Kraton expands line with pine-based alternatives

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CLEVELAND—Kraton Corp.’s newest products have a similar feel, and that’s a good thing.

The firm unveiled its Sylvatraxx 8000 tread enhancement additives grades, which it said are designed to optimize the balance between wet traction and rolling resistance in silica-filled passenger car tire treads, specifically for high-performance all-season tires.

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German hose manufacturer expects acquisition to help push sales to €400m in 2020

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Frankfurt, Germany – Tristone Flowtech Group has acquired Anhui Zhongding Rubber Hose Products Co. Ltd in Ningguo, in eastern China from its parent company Anhui Zhongding Sealing.

The deal, terms of which were not disclosed, was completed on 1 Jan and the Chinese entity has been renamed as Anhui Tristone Flowtech Ltd, Tristone announced 13 Jan.

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Continental’s Vitesco expects margins to take a hit from electric shift – Reuters

REGENSBURG, Germany (Reuters) – Vitesco, the powertrain division of auto supplier Continental (CONG.DE), faces margin pressure as it shifts its business beyond combustion engines, which make up 90% of revenues, to capture growth from electromobility, Chief Executive Andreas Wolf said. “Electrification is a huge change for the company but also a massive opportunity,” Wolf told Reuters in an interview.

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TRAC’s New Video Series Will Teach Drivers About All Things Tire

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TRAC and our consumer education initiative Be Tire Smart Canada launch a new video series that will continue to educate Canadian drivers about all things tire. We are creating these videos to guide drivers through the entire tire ownership and user journey, and underscoring the importance of tire maintenance and how it relates to safe driving.

Our goal is to encourage Canadian motorists to adopt good tire maintenance practices that will maximize the life span of tires, increase fuel efficiency, and keep our roads safer.

Our first two videos (available in English and French) educate drivers about tire options for winter driving, and the advantages of winter tires on cold Canadian roads.

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Bridgestone Connected Tire Concept Claimed to Make You Safer

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If there was still any doubt that the CES technology show has turned, at least partly, into a big automotive show, Bridgestone provides an answer. For 2020, the tire company is participating in CES for the first time ever, and it’s bringing the appropriate kind of advanced tires to justify attendance. Bridgestone is showing off two kinds of tire technology at CES: a sensor-filled connected smart tire (pictured above) and ideas for airless tires.

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Magna expects lower 2020 sales, ends Lyft partnership

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While Magna International Inc. anticipates growth to 2022 it does expect sales this year to fall compared with 2019 due to a variety of factors. In its , the Canadian auto supply giant said the stronger U.S. dollar, the sale of its fluid pressure and controls business and lower expected light vehicle production in Europe will all contribute to lower sales in 2020. The company says it expects total sales between $38 billion and $40 billion this year.

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Canadian Tire will open nearly 300 more EV charging stations by 2021

With help from the Canadian government and a few brands in the alternative fuel space, retailer Canadian Tire is taking strides to become one of the go-to charging spots for EV drivers across the nation.

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ARCA extends sponsorship, race tire supply deals with General Tire

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Automobile Racing Club of America has extended and expanded its four-year-old exclusive tire supplier agreement with Continental Tire the Americas’ General Tire brand for five more seasons.

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Bridgestone boosting OE presence in Europe

BRUSSELS—Bridgestone secured nearly 100 new original equipment fitments in 2019 across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the company disclosed recently.

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Polish rubber parts maker opens Mexico plant

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San Luis Potosi, Mexico – Polish rubber parts manufacturer Sanok Rubber Co. has opened a production plant in San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico, the company has announced.

The plant was officially inaugurated in October 2019 in the presence dignitaries and customers such as Ford, BMW, Webasto, the manufacturer said in a recent statement.

Named SMX Rubber Co., the Mexican subsidiary manufactures automotive parts and delivered its first sales in August last year.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal