It’s interesting times for tyre recycling industry

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Mike Hinsey,International Vice President, Granutech Saturn Systems, USA, a leading industrial recycling systems manufacturer, is widely considered to be a legend in the tyre recycling industry. He has been with Granutech for 33 long years and has been instrumental in taking the company to the world’s Top 3 position. Among the awards and accolades won by him include the coveted award from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), USA, the largest recycling association in the world, for his outstanding contribution to the recycling industry.

In an interview to Rubber Asia on the sidelines of India Rubber Expo (IRE) 2017 in Chennai, he explains the high points of his 33-year-long association with Granutech and shares his views on wide-ranging issues such as the current status and future prospects of tyre recycling industry, the problem of mounting tyre wastes, recent innovations/improvements made in tyre recycling technology etc.

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Conlan Tire Joins ContiLifeCycle

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Florida-based Conlan Tire LLC has joined Continental Tire the Americas ContiLifeCycle dealership network.

“The partnership with Conlan Tire LLC is important to Continental in an effort to reduce overall driving costs to our fleet customers, it is what drives mutual success of both dealers and fleets,” said Paul Williams, Continental’s executive vice president for commercial vehicle tires. “We could not have chosen a better partner in Florida and look forward to continuing to grow our ability to service fleets with our ContiLifeCycle approach.”

As a ContiLifeCycle dealer, Conlan Tire will now offer ContiTread retreaded truck tires. ContiLifeCycle offers a cradle-to-grave solution that begins with a new Continental tire and continues with the ContiTread retreading solution.

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Intel’s Mobileye Purchase Puts Tech Giant into Trucking

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Intel’s $15.3-billion deal to acquire autonomous driving technology company Mobileye will put the Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker at the center of the growing market for self-driving trucks and cars. When it announced the acquisition Monday, Intel said it aimed to become a leading technology provider for autonomous vehicles. Intel estimates the vehicle systems, data and services market could reach $70 billion by 2030.

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Goodyear Introduces the IntelliGrip Urban Concept: A Smart Tire for Future Urban Fleets

The Goodyear IntelliGrip Urban concept tire aims to provide enhanced safety and energy efficiency, offering urban fleet solutions for future-generation autonomous electric vehicles

At the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear unveiled what the tire of the near future could look like. The IntelliGrip Urban is a concept tire designed for future-generation autonomous electric ride-sharing vehicles in urban areas.

On-demand transportation — or ride-sharing — as an alternative to taxis, rental cars, or actual driving is no longer just the choice of millennials. The value in convenience of immediacy, location and payment is appealing to all demographics and is bringing ride sharing services into the mainstream. The trend toward urban life creates an ideal environment for the adoption of these new modes of transportation.

“With a focus on vehicles for future urban areas, the IntelliGrip Urban concept tire’s technical features aim to maximize uptime and energy efficiency. This is crucial for ‘Mobility as a Service’ providers to offer improved mobility to their customers,” said Jean-Claude Kihn, president of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Michelin Introduces New Defender Tire, The Longest-Lasting Tire Among Leading Competitors

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GREENVILLE, S.C.March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Michelin introduced the new MICHELIN DEFENDER for passenger vehicles, which features an 80,000-mile warranty. Following the release of the original Defender in 2012, the latest tire has been upgraded with an advanced generation tread compound that makes it the longest-lasting tire among leading competitors’ tires1. Additionally, the new MICHELIN DEFENDER speed rating has been increased to H rating to fit more vehicles and appeal to consumers who desire a lasting longevity benefit.

“We know that many consumers make tire-purchasing decisions based on warranty and price, but tire warranties, unfortunately, do not always accurately reflect the actual wear performance of a tire,” said Scott Clark, COO, Michelin North America. “Our testing shows that specific tires from several leading competitors with mileage warranties between 80,000 to 90,000 miles will have a difficult time delivering the wear-life proclaimed by their mileage warranty.”

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Goodyear Debuts Concept Tires

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.  showcased concept tires during the Geneva International Motor Show.

Its new concept tires – the spherical-shaped Eagle 360 Urban and the IntelliGrip Urban smart tire – apply emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity to help the autonomous vehicles of the future navigate the millions of possible unknowns we face in every day driving scenarios, the tiremaker said.

“The future of the automotive industry is being shaped by rapid advances in technology and changing consumer attitudes and behaviors,” said Joe Zekoski, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer. “The concepts and technology we are showcasing in Geneva are part of the revolution that we see unfolding at the intersection of autonomy, mobility and connectivity where tires and services will play a critical role in meeting our customers’ performance and information needs.”

 

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Yokohama extending ‘BluEarth’ range

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GENEVA (March 8, 2017) — Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. is expanding the scope and range of its “BluEarth” fuel-efficient tire line and bringing back one of its “landmark” high-performance tire lines, the tire maker disclosed at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Starting this spring, Yokohama will add the BluEarth-Es ES32 touring line, expand availability of the BluEarth RV-02 CUV/SUV line and start taking orders for the BluEarth*Winter V90, the first winter tire to use the fuel-efficient technology of the firm’s “environmentally, human and socially friendly” global tire brand.

Yokohama’s BluEarth technology comprises a package of the four core performance traits of any tire — wet grip, wear resistance, durability and fuel efficiency — and employs the firm’s proprietary “nano-blend compound” that incorporates orange oil and other components to create a balance of high fuel efficiency, superior wet grip performance and wear resistance.

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Recycled rubber infill causes a very low level of concern

ECHA has evaluated the risk of substances in recycled rubber that is used on artificial sports pitches. Based on the evidence, ECHA has concluded that the concern for players on these pitches, including children, and for workers who install and maintain them is very low. ECHA will update its evaluation as and when new information becomes available.

Helsinki, 28 February 2017 – In June 2016, the European Commission asked ECHA to evaluate the risk to the general population, including children, professional players and workers installing or maintaining the pitches.

A number of hazardous substances are present in recycled rubber granules, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals, phthalates, volatile organic hydrocarbons (VOCs) and semi-volatile organic hydrocarbons (SVOCs). Exposure to these substances through skin contact, ingestion and inhalation was considered.

Based on the information available, ECHA concludes that there is, at most, a very low level of concern from exposure to recycled rubber granules:

  • The concern for lifetime cancer risk is very low given the concentrations of PAHs typically measured in European sports grounds.
  • The concern from metals is negligible given that the data indicated that the levels are below the limits allowed in the current toys legislation.
  • No concerns were identified from the concentrations of phthalates, benzothiazole and methyl isobutyl ketone as these are below the concentrations that would lead to health problems.
  • It has been reported that volatile organic compounds emitted from rubber granules in indoor halls might cause irritation to the eyes and skin.

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Rolling resistance vital to fuel economy

It is a known fact that tyres play a significant role in the vehicle’s performance. There has been tremendous pressure on automotive OEMs to improve the performance of the vehicles. For the last few years, performance of tyres has played a significant role because of the change in requirements of automotive OEMS and end users. Tyre ratings & labeling programs are steps towards improvement of tyre efficiency. This gives option to the customers to select the brand of their choice.

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Vista Releases Update on WTE and Tire Recycling Operations

Vista International Technologies, Inc (OTCBB:VVIT) a pioneer in efficient Waste-to-Energy (WTE) technology, is pleased to give investors an update on recent events in its Waste to Energy (WTE) and tire recycling operations.

Vista’s commercial scale pilot next-generation gasification unit (MFG-8 Thermal Gasifier) has recently completed its independent (third party) testing. The Company is now waiting for the results of this testing, which will be available in the next 3-4 weeks.

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