Are they nuts? Toyo’s secret weapon for ice

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Toyo’s Observe line of winter tires has actually had what they call Microbit Technology for 35 years. So we thought it was time to revisit what this technology is and set the record straight.

The walnut shells are ground up and infused into the rubber of the tread. Some are embedded in the tread while other pieces are left exposed. The way they are ground up leaves sharp edges on the pieces of shell. These sharp edges dig into the ice, giving the driver better traction than tires without this technology. As the tire wears, more sharp edges are exposed, actually increasing the amount of traction given.

 

Read the source article at Traction News

Toyo Tire Net Sales Down, Overseas Replacement Market Up

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In Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. financial results for fiscal year 2016, the tiremaker reported decreased tire sales overall, but an increase in unit sales in the overseas replacement market.

According to the report, Toyo’s tire business net sales decreased 6.7% year-over-year to 381,635 million yen (approximately $3.34 billion) in 2016, while operating income decreased 21.7% to 45,405 million yen ($397 million). Toyo attributed this decrease in net sales to net to a strong yen and other factors.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Toyo expanding R&D base for North American tire business

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Osaka, Japan –Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. is increasing focus on North America, with the expansion of its R&D centre in the region and setting up a dedicated a business development unit for the market.

In a statement on 11 Jan, the company said it expected to complete the expansion of its R&D capabilities at its manufacturing facility in White, Georgia, during 2017.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Toyo Tire names new special advisor

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Toyo Tire & Rubber has announced that approval was given at its Board of Directors meeting today for the appointment of Michio Yoneda as special advisor to the company. Yoneda, who was formerly president and chief executive officer of Osaka Securities Exchange Co., Ltd., will join Toyo Tire & Rubber on 1 December.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Toyo Selected as OE for Nissan Titan

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Toyo Tire & Rubber Co.’s Open Country A26  was selected as original equipment for the Nissan Titan, a trailblazer in the North American.

The Open Country A26 is an all-season tire that offers the traction and superior fuel economy demanded by the Nissan Titan, Toyo said.

Read the source article at Tire Review

From Rugged to Refined: Toyo Fills In Open Country Line With 2 New Tires

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Open Country light truck tires account for more than half of Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.’s consumer tire sales. They may account for even more following the introduction of the Open Country Q/T and C/T.

The Open Country Q/T is a touring all-season tire specially designed for CUVs and SUVs. The Open Country C/T is an on-/off-road commercial grade tire designed to fit 1/2-ton to 1-ton pickups. Toyo says the two new tires fit into the Open Country offerings from “rugged to refined” as follows: M/T to R/T to C/T to A/TII to H/T to Q/T.

Open Country Q/T

The Toyo Open Country Q/T (for Quiet Terrain) offers a quiet, comfortable ride; impressive tread life; and attractive design, according to Toyo. Built for a wide range of vehicles, from CUVs to luxury SUVs, this premium all-season tire also provides confident handling and stability.

Contributing to the quiet ride and all-season performance is a unique tread design with several key features.

  • Silent Wall technology provides a quieter ride by reducing pipe resonance.
  • Four wide circumferential tread grooves improve wet traction by evacuating water.
  • Open lateral slits in the tread also improve water drainage for better wet performance.
  • Multi-wave sipes in the tread blocks minimize irregular wear for a smooth, quiet ride. They also are designed to improve braking on wet and dry roads and they improve light snow traction.

Read the source article at Modern Tire Dealer

Toyo receives Ford Q1 award

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Ford Motor Co., has named Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. a Ford Q1 preferred supplier for superior product quality, high reliability, exceptional materials and dependable supply chain management.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing Inc. Receives Ford Q1 Award

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Toyo Tire was recently recognized by Ford Motor Company as a preferred supplier and has been awarded the prestigious Ford Q1 award. Toyo earned the award in recognition of its superior product quality, high reliability, exceptional materials and dependable supply chain management.

The Ford Q1 award is internationally acknowledged as an indication of extraordinary quality and is only granted to those suppliers that have proven capabilities well beyond ISO/TS16949 automotive certification requirements and meet Ford’s stringent quality standards. In order to qualify for the award, Toyo was required to undergo rigorous audits, ensuring that the company continuously met Ford’s strict criteria.

Read the source article at PR Newswire

Toyo Unit Sales Up in North America

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Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. posted a 4.1% decrease year over year for the first half of 2016. The company reported  $1.8 billion for the first half, a decease $786 million.

Toyo’s tire business also posted a net sales for the first half. The tire business reported $1.4 billion in net sales.

However, despite lower net sales tire sales in both North America and Europe were up, the tiremaker reported. A stronger yen contributed to lower sales prices.

Read the source article at Tire Review