GM Brings You 10 Automotive Trends to Watch in 2019

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GM International , which oversees the Chevrolet , Holden, and Cadillac brands in the Asia-Pacific region , collaborated with Richard Watson , founder of NowAndNext.com and author of ‘Digital Vs. Human,’ for his Top 10 automotive trends to watch in 2019 .

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Two Yokohama Tires Win Good Design Awards

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Yokohama Tire earned two impressive 2018 GOOD DESIGN awards from The Chicago Athenaeum. Yokohama was honored in the transportation category for two tires: the GEOLANDAR X-MT and AVID Ascend GT.

The Chicago Athenaeum’s GOOD DESIGN awards program creates an awareness about contemporary design and honors products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions for innovation and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace.

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TIA Developing New OTR Tire and Wheel Weight Chart

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is developing an Earthmover Tire and Wheel Weight Chart that will be released in the first quarter of 2019.

The chart lists the average physical weight for more than 150 earthmover and industrial forklift tires as well as the average weight of more than 150 rim and wheel assemblies, including independent components.

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China says direct trade talks with U.S. in January, pledges more opening | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – China and the United States have made plans for face-to-face consultations over trade in January, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday, as the world’s two biggest economies advanced efforts to resolve a months-long trade war. Consultations through “intensive” telephone calls will continue in the meantime, Gao Feng, spokesman at the commerce ministry, told reporters, adding that talks have been steadily moving forward despite the Christmas break in the United States.

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Marangoni Expanding Tennessee Manufacturing Plant

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From Tire Review

Marangoni Tread North America will expand its manufacturing plant in Tennessee, President and CEO Bill Sweatman announced.

“With unit sales up this year, production had to be increased right away,” Sweatman said. “Independent retreaders’ business remains strong and we expect demand to continue to increase as we move into 2019. We will be adding additional capacity to manufacture the XP Extreme Performance wide-base Ringtread here in the U.S.”

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World NR supply up 5.5% during Jan-Oct, 2018: ANRPC

The Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics report by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) in October 2018 has stated that the world production of natural rubber (NR) from January 2018 to October 2018 amounted to 11.468 million tonnes, an increase of 5.5% from the same period in a year earlier. The livelihood of rubber farmers was affected by the prevailing low rubber prices and unfavourable climate condition in member countries.

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Grand finale to 23rd Rubber Conference 2018

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The 23rd Rubber Conference and International Workshops organised by the Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA) concluded in Mumbai on December 15, 2018 with a call by experts to raise the quality of research and development in the rubber sector so as to enable the Indian rubber industry to achieve its full growth potential.

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2018 Top 10: Raw material volatility

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Prices for raw materials continued to increase in 2018, causing a widespread impact throughout the tire and rubber industries in our No. 3 story of the year.

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Michelin Pilot Sport’s wet and dry success

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Michelin’s Pilot Sport tire survived a tough test at this year’s Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E race. The schedule effectively had to be adjusted by race control after unexpected heavy showers caused big puddles to form, making the track unsafe.

The morning’s first free practice session was canceled and the second was postponed until 10:15am to give marshals time to sweep aside excess standing water. Two qualifying sessions then followed at 11:25am.

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U.S. and Canadian unions go to battle with GM over jobs

Union members on both sides of the Detroit River escalated their campaign against General Motors Thursday over the automaker’s plans to shutter factories and put thousands of workers out of jobs. Early in the day, Unifor, the Canadian autoworkers’ union, aggressively launched a campaign to shame GM for those plans by running four full-page ads in print editions of the Free Press and Detroit News. “U.S. and Canadian workers made GM. Why should our jobs go to Mexico?

Read the source article at Detroit Free Press