Tire Discounters Hires Crawford to Lead Franchise Program

Tire Discounters Inc. has hired industry veteran Dave Crawford to lead its recently unveiled franchise program, which will launch in 2021.

As director of franchise development, Crawford will help “accelerate the company’s national growth by adding best-in-class franchise dealers” to complement its 135-plus company-owned locations, say Tire Discounters officials.

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TRAC Announces Changes to the Board of Directors

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Cambridge, Ontario; November 26, 2020— The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) today announces a new board member and a new board chair, following the resignation of Tony Mougios of Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Dr. Antoine Sautenet of Michelin was elected as a Director to complete Mr. Mougios unexpired term and elected 2nd Vice-Chair of the Board. Maureen Kline of Pirelli moves into the role as Chair of the Board, Paul Downey of Pliteq becomes 1st Vice Chair and Matt Livigni of Continental Tire remains as Treasurer.
 
“Tony has served with distinction as TRAC Board Chair including leading the Board in the search for TRAC’s new President and CEO in the light of Glenn Maidment’s retirement. We thank Tony for his service and wish him well. Additionally, the Board of Directors would like to welcome Antoine and looks forward to his support in advancing TRAC’s vision and strategic objectives,” said Carol Hochu, incoming President and CEO.

 
Mr. Sautenet currently serves as the Director of Governmental Affairs for Michelin Canada, and as Public Affairs Manager for International Trade and Sustainable Mobility at the Corporate Public Affairs Department. He holds PhD in International and European Law from Université de Rennes, is a member of the European Research Center in Rennes (CEDRE), and a senior lecturer at the High School of Foreign Trade (ESCE) in Hanoi.
 
The TRAC Board Officers and Directors are as follows:
 
Maureen Kline      Chair (Pirelli Tire North America)
Paul Downey        1st Vice-Chair (Pliteq Inc.)
Antoine Sautenet  2nd Vice-Chair (Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.)
Matt Livigni           Treasurer (Continental Tire Canada Inc.)
      
Neil Bansal           Western Rubber Group
Chris Bitsakakis    AirBoss of America Corp.
Paul Christou        Goodyear Canada Inc.
Keshav Das          BKT Tires (Canada) Inc.
Darious Naylor      Bridgestone Canada Inc.
Robert Rist           Cabot Canada Ltd.

USTMA expects 2020 tire shipment to improve from July 2020 projection

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The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) projects U.S. tire shipments will total 298.3 million units by the end of 2020, compared to 332.7 million units in 2019. This forecast represents a significant improvement of nearly 19 million units from the 2020 volume USTMA forecasted in July, reflecting industry resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bridgestone to Increase Prices on PLT Replacement Tires

Bridgestone says it will increase prices for select Bridgestone and Firestone passenger and light truck replacement tires sold in the U.S. and Canada.

The new pricing will take effect Jan. 1, 2021 with adjustments at the article and pattern level.

Members of the Bridgestone consumer replacement tire sales team are contacting customers to provide more detailed information about the changes, the company says.

Read the source article at Tire Review

BASF to increase price for diols and derivatives in North America

FLORHAM PARK, NJ, September 1, 2020 – Effective October 1, 2020 or as existing contracts permit, BASF Corporation will increase prices in North America for 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) and derivatives.

Product                                                                     Price Increase

1,4- Butanediol (BDO)                                              $0.05 / lb

Gamma-butyrolactone (GBL)                                   $0.05 / lb

Tetrahydrofuran (THF)                                               $0.07 / lb

N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)                                      $0.05 / lb

Polytetramethylene ether glycol (PolyTHF®)             $0.07 / lb

BDO and its derivatives are used for producing engineering plastics, polyurethanes, solvents and elastic spandex fibers.

 

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Bridgestone Americas Announces Leadership Changes to Logistics & Supply Chain Group, Off-The-Road Tire Business

Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today announced leadership changes to drive operational excellence and strengthen the company’s position as a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions. The following changes take effect December 1, 2020.

Bridget Neal, currently president of the company’s Off-the-Road (OTR) tire business in the U.S. and Canada, has been promoted to senior vice president, logistics and supply chain management (LSCM), Bridgestone Americas. In this role, Neal will oversee the company’s global supply chain, designing and implementing supply and distribution strategies that enable business growth and improve product cycle time.

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Hankook picked as original equipment supplier for Fita 500 and Fiat Panda

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Hankook Tire announced will equip Fiat with its original equipment tire, Kinergy Eco², expanding its ever-growing global original equipment.

The Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda are the first FCA city cars fitted with the new gasoline Mild Hybrid technology and they are the first step towards the electrification of the Fiat brand. The two models, icons of style, design and “Made in Italy” around the world, now improves fuel efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions on average by 20% and up to 30%.

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Goodyear Releases Power Transmission Belts

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Goodyear Belts, a licensee collaboration between Adventry and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company , has produced a line of power transmission belts.

The line of belts launched on Dec. 1 and offers belts for both industrial and transportation markets.

Goodyear materials for both standard and specialty belts have been designed and tested to provide dependable and durable service, the company says.

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Phoenix Investors Acquires Former Titan Tire Plant

MILWAUKEE , Nov. 23, An affiliate of Phoenix Investors (” Phoenix “), a national private commercial real estate firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin , announced its acquisition from Titan International, Inc. (“Titan”) of its former plant in Brownsville, Texas . The plant is located at 6700 Paredes Line Road (“Property”) and totals approximately 1,040,000 square feet on 108 acres. The Property was originally built in 1997.

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Toyoda Gosei and University of Tokyo develop material crosslinking technology for tougher synthetic rubber

Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. and the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo have developed material crosslinking technology that enhances the toughness of synthetic rubber. They will present the technology at the 29th Polymer Material Forum, to be held online on November 26 and 27.

This new technology enhances the toughness of the synthetic rubber approximately six-fold by integrating a polyrotaxane into the chemical structure of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber. Polyrotaxanes have a unique molecular structure that enables great material flexibility.* The company will continue to develop this technology for various practical applications.

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