Bridgestone announces new president for Latin America Tire Operations

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Bridgestone Americas announced Joseph Saoud, former president for Bridgestone Americas Tire operations for truck bus radial and retread tires, has been named president, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Latin America (BATO LA). In this role, Saoud will oversee the Bridgestone tire business in Latin America, which includes subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. He will report directly to Gordon Knapp, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas.

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Yokohama posts “highest-ever” sales and operating profit

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Tokyo – Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd has posted a 32.3% year-on-year rise in operating earnings to $242.6 million on first-half sales 1.8% higher at $2.85 billion, the company announced 10 Aug.

YRC cited raw materials, exchange rate differences and the price/mix factor as reasons for the earnings improvement. Combined, these offset negatives such as lower tire unit sales volume and higher fixed costs.

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Will automated tire plants employ less people?

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Cologne, Germany – Two distinct lines-of-thought emerged regarding the impact of digitalisation and automation technologies on employment in the tire industry at this year’s Future Tire conference in Cologne.

In a presentation about the first year of operation of the Hefei Wanli plant – said to be the world’s first smart tire factory – it emerged that the Chinese TBR facility had a workforce of just 700. This compared to 2,100 employees for…

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Michelin consumer campaign to boost Uniroyal brand, tiger population

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GREENVILLE, S.C. — As part of a campaign to reinvigorate the Uniroyal tire brand, Michelin North America has partnered with the World Wildlife Fund program that aims to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.

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USTMA Appoints New Director of Government Affairs

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The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has appointed Sean Moore as director of government affairs.

In this role, Moore will guide strategy for USTMA’s federal government affairs program and lead the association’s state advocacy efforts working with member companies and allied organizations.

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RM of LdB Evaluates Rubber Road Construction

The RM of Lac du Bonnet hosted an information session on Aug. 7 to show other communities where the rubber meets the road. Facilitated by representatives from Reliable Tire Recycling (RTR) in Winnipeg, the purpose of the presentation was to review the use of rubber aggregate in road construction.

“Invitations were sent to approximately 50 RMs in the province,” said Keith Harris, special project manager for RTR, who welcomed representatives from the Towns of Winkler and

Altona, and the RMs of Fisher, Coldwell and De Salaberry to the presentation. Last year, the RM of Lac du Bonnet used rubber aggregate to repair a stretch of Red Deer Road that had been particularly susceptible to frost damage in the past. They were pleased to report the application has been effective. …

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TIA 2019 Off-the-Road Conference – Early Online Registration is Now Open

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA), a leader in tire safety and education, has announced that registration is now open for the 64th Annual Off-the-Road (OTR) Conference. The event will take place at the Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Florida from February 20– 23, 2019.

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Event: Bridgestone bringing RFID and ‘ologic’ to IAA

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Brussels – As of 2019, Bridgestone will start to supply truck and bus tires with RFID electronic tagging, the company said in an IAA 2018 show* preview statement.

RFID, it said, will be used across all Bridgestone’s interfaces and will “enhance the traceability of tire casings and provide a time-efficient and accurate system for data-sharing and entry.”

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Ford’s New CEO Has a Cerebral Style—and to Many, It’s Baffling – WSJ

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Senior executives at Ford Motor Co. F 0.85% have come to expect emails from their new boss, Chief Executive Jim Hackett, that include links to TED Talks and articles from Science Daily. They often come around 11 p.m., when he catches up on his reading.

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Giti Tire introduces two wide base commercial truck tires

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Giti Tire USA introduces Giti GDL633 FS, an ultra-wide base tire for the drive axle position and the GTL933 FS, an ultra-wide base tire for trailers in long haul applications in North America.

The announcement on these “next generation” wide base tires, available in the 445/50R22.5 size, follows the announcement earlier this month introducing the Giti brand of commercial truck tires in North America with a comprehensive line-up for long haul, regional, urban/light duty and mixed service applications.

The GDL633 FS for the drive axle is SmartWay verified and features:

  • Special tread compound for reduced rolling resistance …

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