Tyre maker Bridgestone has opened a distribution warehouse in Ancaster, Ontario, which it said it will better serve the market in eastern Canada. The facility, which represents an investment of CAN$65m ($48m), has a storage capacity of 570,000 tyres and will reduce transport costs and shorten delivery times, according to the Bridgestone.
Kumho Tire has appointed Gangseung ‘Tony’ Lee as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, effective from January 1 this year.
Lee previously served as Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Hankook Tire Europe GmbH, and succeeds Namhwa Cho who has taken up the position of President of Kumho Tire Europe GmbH.
The board of directors of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has named Tyrone Michael (T.J.) Jordan a director of the company effective Jan. 10.
Jordan is the former president and chief operating officer of DURA Automotive Systems, a leading Tier One automotive supplier of electric/hybrid systems, advanced driver-assistance systems, mechatronics, lightweight structural systems, and luxury trim systems for premier automotive brands.
Growing up in the Kitchener/Waterloo area of Ontario, Glenn Maidment pretty much had three career paths he could have chosen: meat packing, automotive or rubber manufacturing. After 51 years in the rubber industry, he believes he made the right choice.
Following our transition into a new year, the Global Automakers of Canada (GAC) has released sales figures for its members in Q4 2020.
Given the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic during 2020, OEMs witnessed the shutting down of production facilities in Q1 and Q2, along with parts shortages, new inventory was significantly down during the course of the year.
By the end of 2020, GAC member sales total 900,767 units—a 21.4% decline compared with 2019 which saw 1,146,587 units sold.
BKT Tire announced it has launched the new Sierra Max Pro radial tire on markets around the world.
Designed to equip off-road vehicles in ATV applications, Sierra Max Pro is a radial tire with a special, wider footprint. This enables smoother driving and optimized lateral and forward traction.
Bridgestone Corporation announced that it has developed an optimization system for Para rubber tree plantation that utilizes big data to contribute to higher yield at rubber farms. Rubber farms deploy different clones of trees across vast areas and face various management issues, such as how to optimize the number of trees in a planting area and harvest procedures.
As Canada Moto Guide notes, much of Europe already has laws in place to require the use of winter tires for all vehicles in specific months. This alone takes a lot of motorcycles off of roads. However, some governments want to take it a step further: A couple of years ago, Quebec proposed a ban on motorcycles from its roads entirely during the winter months. During a cold ride to a flight lesson I realized it’s not entirely crazy.
Caterpillar has awarded BKT ‘s Bhuj plant SQEP (Supplier Quality Excellence Process) Gold certification, an acknowledgement reserved for suppliers who have stood out during the year for achieving the highest levels in terms of quality and control over processes, BKT says.
Opened in 2015, Bhuj is an autonomous plant that makes the radial Earthmax tires for CAT vehicles.
TBC Corporation has announced that Michelin North America will support Aligned in Hope, a partnership TBC created with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in 2020.
During the month of January, Michelin North America, headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, will support Aligned in Hope with a donation.