Bridgestone: 98% of tier 1 suppliers acknowledge procurement policy

The aim at Bridgestone Group is to use “100 per cent sustainable materials” by 2050 and beyond, and last year the tyre and rubber company introduced a new procurement policy to steer it towards this end. Under a partnership it began with CSR evaluation specialist EcoVadis in 2018, Bridgestone is now assessing its suppliers’ current sustainability practices and looking at what support may be needed to improve performance.

Together with EcoVadis, Bridgestone is monitoring and rating the environmental, social and ethical performance of its suppliers to help identify and evaluate qualified suppliers, promote best practices, and serve as a communication and improvement tool for the industry as a whole.

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Giti planning to reinvigorate GT Radial brand in North America

RICHBURG, S.C. — As the new kid in the North American manufacturing neighborhood, Giti Tire Manufacturing (USA) Ltd. has ambitious plans to make its mark in the regional tire market.

Since the groundbreaking four years ago for its 1.7-million-sq.-ft. facility in Richburg, the subsidiary of Singapore-headquartered Giti Tire Group began producing tires in late 2017, hired more than 700 employees and has been ramping up production for new lines of tires.

“This facility is half of what we want,” said Hank Eisenga, vice president of manufacturing. “So our intent is to take and double this facility as quickly as we can.”

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Yokohama Tire Receives Platinum Supplier Award from Caterpillar for 7th Straight Year

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Yokohama Tire Corp. has earned Caterpillar’s premier supplier award for the seventh consecutive year. The award – Platinum Level Recertification in its Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) – went to Yokohama’s factory in Onomichi, Japan. The plant produces OE and replacement off-the-road (OTR) tires for a wide range of equipment.

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US university develops rubber-reinforced bioplastics

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Columbus, Ohio – Researchers at the Ohio State University have combined natural rubber with bioplastics to develop a “tough and flexible” biodegradable material.

The biocompound is “a much stronger replacement for plastic,” said the university in a report published in the journal Polymer in March.

The study involved melting rubber into plant-derived poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) along with organic peroxide and trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA).

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USTMA’s National Tire Safety week set for May 20-27

WASHINGTON—May 20-27 will be National Tire Safety Week in the U.S. this year, according to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

National Tire Safety Week is an annual industry-led initiative that educates motorists about tire care, safety and maintenance, including the potential dangers of unsafe used tires.

“We are urging motorists, including first-time drivers, to ‘Know Your Roll’ before taking to the roads this Memorial Day and in advance of the busy summer travel season,” USTMA President and CEO Anne Forristall Luke said. “Just like fastening your seatbelt—an action that’s become synonymous with safety—proper tire care and maintenance also need to be top of mind when it comes to ensuring the safety of all motorists on the road,” she said.

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NHTSA Says Electronic Tire Registration Feasible

NHTSA Says Electronic Tire Registration Feasible Posted on Friday, Apr 12th, 2019 Category: nhtsa A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report says requiring tiremakers to electronically identify tires is feasible, but the main technologies to achieve it – Radio Frequency Identification tags or two-dimensional bar-codes – come with plusses and minuses that would need sorting out to achieve a standard format across manufacturers.

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Halcyon Agri launching independent NR council

Singapore – Halcyon Agri is officially launching a natural rubber (NR) sustainability council, the NR supply company has informed ERJ.

As previously announced, the council has been set up to monitor implementation of the group’s sustainable natural rubber supply chain policy (SNRSCP) for operations in Cameroon.

“The inaugural call for the sustainability council will be tomorrow and a chairperson will be elected,” Robert Meyer, CEO and co-founder of Halcyon Agri said 15 April.

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Katrina Cornish to advise dandelion rubber startup

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WOOSTER, Ohio—Katrina Cornish has taken on many roles in more than 30 years as a world-renowned researcher in alternative sources of natural rubber.

As of Feb. 28, Cornish added a new role: scientific adviser to a start-up hydroponic dandelion rubber company, Chicago-based American Sustainable Rubber Co. L.L.C.

ASR chose Cornish for her extensive research into developing hydroponic indoor cultivation of the Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) dandelion, as well as her general experience in alternative rubber production, bio-based fillers and feedstocks from agriculture and food processing wastes for value-added products and biofuels.

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New registrations for electric vehicles doubled in U.S. since last year – Autoblog

Electric vehicles, still a small percentage of the total automotive market in the U.S., are beginning to gain ground, according to analysis by IHS Markit. There were 208,000 new registrations for electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the number filed in 2017, IHS said Monday. That growth in EVs was heavily concentrated in California as well as nine other states that have adopted the Zero Emission Vehicle program.

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Continental Appoints John Cox to Enhance Support for ContiLifeCycle Retread Partners Worldwide

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FORT MILL, S.C. – April 12, 2019. Continental, one of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, has hired retread industry veteran John Cox to enhance process technologies for its ContiLifeCycle retread partners worldwide. The newly created position, Global Technical Services, emphasizes the company’s commitment to supporting partner shops producing ContiTread™ retreads.

“We are partnering with our retread shops around the world to maximize productivity and quality and to drive process innovation,” said Catherine Loss, Continental’s global head of retread. “Optimizing each shops’ processes and systems allows us to deliver the superior quality and service levels that our global fleet customers expect, so they can achieve the lowest overall driving cost.”

Cox has more than 20 years of experience in the North American retreading industry, working for the industry-leading corporate supplier as well as directly in retread manufacturing. This experience as both a supplier and customer gives Cox a unique perspective on how to implement practical improvements throughout the process. He also supported the development of IT software solutions for retread manufacturing, ensuring that Continental’s systems will continue to support the needs of ContiLifeCycle partners. His broad experience and expertise will deliver actionable recommendations to improve both Continental and dealer processes.

With close to 60 ContiTread™ retread shops worldwide, 30 located in the U.S. and Canada, Continental delivers the support network that independent retreaders need to thrive. Two U.S. partners, Piedmont Truck Tires and Conlan Tire, opened additional locations in 2018, a testament to the growth that ContiLifeCycle partners can experience.

One of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, Continental develops pioneering technologies to make fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. With innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management to deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost.