2019 U.S. Traffic Deaths Lowest Since 2014, but 2020 Numbers Aren’t Looking Good

In hard numbers, 2020 looks pretty good so far compared to 2019. The number of people who have died in motor vehicle traffic crashes was down from 16,988 in 2019 to 16,650 in 2020, a decrease of 2 percent. The trouble with relying on just one number is that those deaths hide the massive societal changes the world went through this spring (and is still going through) with the coronavirus.

When you factor in an important aspect of that change, vehicle miles traveled (VMT), you actually see that more people died this year, on average, than last year. That’s because VMT was down a dramatic 16.6 percent (or 264.2 billion miles) in the first six months of 2020, which pushed up the fatality rate per 100 million VMT, a metric the NHTSA uses to more accurately compare vehicle and road safety over time. 

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Michelin releases survey about impact of COVID-19 on driver education

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A newly released survey of parents of U.S. teens conducted by Michelin North America and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that 62% say their child has experienced a COVID-19 related disruption in driver education/licensing, but 35% don’t have a backup plan for replacing lost learning.

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Continental: Interview with Alejandro Agag, CEO of Extreme E

Hanover, Germany, September 2020. Continental is a founding partner and, as of 2021, the premium sponsor of the Extreme E series. The technology company will equip all vehicles in the races with tires for the various events, which will all prove very challenging. In this interview, Alejandro Agag, CEO of Extreme E and Formula E, talks about the special fascination of the new format. He talks about the beginnings and the social aspirations of the innovative E-SUV series, but also about the partnership with Continental and the extraordinary importance of tires.

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Yokohama to consolidate off-highway tire business under new global entity

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Yokohama Rubber announced that it will consolidate its various off-highway businesses into one single entity. This will include Alliance Tire Group (ATG), which Yokohama bought four years ago and Yokohama’s off-the-road (OTR) tire businesses across the globe. This new entity, named Yokohama Off-Highway Tires, will have a global footprint with leadership team distributed between Tokyo, Boston, Amsterdam and Mumbai.

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AIA Outlook Study: Predictions for the Aftermarket

Automotive Industries Association of Canada recently released its Outlook 2020 Study, prepared by Ernst & Young (EY). The report was designed to provide an overview of the automotive aftermarket sector in Canada, including its economic impact, specific segments, product and service offerings as well as the workforce employed in the sector.

Based on these findings, there’s no question that the aftermarket sector plays a pivotal role in the Canadian economy. In 2019, data points to approximately 491, 800 Canadians being employed in the aftermarket, representing almost 2.9% of total employees nationwide.

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Franco Annunziato confirmed as President of ETRMA

The Board of Directors of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufactures’ Association gave a strong signal of commitment and continuity to face the actual macroeconomic scenario, via the confirmation of the presidency to Mr Franco Annunziato, Bridgestone Vice president and Senior Advisor. In the same meeting, Mr Joan Vicenç Durán, from Consorcio Nacional de Industriales del Caucho, was elected Vice President. Both functions are effective as of 1st January 2021 for a three-year mandate.

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Giti Tire Plant Earns Pair of Management Certifications

Giti Tire Manufacturing Ltd. has received two quality management certifications for ISO 9001-2015 and IATF 16949-2016. Giti and GT Radial brands are manufactured at the plant. ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for quality management systems (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

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Hankook Announce Winners At Two Industry Award Ceremonies

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Premium tyre maker Hankook continues to support both the Commercial Motor Awards and the Motor Transport Awards in 2020 in these challenging times, by sponsoring categories at each ceremony. Due to COVID restrictions, the award ceremonies moved to a digital format with the winners being announced online. 

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Nexen Tire Debuts New Podcast

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Nexen Tire America, Inc. is debuting a new podcast, the Nexen Tire Talk Show.John Hagan, Nexen Tire’s executive vice president of sales, will host the podcast and deliver the latest on tire- and automotive-industry news. The podcast provides listeners with the inside scoop on tire releases, company updates, motorsports involvement, tire manufacturing, tire technology and more. Seven podcast episodes are already available for streaming.

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World trade rebounding slowly, outlook uncertain: U.N. report

GENEVA (Reuters) – The value of global trade is set to fall by 7% to 9% in 2020 from the previous year, despite signs of a fragile rebound led by China in the third quarter, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. No region was spared by an estimated 19% year-on-year plunge in world trade in the second quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted economies, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said. Global trade recovered somewhat in the third quarter, when it was estimated at about 4.5% less than in the same period a year ago, the agency said in its latest update.

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