Zeppelin hopes to stand out with new technology

HOUSTON—Zeppelin Systems GmbH has what it claims is the most complete range of technology for those needing turnkey mixing systems in the tire and rubber product industries, and that breadth of offerings has helped the group increase growth during the last decade in the U.S. and abroad.

The Zeppelin Systems business is part of Germany’s Zeppelin GmbH, and is part of the Plant Engineering Group, said Christian Tittensor, director of sales and marketing for plastics and rubber plants at Houston-based Zeppelin Systems USA Inc.

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TOCOM rubber plunges on pessimism about global growth

TOKYO (Jan 22): Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures plunged nearly 4% on Tuesday, sliding from a nearly 8-month high hit the previous day, amid pessimism about global growth and signs of economic slowdown in China, the world’s top rubber buyer. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) trimmed its global growth forecasts on Monday and a survey showed […]

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Continental Ag: A Speculative Buy – Continental Ag (OTCMKTS:CTTAF)

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Continental AG (OTCPK:CTTAF) is a high-quality German automotive manufacturing company specializing in tires and non-tire rubber products, auto parts, and future automotive technologies like autonomous driving and electric vehicle ecosystems. A confluence of factors, involving tariff threats from Trump, a cyclical slowdown in China, and production bottlenecks from EU emission regulations, has caused the stock to fall by almost 50%. The stock is now very cheap compared to its trading history, but the U.S. tariff threat looms large on the horizon. This article makes the argument for a speculative buy, where large gains could be made if U.S. tariffs don’t eventuate.

 

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Michelin buys Indonesian tyre manufacturer Multistrada

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Michelin has agreed to buy 80 per cent of PT Multistrada Arah Sarana TBK, the Indonesia-based tyre manufacturer. With a production capacity of more than 180 thousand tons (which equates to 11 million passenger car tyres, 9 million two-wheel tyres and 250 thousand truck tyres), Multistrada generated net sales of US$281 million in 2017.

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New Bridgestone Blizzak designed for longer life, enhanced performance

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo.—More than a decade and a half after introducing the Blizzak winter tire line, Bridgestone Americas has rolled out the latest iteration of the Blizzak that it claims will last longer than previous versions.

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Cooper to cease light vehicle tire production at UK plant

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe is moving forward with plans to cease light vehicle tire production at its Melksham, UK, facility.

The collective consultation process with employee representatives at the facility, which began in October 2018, has concluded and it is expected that light vehicle tire production will be phased out over a period of approximately 10 months.

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Breakthrough in NR platform dispute

London – There appears to have been a breakthrough in the dispute between tire makers and NGOs over the governance structure of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR).

The initiative was formally launched 25 Oct by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Tire Industry Project (TIP).

As an ‘independent’ body, GPSNR aims to drive up the socio-economic and environmental performance of the NR value-chain.

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Continental brings Rugby warehousing operations in-house

Continental Tyre Group Ltd has brought the management and running of its Regional Distribution Centre in Rugby in-house, effective immediately.

According to the company, the decision follows a review of the logistics strategy and corresponding service provision. The decision to “in-source” its warehouse operations will be actioned via the newly-formed Continental Group Logistics company. …

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Hankook Becomes Official Tire Partner of W Series

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Hankook Tire is now the official tire partner of the new W Series that specifically aims at encouraging women in motorsports.

Hankook Tire will provide its high-end racing tires, the Ventus Race (F200 slick and Z217 wet), in sizes VA 230/560-13 and HA 280/580-13 to the W Series.

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Bridgestone to supply tires for Audi e-tron

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Bridgestone has been selected as a supplier to the Audi e-tron. The tire manufacturer will supply six different tires from 19in to 21in – four summer and two winter sizes – as original fitments.

Bridgestone’s Alenza 001 summer tire is specially designed for SUVs. It has a block structure that optimizes contact with the road to improve steering response on corners and stability when driving on a straight. It achieves an A grade for wet grip on the EU label.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International