Tires to play critical role in driverless vehicles

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Up to 15 percent of all new cars sold could be fully autonomous by 2030, but for all the potential to be realized, driverless technology must face challenges around safety issues and litigation. …

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Analysis: Rubber mixing plants of the future

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LONDON—Rubber mixers will have to become more automated and part of “holistic” production set-ups to deal with complexity in both the materials being processed and end use markets, according to Andreas Limper, a senior executive of HF Mixing Group.

There is a continuing rise in the number and types of tires required by the automotive industry as  brings more and more car models onto the market, Limper noted at a recent HF event in Manchester,  to mark 100 years of the Banbury mixer.

“This trend will go further with new challenges like full electric  requiring low rolling resistance designs and so on. So you will see a higher variety of compounds [used] in the  industry,” the HF leader forecast.

Silica compounds

In terms of materials, Limper said the introduction of silica tire compounds and modified/functionalized polymers was making control of temperature and other parameters more critical within the mixer. Likewise, he noted the emergence of more complex carbon blacks, which are also harder to mix.

In response, Limper said, mixer manufacturers and operators will have to become even more …

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Three UK tyre debuts from Yokohama at Automechanika

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Yokohama will return to Automechanika Birmingham (6-8 June, Birmingham NEC) for the show’s second year in the UK with three products new to the country. The new patterns, launched in Yokohama’s centenary year, provide new options for the high performance road, SUV, and track day tyre markets. “We’re delighted to be back at Automechanika this year and we have some very exciting new products to present to the UK market,” comments David Seward, managing director of Yokohama HPT.

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ITMA reports “record” membership amid Brexit concerns

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Essex, UK – Membership of UK trade association the

Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ITMA) has reached a “record” 21 companies following the addition of two new members.

Yanchang Rubber of China and Dutch company Van den Ban are the latest players to join the ITMA, which offers support and services to its members in the UK and European tire markets.

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ISRI Unveils International Scrap Trade Database

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today launched a new International Scrap Trade Database providing information on international scrap trade flows. The data tables illustrate the trade of recyclables across the globe by major commodity and importing/exporting economies, and show the total amount of scrap traded globally.

“The scrap trade database is a one-stop shop that brings together for the first time statistics dedicated solely to the cross-border movement of scrap. This collection of information will prove valuable for traders, brokers, market analysts, government agencies, the press, and all those interested in the global recycling industry,” said Joe Pickard, chief economist for ISRI. “It also provides scrap processors and consumers insights to burgeoning markets and potential opportunities that can help grow their businesses. The data will also prove beneficial to the public as it showcases the critical role recycling plays in the global economy, and how scrap flows are deeply connected to developments in manufacturing. In addition, it demonstrates the importance of maintaining the free and fair trade of scrap around the world.”

The database is being released in advance of ISRI’s annual convention and exposition being held April 22-27, in New Orleans. The initial offering of international scrap trade figures covers volume flows in metric tonnage from 2005 to 2015 for ferrous scrap, nonferrous scrap, plastic scrap, and recovered paper. Tables for other recycled commodities and charts to help visualize trade flows are in development.

As an added benefit tied to the database, ISRI members can now request custom trade reports by scrap commodity, trading partner, volume, and dollar value by contacting ISRI Research Analyst Bernie Lee.

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German bike tire company develops “new-generation” rubber compound

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REICHSHOF, Germany—Bicycle tire brand Schwalbe is launching a new generation of compounds for its MTB tires in the Evo line, which it claims will improve durability while offering high performance.

In an April 19 statement, the German company said the compound goes by the name of Addix and “solves the typical trade-off between grip, rolling resistance and wear across a much wider range than before.”

To develop the compound, Schwalbe said it used “a state-of-the-art and extremely precise mixing technology which is not generally used in the bicycle tire industry.”

In its statement, the German tire company said the new mixing process “allows for an almost infinite number of parameter variations and, with a new production hardware set up especially for Addix.”

“In terms of durability, our tires have become much more impressive across the board, and the low-temperature properties are now excellent, and not only in the soft compounds,” Markus Hachmeyer, senior product manager at Schwalbe and designer of MTB tires, said.

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Indian natural rubber output rebounds on higher prices

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Kottayam, India – Higher prices have contributed to a significant pick-up in India’s production and export of natural rubber (NR), the country’s Rubber Board has reported.

Production during the last fiscal year reached 690,000 tonnes, well above a forecast level of 654,000 tonnes and 22.8% above the 562,000 tonnes recorded in 2015-16.

NR production this March in India reached 55,000 tonnes, 66.7% above the level in the same month last year, the Rubber Board added in a 24 April release.

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Triangle Tire net profit down 2.6% in Q1 2017

Despite a 36.3 per cent increase in operating income to RMB 2.2 billion (£249.4 million) in the first quarter of 2017, Triangle Tire reports that its year-on-year net profit declined 2.6 per cent in the first three months of the year to RMB 156.9 million (£17.8 million).

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Bridgestone introduces new digital solution for retreadingbusiness

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Bridgestone Corporation today announced the expansion of its global deployment of BASys. Following its successful implementation in Europe last year, BASys is now being implemented in other regions, starting with Latin America from April 2017.

BASys is a collection of digital applications designed to track tires throughout every steps of the retreading process: from the point of collection at the customer’s yard, all the way through manufacturing at the retread shop and final delivery.

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China’s storyline keeps getting rewritten

SHANGHAI — Ride-sharing is taking over in this ancient city, a place that some expect to eventually be at the epicenter of a mobility revolution. But it’s not the kind of ride-sharing you’re thinking of. For about 1 yuan, or 14 cents, an hour, you can have all of the mobility you could imagine — so much so, that the government is in knots over how to police it (people circumvent payment) or how to manage it (it’s wildly popular).

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