Michelin establishes joint research lab for cobotics R&D

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The Institut Pascal, Lapsco and Limos have joined forces with the Michelin Group to create FactoLab, for the development of cobotics and new digital technologies.

R&D at the new facility will initially focus on the development of man-machine cooperation, particularly in the fields of cobotics and new digital technologies. The aim is to create collaborative robots and connected devices for production operators in order to eliminate some of the physically arduous or stress-causing tasks and thus improve working conditions. This program will extend and expand on experiments in progress on the Cholet site in France and the Valladolid site in Spain, the first results of which have proved positive.

For the Michelin Group, FactoLab opens up the opportunity to work with the best researchers in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in fields such as cognitive sciences. It is part of an active partnership strategy developed over several years to increase the group’s strength and speed of innovation.

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TBC Brands Rolling Out New Sumitomo Truck Tire at MATS

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TBC Brands will unveil its newest Sumitomo branded tire – the ST719SE Regional Steer – during the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) from March 23-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

“We’re excited to unveil another great product development at MATS this year,” said Aaron C. Murphy, vice president of commercial truck tire sales.

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Manufacturing Institute Awards to Recognize Goodyear Associates

AKRON, OhioMarch 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Two Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) associates will be honored at the fifth annual Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards in Washington, D.C., on April 20.

At the event, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize Melissa Ross as a STEP Ahead Honoree and Mbeke Perez as a STEP Ahead Emerging Leader.

“We are proud that The Manufacturing Institute has once again chosen to recognize Goodyear associates with STEP Ahead Awards this year,” said Steve McClellan, president, Goodyear Americas. “Both Melissa and Mbeke began their careers at Goodyear and have made their mark on the company through their innovative thinking, strong leadership and engagement in both the company and the community.”

“I hope this award not only honors the recipients but also inspires the many other women who work in STEM-related roles at Goodyear,” said McClellan.

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Nexen Tire Holds ‘2017 Purple Summit, Manchester’ for Worldwide Business Partners

SEOUL, South Korea, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Nexen Tire, a leading global tire manufacturer, held the ‘2017 Purple Summit, Manchester,’ to demonstrate its commitment to its worldwide partners.

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Tyrexpo Asia 2017 opens its doors

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This is World Rubber Week, and one of three key events taking place as part of the week is Tyrexpo Asia. The Singapore-based tyre trade exhibition opened this morning, and welcoming exhibitors and visitors to the 11th edition of Tyrexpo Asia, project director Andrew Tan expressed the expectation that the show would be attended by “close to 5,000 tyre industry professionals from around the region.” More than 250 firms from over 20 countries are also exhibiting at Tyrexpo 2017, he added.

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Yokohama Tire Earns Platinum Supplier Award From Caterpillar

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For the fifth consecutive year, Yokohama Tire Corp. has earned Caterpillar’s premier supplier award: the Platinum Level Recertification in its Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP). The award went to Yokohama’s factory in Onomichi, Japan, which produces OE and replacement off-the-road (OTR) tires for a wide range of equipment.

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Kramer: Goodyear on Front Edge of Connectivity Wave

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The past couple of days, you’ve heard a lot about one of my favorite topics, the value of the Goodyear brand. You heard a lot about our terrific products, our services and tools that help you build your businesses. You heard Scott talk a lot about the marketing partnerships that we have, particularly around NASCAR and college football. In fact, some of you told me last night how you loved and felt so proud seeing those Goodyear commercials during the football season.

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B.F. Goodrich launches Winter T/A KSI in Canada’s capital

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Last week at the Rockcliffe Flying Club in Ottawa, over 100 B.F. Goodrich tire dealers and 20 journalists had the opportunity to compare the Winter T/A KSI to its peers. Excitement marked the event all week. Changing weather conditions kept the event teams on their toes and the Red Bull Crashed Ice competitions provided a unique form of entertainment in the evening!

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Tire Technology Expo 2017 Show review

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Tire Technology Expo – the premier showcase for the global tire design, development and manufacturing industry – continues its spectacular growth of recent years. The 2017 event, held for the second time at the Deutsche Messe in Hannover in February, was the 17th since the show’s foundation and the biggest yet, with 280 exhibiting companies, more than 600 conference and course attendees, and a three-day visitor and delegate total that nudged the 5,000 level for the second year running.

“Remarkably, within 15 minutes of opening the doors on the first morning, it was obvious that Tire Technology Expo 2017 was going to be even better than our best-ever show in 2016,” said Tony Robinson, CEO of UKIP Media & Events and founder of Tire Technology Expo. “I’ve been delighted with the number of visitors from all over the world. The exhibitors were happy, but equally importantly, the visitors were very happy because the show was full of the latest technologies and materials that people are looking for.”

Visitor Jukka Koskinen, development manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres, said, “Every year I make time in my calendar to attend the show. I visited many companies that I was interested in and I made strong contacts – all the manufacturers were there and it’s easy to find out answers to any questions that we may have.”

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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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