Conti aims to capitalise on retreads acquisition

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London – Continental Tyre Group officials rolled into London on 22 Feb to show off recent UK acquisition Bandvulc and explain some of parent Continental AG’s plans for the retread tire sector.

Acquired last summer, the Ivybridge, Devon-based truck tire retreader is seen as representing a ‘missing piece in the jigsaw’ for the German group – a relative newcomer to this sector.

Embarking on a strategy to offer a ‘full life-cycle package’ to the tire market, Conti…

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Research Report on Tire Export in China, 2017-2021 – Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Research Report on Tire Export in China, 2017-2021” report to their offering.

In 2016, China’s tire export reached CNY 468.48 million, increasing by 5.4% YOY. Export value was USD 12.89 billion, decreasing by 6.9% YOY. Average unit export price was USD 27.52, decreasing by 11.65% YOY.

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Toyo expands two commercial tire sizes

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces a size expansion for two of its commercial tire products, the Toyo M920 drive tire and the Toyo M149 Super Single. Both tires are part of the M-Line of commercial tire products from Toyo Tires.

According to the company, the M920 drive traction tire is ideal for trucks that require all-season capabilities to deliver loads in any weather condition in regional or long-haul applications. It has wide, staggered tread blocks for improved traction and performance while additional features assist in excellent wet performance, longer tire life and reduced irregular wear.  Its two wide circumferential grooves are designed to shed water during wet conditions. New sizes added to the M920 lineup include a 315/80R22.5 with a Load Index of L, also an 11R24.5 and a 285/75R24.5. 

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Simtec integrates LSR, metal, thermoplastics production in one cell

Miramar, Fla.-based Simtec Silicone Parts LLC is starting a production process that integrates parts made of three materials — a metal, liquid silicone rubber and a thermoplastic — into one component within one manufacturing cell.

A breakthrough in LSR tooling technology enables the combination of multiple materials in a single production cell and the company is about to use it for a new application, Simtec President Enrique Camacho said in a telephone interview.

“A revolutionary approach for the integration of functions and materials is starting production at Simtec. It’s the first of its kind in the world for this particular application,” Camacho said.

He said he can’t identify the product or customer because of a confidentiality agreement but he could talk about the technology that is moving the company beyond overmolding LSR onto a thermoplastic substrate to also incorporating a metal part.

“We are redefining the LSR two-shot manufacturing process to LSR multi-shot,” Camacho said.

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Titan’s pink tractor tires a charitable statement

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Breast cancer is a hot-button topic. Almost everyone out there has been affected by it in some way — whether they or a member of their family has been touched by it or they know of friends or neighbors who’ve experienced it.

In hopes of raising awareness and money for the cause, Titan International has been making pink tractor tires for charity since 2015.

Jerry Koch’s John Deere tractor in Titan’s special pink tires.

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Researchers invent process to produce renewable car tires from trees, grass

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A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards.

The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is available for licensing through the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization.

The new study is published by the American Chemical Society’s ACS Catalysis, a leading journal in the chemical and catalysis sciences. Authors of the study, include researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Center for Sustainable Polymers, a National Science Foundation-funded center at the University of Minnesota.

“Our team created a new chemical process to make isoprene, the key molecule in car tires, from natural products like trees, grasses, or corn,” said Paul Dauenhauer, a University of Minnesota associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science and lead researcher of the study. “This research could have a major impact on the multi-billion dollar automobile tires industry.”

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Study: Rubber turf doesn’t raise cancer risk

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 10, 2017)— A newly issued analysis from the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) concluded there is no evidence that cancer rates among young athletes are increased by playing on crumb rubber athletic turf.

“We did not find the number of cancers among soccer players, select and premier players or goalkeepers reported to the project team to be higher than expected based on Washington cancer rates for people of the same ages,” said the executive summary of the analysis from the WSDOH.

A coalition of three synthetic turf associations — the Recycled Rubber Council (RRC), the Safe Fields Alliance and the Synthetic Turf Council — said they were pleased but not surprised by the results of the WSDOH analysis.

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Camso Displaying Latest Products at CONEXPO

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Camso will showcase its latest severe-duty tire and rubber track solutions at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, March 7-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Formerly known as Camoplast and Solideal, this will be the first time the company attends the show under its new identity – Camso, the Road Free Company.

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DOT issues 22 new tire factory codes in 2016

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Transportation issued 22 new DOT plant identification codes in the past year for tire factories worldwide, including 14 for plants in China.

Tire manufacturers wishing to sell tires intended for use on U.S. roadways must have a DOT code for each plant, and that code must be molded into the sidewalls of each such tire.

Of the new codes issued, only one—for Yokohama Tire Corp.’s truck tire plant in West Point, Miss.—is in North America.

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Pirelli says F1 will see more overtaking, more passing in 2017

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Pirelli tire officials are confident Formula 1 fans will see more overtaking, more speed and fewer pit stops in 2017.

Some are worried that, as downforce increases dramatically this year, the shorter braking distances could mean much less overtaking. But a key criticism of F1 in the past few years is that the overtaking aid Drag Reduction System has ramped up artificial passing to the point that it is hurting the show.

Pirelli racing manager Mario Isola told the Spanish sports daily Marca, “Logic says there will be fewer overtakes, but they will be real. There will be no discussions for hours about whether the move was real or assisted. But also the show is not only in overtaking.”

Indeed, some believe that a big step forward this year will be the simplicity of the racing, helped by tires that degrade less and are less prone to overheating.

Read the source article at autoweek.com