winter tires

Toyo Tires Targets Boxy Cars as Focus of Studless Winter Tire Business

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5105) is focusing its sales of studless winter tires on the Winter Tranpath TX, a tire launched last year for exclusive use with boxy cars, including SUVs and minivans. The Winter Tranpath TX helps to limit the characteristic wobbling of high-roofed, boxy cars. And as a studless winter tire specialized for use with these...

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Promising Signs Emerge in Japanese Market for Studless Winter Tires

While snowy conditions around Japan have started later than average this winter, recent developments are hinting at a more favorable tailwind for sales of studless winter tires. Coming into mid-December, northern Japan is finally seeing full-fledged winter conditions, while elsewhere even parts of the Kanto region are beginning to see snowfall. Publishing a demand forecast this summer for the second...

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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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