EPA Provides Updates on Emissions Standards, SmartWay Activities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking later this year aimed at establishing new emissions standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and other pollutants for highway heavy-duty engines, an EPA official told the S.11 study group of the Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations during TMC’s virtual spring meeting.

Low rolling resistance tires are a key element of the SmartWay program. Dennis Johnson, director of EPA’s Technology Assessment Center says SmartWay is looking at the industry procedures for testing tire rolling resistance and making sure the procedures are repeatable enough. “Our intention is to circulate to the retread industry, the tire industry, these updated protocols, probably within a month,” Johnson said. “So over the next six months, we will be trying to finalize them.”

 

 

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Hankook Tire wins iF Design Award 2021 in two categories

Nashville, Tenn.,  April 20, 2021 – Global leading tire company Hankook Tire has won ‘Winners‘ in the Professional Concept and Communication categories at the renowned iF Design Award 2021 for its Design Innovation Project 2020.

The Design Innovation is Hankook’s R&D project held every two years, in collaboration with one of the world’s leading design universities. Through joint research, the project puts forward a vision for future driving and solutions that tackle today’s challenges. For the Design Innovation 2020, Hankook collaborated with professors and students from the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati. 

Under the theme ‘Urban Reshaping’, the project visualized transformation of cities geared by mobility reconfigured as part of living spaces rather than stand-alone vehicle in the future where augmented automation infrastructure and cutting-edge technologies such as eco-friendly technology, autonomous driving and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are to be adopted.

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ProovStation Is Partnering with Michelin in Automated Vehicle Inspections

The vehicle inspection solution developed by ProovStation, the European leader in automated inspection, is being enhanced by the expertise offered by leading mobility player Michelin thanks to its MICHELIN QuickScan solution. This technology can be used to check tire wear automatically and instantaneously with millimeter precision.

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Michelin launches new agricultural tires

Michelin has announced the launch of its latest range of tires aimed at the agricultural market. The Agribib Row Crop IF (Improved Flexion) tires will be manufactured at the company’s Troyes plant in France and have been specifically designed for use on self-propelled and trailered sprayers, as well as on low- to medium-horsepower row crop tractors ranging from 70ps to 182ps.

All of the tires in the range use Michelin’s Ultraflex technology, which creates a larger tire footprint to help protect soil against compaction and improves traction at the same time. They also feature strengthened sidewalls to enable them to operate at lower air pressures. The design aims to protect soil and improve crop yield and productivity.

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Bridgestone Investing in Japanese OTR Tire Plant

Bridgestone Corporation is investing ¥10.2 billion (approx. $94.3 million) to install new equipment for certain facilities at its Shimonoseki, Japan plant, the company’s flagship production base for tires made for mining and construction vehicles (OTR tires).

Installation of the equipment is set to begin in 2022 and be completed by the end of 2025, the company says. Bridgestone says the new equipment will enhance the company’s production system in terms of safety, disaster preparedness, eco-friendliness, quality and productivity.

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ETRMA Members’ Tyre Sales in Europe: A positive move in Q1-2021

Brussels, 19 th April 2021 – Today the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association published its members’ replacement sales for the first quarter 2021. 

In this first quarter 2021, we are assisting to a positive recovery, after the deep negative year 2020, strongly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic with several lockdowns all around Europe. 

All the segments have registered a positive evolution compared to the first quarter 2020 and this is an encouraging factor. In this first quarter, the Truck segment is driving the growth with 18% increase, followed by the Moto and Scooter segment (17%), and the Consumer Tyres market (12%). The car-all seasons Tyres reached a 39% increase, followed by a 17% in the car winter tyres, where the summer tyres only recorded a 6% increase.

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Video: Is Long-Lasting Tire Tread Most Important?

So, you’ve sold the customer a new set of tires with the longest-lasting tread life available. That means satisfaction is guaranteed because that’s what they wanted! Right?

Well, most customers think they want all the tread life they can get, but this might not be what’s best for them.

Tire Review’s David Sickels explains how matching tires to the right application can help the customer the most, from the Tire Review Continental Tire Garage Studio at Babcox Media.

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Goodyear Rolls Out Digital Customer Service with eGain

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — eGain (NASDAQ: EGAN), the leading cloud platform for customer engagement automation, today announced that The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) has deployed eGain for digital-first, omnichannel customer engagement.  

True to its goal of making the tire buying process easy for consumers, Goodyear wanted to deliver a cutting-edge customer service experience through virtual assistance and multimedia chat to help seamlessly match consumers with answers to their questions. The company also wanted to control costs and enable a seamless experience for contact center agents.

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Yokohama claims world’s first technology that enables production of butadiene from biomass

Yokohama claims to have developed the world’s first technology to enable the efficient production of butadiene from biomass. The breakthrough is said to have been achieved at the Bio-monomer Production Laboratory, a facility jointly established by Yokohama, Riken and Zeon. Butadiene is one of the core raw materials needed to produce synthetic rubber for automotive tires.

At present, industrial butadiene is produced as a by-product of naphtha pyrolysis. Thus, the development of a butadiene production technology will help reduce dependence on petroleum and cut COemissions.

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ETRMA appoints new members for 2022

Following a meeting of the board of directors, the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has agreed that from 2022 it will welcome Nexen Tire Europe and the Czech Republic and Slovakia Tire Producers’ Associations as members. Following these additions, ETRMA will represent 15 international tire manufacturers and 11 national sector associations.

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