Vredestein’s New Tractor Tire Will Be Unveiled at Agritechnica

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Vredestein will introduce a new tractor tire, the Vredestein Traxion 65, at this year’s Agritechnica (Nov. 10-16).

As the successor to the Traxion+, the Traxion 65 incorporates new technologies derived from the development of the flagship VF tire, the Traxion Optimall. The foundation for the development of the tread design is the Traxion concept with its curved lug shape, the company says.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Conti chief outlines plan to boost EV, software expertise

Frankfurt, Germany — Elmar Degenhart, CEO of Continental Corp. since August 2009, embarked on his biggest project yet in 2018.

That’s when the global supplier announced it will split itself into three units, including a separate listing for its powertrain division, to adapt to industry trends such as electrification, autonomous driving and connectivity.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Natural rubber output falls in half-year; demand up slightly

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The world supply of natural rubber fell 8.3% to 5.85 million metric tons during the first half of 2019 versus the same 2018 period, according to figures released by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries.

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Editorial: Keeping pace with evolving OTR industry

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Today’s off-the-road (OTR) tire market is growing steadily — though maybe not in the farming sector this year — and tire manufacturers continue to up the ante in terms of tire performance.

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LANXESS uses AI in product development

LANXESS has launched a project aimed at expanding its range of prepolymers using artificial intelligence (AI). The goal is to offer customers tailor-made polyurethane systems with even shorter lead times, including for entirely new applications with different requirements. The Urethane Systems business unit is using the potential of AI and has brought materials AI company Citrine Informatics on board as a project partner.

Read the source article at Rubber Asia

Yokohama Tire names new It Vp

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Yokohama Tire Corporation has a new vice president of Information Technology. Pavan Desaneni succeeds Wasi Ahmed in this capacity and will report to Tom Masuguchi, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the tyre maker’s North American business.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Goodyear finds traction with soybean oil

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Goodyear plans to replace petroleum-derived processing oils with soybean oil in its tires by 2040 and increase its soybean oil consumption by 25 percent by 2020.

The lofty goal, disclosed in the company’s most recent Corporate Responsibility Report, has a number of benefits.

Using a green technology is more sustainable, the company said, and it can capture a growing section of consumers who factor environmental concerns into their buying decisions. And it will be a boon for the U.S. soybean industry.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Mobility is the Heartbeat of Life: Continental at the ITS World Congress 2019

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With growing urban traffic, there is also a proportional increase in the associated stress and risks. Addressing this challenge with the theme ‘Mobility is the Heartbeat of Life’, Continental presents its latest technologies and services for vehicles, fleets, and cities at the ITS World Congress 2019 in Singapore. Together with its subsidiary Quantum Inventions, the technology company will showcase solutions to enrich peoples’ mobile lives, making them safer and less stressful, in sync with the theme of the congress – Smart Mobility, Empowering Cities.

“Continental will feature technologies and services for vehicles, fleets, and cities to address challenges posed by rapid urbanization. On display will be our smart key solution, navigation services, comprehensive fleet management service, smart city transport and traffic management platform as well as several V2X enabled solutions for better safety and connectivity on today’s roads,” says Lo Kien Foh, President & CEO, Continental Automotive Singapore.

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EV hopefuls’ setbacks just harsh reality, experts say

But experts say the recent developments are unlikely to become a resounding trend throughout the EV movement: The less-established contenders are simply realizing the barriers to entry in the electric space. In the last two weeks: “There are a lot of startups out there looking at the apparent success of Tesla, and they want to be the next Tesla, and they don’t realize it’s a multibillion-dollar investment,” Michael Harley, executive editor of Kelley Blue Book, told Automotive News.

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Orion to introduce carbon blacks that improve tire fuel efficiency

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HOUSTON—Orion Engineered Carbons will debut a novel surface-modified carbon blacks for rubber applications at the International Elastomer Conference in Cleveland on Oct. 9.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News