Bridgestone Names New Chief Technology Officer

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Bridgestone Americas has named Nizar Trigui to the new role of chief technology officer.

Trigui will expand a role currently held by Steve Charles, vice president of product development for Bridgestone Americas. Charles will now work as Bridgestone Americas’ lead representative in a joint global effort to better integrate and set strategic direction for Bridgestone Americas Ce​nter for Research and Technology, Firestone Polymers and the guayule project, Bridgestone said.

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Michelin Drives Tire Safety Action with AAMVA Best Practices Update

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GREENVILLE, S.C., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Michelin and the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the global governing body for motorsports, have secured the commitments of 40 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to include standard tire-safety information in driver’s manuals as part of Michelin’s award-winning Beyond the Driving Test program.  The 40-state achievement comes as the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), which represents officials in states, provinces and territories engaged in the administration and enforcement of driver and motor vehicle laws in the United States and Canada, releases its updated Best Practices for its members to include consistent language for proper tire pressure and tread depth. 

 

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Michelin establishes joint research lab for cobotics R&D

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The Institut Pascal, Lapsco and Limos have joined forces with the Michelin Group to create FactoLab, for the development of cobotics and new digital technologies.

R&D at the new facility will initially focus on the development of man-machine cooperation, particularly in the fields of cobotics and new digital technologies. The aim is to create collaborative robots and connected devices for production operators in order to eliminate some of the physically arduous or stress-causing tasks and thus improve working conditions. This program will extend and expand on experiments in progress on the Cholet site in France and the Valladolid site in Spain, the first results of which have proved positive.

For the Michelin Group, FactoLab opens up the opportunity to work with the best researchers in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in fields such as cognitive sciences. It is part of an active partnership strategy developed over several years to increase the group’s strength and speed of innovation.

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Coker Tire Museum – Traveling Through Time

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America’s landscape is laced with “pockets of discovery,” places that reveal treasures that all too often fall below the radar. Case in point is a city many consider to be the Crown Jewel of the South—Chattanooga, Tennessee. Nestled along the banks of the Tennessee River, which cuts and winds through the bucolic highlands of the Volunteer State, Chattanooga hosts several treasures that will make the automotive, truck, and motorcycle aficionado cry bonanza. One is the Coker Tire museum.

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Hankook Steps Up To The Plate With 2017 ‘Great Catch’ Rebate Promotion

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As professional baseball teams and fans get ready for the start of the 2017 season, Hankook Tire America offers consumers a home run with its 2017 “Great Catch” mail-in rebate promotion. Drivers can save on seven of Hankook’s most popular passenger and light truck tires.

Consumers who purchase four qualifying Hankook tires from an authorized Hankook dealer between March 18-31 can save up to $100 through a mail-in rebate. According to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index, 55 percent of Americans have purchased tires through a rebate offer.

Drivers can save up to $100 on the purchase of a set of Hankook tires through the Great Catch rebate program, which runs through May 31.

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One vote altered final ITC antidumping decision

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WASHINGTON — The shift of one vote caused the International Trade Commission (ITC) to make a final determination that the U.S. truck and bus tire manufacturing industry is not being materially injured because of imports from China.

The ITC made a negative determination on material injury against the U.S. truck and bus tire industry Feb. 22 on a 3-2 vote. A year earlier, the commission made an affirmative preliminary determination by a 3-2 vote.

The ITC made its final report available to the public on March 22.

ITC Vice Chairman David S. Johanson voted with Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein and Commissioner Irving A. Williamson in the preliminary determination in favor of a finding of material injury. At that time, however, Mr. Johanson filed his separate views.

In his preliminary views, Mr. Johanson agreed with most of the findings of Ms. Schmidtlein and Mr. Williamson. He found that Chinese imports increased in both absolute terms and relative to U.S. consumption and production during the 2013-2015 period of investigation.

During the period, he said, Chinese imports captured 5.1 percentage points of market share from the domestic industry.

Mr. Johanson also found that imports from other countries, though gaining in U.S. market share, gained less than Chinese imports.

“In 31 of 37 quarterly comparisons between the prices of imports from China and Canada, the prices of imports from Canada were higher than those from China,” he wrote. “The prices of imports from Canada were even higher than U.S.-produced tires in nearly half of the quarterly comparisons.”

Considering data on capital investments in the domestic industry, Mr. Johanson said he found it unlikely that the domestic industry would perform as well in the near term as it did during the period of investigation.

“Nevertheless, given the domestic industry’s performance throughout the period, I do not find that the domestic industry is currently in a vulnerable state,” he said.

In the final determination, Mr. Johanson voted with Commissioners Meredith M. Broadbent and F. Scott Kieff, who repeated their negative findings on material injury.

“The domestic industry was able to increase output, employment and profitability levels during the period of investigation,” said the majority opinion in the final ITC report.

“While the domestic industry lost market share during a time of rising demand, we have found that the decline of market share was due to capacity limitations and very high capacity utilization, rather than to the subject imports,” the document said.

“We further found that the increased volume of low-priced subject imports had no significant price effects and coincided with significant improvement in the domestic industry’s condition,” it said.

In their dissenting views, Ms. Schmidtlein and Mr. Williamson wrote, “We find that a significant volume of subject imports from China has undersold the domestic like product, significantly depressed U.S. prices and caused material injury to the domestic industry.”

Ms. Schmidtlein and Mr. Williamson discounted evidence that the domestic industry’s performance improved during the period of investigation.

“The U.S. industry was profitable, and profits grew over the period, but the overall increase was modest considering the significant increase in demand over the investigation period and the opportunity to benefit from lower costs,” they wrote.

The United Steelworkers union petitioned the ITC for antidumping and countervailing duty relief against Chinese truck and bus tire imports in January 2016. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not participate in the investigation. Shortly after the final vote was taken, Mr. Pinkert announced his return to private law practice.

 

According to the ITC, there are seven truck and bus tire plants in the U.S., employing 6,629.

The apparent dollar value of truck and bus tire consumption in 2015 was $6.1 billion, the ITC said.

Chinese imports accounted for $1.2 billion of that total, with $1.3 billion coming from other countries including Canada, Japan and Thailand.

China continued last year as the No. 1 source of imported truck/bus tires, despite shipments falling 14.4 percent, to 7.63 million units. Overall imports were off as well, by 3.8 percent to 13.9 million units. 

Thailand’s truck/bus tire exports to the U.S. jumped 98.7 percent to 1.82 million units, making that nation the No. 2 source of imported truck tires last year.

Canada, Japan and South Korea were third through fifth on the list, with South Korea’s exports to the U.S. growing 85.1 percent to 421,239 units.

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King Tire adds ContiLifeCycle at 2nd plant

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — King Tire Service Inc. has renewed its commitment to the ContiLifeCycle retreading system and converted its second plant, in Bristol, Va., to the Conti system, according to Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C.

King Tire was the first ContiLifeCycle partner in the U.S., agreeing in 2011 to convert its retread plant in Bluefield to the Conti system.

The location in Bristol is a former Blevins Tire & Recapping shop that King Tire took over in 2014 and continued to operate until now as a Marangoni-system operation, according to Ed King, vice president of King Tire Service and manager of recapping and warehousing.

The company decided last year to upgrade the Bristol facility with new equipment and convert it to the ContiLifeCycle system, Mr. King said, without disclosing the firm’s investment in the renovation.

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Jeep Compass Rides On GEOLANDARs

The GEOLANDAR G055 boasts all-season performance and extended treadlife, thanks to Yokohama’s orange oil technology.

Yokohama says the GEOLANDAR G055  has been selected as one of the tires for the all-new Jeep Compass. The fitment will cover the North American market, including Canada, in size 225/55R18 98H.

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Industry report: OE tire market to grow 5.5% to 2021

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Pune, India – The global market for original equipment (OE) tires is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.48% from 2016 to 2021, to reach a value of $30.26 billion (€28 billion), according to a report by Indian research group MarketsandMarkets.

The demand, said the report, is driven by demand for improved fuel economy, low rolling resistance tires, eco-friendly and smart tires.

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BKT launches new All Terrain Vehicle tyre

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Balkrishna Industries Ltd has launched a new tyre–Sierra Max–in its ATV(All Terrain Vehicle) range, specially designed for racing racing vehicles whizzing through muddy areas, deserts, and over rocky surfaces. This tyre features a radial structure enabling a very agile drive along with a comfortable ride even under the toughest conditions. The special tread pattern provides for a large footprint on the ground ensuring exceptional front and lateral traction.

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