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Sumitomo celebrates 100 with new tech center

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Celebrating its 100th anniversary, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. recently opened its new tire technical center in Kobe, Japan.

"The slogan of our 100th anniversary is 'Now, toward the next century,'" say Sumitomo officials. The new development center "will ensure the heritage and creation of (the company's) technological capability, which is the core of our corporate values, to maintain our growth into the next century."

The center is eco-friendly, they add, with solar panels, a rooftop garden and other features. The six-story facility represents an investment of five billion yen.

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