Yokohama’s Advan tyres helped the JLOC Lamborghini GT3, driven by Takashi Kogure and Yuya Motojima, win the GT300 class in the final race, Round 8 of the 2023 Autobacs Super GT Series, held at Mobility Resort Motegi in Tochigi Prefecture on 4 and 5 November, 2023. In Japan’s premier touring car racing series., many teams in the GT300 class equipped their cars with Advan racing tyres this year. These cars won four out of eight races.
Toyo Tire Corporation representative director, president and CEO, Takashi Shimizu, has been awarded the Medal with Blue Ribbon in the 2023 autumn conferment of medals. The Japanese Medal with Blue Ribbon is awarded to individuals who have achieved in the areas of public welfare and education.
Kumho Tire has gained the Good Design Award (Japan) 2023 for its PorTran 4S CX11, a van and light commercial vehicle tyre specifically designed to accommodate the road and climate conditions of Europe and take advantage of growing demand for all-season tyres within the region. The Kumho tyre is currently on display at the Good Design Exhibition 2023, which is taking place in Tokyo until 29 October.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) is collaborating on a project to eliminate batteries in TPMS and similar devices by replacing these with electricity generated through tyre rotation. Reporting on the progress of its work with Professor Hiroshi Tani of Kansai University in Japan, the Falken brand manufacturer says the partners have successfully generated stable electricity over a wide range of speeds by employing two types of generating devices.
Yokohama will exhibit its electric vehicle-compatible and sustainable technologies at the Japan Mobility Show 2023, (Tokyo Big Sight’s East Hall 2 in Koto-ku, Tokyo, 26 October to 5 November). The manufacturer’s booth has been assembled under the theme, ‘Yokohama: Creating the Tires of the Future’, with a focus on the company’s latest and future tyre technology developments. These will include tyre mounted sensors, as well as the concept aerodynamic Advan A50 fin tyre, and the Japanese premiere of the Advan Sport EV, Yokohama’s newly launched dedicated high performance tyre for electric vehicles.
The Deming Prize Committee has awarded its 2023 Deming Grand Prize to Ceat Ltd. The Indian firm is the first tyre maker in the world to gain this top Deming accolade, which is awarded for ongoing excellence in Total Quality Management (TQM).
Toyo Tires has renewed its partnership with the Japan National Football Team. The tyre manufacturer has supported the “Samurai Blue” since 2021. Toyo has released a TV commercial called “Blue, passionate, run” to mark the renewal. The video will be shown in subways and on television, the company said. Toyo added that it plans to follow the team to the next World Cup in North America in 2026.
Tyres for electric vehicles made using renewable electricity. This is reality at Yokohama Rubber, whose Shinshiro-Minami plant in Japan has begun producing Yokohama Advan EV tyres with power from a new proprietary solar panel power generation system that officially entered operation in August 2023 and with renewable energy-generated electricity that the plant has been procuring since April.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd achieved lower profit in H1 2023 despite increasing sales and operating profit. The company has nonetheless upwardly revised its full-year profit forecast from 21,000 million yen to 23,000 million yen (£127.1 million, US$162.2 million).
From today, Bridgestone is directly selling passenger vehicle tyres online in its home market of Japan via a new portal, the Bridgestone Online Store. This new tire-onlinestore.bridgestone.co.jp site draws upon the services of Bridgestone’s B-select retail network, which the company launched in Japan last month.
Asahi Kasei has decided to discontinue its Asahi Kasei Cord Co., Ltd. business and liquidate the company. Around 70 people currently work for the Hyuga, Japan-based operation, where production is scheduled to cease by or on 31 March 2024. The plant will close a year later.
For the first time, Bridgestone is applying its Enliten technology to a winter light truck tyre. The Bridgestone Blizzak W989, which will go on sale in Japan in September, will thus offer a six per cent improvement in ice braking performance and 15 per cent better wear life than a comparable conventional tyre.
Bridgestone is introducing the B-select retail concept in its home market of Japan. Around 700 company-owned and exclusive Bridgestone retailers have joined the B-select B2C network, while within the commercial segment some 400 B-select stores will be operating by the end of the year.
In collaboration with partners from a Japanese university, The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. has developed a rubber that is highly elastic and resistant to cracking. The company anticipates that further research in this area will lead to the development of safer and more durable tyres.
Bridgestone Corporation recently began producing oil and recovered carbon black through the pyrolysis of end-of-life tyres at a test facility in Japan. The tyre maker is operating this unit within the Bridgestone Innovation Park in Kodaira City, Tokyo as part of a joint project with Eneos Corporation.