An easy-to-understand introduction to Yokohama Rubber for individual investors.
Technological strengths have generated long list of achievements
Technical excellence recognized by the world’s makers of premium cars
The technical excellence of our tires is demonstrated by their use as original equipment for premium cars manufactured by the world’s leading automobile makers, starting of course with Japanese makers but also including Porsche, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, and others.
YOKOHAMA’s ADVAN Sport V105 is the tire on many of the world’s premium car models.
Supporter of world’s top motor sports events
YOKOHAMA tires are the control tires for many of the world’s leading race series, including the Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship, the WTCR, and the Macau F3 Grand Prix. We also support many teams participating in SUPER GT races.
Japanese SUPER FORMULA Championship (left) (top) and the Macau F3 Grand Prix are among the many races run on control tires supplied by YOKOHAMA
Strong track record in marine products, hydraulic hoses and sealing materials
The outstanding quality and high performance of Yokohama Rubber’s pneumatic fenders contributed to the establishment of the international ISO standard for these products. In addition, we have developed hydraulic hoses for automobiles and construction machinery that meet strict standards in the US and Europe, and our sealant used in automobile window frames has captured a leading share in the Japanese market.
World’s largest floating fender
Car air-conditioner hose compatible with next-generation refrigerant
Windshield sealant that contributes to automobile body’s rigidity
One of world’s few makers of highly specialized commercial tires
Commercial tires used on trucks and buses as well as on industrial and construction machinery are based on particularly advanced technologies and therefore are manufactured by only a few tire makers. In 2016, Yokohama Rubber strengthened and expanded its position in this demanding market by acquiring the Alliance Tire Group (ATG) and thereby entering the market for tires used in agricultural and forestry machinery. In 2017, we expanded our lineup of industrial machinery tires and further strengthened our position in the commercial tire market with the acquisition of Aichi Tire Industry.
■Commercial tire sales as percent of overall sales before and after the acquisitions of ATG and Aichi Tire Industry.
Production lines that can manufacture many products in small lots
Yokohama Rubber is one of the world’s few integrated tire manufacturers capable of producing a wide range of tire products, including tires for passenger cars, trucks and buses, construction machinery, agricultural machinery and even winter tires. Our production plants are able to start production quickly and employ a proprietary small-scale production method that enables them to flexibly expand their production capacity. Taking advantage of this proprietary method, we were the first Japanese tire maker to establish production sites in Russia and Vietnam. In the former, we have expanded annual output from 700,000 tires in 2012 to 1.6 million today.
Our Russia passenger-car tire plant
R&D system provides timely creation of new products that meet market needs
We have established regional R&D centers that are able to grasp local market needs and quickly develop products that meet local needs. Today, we have tire R&D centers in Japan, Thailand, China and the United States and four comprehensive tire test courses in Japan (2), Thailand, and Sweden.
Extensive global network
Yokohama Rubber’s global business expansion is supported by an extensive network of manufacturing plants and sales offices in all major markets around the world. We now have 29 combined principal manufacturing/sales bases (tire: 16, MB: 13) and 35 principal sales offices (tire: 30, MB: 5).
■Principal operations in Japan
- ■Tire and ATG Production and Sales
- ●Tire and ATG Sales and Marketing Support
- ■MB Production and Sales
- ●MB Sales and Marketing Support