Future Tire Conference 18: Q&A with Conti’s tire line development boss

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ERJ interviews Philipp Struck Head of Tire Line Development EMEA OE about Tires & Technologies of the Future enabling Vision Zero. The expert will present a paper on autonomous tire plants at the Future Tire Conference 2018, taking place 30-31 May, during the new Tire Cologne international trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Click here for more information about the conference.

ERJ: Please identify one significant development in the tire industry in the last 2-3 years, and explain its importance.

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Truck market speeding toward 70%

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Can the U.S. light-truck market get any hotter after eight years of spectacular growth from the depths of the 2008-09 crash? Apparently, yes. Light trucks’ sprint toward capturing 70 percent of the U.S. new-vehicle market took a giant leap in the first quarter, capped by a spectacular March. U.S. sales of crossovers, SUVs, pickups and vans set a monthly record of 1,116,280 in March, easily topping 1 million units for only the fifth month on record.

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China blames U.S for trade frictions, says negotiations currently impossible

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BOAO/BEIJING, China (Reuters) – China stepped up its attacks on the Trump administration on Monday over billions of dollars worth of threatened tariffs, saying Washington is to blame for trade frictions and repeating it was impossible to negotiate under “current circumstances”.

The comments come after U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday predicted China would take down its trade barriers, and expressed optimism that both sides could resolve the issue through talks.

Chinese state researchers and media talked down the likely impact of U.S. trade measures on the world’s second largest economy and described the Trump administration’s posturing on trade as the product of an “anxiety disorder”.

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Vystar Acquires Assets of NHS Holdings

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WORCESTER, Mass., April 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Vystar Corporation (OTCPink:VYST) has acquired the assets of NHS Holdings, LLC (NHS) executing on the first part of the company’s vision to move into direct product offerings made from Vytex® latex.  NHS was the exclusive U.S. distributor of Vystar’s Vytex® natural rubber latex foam to manufacturers for use in over 200 home furnishings products, including mattresses, toppers

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BKT Partners with Kultevat to Create Dandelion Rubber Compound for Tires

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Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT), has entered into a joint research agreement with Kultevat, Inc., to create a dandelion rubber compound for its tires.

Kultevat, a U.S. biotechnology company, specializes in the cultivation and processing of TKS Dandelion as a renewable and sustainable alternative for natural rubber. BKT will work with the company to develop new compounding methods and tire manufacturing technologies to create more sustainable and renewable tires in the future.

Read the source article at Tire Review

GfK: LT tires led ‘sluggish’ 2017 U.S. replacement market

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NEW YORK — Despite a unit sales decline of 3.1 percent last year, light truck (LT) tires led a sluggish U.S. consumer tire market in 2017 vs. 2016, according to the latest data issued by analytics firm GfK Group.

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Cooper Tire’s Tread Wisely Program Encourages Prom Auto Safety

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With prom night coming up in high schools across the country, Cooper Tire’s Tread Wisely safety campaign is encouraging teens to get pumped for prom by performing three important tire safety checks before heading to the big dance.

Videos showing how to perform these three tire safety checks are available on the free Tread Wisely mobile app.

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Goodyear On TireHub: ‘This Is Just A Next Step’

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From Tire Review

By Patti Renner

On April 16, Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced the birth of TireHub, a new 50/50 joint venture intended to consolidate both tiremakers’ U.S. distribution channels into a single organization focused on providing replacement tires for passenger and light truck vehicles to tire dealers and retailers across the country.

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Bridgestone on TireHub: Expect Broader Distribution, Faster Access and More Opportunity

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In the wake of the announcement of the deal between Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bridgestone Americas Inc. to combine both tiremakers’ company-owned distribution networks into a new entity called TireHub, Tire Review sat down with TJ Higgins, president of Bridgestone’s North America Integrated Consumer Tire Group, to find out more about the joint venture, its impact on the replacement tire landscape and what tire dealers can expect.

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Continental Produces 10 Millionth Tire at Russia Plant

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Continental Ag celebrated the production of its 10 millionth tire at its tire plant in Kaluga, Russia this month, just five years after the start of production.

“The Greenfield Tire Plant Kaluga is now a mature plant and a success story for us…,” said Nikolai Setzer, member of the executive board of Continental and head of its tire division.

Read the source article at Tire Review