Bridgestone introduces new digital solution for retreadingbusiness

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Bridgestone Corporation today announced the expansion of its global deployment of BASys. Following its successful implementation in Europe last year, BASys is now being implemented in other regions, starting with Latin America from April 2017.

BASys is a collection of digital applications designed to track tires throughout every steps of the retreading process: from the point of collection at the customer’s yard, all the way through manufacturing at the retread shop and final delivery.

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China’s storyline keeps getting rewritten

SHANGHAI — Ride-sharing is taking over in this ancient city, a place that some expect to eventually be at the epicenter of a mobility revolution. But it’s not the kind of ride-sharing you’re thinking of. For about 1 yuan, or 14 cents, an hour, you can have all of the mobility you could imagine — so much so, that the government is in knots over how to police it (people circumvent payment) or how to manage it (it’s wildly popular).

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Chinese carmakers may be ‘destroyed’ if foreign investment cap lifted

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SHANGHAI — Chinese government-owned auto giants such as SAIC Motor Corp. and Dongfeng Motor Group Co. may see billions of dollars in profits evaporate if the government lifts protectionist measures and lets foreign companies operate without a local partner.

China requires overseas carmakers such as General Motors, Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG to form joint ventures with locals in order to sell their brands in the world’s biggest market. The policy enacted two decades ago capped foreign investment at 50 percent, helping local brands develop manufacturing expertise while still profiting from sales of foreign marques.

Those alliances seem to be working for domestic automakers, which earned 67 billion yuan ($9.7 billion) with their partners in 2014, according to the latest China Association of Automobile Manufacturers statistics. Yet the government may relax the restriction as it tries to make state-run businesses more efficient and to respond to changes in trade policy being pushed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

“Automakers that aren’t competent enough would be destroyed by the policy change,” said Cui Dongshu, secretary general of the China Passenger Car Association. “Rising competition from not only the foreign joint ventures but also from homegrown makers has been weighing on the weak performers.”

The prospect for lifting the restrictions comes as carmakers meet in Shanghai this week for Asia’s biggest auto show. Ford Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. are among the other foreign carmakers displaying models that compete with those produced by local partners.

Less than half the record 23.9 million cars and light trucks sold in China last year were local brands. Market share for Chinese-brand cars has stayed fairly constant, reaching 43 percent last year from 41 percent a decade ago, according to the state-backed manufacturers association.

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Bridgestone develops airless bicycle tires

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Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp., together with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd., has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its “air free concept” technology, the Japanese tire-maker announced 17 April.

The two companies will advance feasibility studies and seek to make this new tire available in the market by 2019.

Bridgestone’s “air free concept” uses a structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of tires, eliminating the need to inflate tires with air to support the…

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Atlas Tire Hosts ATU

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Atlas Tire Wholesale recently hosted the summer edition of their renowned Atlas Tire University program. Besides hearing about the latest tire technologies and products, guests who attended the event also learned about the most up-to-date online marketing and social media strategies.

ATU invited social media expert, Casey Walter from Optimize Social Media in Oakdale, Minnesota to speak about strategies tire retailers can put into practice today in order to better position their companies online to compete in today’s challenging market.

Besides a host of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Yelp, Google+ and Instagram strategies, Walter also spoke about online reputation management, and how to deal with disgruntled customers who complain about your tire business on social media.

Atlas Tire also invited Michal Majernik, Manager, Communications for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) to talk about the latest and most pertinent statistics tire statistics. Majernik also discussed the demise of the Ontario Tire Stewardship program, and explained how Ontario’s tire recycling infrastructure is likely to change in the near future.

In addition to a gourmet lunch, guests of Atlas Tire enjoyed giveaways and prizes throughout the day, as well as an opportunity to network with peers along with tire industry representatives and experts.

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Goodyear positioned to benefit from industry trends

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Trends in the global tire industry play to the strengths of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and its strategy to drive profitable growth.

“The accelerating shift to high-value-added tires for both consumer vehicles and commercial trucks is the main product trend shaping the future of the tire industry,” Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Richard J. Kramer said at the company’s recent annual shareholder meeting.

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Cooper Product Videos Win Telly Awards

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Two product videos for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. took home Bronze honors in the Telly Awards competition.

The award-winning videos included the 2015 video announcing the Discoverer STT Pro off-road tire and a 2016 video that debuted the Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 high performance passenger car tire.

The award-winning videos can be viewed at Cooper’s YouTube page at youtube.com/coopertire.

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Auto Industry ‘Where It’s At,’ Executives Say

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DETROIT – The automobile industry these days increasingly prefers the open collar to a necktie and it is not just fashion statement, leading executives say, but a cultural shift steadily making engineering jobs in Detroit and Stuttgart more attractive to young talent previously drawn to the laidback lure of Silicon Valley.

“It’s on the way back,” says General Motors Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner, who also heads the automaker’s venture-capital arm where he has an umpire’s view of startup and investment activity. “People are rediscovering the auto industry.”

Lauckner recalls launching GM Ventures nearly seven ago and “counting on one hand” the number of startups relevant to automotive, whereas today there is a hum of activity in highly germane fields such as artificial intelligence, microprocessors and materials science.

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Yokohama Adds New UHP Tire to Advan Line

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Yokohama Tire Corp. has rolled out a new ultra high performance tire for its Advan line –the Advan A052.

Designed for sports car, track day and race enthusiasts, the A052 offers extreme grip for street and track use.

The tire features an all-new asymmetric tread pattern and special compound derived from Yokohama’s racing heritage, the tiremaker said. A stable outer compound rib with a notched micro groove helps with enhanced heat dissipation.

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Michelin CrossClimate: A New Type of Tire

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The majority of automobiles in the U.S. carry all-season tires. Enthusiasts sometimes refer to them by another name — no-season tires — as most don’t perform particularly well in either the summer or the winter, sacrificing top-level performance in order to work marginally well in all conditions. In Europe, it’s all about summer tires. If you live where it gets cold and snowy, you buy a second set of dedicated winter tires.

Many European drivers wouldn’t put up with the typical U.S-spec all-season tire’s braking and handling characteristics in warmer weather but still need a proper winter-rated tire. Michelin claims to have the answer with their latest European-market CrossClimate (and the updated CrossClimate+). I hit up the Michelin North America (NA) communications team for further information and to see if this new tire has a place on our side of the Atlantic.

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