Yokohama’s Russian tire plant wins Nissan supplier award


Tokyo – Yokohama Rubber Co’s Russian subsidiary LLC Yokohama RPZ has been awarded Nissan’s best supplier award for 2019, the company announced 24 July.

Yokohama RPZ was selected as the best supplier in the chassis category in recognition of the quality of its tires and supply system, the Japanese tire & rubber company reported.

The Yokohama Russian subsidiary is located in Lipetsk special economic zone, to the south of Moscow, and has been producing tires since 2011.

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Acquisition expected to combine Autodata and J.D. Power, creating an automotive data powerhouse


LOS ANGELES — A U.S. private equity firm that recently acquired has now reached an agreement to buy , the data analytics and consumer intelligence firm that also has close ties to the auto industry. Equity firm Thoma Bravo, with offices in San Francisco and Chicago, that it expects the transaction to acquire J.D. Power to close by year end, subject to customary closing conditions. Terms were not announced.

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Pence says clock ticking on USMCA, but Democrats won’t be rushed – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said that a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal needs to be approved without delay, but Democrats and organized labor said certain provisions must first be improved. Pence told reporters he was hopeful that the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats, would pass the agreement this fall. “The clock is ticking,” Pence said.

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“Supercombined” calendering line for tires


One of the major tire manufacturer in the world commissioned from Rodolfo Comerio a new calendering line for its plant in India. Featuring a 1,900 mm wide calender, this “supercombined” calendering line will be able to produce rubberized textile cords and inner liners, with the possibility to prearrange it for the future production of rubberized steel cord.

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Birla Carbon changes North America price index


Birla Carbon will change all North America contract price formulas from August 1, 2019. The long-used index up to this date, U.S. Gulf Coast High Sulfur Fuel Oil, will change to U.S. Gulf Coast 0.5 percent Sulfur Fuel Oil. Feedstock to make carbon black is sourced from markets driven by marine fuel. This market is undergoing fundamental changes driven by regulations widely known as MARPOL 2020 or IMO 2020, which establishes the maximum allowable sulfur content in marine fuel at 0.5 percent. While this regulation is effective January 1, 2020, the supply chain is adjusting now.

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Another year of slowdown for China’s rubber industry


Beijing, China – The number of companies in China’s sizeable rubber sector, including tire makers, reduced by 79 in 2018 to total 3,565 in 2018, following a drop of 324 companies in 2017.

The sector’s main business revenue remained flat in 2018 at €92 billion (698 billion yuan). Export delivery value rose by 4.4% from 2017 to €20 billion; total profit increased by 2.1% to €4 billion, according to China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

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U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

KATY, Texas, July 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLCA), a diversified industrial minerals company and the leading last mile logistics provider to the oil and gas industry (the “Company”), today announced net income of $6.2 million, or $0.08 per basic and…

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U.S. military working to make its self-driving technology smarter

Keeping soldiers safe continues to be the main reason the military enlists unmanned vehicles into its ranks, especially for resupply missions.

The U.S. Army has been tinkering with ground robotics and automated technologies for decades, yet there are still no real systems in the military field that are fully autonomous.

Nevertheless, the Army wants to finish what it started, so it plans to accelerate its use of autonomous defense technologies.

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ATD’s Tire Pros adds seven locations in six states


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — American Tire Distributor Inc.’s Tire Pros franchise business added seven store locations recently, encompassing franchisees in six states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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Our plan is to take NR production to new heights


The Indian natural rubber (NR) industry is passing through one of the worst ever crises of late mainly on account of the steep fall in prices, shortage of skilled labour and climatic vagaries. Dr K N Raghavan IRS, who has taken charge recently as the Executive Director of Rubber Board, India, has ambitious plans to increase NR production and productivity to achieve the target of 7,50,000 MT kept for 2019-20 by involving the Rubber Producers Societies (RPS’s) in this effort in a major way.  In an exclusive interview to Rubber Asia, he elaborates on these plans and discusses many other crucial issues facing the Indian NR industry. All avenues are being explored to increase the area under rubber cultivation and to take NR production to new heights, he says. 


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