winter tires

Michelin Japan Offers Insights Into Winter Tires at Media Seminar

Nihon Michelin Tire Co. Ltd. has recently invited members of the press to an educational seminar about winter tires. During the event, Michelin Japan’s engineers offered commentary about winter tire history, advances in tire technology, smart winter tire use and performance variation based on U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) identification numbers. As technological innovation in the tire industry has accelerated...

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JATMA Mid-year Review: Automobile Tire Demand to Decrease Slightly in 2016

Demand for automobile tires in Japan is expected to decrease for a second consecutive year, according to the mid-year review of domestic tire demand for 2016 published by the Japan Automobile Tire Manufacturers Association (JATMA) on July 21. The review places gross demand for tires including those for special and two-wheeled vehicles at 117.366 million units, a decline of 1.837...

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Goodyear Japan Kanahara

Aiming to Raise Market Share and Brand Equity—Nippon Goodyear

The automobile market in Japan is going through a difficult period, said Yujiro Kanahara, president of Nippon Goodyear Ltd., speaking recently to Japan Rubber Weekly. This is particularly true in the tire sector, where Nippon Goodyear faces a number of strong rivals and where market growth is limited, Kanahara said. Still, he believes there are opportunities for growth.

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Bleak Forecast for Winter Tires

Sales of studless winter tires in Japan have been brisk for the past few years thanks to the snowfall. According to Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA), 25.96 million snow tires were sold in Japan in 2014, marking a year-on-year increase of 4.0 percent. Studless tires accounted for 99.8 percent of all snow tire sales: 25.92 million units sold, up...

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