Vipal Rubber’s Mexican partner opens new unit in Nuevo Laredo

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Vipal Rubber has celebrated the achievements and growth of one of its Monterrey network members in Mexico, Llanco. Recently the retreader opened its second unit in the country, in Nuevo Laredo, in the state of Tamaulipas.

The plant began operations in early May, with a production capacity of up to 2,200 retreads per month. With the new factory’s opening, the retreader expects an approximate growth of 50% in the first year and 100% in the second year.

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Titan International Raising Funds For Flooded Farmers

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Titan International has announced its support for Farm Rescue Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping farm and ranch families in crisis, with the launch of a social media campaign to raise funds for the organization’s recent flood recovery efforts.

“In the agriculture community, we know farmers will be the first to step up and help a neighbor in need, but the last to ask for help. Titan is proud to support organizations like Farm Rescue that are directly giving back to farmers impacted by hardships,” said Scott Sloan, ag product manager at Titan.

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Hercules Tires Honors Veterans With Oscar Mike Foundation

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Award-winning Lifetime TV show “Designing Spaces” recently highlighted Hercules Tires, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tire Distributors, and its commitment to veterans and to American men and women in uniform, by showcasing Hercules’ donation of tires to the Oscar Mike Foundation’s veterans rehabilitation compound in Rockford, Illinois.

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A Conversation with Brent Hesje

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Many of the same disruptions that continue to affect the U.S. tire industry are impacting the Canadian tire market. Tire Business Editor Don Detore sat down recently to discuss the market with Fountain Tire CEO Brent Hesje. Fountain Tire has been honored as one of Alberta’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

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Camso launches bias ag/industrial tire for Europe/Middle East market

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MAGOG, Quebec — Off-road tire maker Camso Inc. has launched an all-purpose bias agriculture/industrial tire, the MPT 732, that the company said was engineered to meet the requirements of the Europe, Middle East and Africa market.

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ZYfire prepared to add Houston manufacturing site

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LAS VEGAS—ZYfire Hose Corp. does most of its business in the U.S. selling products made at its headquarters factory in China, but the firm is prepared to set up manufacturing in the states if tariffs become too high.

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AirBoss, Critical Solutions Holdings form joint defense group

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NEWMARKET, Ontario—AirBoss of America Corp. is growing again, this time through a merger that will create a new business called AirBoss Defense Group.

The company has entered into an agreement to merge its defense business and other operations in Acton Vale, Quebec, with Critical Solutions International Inc., a privately owned Charleston, S.C.-based global supplier of route clearance vehicles, countermine and survivability products to U.S. and foreign military forces.

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Michelin, GM to forge ahead with airless tire/wheel concept as OE option

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MONTREAL — Michelin Group, in partnership with General Motors Co., is taking its development of a maintenance-free, non-pneumatic tire to the next level with the “Uptis” prototype that the two companies said could be market ready as an OE fitment by 2024.

Michelin and GM presented the next-generation airless tire/wheel concept during the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility, under way in Montreal through June 6.

Uptis — Unique Punctureproof Tire System — is based on the fundamentals of Michelin’s Tweel tire/wheel product, introduced at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, according to Eric Vinesse, Michelin executive vice president, research and development.

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TireHub Enters New Market Within First Year Of Operations

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TireHub, the national tire distributor cofounded by Bridgestone Americas Inc. and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., recently announced that the company has opened a new TireHub Logistics Center (TLC) in Ft. Myers, Florida.

“Being able to expand into a new market within our first year of business is a milestone that we are incredibly proud of,” said Peter Gibbons, CEO of TireHub. “Ft. Myers is a perfect fit.

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Kumho’s Jong-Hoon Baek elected president of the IISRP

SEATTLE— Jong-Hoon Baek, an executive vice president for Kumho Petrochemicals, was elected president of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers for 2019-20.He will succeed Brian Chapman, who will become the institute’s past–president international.

Baek, who was elected at the association’s 60th annual general meeting on May 15, has a range of experience in the polymer industry from roles he has had in technical, marketing and sales areas, in addition to senior management positions he has held.

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