Bridgestone signs Arla fleet deal

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Birmingham, UK –  Bridgestone has extended a fleet agreement with Arla Foods, a 13,500-strong dairy farmer cooperative, based in the UK.

The renewal, which runs up to 2020, covers a range of tires and an ‘holistic’ tire care offering, said a press release issued 23 May.

The deal was closed during at the recent Commercial Vehicle Show, 25-27 April in Birmingham, UK, the tire company added.

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Apollo’s state-of-the-art new factory in Hungary

We take a trip to the tire maker’s state-of-the-art new factory in Hungary, which at the end of phase 1, will have a production capacity of around 5.5 million passenger car and light truck tires and 675,000 commercial vehicle tires annually. More in the July issue of TTI

http://www.tiretechnologyinternational.com/video/apollo_press_the_button.mp4 

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Chemical groups Huntsman, Clariant in $14 billion merger

U.S.-based Huntsman Corp and Switzerland’s Clariant AG are combining to create a chemical manufacturer with a market value of more than $14 billion, they said on Monday, after years of tentative mutual approaches. The deal creates a global specialty chemicals company that is 52 percent own by Clariant shareholders and valued at around $20 billion when including debt, Clariant said in a statement.

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association Unveils Relaunch, Expands Focus On Driving An Innovative And Mobile Society

WASHINGTONMay 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S., announced today a relaunch under the new banner of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA). In addition to the new banner, USTMA unveiled its newly designed and rebranded website, www.USTires.org, and released new economic impact figures detailing the industry’s impact on job creation and the U.S. economy overall.  

As the USTMA, the U.S. tire manufacturing industry will continue its significant contribution to the U.S. economy, job creation and engineering safe, sustainable tires.

“Our mobile society depends on tires – from the safety of our families on the road to the tire industry’s significant contribution to our nation’s economy.  As part of our continued commitment to share the important role the tire industry plays in our country, we are excited to announce our relaunch as the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “Our member companies are constantly in pursuit of making safer and more sustainable tires through technology and innovation. We believe it is important to carry a name that truly captures this mission.”

In addition to tire safety and sustainability, the U.S. tire manufacturing industry also bolsters the U.S. economy with well-paying jobs and economic output that ripples across the economy and helps sustain communities. …

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GM Shoots for Sustainable Tire Sourcing

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DETROIT – General Motors launches an industry-first sustainable tire-purchasing initiative it hopes will drive the industry toward net-zero deforestation and improve human and labor rights.

“Our supplier partners are an extension of our company,” says Steve Kiefer, senior vice president-Global Purchasing and Supply Chain at GM. “We want to encourage affordable, safer and cleaner options for our customers that drive value to both our organization and the communities in which we work.”

Flanked here by executives from major tire makers Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear and Michelin, Kiefer says he does not expect the program to add cost to the tires.

“It should maintain or even improve our cost structure,” he says.

GM purchases an estimated 49 million tires annually and believes sourcing them sustainably has a number of community, business and environmental benefits, such as addressing climate change, improving yield and quality for natural rubber farmers and mitigating business risk by ensuring long-term availability of the material.

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General Motors to push for sustainability in tire industry

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Transforming the global rubber and tire supply chain to create lasting, environmentally sound sustainable rubber production requires a collaborative approach. Through an industry-first commitment to sourcing sustainable natural rubber in its tires, General Motors is helping drive the industry toward net-zero deforestation and uphold human and labor rights.

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TIA Pre-Show Events Registration is Now Open for 2017 Global Tire Expo

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(Bowie, MD – 5/16/2017) – The Tire Industry Association (TIA), a leader in tire safety, has announced that registration is now open for all TIA’s special pre-show events. Each event will be held on Monday, October 30 at Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show – Powered by TIA will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV from October 31 – November 3, 2017.

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Bridgestone completes acquisition of French tire retailer

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Brussels – Bridgestone EMEA has completed the previously-announced acquisition of French tire retailer Groupe Ayme, the Japanese tire maker announced 17th of May.

The acquisition will add 104 points of sale for Bridgestone in France under the “Côté Route” brand. This will expand Bridgestone’s French retail network, consisting of First Stop, Speedy and Côté Route, to over 900 outlets.

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Trelleborg unit appealing OTR tire import duties

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New York — Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Xingtai) Co. Ltd. has followed four other Chinese off-the-road (OTR) tire manufacturers in appealing stiff new antidumping duties from the U.S. department of commerce.

Trelleborg filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) May 15, alleging that Commerce’s decisions in its antidumping review of Chinese OTR tires for the period between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015 were not based on substantial evidence.

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Matthias Müller, VW Chief, Is Suspected of Market Manipulation

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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen’s emissions scandal reached deep into the company’s boardroom on Wednesday after German prosecutors said they were investigating Matthias Müller, the carmaker’s chief executive, on suspicion of market manipulation.

It is the first time that Mr. Müller has been officially identified as a suspect in the scandal, which has already cost Volkswagen tens of billions of dollars in settlements and fines for having installed software known as a “defeat device” in diesel vehicles to help them bypass emissions standards.

Volkswagen has already agreed to pay criminal and civil penalties of $4.3 billion under the terms of a plea agreement with American authorities, a piece of the overall $22 billion in settlements and fines in the United States. Six executives have so far been charged in the United States, and one engineer has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud regulators and car owners.

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