Nexen Wins Design Awards

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Two of Nexen Tire’s products have won the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

The winners of the IDEA 2017 are ‘N’FERA AU7,’ a commercially available tire product, and ‘BREATHRE’, a future-oriented conceptual tire.

‘N’FERA AU7’ is an ultra-high performance (UHP) tire developed for high-ends sedans. ‘BREATHRE’ is an air purifying concept tire designed to contribute to reducing the recent environmental problems such as air pollution and fine dust.

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Report: OTR tire market to grow steadily

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Leatherhead, UK – The global market for off-the-road tires will enjoy a five-year compound annual growth rate of 4% by volume and 5.2% by value, according to a new report from Smithers Rapra.

“The Future of Off-the-Road Tires to 2022″ is Smithers’ critical analysis of the key factors shaping the global OTR tire market, the company said in a 24 July press release.

According to the report, more than 3.7 million tonnes of OTR tires will be sold worldwide in 2017, with a value of $24.8 billion…

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California to push for law promoting tire-recycling

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California plans to boost the tire-recycling rate by pushing for legislation with USTMA support. AB 509, sponsored by Assembly Member Jim Frazier, would change the current state tire recycling grant program into an incentive program to help expand the use of tire-derived material. The measure also includes a provision to give Cal Recycle, the state scrap tire regulatory agency, authority to impose an additional tire fee on tire dealers to cover program administrative costs.

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All 50 States Get on Board with Tire Safety in Driver’s Ed | News | Car and Driver

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More than two years ahead of their target date, Michelin and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have secured commitments from all 50 U.S. states to include consistent tire-maintenance and safety information in their driver education programs. Michelin North America chairman and president Pete Selleck told C/D that it had once seemed like a daunting feat for the tire maker and the FIA, which partnered on a Beyond the Driving Test initiative with the goal of having all 50 states on board by 2020.

“We thought that was aggressive, and then we went to work and discovered some interesting allies in the fight,” Selleck said. Not only was support found in the traffic-safety community, but the states themselves also proved to be key partners, he said. 

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ETRMA boss: European tire markets facing further weakness

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London – A second-quarter reversal in European replacement tire markets could set a trend for the months ahead, believes Fazilet Cinaralp, secretary general of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association.

Cinaralp was commenting on ETRMA’s latest quarterly figures, which showed significant quarter-on-quarter declines in member companies’ sales – reversing a positive trend observed earlier this year.

The data, published 14 July, showed a sharp slowdown compared to the first three months of the year. The trend affected all segments, particularly consumer tires which came in 6%…

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Pirelli designs OE tire for BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo

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Engineers of Pirelli developed this tire precisely according to specifications of the Auto-mobile manufacture from the Bavarian town of Buchloe. With this special edition the renowned manufacturer will equip its new models BMW ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo Saloon and Touring, both with all-wheel drive. ALPINA homologated this version of the P Zero, cus-tomized to the individual characteristics of these car models. The original equipment tyres are easy to recognize by the ALP-marking on the tyre wall.

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New CEO for Pirelli Deutschland

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Pirelli has named Michael Wendt the head of its sales and production business in Germany. He takes over the position of chief executive officer at Pirelli Deutschland GmbH today, succeeding Frank J. Delesen. The tyre maker reports that Delesen has left the company due to personal reasons.

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SoftBank, GM invest $159 million into driverless car start-up Nauto

SoftBank and General Motors are among a group of companies that invested $159 million into U.S. driverless car start-up Nauto on Wednesday. Palo Alto, CA-based Nauto makes cameras that sit inside of the car pointing at the driver, and outside of the vehicle looking at the road. They can track driver behavior in real time, and know if they are distracted. It uses computer vision, which is a form of artificial intelligence, to capture and process all of the data.

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European tire markets could face further weakness

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LONDON—A second quarter reversal in European replacement tire markets could set a trend for the months ahead, according to Fazilet Cinaralp, secretary general of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association.

Cinaralp was commenting on ETRMA’s latest quarterly figures, which showed significant quarter-on-quarter declines in member companies’ sales—reversing a positive trend observed earlier this year.

The data, published July 14, showed a sharp slowdown compared to the first three months of the year. The trend affected all segments, particularly consumer tires which came in 6 percent lower year-on-year at 46.6 million units. 

Second-quarter sales of truck tires, meanwhile, were down 1 percent on the firs

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Bridgestone HosePower Announces Acquisition of Seattle-based Fittings, Inc.

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ORANGE PARK, Fla., July 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone HosePower (Hosepower), a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Bridgestone Corporation, today announced it is expanding its hose solutions business in the Pacific Northwest by acquiring Fittings, Inc., (Fittings), a hydraulic and i…

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