Bridgestone releases new Sustainability Report for 2019-2020

Bridgestone has published its 2019-2020 Sustainability Report, detailing the company’s new Mid-Long Term Business Strategy, as well as its efforts to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

In this report, Bridgestone reveals New Mid-term Environmental Targets – Milestone 2030 – aiming to accelerate the company’s ambition toward “decoupling” to further reduce its environmental impact.

“Sustainability is an indispensable part of all of the Group’s activities and are core elements of our growth strategies and corporate culture,” said Bridgestone’s Global CEO and Representative Executive Officer Shuichi Ishibashi. “Recognizing this, we have kicked off initiatives to more deeply integrate sustainability strategies into our daily operations. We see tremendous business and social opportunity in co-creating new value with our employees, partners, customers and others. We’re pleased to share more about our strategy and approach within this Sustainability Report.”

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AirBoss Announces Over US$123 Million of Contracts for PPE

NEWMARKET, Ontario, July 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX: BOS) (the “Company” or “AirBoss”) today announced that AirBoss Defense Group (“ADG”) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services (“HHS”) – Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (“ASPR”) for the manufacture and sale of 50,000 FlexAir™ Powered Air Purifying Respirator (“PAPR”) systems, 3,000,000 high efficiency filters and related accessories, including spare protective hoods, for delivery to the Strategic National Stockpile (“SNS”).  The contract is expected to be worth an aggregate amount of US$121 million.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, federal organizations are increasingly examining ways to both manage their ongoing response, and also address their future emergency preparedness,” said Chris Bitsakakis, President and Chief Operating Officer of AirBoss. “Based on our work on the recently awarded FEMA contract, ADG is cementing its reputation for being able to deliver large volumes of product on short timelines. This latest win further validates our decision to form ADG, creating a larger and more sophisticated survivability solutions platform that can access and secure a broader range of contracts than AirBoss could previously on its own.”

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Continental puts its own supercomputer for vehicle AI system training, powered by NVIDIA DGX, into operation

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, July 28, 2020 The automotive industry is changing and development cycles are becoming shorter. In order to develop innovative technologies even more efficiently and quickly, Continental has invested in setting up its own supercomputer for Artificial Intelligence (AI), powered by NVIDIA InfiniBand-connected DGX systems. It has been operating from a datacenter in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, since the beginning of 2020 and is offering computing power as well as storage to developers in locations worldwide. AI enhances advanced driver assistance systems, makes mobility smarter and safer and accelerates the development of systems for autonomous driving.

“The supercomputer is an investment in our future,” says Christian Schumacher, head of Program Management Systems in Continental’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems business unit. “The state-of-the-art system reduces the time to train neural networks, as it allows for at least 14 times more experiments to be run at the same time.”

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Women in Tire & Rubber: Heather Maimone

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Heather Maimone is the Membership & Outreach Director for the ACS Rubber Division. …

I landed in the rubber industry by chance, or others may say by fate. I found the Rubber Division through an ad posted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (who applies to jobs in the paper anymore?) for …

 

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2020 International Elastomer Conference

July 29, 2020 – Rubber Division, ACS is taking the 2020 International Elastomer Conference virtual – an experience we are excited to bring our great industry!

As ready and enthused as we were to put on a fantastic in-person International Elastomer Conference, given the number of still-unknown factors related to the containment of the coronavirus, and with our attendees and exhibitors coming from all over the country as well as internationally, it was determined that canceling the in-person event is the safest and most responsible action. The health and safety of all involved with the International Elastomer Conference ultimately outweighed any other considerations and guided our decision to convert the in-person conference planned for Knoxville, TN to a virtual event.

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Elastomers for Sustainability Top 10

The top entries for the inaugural staging of ERJ’s new Elastomers for Sustainability initiative has now been decided by our judging panel led by leading experts in the field of polymer science & technology.

E4S is an industry-first sustainability initiative, designed to highlight significant advances for end-user sectors including automotive, tires, automotive components, construction, consumer, industrial and medical.

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Michelin is demonstrating resilience through an unprecedented crisis

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124,000 125,400 1 Free cash flow: net cash from operating activities less net cash used in investing activities, adjusted for net cash flows relating to other financial assets, before distributions. 2 At period-end. Covid-19: impact of the health crisis on the Group’s financial position at June 30, 2020 Review of the information released by the Group during the first six months of the year On February 10, 2020, the Group issued its guidance for 2020 excluding any impacts from a systemic crisis caused by Covid-19. On March 18, 2020 at 6:10 pm CET, the Michelin Group …

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Goodyear Launches Exclusive Watch Collection With B.R.M Chronographes

AKRON, OhioJuly 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Goodyear (NASDAQ: GT) has combined a global licensing collaboration with a motorsport agreement to launch an exclusive watch collection with French luxury watch specialist B.R.M Chronographes.  This follows the recent announcement that Goodyear has joined forces with the Algarve Pro Racing team champion European Le Mans Series, who will be showcasing the B.R.M Chronographes.

The design of the timepieces will match the look of the Algarve Pro car, reflecting Goodyear’s fundamental association with motorsport.

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Brembo raises stake in Pirelli to nearly 5%

MILAN — Italian brake maker Brembo said it would not buy additional shares in tiremaker Pirelli after increasing its stake to almost 5 percent. Brembo, which makes brakes for automakers including Ferrari and Tesla as well as several Formula One teams, said it now held a 4.99 percent stake in Pirelli, both directly and indirectly through its Nuova FourB parent company, and that it had completed the purchase process.

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DuPont takes $2.5 billion charge tied to auto business

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DuPont on Thursday and wrote down the value of its automotive business by $2.5 billion as the industrial materials giant struggles with a prolonged weakness in one of its biggest end-markets. DuPont, which makes materials used in products ranging from engine covers to brake fluid, is heavily exposed to the auto industry, which has been among the hardest hit after the coronavirus lockdowns emptied roads and shuttered car showrooms.

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