Nexen Wins Design Awards


Two of Nexen Tire’s products have won the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

The winners of the IDEA 2017 are ‘N’FERA AU7,’ a commercially available tire product, and ‘BREATHRE’, a future-oriented conceptual tire.

‘N’FERA AU7’ is an ultra-high performance (UHP) tire developed for high-ends sedans. ‘BREATHRE’ is an air purifying concept tire designed to contribute to reducing the recent environmental problems such as air pollution and fine dust.

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Report: OTR tire market to grow steadily


Leatherhead, UK – The global market for off-the-road tires will enjoy a five-year compound annual growth rate of 4% by volume and 5.2% by value, according to a new report from Smithers Rapra.

“The Future of Off-the-Road Tires to 2022″ is Smithers’ critical analysis of the key factors shaping the global OTR tire market, the company said in a 24 July press release.

According to the report, more than 3.7 million tonnes of OTR tires will be sold worldwide in 2017, with a value of $24.8 billion…

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Americans want U.S. goods, but not willing to pay more: Reuters/Ipsos poll


…A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday found 70 percent of Americans think it is “very important” or “somewhat important” to buy U.S.-made products.

Despite that sentiment, 37 percent said they would refuse to pay more for U.S.-made goods versus imports. Twenty six percent said they would only pay up to 5 percent more to buy American, and 21 percent capped the premium at 10 percent.

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Pirelli designs OE tire for BMW Alpina B5 Bi-Turbo


Engineers of Pirelli developed this tire precisely according to specifications of the Auto-mobile manufacture from the Bavarian town of Buchloe. With this special edition the renowned manufacturer will equip its new models BMW ALPINA B5 Bi-Turbo Saloon and Touring, both with all-wheel drive. ALPINA homologated this version of the P Zero, cus-tomized to the individual characteristics of these car models. The original equipment tyres are easy to recognize by the ALP-marking on the tyre wall.

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European tire markets could face further weakness


LONDON—A second quarter reversal in European replacement tire markets could set a trend for the months ahead, according to Fazilet Cinaralp, secretary general of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association.

Cinaralp was commenting on ETRMA’s latest quarterly figures, which showed significant quarter-on-quarter declines in member companies’ sales—reversing a positive trend observed earlier this year.

The data, published July 14, showed a sharp slowdown compared to the first three months of the year. The trend affected all segments, particularly consumer tires which came in 6 percent lower year-on-year at 46.6 million units. 

Second-quarter sales of truck tires, meanwhile, were down 1 percent on the firs

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Bridgestone Honoured by VW


Bridgestone was recognized by Volkswagen Group Award for Innovation & Technology.

During the 15th edition of the Volkswagen Group Awards, Bridgestone received an award in the category of Innovation & Technology.

“Bridgestone teams worldwide are honoured by this prestigious award for Innovation & Technology,” said Paolo Ferrari, CEO & President of Bridgestone EMEA.

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Global Automotive Winter Tires Market 2017 – Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company


The worldwide Automotive Winter Tires Market report is an in-depth research on the current situation of the Automotive Winter Tires industry. The research study of Global Automotive Winter Tires Market 2017 offers a strategic assessment of Automotive Winter Tires market. The industry report focuses on the growth opportunities, which will help the Automotive Winter Tires industry to expand operations in the existing markets globally.

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Korean OEMs switching to European tyre brands

Sales of imported tyres in Korea increased by more than 40 per cent in the January to April period when compared with 2016 figures, according to the Korea Tire Manufacturers Association (KOTMA).

If this pace continues, imported tyres will set a record high this year. According to KOTMA, this is largely due to Hyundai Motor and its smaller affiliate Kia Motors introducing imported tyres on their models, media said.

Total tyre imports for the four-month period, according to the KOTMA, stood at 252.22 billion won, up 42 per cent, or 74.78 billion won from 177.48 billion won during the same period last year.

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Germany summons Daimler to address emissions allegations

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German government committee investigating carmakers has summoned Daimler (DAIGn.DE) for a meeting on Thursday to address allegations it sold cars with excessive emissions, the transport ministry said.

German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, citing a search warrant issued by a Stuttgart court, reported on Wednesday that Daimler had been accused of selling over a million cars with excessive emissions in Europe and the United States.

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Nexen Tops Global Satisfaction Competency Index for Eighth Year


Nexen Tire has ranked first in the tire category for the Global Satisfaction Competency Index (GCSI) 2017 for the eighth consecutive year.

The GCSI is an evaluation system developed by the Global Management Association (GLOMA) under South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy. The system was created to raise awareness of customer satisfaction management and to support high levels of customer service by creating a global industrial competitiveness index.

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