Smithers Rapra Report: The Future of Green Tires to 2023


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A “green tire” is defined as a tire optimised for low rolling resistance, using materials – especially elastomers – that are from renewable (sustainable) materials.

What methodology is used?

The data and information for this report were gathered using a combination of primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of interviews with specialists, including fuel companies, tire fillers, raw material suppliers and additive suppliers. Secondary research consisted of a review of published material, conference proceedings and information from organisations and companies involved in the production, supply and use of tires and their ingredients. These data were analysed to provide estimates and forecasts for the tire markets by end-use sector, type and region.

What will you discover?

  • Identify and examine current and emerging sustainable technologies for tires, including materials used, production processes and recycling or disposing of end-of-life tires
  • Learn about commercial and automotive vehicle tires, as well as other niche markets
  • Understand global trends, and factors that may affect the industry
  • Find out about cutting-edge technology developments



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Alliance Rubber, importers square off at ITC antidumping hearing

WASHINGTON—An antidumping and countervailing duty case involving rubber band imports from Thailand, China and Sri Lanka was the occasion of impassioned and often personal testimony at a preliminary hearing before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Representatives of a domestic rubber band manufacturer said they had to let their workers go and deny raises to remaining employees because of import competition.

However, distributors of imported rubber bands accused Alliance’s executives of being “greedy opportunists” who were trying to blame foreign manufacturers for their own bad business decisions.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Conti, German development agency partner for sustainable NR supply


Hanover, Germany – Tire, automotive and technology supplier Continental AG has entered a partnership with the German development agency (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ) to improve the sustainability of the natural rubber supply chain in Indonesia.

In a 21 Feb press release, the Hanover-based company said the aim of the partnership was to develop a “criteria catalogue” for sustainable production of NR and to train farmers in accordance with those criteria.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Cooper Tire: Earnings affected by tax reform in 2017

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has reported full year 2017 net income of US$95 million, or diluted earnings per share of $1.81, a 61.7 reduction on the $248 million earned the year before. Income was affected by tax reform in the USA; the tyre maker states that excluding these discrete tax items, earnings per share would have amounted to $3.10.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Sumitomo Rubber Industries reports strong growth in Europe

In the past financial year, Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) significantly increased its sales revenue, and the company’s European business played its part in achieving this result. Overall sales rose 16.0 per cent to 756.70 billion yen (£5.1 billion).

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Lehigh to start up European MRP plant in August


Hanover, Germany – US-based Lehigh Technologies, which produces micronised rubber powder (MRP) from end-of-life tires is finally set to commission its first European plant.

The several-times-delayed start-up of the unit in Murillo el Fruto, in northern Spain is set for August, VP and general manager Kedar Murthy told ERJ.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Yokohama plan targets off-road and premium tire sectors


Tokyo – Yokohama Rubber Co. has unveiled a new medium-term management plan dubbed “grand design 2020”, the Japanese tire and rubber manufacturer announced 19 Feb.

The successor to “grand design 100” targets annual sales of growth of 8.3%, to ¥700 billion (€756 million), and annual operating income increase of 29.1%, to ¥70 billion by 2020.

Yokohama said it would “redefine” its core strengths under GD2020 and address “focused strategic priorities in each sector of operations.”

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Continental Starts Production of Retread Rubber at Mt. Vernon Facility


Continental Tire the Americas has added a Pre-Cured Tread (PCT) manufacturing facility to its facilities in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

The new plant, which began production in January, will produce tread rubber for the ContiTread premium retread line. The company expects the plant to reach full operation by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Global new car sales: the key trends and what they mean for the future


In a world characterised by political uncertainties, the automotive industry provides one global constant – the onward march of China’s new car market. China overtook the US as the world’s biggest car market in 2010 and last year consolidated that position with 25.7 million cars sold – that’s eight million more than the US.

Read the source article at Autocar

Synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo proposes tire sealant material


HANNOVER, Germany — Synthetic rubber producer Arlanxeo Performance Elastomers has developed an elastomer compound that it claims seals punctures, making it ideal for use in self-sealing tires. Arlanxeo — a joint venture of Germany\’s Lanxess A.G. and Saudi Aramco of Saudi Arabia — did not disclose specifics as to the type of elastomer nor say…

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News