Fintyre Group names Passerini as CEO

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Having recently rebranded as Fintyre Group, the European tyre distribution specialist reports that it is also implementing a leadership succession plan.

Mauro Pessi will continue to be involved as executive chairman. As a board member the company says he will contribute to the long-term strategic direction of the company, working in close cooperation with Bain Capital.

Read the source article at Tyrepress

Goodyear Marks 75 Years at Proving Grounds with Facility Expansion

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As it celebrates its 75th year of tire testing operations in San Angelo, Texas, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is planning two new expansion projects at the facility.

Goodyear has added a second vehicle dynamics area – a 324,000 square foot paved pad – and is currently building an additional evaluation facility for off-the-road products that will include equipment for testing earthmover tires.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Column: Help us pick the 2019 Rubber Industry Executive of the Year

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It’s time to decide who will be this year’s William Stockwell. The president of Stockwell Elastomerics Inc. was named 2018 Rubber Industry Executive of the Year, in large part for guiding the century-old company through a transformation that allowed the Philadelphia-area firm to thrive in the competitive world of custom manufacturing.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Marangoni Retreading Deutschland hits century

Marangoni Retreading Systems Deutschland has turned 100. A special ‘family day’ was held on September 21, organised by Marangoni at its Henstedt-Ulzburg facility to celebrate the important milestone with all the employees and their families. The event was also attended by Vittorio Marangoni, President and CEO of the Marangoni group, and Matthias Leppert, Managing Director of Marangoni Retreading Systems Deutschland. Both gave a speech in front of around 250 people.

Read the source article at Rubber Asia

Smithers Adds Tire & Wheel Business Development Manager

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Smithers has announced the addition of Mark Shackelford as business development manager of tire and wheel for North America as part of the Smithers Materials Science and Engineering division.

Shackelford is responsible for business development efforts for the tire and wheel industry, connecting clients to tire, wheel and snow traction testing, the Smithers Tire Analysis Report and technical consulting. He will work closely with Smithers laboratory operations managers and subject matter experts.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Nokian inaugurates US tire plant

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Dayton, Tennessee – Nokian Tyres plc has commissioned production at its Dayton passenger/light truck tire factory two years after breaking ground on the $360 million (€330 million) project.

Nokian Tyres CEO Hille Korhonen and other Nokian executives attended the opening ceremony for the factory, the company’s third overall and first outside of Europe, on 2 Oct.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Rapidly changing tire industry reliant on diverse skill sets

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AKRON—While the tire industry is watching developing megatrends like electric and autonomous vehicles, it should focus on realistic usage and bringing in new skills, said Robert Asper, director of core system engineering, product development for Bridgestone Americas.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Ford Gives Majority Control of India Operations to Mahindra

Ford is selling its India assembly plants to Mahindra and entering a joint venture with the automaker, effectively ending the U.S. brand’s independence in India after 24 years. In September 2017, months after General Motors announced it would pull out of India by that year’s end, Ford sought Mahindra to help Ford’s distribution within the country and co-develop new vehicles for India and emerging markets.

Read the source article at Car Reviews

Orion expands roles for executive team

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HOUSTON—Orion Engineered Carbons has made changes to the roles of three members of its executive management team.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Bridgestone EMEA targets ‘emerging market’ with new appointment

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Brussels – Bridgestone Europe has appointed Mete Ekin, formerly regional managing director Middle East and Africa, to the position of VP Bridgestone emerging markets, effective 1 Oct.

In the newly created position, Ekin will oversee ‘emerging markets’ including Bridgestone EMEA’s  businesses in Africa, the Middle East, and Russia, the Japanese tire maker announced 1 Oct.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal