Michelin to launch tyre pressure management system at Automechanika


Michelin will unveil its wireless tyre pressure management system at Automechanika Birmingham 6-8 June. The accessory will be distributed by Fit2Go, and is designed to be user-friendly; it can be installed in under three minutes.

The valve-mounted part of the Michelin tyre pressure management system weighs 8g, and transmits pressure and temperature data to a small, windscreen-mounted sensor. The solar-powered sensor flashes and emits an alarm if pressure is incorrect or if temperatures are too high. A separate pressure checker is also supplied, and contactless technology means tyre pressures can be measured accurately without having to unscrew dirty valve caps.

Christian Delhaye, managing director of Michelin Lifestyle Limited, said: “Running tyres at the correct pressure saves money and it saves lives. The Michelin tyre pressure management system is a low-outlay solution to a serious issue, and we believe it will be an extremely popular product.

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Bridgestone Americas Recognizes Innovators


Bridgestone Americas recognized leaders in innovation during its 38th annual Inventors Awards Dinner on May 18 in Akron, Ohio.

The ceremony honored 156 Bridgestone inventors, representing 102 patents and 16 trade secrets designated for 2016.

“Research and innovation are at the core of everything we do, and that is why this is such a special event,” said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer of Bridgestone.

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Reporter’s notebook: Be warned: US$25 Oil is coming, and along with it, a new world order


The world as we know it, will be no longer. The balance of power on a global scale will shift. All in the next decade. Sounds dramatic right? But independent think tank RethinkX believes it to be true, because of rapid advances in technology, and specifically the advent of self-drive or autonomous cars.


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Bridgestone signs Arla fleet deal


Birmingham, UK –  Bridgestone has extended a fleet agreement with Arla Foods, a 13,500-strong dairy farmer cooperative, based in the UK.

The renewal, which runs up to 2020, covers a range of tires and an ‘holistic’ tire care offering, said a press release issued 23 May.

The deal was closed during at the recent Commercial Vehicle Show, 25-27 April in Birmingham, UK, the tire company added.

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2017 Environmental Health and Safety Summit

Columbus, Ohio—The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit is designed to share best leadership and safety practices with industry professionals hoping to achieve world-class safety within their companies.

This one-of-a-kind learning and networking conference will focus on uniting manufacturing executives from across the United States. Attendees will focus on best practices in environment, health and safety along with becoming a better leader.

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Apollo’s state-of-the-art new factory in Hungary

We take a trip to the tire maker’s state-of-the-art new factory in Hungary, which at the end of phase 1, will have a production capacity of around 5.5 million passenger car and light truck tires and 675,000 commercial vehicle tires annually. More in the July issue of TTI


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Chemical groups Huntsman, Clariant in $14 billion merger

U.S.-based Huntsman Corp and Switzerland’s Clariant AG are combining to create a chemical manufacturer with a market value of more than $14 billion, they said on Monday, after years of tentative mutual approaches. The deal creates a global specialty chemicals company that is 52 percent own by Clariant shareholders and valued at around $20 billion when including debt, Clariant said in a statement.

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Sumitomo develops intelligent sensing tires technology


Tokyo – Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) has developed a new tire sensing technology which is able to detect road conditions, tire load and other information by analyzing the wheel speed signals that are generated by the rotation of the tires.

Called “Sensing Core,” the technology follows another SRI proprietary technology, DWS (deflation warning system), which analyses wheel speed signals from the rotation of tires to detect and notify the driver of decreases in tire air pressure.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association Unveils Relaunch, Expands Focus On Driving An Innovative And Mobile Society

WASHINGTONMay 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S., announced today a relaunch under the new banner of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA). In addition to the new banner, USTMA unveiled its newly designed and rebranded website, www.USTires.org, and released new economic impact figures detailing the industry’s impact on job creation and the U.S. economy overall.  

As the USTMA, the U.S. tire manufacturing industry will continue its significant contribution to the U.S. economy, job creation and engineering safe, sustainable tires.

“Our mobile society depends on tires – from the safety of our families on the road to the tire industry’s significant contribution to our nation’s economy.  As part of our continued commitment to share the important role the tire industry plays in our country, we are excited to announce our relaunch as the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “Our member companies are constantly in pursuit of making safer and more sustainable tires through technology and innovation. We believe it is important to carry a name that truly captures this mission.”

In addition to tire safety and sustainability, the U.S. tire manufacturing industry also bolsters the U.S. economy with well-paying jobs and economic output that ripples across the economy and helps sustain communities. …

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GM Shoots for Sustainable Tire Sourcing


DETROIT – General Motors launches an industry-first sustainable tire-purchasing initiative it hopes will drive the industry toward net-zero deforestation and improve human and labor rights.

“Our supplier partners are an extension of our company,” says Steve Kiefer, senior vice president-Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at GM. “We want to encourage affordable, safer and cleaner options for our customers that drive value to both our organization and the communities in which we work.”

Flanked here by executives from major tire makers Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear and Michelin, Kiefer says he does not expect the program to add cost to the tires.

“It should maintain or even improve our cost structure,” he says.

GM purchases an estimated 49 million tires annually and believes sourcing them sustainably has a number of community, business and environmental benefits, such as addressing climate change, improving yield and quality for natural rubber farmers and mitigating business risk by ensuring long-term availability of the material.

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