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New silica JV to focus on fuel-efficient tires

| By Mary Bailey

Tosoh Silica Corp. (Tokyo), a member of the Tosoh Group, recently established a joint venture (JV) with Namhae Chemical Corp. of South Korea.  The JV plans to construct a facility to produce silica for use in fuel-efficient tires.

Demand for silica for fuel-efficient tires is expected to increase in line with a continued reduction in automotive fuel consumption as well as a shift towards vehicle electrification. Silica exhibits superior effectiveness in improving tire performance by reducing rolling resistance, which leads to enhanced automotive fuel economy.

Utilizing the advanced technological capabilities it has cultivated, Tosoh Silica will establish the second production base overseas to satisfy robust demand, ensure a stable supply of products, and strengthen the profitability of the business.