Japan Inc scandals widen as Toray admits cheating


Japan’s Toray Industries Inc (Toray Industries Inc) on Tuesday revealed 149 cases of quality data falsification at a materials-making subsidiary spanning eight years, in the latest quality-assurance scandal to hit a Japanese manufacturer.

The world’s largest maker of carbon fiber composite materials said the cheating involved products including tire-strengthening cords sold to 13 clients by Toray Hybrid Cord Inc. A broader probe into possible wrongdoing across the group was ongoing.

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Bridgestone introduces digital tool box for tires


Bridgestone has introduced “Toolbox,” its next-generation digital tire assessment and asset tracking platform for truck and bus tires. Available as both a desktop and mobile application, Toolbox has been already deployed globally in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Russia, and Latin America. It is scheduled for release in Japan next month.

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ITRC To Focus More On NR Sustainability – Dr. Chairil Anwar, CEO, International Rubber Consortium (IRCo)


In an exclusive interview to Rubber Asia, Dr Chairil Anwar, the newly appointed CEO of the Bangkok-based International Rubber Consortium (IRCo), says that in the next decade, ITRC/IRCo will play a greater role in ensuring sustainability and remunerative prices for smallholders as well as providing fair and less volatile NR prices for the consumers. 

As the CEO of IRCo, my priorities are inline with and supportive of the objectives and goals of ITRC/IRCo.

In 2001, world’s three major producers of natural rubber (NR), namely Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, signed a Declaration to establish a tripartite cooperation in rubber under the framework of the International Tripartite Rubber Council (ITRC). The objectives of this cooperation are ensuring sustainable NR production and implementing relevant measures in achieving remunerative NR prices for the well-being of the rubber smallholders.

ITRC is committed in helping millions of rubber smallholders who …

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Synthetic Rubber Market Worth 37.82 Billion USD by 2022


The report “Synthetic Rubber Market by Type (SBR, BR, SBC, EPDM, IIR, NBR), Application (Tire, Non-Tire Automotive, Footwear, Industrial), and Region (North AmericaEuropeAsia PacificSouth America, and Middle East & Africa) – Global Forecast to 2022″ published by MarketsandMarkets™, the market is estimated to be USD 28.88 Billion in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 37.82 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.5% between 2017 and 2022. The Synthetic Rubber Market is driven by the rising demand for synthetic rubbers in applications such as tire, non-tire automotive, footwear, and industrial.


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U.S. vice president to meet with U.S. automakers on trade


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the administration’s top trade official will meet with senior executives from General Motors (GM.N), Ford (F.N) and Fiat Chrysler (FCHA.MI) later on Monday to discuss issues such as trade, the White House said in a statement.

The meeting will cover “trade, commerce and manufacturing policy and how it impacts their business” and will also include National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the vice president’s office confirmed.


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Bridgestone Announces New Marketing Director for Bandag


Bridgestone Americas has announced LaTres Jarret as the director, marketing for Bandag.

“We are excited to welcome LaTres to the Bandag team,” said Eric Higgs, vice president, marketing, commercial tire group, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “LaTres brings more than 16 years of valuable experience in brand-building and customer strategies. She is a natural team leader and creative thinker who is well-suited to take Bandag marketing initiatives to the next level.”

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Pirelli Launches Rainbow-Colored 2018 Formula 1 Tires


Pirelli has announced its 2018 tire range, which include two new tire compounds, as well as a rainbow of new colors for next year.

The tires, announced ahead of the final Grand Prix of 2017, will one step softer than the previous generation. The lineup includes the new tires P Zero Pink hypersoft, which will be used in races where maximum grip is required, and the superhard tire, which will be colored orange. Pirelli’s hard tires will now be ice blue.

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Court Awards Toyo $1.6 Million in Contempt Sanctions


According to Law360, Doublestar Dong Feng Tyere Co Ltd and its affiliate Qingdao Doublestar Tire Industrial Co Ltd, have been ordered by a federal court in California to pay $1.6 million to Toyo Tire & Rubber Co Ltd for violating a 2014 court order, which barred Doublestar from selling tires that are “confusingly similar” to Toyo’s product.

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NASA Ready to Roll on Mars with New Superelastic Tires


Researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed an alternative to traditional pneumatic tires for future missions to Mars. The Superelastic Tire was developed specifically to equip a new generation of ground vehicles for Mars exploration.

The tire, developed from NASA’s existing Spring Tire technology and inspired by the tires used in the Apollo program, utilizes shape memory alloys capable of flexing and withstanding deformation without losing its original shape.

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NAFTA is sinking, and Canada needs a lifeboat


There was zero progress at the North American free-trade agreement renegotiations in Mexico this week. In fact, the talks took a decidedly backward step, with the United States refusing to move off its red-line positions, something that was predictable given the updated negotiating objectives released by the U.S. Trade Representative ahead of this week’s session.

This is an “America First” administration, after all, with no interest in accommodation, increasing the likelihood of eventual U.S. withdrawal from the agreement, an action that President Donald Trump has repeatedly threatened, in spite of intensifying business and political pressures to the contrary.

Given that gloomy prospect, let’s look at how things could unfold over the next while, bearing in mind that things are fluid and the situation could change.

First, the negotiations could soon end, even ahead of the 2018 deadline, either with 

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