Expansion aims to automate Continental’s hose manufacturing plant in Quebec


GRANBY, Quebec—Continental’s ContiTech division has completed a project at its hose factory in Granby that makes production there largely automated.

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Decade of growth for auto parts industry may soon be over

The auto parts industry has chalked up a decade of steady growth, but analysts and forecasters believe the strains of falling vehicle sales, rising material costs and huge demands for r&d spending could bring the party to an end.

The combination of uncertainty over future technologies, lingering import tariffs and unsettled trade issues with key trading partners — China, Mexico, Canada and Europe — will erode supplier company values and stock prices, making it harder to keep up current spending demands, many now worry.

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Pirelli vintage tires take spotlight at Monterey Car Week


MONTEREY, Calif.—Looking to leverage the publicity that the annual Monterey Car Week for vintage automobiles generates, Pirelli Tire North America sponsored “Concorso Italiano,” said to be the largest gathering of luxury and exotic Italian cars worldwide.

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Automotive Innovations Magazine – July/August 2019

The topics covered in the third issue of our Automotive Innovations Magazine (AIM) reveal the extremely rapid evolution of EVs, an emerging market that has become, in just a few years, a real industry.

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Bridgestone highlighting mobility solutions at IAA

In addition to its latest line-up of Bridgestone and Firestone tyres, Bridgestone intends to display its latest tech solutions at the 68th annual International Motor Show (IAA). The company states that the following solutions will be showcased at the Frankfurt fair in September:

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Tennessee Tire Boom: A Closeup Look at this Automotive ‘Hot Bed’ and its Implications for the Tire Industry


Just as Akron, Ohio, was considered the rubber capital of the world, Tennessee is well on its way to become the automotive hub in the U.S. Just take a look at the numbers: 87 of 95 counties are home to automotive operations in Tennessee. That includes OEMs, such as General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen and over 900 automotive suppliers, according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).

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Cabot reinforcement materials unit reports earnings decline


BOSTON—Cabot Corp.’s reinforcement materials business unit, which includes rubber carbon blacks, has reported a 2.7 percent year-on-year decline in third quarter earnings (EBIT) at $72 million.

The company’s financial statement, released Aug. 5, attributed much of the decline to lower margins in China and the global automotive slowdown.

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Double Coin names Anthony Cresta as product manager


MONROVIA, Calif. — Double Coin Holdings Ltd. and its CMA L.L.C. subsidiary have named Anthony Cresta as product manager. In his new role, he will be responsible for product support within the Double Coin OTR and industrial tire lines.

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Central Europe slowdown impact Nokian results

Nokia, Finland – Nokian Tyres plc has reported a 12.5% year-on-year decline in first half operating profit at €148 million, on 0.3% lower sales of €763 million.

The Finnish tire maker linked the decline in sales to weak car and tire sectors in Europe, which offset gains in the heavy tire segment during the first six months of the year.

“The competitive landscape in the Central European replacement car tire market is tight due to weakness in the OE segment, as there is a high supply of…

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Talk the talk in order to walk the walk


In the age of automation, self-driving vehicles and artificial intelligence, it’s comforting to know that one thing still matters: That personal touch.

Late last month, our automotive service expert, Dan Marinucci, spent an hour discussing that point in our latest livestream event, entitled “Service Sales Skills Computers Cannot Perform.”

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