THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Michelin, one of the world’s largest tire makers and Maxion Wheels, the world’s largest wheel manufacturer, received a 2018 CLEPA Innovation Award at this year’s European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) Innovation Award program. The jury recognized the two companies’ joint innovation efforts that resulted in the latest wheel invention, the ACORUS Flexible Wheel, with third place in the “Cooperation” category during the June 13, 2018 award ceremony.
Minoo Mehta, president of BKT USA Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of India’s Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), discussed his company’s successes as well as the challenges ahead in an interview with Tire Business.
Q: How would you describe business thus far in 2018?
A: For BKT, it has been the best start this year compared to the last three years. Demand for BKT tires is primarily fueled by
Amazon, UPS and others are exploring using drones to deliver packages to people’s doorsteps, but some companies are thinking bigger — autonomous cargo drones the size of small airplanes.
They are designing unmanned cargo airplanes to compete with short-haul trucks and small freight aircraft. They are testing prototypes and pushing for their large fixed-wing drones to play a key role in the next wave of logistics.
“Companies that can respond and be faster and more flexible will be the winners as the logistics landscape continues to change,” said David Merrill, co-founder of Elroy Air, a San Francisco startup working on a cargo drone prototype.
DETROIT — General Motors is seeing cost increases in steel and aluminum amid uncertainty regarding tariffs and trade with the United States. However, the company has not delayed any projects or plans. That’s according to GM CEO Mary Barra, who said if uncertainty continues, it “will eventually” have an impact on its operations.
New research from AAA reveals that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average stopping distances by 43 percent, or an additional 87 feet.
With nearly 800,000 crashes occurring on wet roads each year, AAA is urging drivers to check tread depth, replace tires proactively and increase following distances significantly during rainy conditions.
The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will meet with representatives in Washington DC on Wednesday, June 20th to discuss several issues currently impacting the tire and automotive industry.
The day will begin with TIA and fellow supporters visiting the US Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters at 10:00am to discuss infrastructure and de-regulation.
Tire Review Editor Patti Renner Hoying sat down with Joanie Martin of Michelin North America at the 2018 Movin’ On conference in Montreal to talk about the company’s goals, structural and distribution changes and her new role within the organization. Earlier this year, …
Michigan-based projects that demonstrate innovative, technology-driven transportation solutions for mobility challenges soon could receive a financial boost from the state. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that the state has allotted $8 million to help fund pilot transportation projects that focus on mobility challenges experienced by seniors, people with disabilities and veterans.
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is introducing a new Retail Showroom Program to help affiliated tire dealers grow sales and build customer loyalty through an improved in-store shopping experience.
Specially designed by experts in retail science, the new program is designed to create a more customer-centric environment and accommodate a wide range of showroom sizes and layouts.
LAURENS, S.C. — Are consumers working with only half a deck, so to speak, when it comes to choosing which tires to buy?
It’s no secret that tires exhibit widely varying degrees of performance when new, but how do the same tires perform when half-worn, both compared with themselves when new and with competitors’ products, new and used?