Cimcorp taps new leader for U.S. operations


NORCROSS, Ga. — Cimcorp Group, a maker of robotic equipment for tire manufacturing, order fulfilment and handling, has promoted company veteran Joel Kuusman to manager of U.S. operation and technical services.

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Pirelli adds driving simulator at Milan R&D center


MILAN — Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has added a dynamic driving simulator at its research and development center in Milan in an effort to reduce tire development time and facilitate iterations.

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Tire Cologne to highlight sustainability, future mobility


Organisers of The Tire Cologne 2020 international trade fair for the tire industry have issued a new update highlighting the new-mobility and sustainability themes of the event taking place 9-12 June at KoelnMesse, Cologne, Germany:

Cologne, Germany – The Tire Cologne event will open its doors for the second time in around three months.

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Maxam chosen as OE tire for Caterpillar 982M Medium Wheel Loaders


Maxam Tire North America announced that Caterpillar has approved the 875/65R29 Maxam MS405 L4 tire for use on specific Cat 982M Medium Wheel Loaders.

“The MS405 was designed to thrive under extreme and rugged conditions, exceed expectations and deliver value. Furthermore, Maxam has the support of the Global Dealer Servicing Network with over 1,800 strong and growing allowing for ease of access to the full product line,” says Troy Kline, President at Maxam Tire North America.

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Bridgestone focuses on brand strategies after slow 2019

Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. is strengthening its brand strategies ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games and following weak results in 2019.

The Japanese tire & rubber group reported 19% year-on-year decline in operating profit to Yen326 billion (€2.7 billion), on 3% lower sales of Yen3,525 billion, Bridgestone announced 17 Feb.

Net sales in the tire segment fell 3% to Yen2,953 billion, while operating profit dropped 17% to Yen325 billion.

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Michelin Appoints Andrew Mutch as President of Its Canadian Operations

Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Mutch as President of its Canadian operations. 

With over 30 years with the company, Andrew has spent time in all three Nova Scotia manufacturing sites, as well as in Oklahoma and South Carolina. He has held roles in industrial engineering, manufacturing management, human resources, and strategic planning and investments. 

In addition to his role as President, Andrew will retain his current duties as Plant Manager in Michelin Bridgewater and Manager of Tire Operations in Michelin Pictou County. 

Born and raised in the Maritimes, Andrew has a vested interest in the long-term success of Michelin in Nova Scotia and is proud of the positive impact that the company has on our families, communities, and the economic health of our province. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (LAMP). Previously, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Bridgewater and Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors for the Bridgewater Development Association, and Crombie House in New Minas. 

Continental, Groupe Touchette Release IceContact XTRM Winter Tire

Continental ’s new IceContact XTRM tire, designed in collaboration with Groupe Touchette , combines all the characteristics needed to face Canada’s variable winter conditions, Groupe Touchette says.

Available exclusively through Groupe Touchette, the IceContact XTRM has a new tread design and unique stud technology for exceptional grip on ice and greatly-improved handling on snowy roads, the company says.

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OTR tire conference to feature wide array of speakers

Author Steve Gilliland will discuss how the conscious choices people make every day impact the lives of others during a motivational speech on the final day of the 2020 Off-the-Road Tire Conference, presented by the Tire Industry Association (TIA). …

The program on Feb. 20 will begin with U.S. and Canadian Economic Forecasts presented by TIA’s Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training, and Glenn Maidment, president of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada. An End-User Panel will follow, moderated by Modern Tire Dealer Publisher Greg Smith. Panelists include Robert Smart, procurement category manager, mobile equipment, Martin Marietta, and Lonnie Sullivan, strategic sourcing manager, mobile equipment, Vulcan Materials Co.


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Hankook Partners with Amazon for Tire Compound Prediction Modeling

Hankook Tire is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to incorporate more digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data.

Hankook Tire recently developed a Virtual Compound Design (VCD) system, which predicts the characteristics of tire compounds and finds an optimal combination through artificial intelligence analysis, the company says.

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The role of intelligent tires – Tire Technology Expo interview with Dr Hans Dorfi, Bridgestone

Isn’t it time the market considered the full value proposition of intelligent tires, asks Dr Hans R. Dorfi, director, digital engineering, Americas Technical Center, Bridgestone Americas, ahead of his presentation at the Tire Technology Expo Conference in just a few weeks’ time.

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