Bridgestone: 98% of tier 1 suppliers acknowledge procurement policy

The aim at Bridgestone Group is to use “100 per cent sustainable materials” by 2050 and beyond, and last year the tyre and rubber company introduced a new procurement policy to steer it towards this end. Under a partnership it began with CSR evaluation specialist EcoVadis in 2018, Bridgestone is now assessing its suppliers’ current sustainability practices and looking at what support may be needed to improve performance.

Together with EcoVadis, Bridgestone is monitoring and rating the environmental, social and ethical performance of its suppliers to help identify and evaluate qualified suppliers, promote best practices, and serve as a communication and improvement tool for the industry as a whole.

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Giti planning to reinvigorate GT Radial brand in North America

RICHBURG, S.C. — As the new kid in the North American manufacturing neighborhood, Giti Tire Manufacturing (USA) Ltd. has ambitious plans to make its mark in the regional tire market.

Since the groundbreaking four years ago for its 1.7-million-sq.-ft. facility in Richburg, the subsidiary of Singapore-headquartered Giti Tire Group began producing tires in late 2017, hired more than 700 employees and has been ramping up production for new lines of tires.

“This facility is half of what we want,” said Hank Eisenga, vice president of manufacturing. “So our intent is to take and double this facility as quickly as we can.”

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NHTSA Says Electronic Tire Registration Feasible

NHTSA Says Electronic Tire Registration Feasible Posted on Friday, Apr 12th, 2019 Category: nhtsa A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report says requiring tiremakers to electronically identify tires is feasible, but the main technologies to achieve it – Radio Frequency Identification tags or two-dimensional bar-codes – come with plusses and minuses that would need sorting out to achieve a standard format across manufacturers.

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Katrina Cornish to advise dandelion rubber startup

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WOOSTER, Ohio—Katrina Cornish has taken on many roles in more than 30 years as a world-renowned researcher in alternative sources of natural rubber.

As of Feb. 28, Cornish added a new role: scientific adviser to a start-up hydroponic dandelion rubber company, Chicago-based American Sustainable Rubber Co. L.L.C.

ASR chose Cornish for her extensive research into developing hydroponic indoor cultivation of the Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TKS) dandelion, as well as her general experience in alternative rubber production, bio-based fillers and feedstocks from agriculture and food processing wastes for value-added products and biofuels.

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Continental Appoints John Cox to Enhance Support for ContiLifeCycle Retread Partners Worldwide

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FORT MILL, S.C. – April 12, 2019. Continental, one of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, has hired retread industry veteran John Cox to enhance process technologies for its ContiLifeCycle retread partners worldwide. The newly created position, Global Technical Services, emphasizes the company’s commitment to supporting partner shops producing ContiTread™ retreads.

“We are partnering with our retread shops around the world to maximize productivity and quality and to drive process innovation,” said Catherine Loss, Continental’s global head of retread. “Optimizing each shops’ processes and systems allows us to deliver the superior quality and service levels that our global fleet customers expect, so they can achieve the lowest overall driving cost.”

Cox has more than 20 years of experience in the North American retreading industry, working for the industry-leading corporate supplier as well as directly in retread manufacturing. This experience as both a supplier and customer gives Cox a unique perspective on how to implement practical improvements throughout the process. He also supported the development of IT software solutions for retread manufacturing, ensuring that Continental’s systems will continue to support the needs of ContiLifeCycle partners. His broad experience and expertise will deliver actionable recommendations to improve both Continental and dealer processes.

With close to 60 ContiTread™ retread shops worldwide, 30 located in the U.S. and Canada, Continental delivers the support network that independent retreaders need to thrive. Two U.S. partners, Piedmont Truck Tires and Conlan Tire, opened additional locations in 2018, a testament to the growth that ContiLifeCycle partners can experience.

One of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, Continental develops pioneering technologies to make fleets safer, more efficient, and more connected. With innovative tire technology and digital fleet solutions, Continental optimizes tire lifecycle management to deliver the Lowest Overall Driving Cost.

Hankook Tire Canada Appoints New President And CEO

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Hankook Tire Canada Corp. has announced the appointment of In Hyuk Rhee as president and CEO.

During a career with Hankook Tire spanning back to 1993, Rhee has served as both manager of the Motorsports team at Hankook Global, as well as manager of marketing strategy at Hankook’s European headquarters.

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New Minister Wind-Up Direction to OTS

As a result of the resolution of certain outstanding tax matters OTS has with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the amount of surplus funds remaining once all liabilities associated with wind-up have been settled will be more significant than contemplated at the time of writing the Wind-Up Plan. On April 2nd, 2019 OTS was directed by Minister Phillips to revise the approach to managing these surplus funds to return them to tire consumers.

You can read the Minister’s Direction Letter here and the OTS reply here.

OTS will be consulting on options for complying with the Minister’s Direction. Details on consultation opportunities are being developed and will be posted here.

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Bridgestone Joins International Space Exploration Mission with JAXA and Toyota

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.April 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Corporation today announced that it will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. Recently announced by JAXA and Toyota, the goals of this mission are to expand the domain of human activity and develop intellectual property on space exploration. Bridgestone’s mission assignment is to research the performance needs of tires for use on manned, pressurized rovers*1 in order to help these rovers make better contact with the surface of the moon.

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Donald Chen named CEO of Arlanxeo

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As of 1 May, Donald Chen will succeed Jorge Nogueira as chief executive officer of Arlanxeo. Nogueira is retiring from the rubber manufacturer after a career spanning nearly 40 years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

“With Donald Chen we have an experienced leader and industry expert joining the company,” states Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi, chairman of the Arlanxeo Shareholders’ Committee and senior vice-president of Downstream at parent company Saudi Aramco. “He has spent many years of his working life in the Asia-Pacific region, a key growth region for Arlanxeo. Donald joins Arlanxeo in a critical market environment and we are confident he will lead the company through the current transition and drive growth.”

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Rick Wheeler Joins TGI as VP of National Sales

Tire Group International (TGI), a worldwide wholesale distributor of tires, named Rick Wheeler to its newly created position of vice president of national sales.

In his role, Wheeler will be responsible for sales, marketing, and customer service teams for the North American market.

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