Nokian Tyres increases production at the Nokia factory, running four shifts

Nokian Tyres plc is increasing its production capacity for passenger car tyres at the Nokia factory by approximately 30% by starting to run in four shifts. With this capacity increase, more than 80 new people will be hired for passenger car tyre production in Nokia.

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Medium, large OTR demand fuel BKT growth

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Minoo Mehta, president of BKT USA Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of India’s Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), discussed his company’s successes as well as the challenges ahead in an interview with Tire Business.

Q: How would you describe business thus far in 2018?

A: For BKT, it has been the best start this year compared to the last three years. Demand for BKT tires is primarily fueled by 

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Trelleborg raising tire capacity at two European sites

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Trelleborg, Sweden – Trelleborg is making a “substantial investment” at its Otrokovice tire production plant in the Czech Republic to increase utilisation rates at the facility, the company has told ERJ.

“We need higher capacity utilisation and… we are looking forward to a world-class manufacturing site with high-end production of radial agricultural tires and new production lines for OTR tires,” Trelleborg communications manager Karin Larsson told ERJ.

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Sumitomo aims ‘to grow with whole of market’

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Tire Business talked with Darren Thomas, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Falken Tire Corp., a unit of Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc., about his thoughts on the tire industry and how his company is performing heading into the second half of the year.

 

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Trump Auto Tariffs Would Slam Canada as Trade Rhetoric Heats Up – Bloomberg

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Donald Trump’s heightened attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are raising concerns that he might follow through on threats to impose auto tariffs, a move that would devastate the car industry in Canada and lead to higher U.S. prices. The Trump administration’s pledge to consider tariffs on all imported vehicles took on more urgency last weekend after Trump and his advisers accused Trudeau of “bad faith diplomacy” for his trade comments following a meeting of Group of Seven leaders in Quebec. “I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look …

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TIA to discuss key issues of tire industry in Washington D.C. on June 20

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) will meet with representatives in Washington DC on Wednesday, June 20th to discuss several issues currently impacting the tire and automotive industry.

The day will begin with TIA and fellow supporters visiting the US Department of Transportation (DOT) headquarters at 10:00am to discuss infrastructure and de-regulation.

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Executive Interview: Michelin North America’s Joanie Martin, Chief Administrative Officer

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Tire Review Editor Patti Renner Hoying sat down with Joanie Martin of Michelin North America at the 2018 Movin’ On conference in Montreal to talk about the company’s goals, structural and distribution changes and her new role within the organization. Earlier this year, …

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Bridgestone Launches New Retail Showroom Program for Tire Dealers

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Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is introducing a new Retail Showroom Program to help affiliated tire dealers grow sales and build customer loyalty through an improved in-store shopping experience.

Specially designed by experts in retail science, the new program is designed to create a more customer-centric environment and accommodate a wide range of showroom sizes and layouts.

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The global carbon black market is expected to reach an estimated $20.2 billion by 2023 with a CAGR of 5.6% from 2018 to 2023

NEW YORK, June 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Trends, opportunities and forecast in carbon black market to 2023 by application (tire rubber, non-tire rubber, plastic, ink, coating, and others), by end use industry (transportation, industrial, building and construction, printing and packaging,…

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Michelin hopes to spark ‘dialogue’ on worn tires

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LAURENS, S.C. — Are consumers working with only half a deck, so to speak, when it comes to choosing which tires to buy?

It’s no secret that tires exhibit widely varying degrees of performance when new, but how do the same tires perform when half-worn, both compared with themselves when new and with competitors’ products, new and used?

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