winter tires

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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Nippon Goodyear Holds Test Drive Event on Ice Rink

Nippon Goodyear Ltd. will launch its Ice Navi 7 premium studless tire, developed specifically for Japanese snowy and icy road surfaces, on August 1. The company held a test drive event at the Kanagawa Skating Rink in Yokohama on June 29 for members of the press to try the Ice Navi 7 before launch. Company President Yujiro Kanahara said that...

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Bridgestone to Raise Winter Tire Prices 6%

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) will raise the prices of its winter tires for passenger cars and vans by 6 percent beginning on September 1. A Bridgestone spokesperson cited higher prices for the natural rubber used to make the company’s tires, as well as synthetic rubber and other petrochemical ingredients. The spokesperson says that the decision to raise prices was taken only...

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2017 Forecast: JATMA Expects Steady Automobile Tire Demand to Continue

The Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) has announced its 2016 estimates for domestic demand of automobile tires, together with its forecast for 2017. According to the association, domestic demand in 2016 was in line with the previous year at 117.87 million units, and a virtually identical demand of 118.19 million units is anticipated for 2017. This demand estimate is...

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