tires. The new facility began operations on Jan. 5,...

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Bridgestone’s Foamed Rubber Technology Driving Force Behind Blizzak Studless Tires

Bridgestone Corp.’s (TYO:5108) Blizzak studless tires have for the 16th consecutive year been the most popular tire choice for passenger cars in five major cities within the Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku regions, which see heavy snowfall. The tires possess overwhelming market strength in these cities, where they are installed on approximately half of all passenger cars. At the core of...

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Michelin Japan Unveils New Information About Ota R&D Center

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has released new information on the activities of the Michelin Group’s R&D Center in Ota, Gunma Prefecture. According to this new information, the center is currently targeting research on passenger car and light truck (LT) tires and is the only facility in the Michelin Group capable of conducting basic research on winter tires. Following facilities...

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