Bridgestone Issues Tire Safety Tips Ahead of Summer Driving Season


NASHVILLE, Tenn.May 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — With the busy summer driving season fast approaching, Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) is leading a nationwide safety campaign to encourage drivers to properly maintain their tires. The effort is one way the company is promoting National Tire Safety Week (May 28 – June 3), an industry initiative led by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA).

“Enhancing mobility is a strategic priority at Bridgestone, and one fundamental to our commitment to serve our communities,” said Jim DeMouy, vice president of environmental, health, safety and sustainability, Bridgestone Americas. “Tire safety is a critical piece of smart and safe mobility solutions, which is why we are working to educate drivers of all vehicles about the importance of proper tire care and maintenance.”

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Hankook employees back United Way initiative


NASHVILLE — Hankook Tire America Corp. joined recently with the Nashville-area United Way to collect items that would help impoverished mothers and their children.

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Retread industry petitioning U.S. to reconsider import duties


MADISON, Tenn.—Marangoni Tread North America has launched a petition drive to spur the Trump administration to reconsider the U.S. Commerce Department’s decision to not impose duties on imports of truck tires from China.

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Cabot, Birla to raise prices of carbon black products

Two leading carbon black suppliers–Cabot and Birla Carbon– have announced increase in prices of carbon black products to partially offset the rise in cost of production.

Cabot said it will increase prices on all carbon black products in its reinforcement materials segment sold in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) effective June 12, 2017. Cabot will implement price adjustments in the range of €50-80 per MT, in addition to any applicable feedstock index-related adjustments, for rubber carbon black products.

Birla Carbon has announced it is increasing carbon black prices in Europe and Africa by €70/MT with effect from July 1, 2017. The company said the price increase is necessary to address a combination of factors such as market environment, raw material costs, and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements.

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Firestone has been making Indy 500 tires for over 100 years


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – You may be making the trek to Indiana this weekend for the annual Indianapolis 500 where the world’s top auto racers and hundreds of thousands of people will gather on Sunday. Firestone brand tires are of the official tires of the Indy 500, a brand under the Bridgestone umbrella. They’ve been supporting Indy cars for more than 100 years, even since the first official race in 1911.


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Summer Tire Safety: Jody Devere Interviews Legend Johnny Unser at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway #Indy500


Summer means more driving, especially for young adults and teens. That means tire safety becomes very important: after all, tires are the only part of your vehicle that touch the road! A national survey reveals only 17% of drivers today know the basics of tire safety, including how to check tire pressure. Next to the brakes, your tires are the most important safety feature on your car.

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Trade anxiety rising among suppliers


Auto parts makers are getting more nervous about U.S. trade policies, a new industry survey shows.

Rising anxiety about possible changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement and concerns about political discord in Washington were the top issues among North American parts company executives in the latest Supplier Barometer, a quarterly survey by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association.

The just-released survey indicates that the concerns were more prevalent in May — after the Trump administration’s first 100 days — than at the beginning of the year, said Mike Jackson, OESA’s executive director of strategy and research. …

Smaller companies were more upbeat than their larger counterparts, he said. He pinned this to smaller companies being “a little more regional, less exposed” while larger companies can have “a much broader exposure and have a bit more dynamic levels of demand and levels of production.”

The new survey also found that suppliers were more stressed about skilled labor shortages in May than at the beginning of the year. The shortage of skilled workers is a constant concern among suppliers from quarter to quarter.

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Nokian Introduces New Bus Tire


Nokian Tyres releases a new winter tire for city buses.

The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta City Bus tire is designed to endure the wear and tear of city streets, and get there on time, even on snow and slush.

“This is a full-fledged city tire with a deep, aggressive tread pattern and reinforced sidewalls”, says Teppo Siltanen, Product Manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres. “It has plenty of sturdy rubber.”

The sidewalls feature their own wear indicators. When the notches wear out, the tire needs replacing.

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Goodyear Launches Inaugural Week of Volunteering


AKRON, OhioMay 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) is hosting a Week of Volunteering to inspire its associates to engage in creating a better future in their communities.

This first-time effort, happening June 1-7, 2017, involves more than 1,100 Goodyear associates, retirees and their loved ones who will provide an estimated 5,700 hours of volunteer service to Akron-area non-profit organizations. Company locations in Brazil and China will join the effort with volunteer activities in their local communities.

The Week of Volunteering builds on the company’s long-standing commitment to caring for communities where Goodyear operates. The company’s corporate responsibility platform – known as Goodyear Better Future – focuses on safe, smart and sustainable community engagement programs that engage associates and create positive community outcomes.

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Cooper Tire launches new app for driver safety


Just in time for the summer driving season, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company today announced the launch of a new Tread Wisely mobile app. Designed to promote tire and vehicle safety among teens and young adults, the first-of-its-kind app empowers young drivers by putting safety information, how-to videos and unique features directly into their hands when and where they need it most. Cooper created the app in partnership with the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS).

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