R&D and technological development
The Toyo Tires Group develops products that offer new value to customers, by leveraging our core technologies—tire, vibration control and thermal insulation technologies—based on rubber and urethane materials.
We are working to develop innovative products and elevate the quality of products ever higher by maximizing our tire technologies; “Nano Balance Technology,” which controls rubber material design at the molecular level; “T-mode,” our proprietary design platform technology that combines analysis of tire behavior and construction with driving simulation; “e-balance,” our proprietary truck & bus tire technology platform that enables improved fuel efficiency and endurance; and “A.T.O.M.” (Advanced Tire Operation Module), our proprietary tire production system.
Furthermore, we are also striving to develop next-generation tire technologies. To this end, in order to reduce environmental impact, improve performance and develop new systems, we are conducting research and development in close cooperation with universities and public research institutes, focusing on the areas of structural design, material design, analytical technology and manufacturing technology.
Flow of tire development
Vibration control technologies
Utilizing our original technologies, structures and manufacturing methods, we develop anti-vibration products focusing on automotive anti-vibration rubber parts that control car engine vibration and body vibration, to achieve both safety and comfort at an even higher level. We are also working to develop new products by combining individual technologies developed through production of tires and automotive components.
Thermal insulation technologies
As a leading manufacturer of rigid urethane foam that has a wide range of applications, from the freezing and refrigeration fields to the architecture and building materials fields, we are taking the lead in reducing chlorofluorocarbons by leveraging our proprietary technologies. We are working not only to improve thermal insulation performance but also to improve the environmental and safety performance of our products.
Technological research bases
The Tire Technical Center is where we address the challenge of improvement in tire performance refining our proprietary knowledge and cutting-edge technology and evaluate the results. Also, we have two tire proving grounds in Japan to perform actual vehicle testing
Tire Technical Center (Hyogo)
Tire Proving Grounds (Miyazaki)
Tire Proving Grounds (Hokkaido)
At the Automotive Parts Technical Center, we tackle gathering information on new technology in the ever-evolving automobile industry, establishing new technologies in order to achieve the performance requirements of car makers, and developing high-value-added products, which are the keys to our DiverTech Business.
The Corporate Technology Center develops the seeds of proprietary technology in each business unit, which in turn leads to individual manufacturing technology. Our production technology functions are also harnessed there to create a synergistic effect. Furthermore, the Center is also working on research with an aim of developing technologies of the future.
Automotive Parts Technical Center (Aichi)
Corporate Technology Center (Hyogo)
Development of human resources with technical expertise
To further activate research and development activities, in fiscal 2014 a new training program titled “Development of Human Resources with Technical Expertise Who Create New Value” was launched mainly for young researchers.
Total R&D expenditures was 10,199 millions of yen.
Breakdown by business segment