Tyre Tread Depth Michelin Stance


Michelin has vocally opposed the need for any legal change to their tyre tread depth laws amid raging campaigns these days for a standard 2 mm or even 3 mm as the minimum tread depth for a summer car tyre instead of 1.6 mm fixed early.

This recurring argument has raged on for years and still shows no signs of going away. Old hands in this business recall the bonanza the industry experienced when legal minimum tread depths were first introduced decades ago now. This lurking folk memory still exists, I fear, and there are many among us who still hanker for the instant boost these changes in the law can deliver.

Of course, it is largely self-serving although ‘safety’ is always the mask that hides the face. Across almost all of Europe, the legal minimum tread depth for a summer car tyre has been fixed at 1.6 mm for many a year now; but recently there have been attempts to campaign for a standard 2 mm or even 3 mm. The argument is familiar and generally hinges around wet grip safety with much made of metrological data concerning the amount of time our road surfaces are damp or wet. Michelin, however, will have none of this and to the despair of some has vocally opposed the need for any legal changes to our tread depth laws. Some of the arguments are interesting.

Firstly, Michelin claim that technically superior products (sic) such as theirs are designed to perform optimally throughout their lives.
Secondly, even a well-worn down premium brand will still out-perform many a brand-new budget tyre regardless. Thirdly, tyres can actually improve with age becoming quieter and delivering better rolling resistance (economy). Sustained longevity has become the Michelin watchword…

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Toyo Tires Introduces the New M588 On/Off-Road Drive Tire


Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has introduced its new M588 heavy-duty on/off-road drive tire. The M588 is built for severe service applications including oil, gas, mining and logging operations.

The drive tire is built for durability with a 33/32” tread depth. Its special cut and chip resistant compound combined with a competitive acquisition point makes it ideal for even the harshest elements such as rough terrain, snow and mud.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Alliance expanding Galaxy commercial mower line


WAKEFIELD, Mass. — Alliance Tire Americas will expand its Galaxy Mighty Mow tire line next spring with the Mighty Mow-TS.

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Drive like a woman: Hankook Tire awarded for safety campaign


When my mate Scotty uttered that I drove like a woman he meant it as a slur, but the joke is now on him – it turns out that this is an award-winning driving style. The award is a bronze 2017 Epica Award in the online campaigns – automotive category, and was given to Hankook Tire Sweden for a short video highlighting the over-representation of men, and younger men in particular, in Sweden’s road accident statistics.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Continental Demonstrates Holistic Connectivity Experience At CES 2018


In its Holistic Connectivity Experience demonstration car, Continental is harnessing web technologies to provide seamless connectivity for users to enjoy a better driving experience. Consumers are provided with relevant and up to date information including traffic, road and weather conditions right at their fingertips, which, in turn, creates opportunities for vehicle manufacturers and service providers, who can leverage vehicle information to anticipate user needs and deliver a richer, more personalized experience.

“There is tremendous potential for the application of web technologies in the automotive world. With our Holistic Connectivity Experience demo car, we are showcasing the possibilities,” said Dr. Karsten …

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Tire Industry Association releases 63rd OTR Conference line-up


The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has released the official session lineup for the 63rd Annual Off-the-Road (OTR) Conference. The conference and sessions will be at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida from February 21– 24, 2018.

Each session will address key industry and political topics that are important for all attendees. All sessions will be led by industry professionals and/or TIA staff.

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Kumho to Launch Three New Tires Lines


After multiple product launches in 2015 and 2016, Kumho Tire USA intentionally took a break in 2017 to give its dealers a chance to catch up. But that product pause is soon to come to an end, according to Jim Mayfield, executive vice president North America for Kumho Tire USA.

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Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. Announces Closing of Secondary Common Stock Offering

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC ) (the “Company” or “Orion”), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, announced today the closing of the secondary offering of an aggregate of 12,657,799 common shares of the Company by Kinove Luxembourg Holdings 1 S.à r.l.

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Hankook Tire appoints new executives

In addition to new president and CEO Soo Il Lee, who will serve alongside Hyun Bum Cho as a separate representative of the company from 1 January 2018, Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. has named a new executive vice-president, five senior vice-presidents and 17 vice-presidents. Announcing these appointments, the tyre maker states that it has restructured its organisation to “respond to the global market and customers with more agility.”

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GM will lighten next-gen pickups with carbon fiber


DETROIT — General Motors is expected to make revolutionary changes to the makeup of its next-generation pickups to better position them against Ford Motor Co.’s market-leading trucks and accelerate its progress toward stricter federal fuel economy standards.

Two sources familiar with the company’s plans confirmed GM will offer carbon fiber for the beds of the pickups. It would be the largest-scale automotive application of the light-weight, high-strength material, whose long, labor-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports cars.

Read the source article at Front Page