TRAC Appoints Bridgestone’s Darious Naylor to the Board


Cambridge, Ontario; April 23, 2020—Tire and Rubber Association of Canada ( announces appointment of Bridgestone’s Darious Naylor as member of the board.

“Darious will contribute a unique strategic vision and executive insights to our organization. His appointment as board member reflects on his experience and leadership as a consummate industry professional,” says Glenn Maidment, TRAC’s President.

Naylor joined Bridgestone in 2016, and… 

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U.S. tire shipments to fall nearly 18% in 2020 — Ustma


WASHINGTON — U.S. tire shipments could fall to their lowest levels in decades, a result of COVID-19 pandemic-induced lower demand, according to a shipments update from the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association.

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New North American trade pact to take effect July 1: USTR – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday said he has notified Congress that the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement will take effect on July 1, a month later than initially proposed. In a statement, Lighthizer said both Mexico and Canada had taken measures necessary to comply with their commitments under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaces the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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New Issue of Tyre Trends Out Now (April-May)

Editor’s Note

When we planned Tyre Testing as a special focus subject for this edition, we never expected that the “Testing” part would attain a new dimension. It did and it came out of the blue. The “Testing” has now gone beyond tyres and even the tyre industry. It has brought to include the entire global economy. That is what the COVID 19 pandemic has done to the world and humanity at large.

The corona virus havoc has changed the way everything has been rolling so far in the world, let alone tyres. Its human toll has crossed over 170,000 and is still counting. Global economy, which is used to periodic slowdowns and crashes and depressions, has not seen anything like this in recent history. Even in the past, when epidemics and pestilences spread across societies, the havoc was regional. It hardly crossed borders. This time, a virus has shown how meaningless borders and tariffs and regulations are.

Globally the tyre industry ground to a standstill. Factories shut down. Inventories posed huge question marks. The business just stopped. The only possible thing to do is to stay home, wait and watch. More than three months into the crisis, there are distant signs of action. Companies are planning resumption of production in one way or the other, because business matters as also lives.

This is the ideal opportunity to take a pause and see what all scenarios can unfold when the scary curves flatten out. The big thinking brains would wonder how, in future, similar crises could be tackled, how new business models could create situations where nothing stops the wheels from turning. This is the time to wonder how much valuable human lives are when corporate conceptualisers plan their next products.

However much one talk about Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4 or Automation, there is life beyond factory walls. Natural human life has nothing AI about it! The importance of health care, medical research and medical equipment cannot henceforth be overlooked. Mind you, many closed automobile manufacturers were called in to make ventilators for hospitals while their assembly lines rested.

The COVID kind of crisis may be the first of its kind to global economy. But then, that’s no excuse. There is always a first time! The answer to the “Now What” question will define the future course of action.

Read the April-May issue of Tyre Trends here.

Rubber Industry Pulse Survey


To better understand the overall impact and future state of the rubber industry, ARPM is conducting a weekly Rubber Industry Pulse Survey. This 8-question survey takes less than one minute for leaders to complete, but gives insights into how the rubber industry is faring so far – and what executives are anticipating for the future. 

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Bridgestone launches 2nd generation all-season touring tyre


Bridgestone has launched the Weather Control A005 EVO tyre, the second generation of its all-season touring tyre. The tyre is designed to meet the needs and expectations of European drivers, built using Bridgestone’s advanced, high silica NanoPro-tech compound technology. Its new mixing technology that improves silica dispersion. This allows the A005 EVO to offer enhanced fuel efficiency alongside improved winter performance.

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China’s tire exports record two-digit dips in first quarter


Beijing – China’s tire exports fell 11.3% year on year in the first quarter of 2020 to 102 million units, according to latest figures by General Administration of Customs.

Export value – presented in US dollars –  for the quarter stood at $3 billion (€2.8 billion), representing a 13.2% drop year-on-year, the Chinese agency noted. Weight of such exports fell by 6.9% to 1.3 million tonnes.

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Hankook Medal award to Mortel


London – Bill Mortel has been announced as recipient of the 2020 Hancock Medal, the biennial Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IoM3) award for outstanding service to the rubber industry.

Mortel has served the industry through various roles with the British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Associated, the National Skills Academy for the Process Industries and the institute’s Rubber in Engineering Group since 1992.

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Yokohama Advan Sport V107 Tire is OE on GLS 63-Series


Mercedes-AMG has selected Yokohama Rubber ‘s Advan Sport V107 tires as original equipment for the new GLS 63 4MATIC+ cars.

Yokohama began supplying the tires in October 2019 in two sizes – 285/45ZR22 114Y size front tires and 325/40ZR22 114Y size rear tires.

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