SRI doubles planned capacity for Brazil truck tyre plant

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An additional investment is being made in the Sumitomo Rubber do Brasil factory in Fazenda Rio Grande, Brazil, which is scheduled to begin producing truck and bus tyres next March. This investment of BRL 153 million (£28.7 million, US$37.6 million) builds upon the BRL 312 million investment Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) announced in July 2016 for setting up bus and truck tyre production equipment in Fazenda Rio Grande.

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Japanese firms dealing with Russia feel little impact from U.S. sanctions: Sumitomo

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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (Reuters) – Japanese firms dealing with Russia were experiencing little impact from U.S. sanctions on Moscow, but it was possible that they may also be sanctioned by the United States, the managing executive officer of Sumitomo Corporation said on Tuesday.

“At this moment we are not that affected,” Hideki Yamano told Reuters on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum at the Russian Far East port of Vladivostok.

Asked if future projects by Japanese firms might be hurt because of the U.S. sanctions, Yamano said it was possible.

“We are closely monitoring the development (with the new sanctions,” he said.

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Sumitomo chief says Trump tariffs could have ‘devastating’ ripple effects

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WASHINGTON – It’s not just Sumitomo Rubber North America’s Town of Tonawanda plant that could suffer under President Trump’s tariffs. It’s the entire company – and the entire American economy. That’s what Richard Smallwood, Sumitomo Rubber North America’s president and CEO, had to say in an interview with The Buffalo News on Friday, a day after he criticized the proposed tariffs at a Commerce Department hearing. Trump is pondering tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported autos and auto parts.

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Falken Tire to supply OE tire for new Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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Falken Tire, a Sumitomo Rubber subsidiary, announced that it will supply original equipment tires for the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

Mercedes Benz’s new luxury SUV had its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January 2018, is fitted with Falken Wildpeak A/T AT3WA and Euroall Season AS210A in size 265/60R18 in its initial equipment.

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Sumitomo opens European tire, Tpms R&D center

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HANAU, Germany — Sumitomo Rubber Europe G.m.b.H. and Dunlop Tech G.m.b.H. have opened a European Development Center in Hanau-Steinheim with capacities for tire development and testing, production of liquid latex and the design of tire pressure monitoring systems.

The 322,000-sq.-ft. facility, housed in a restored historical building in the Steinheim district of Hanau, will allow the Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (SRI) subsidiaries to boost the speed and efficiency of their research and development operations, according to Bernd Löwenhaupt, managing director of Sumitomo Rubber Europe.

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Game Changing Technology: The tires of the future (part 1)

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The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic.

Beyond that, the variables in play—new materials, new manufacturing methods, changing vehicle designs and needs, etc.—present an evolving spider web of tire design parameters that put all design features, except round, into play.

To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design.

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Sumitomo aims ‘to grow with whole of market’

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Tire Business talked with Darren Thomas, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Falken Tire Corp., a unit of Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc., about his thoughts on the tire industry and how his company is performing heading into the second half of the year.

 

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Future Tire: Q&A Sumitomo Rubber Europe boss

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In this Q&A, Dr. Bernd Lowenhaupt, managing director, Sumitomo Rubber Europe, gives his views on the development of new technologies within the tire industry:

ERJ: Please identify one significant development in the tire industry in the last 2-3 years and explain its importance.

BL: The most important development was the introduction of A/A rated tire and the next step will be creating a tire with better than ‘A’ performance in rolling resistance. To reach the stringent targets for CO2 emissions…

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Falken to exhibit 3 new tyres at The Tire Cologne

Falken Tyre will launch three new tyre models for three distinct applications from its stand (Hall 7, Area A) at The Tire Cologne (29 May – 1 June). The new tyres are the Euroall Season AS210 car tyre, the Euroall Season VAN11 for light trucks and vans, and the Wildpeak M/T01 4×4 tyre for off-road use.

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Falken Tire selected as original equipment for 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

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Falken Tires has been selected as original equipment supplier to the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, providing fitments for both 16-inch as well as 17-inch with its Sincera SN250A All-Season tire. Sizes include 205/60R16 92H and 205/55R17 91H.

Falken began production in late March 2018 at parent company’s Sumitomo Rubber’s Thailand plant. Markets served for the new Jetta equipped with Falken-branded tires include all of North America, with 16-inch tires available this June.

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