Michelin establishes joint research lab for cobotics R&D


The Institut Pascal, Lapsco and Limos have joined forces with the Michelin Group to create FactoLab, for the development of cobotics and new digital technologies.

R&D at the new facility will initially focus on the development of man-machine cooperation, particularly in the fields of cobotics and new digital technologies. The aim is to create collaborative robots and connected devices for production operators in order to eliminate some of the physically arduous or stress-causing tasks and thus improve working conditions. This program will extend and expand on experiments in progress on the Cholet site in France and the Valladolid site in Spain, the first results of which have proved positive.

For the Michelin Group, FactoLab opens up the opportunity to work with the best researchers in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in fields such as cognitive sciences. It is part of an active partnership strategy developed over several years to increase the group’s strength and speed of innovation.

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Rubber-based material for certain JKR, rural roads: Najib


PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix) today disclosed that certain Public Works Department (JKR) and rural roads would be built using rubber-based material.

He noted that the construction cost would comparably be slightly higher than that of normal roads but the government could save cost on maintenance in the long run, besides creating a demand for rubber.

“Today the rubber price has gone up. In a way, it is due to our efforts; although rubber price is determined by the world market, the government can endeavour to dictate a higher market demand for Malaysia’s rubber and palm oil.

“So the additional measure that I have decided is for us to build a number of JKR roads and other rural roads using rubber material, never mind that it will cost a bit more.

“But we will save on maintenance costs … and this will push up the demand for rubber,” he said at the presentation of letters of commission to 213 new participants of the Bukit Sijau Felcra cluster land development near here today.

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Dana introduces fleet tire management system


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 27, 2017) — Dana Inc. has developed a cloud-based tire life-cycle management platform it’s calling “Rhombus TireAnalytics” that it claims enables commercial-truck owners and fleet maintenance managers to identify best practices for tire maintenance.

The Rhombus TireAnalytics system integrates portable communications and computing platforms, advanced data collection and analysis, information sharing and dashboard technologies through a cloud-based solution, Dana said.

Truck owners can use the system with their existing mobile, tablet, and desktop assets, eliminating the need for any additional hardware purchases.

Dana unveiled the system at the 2017 Technology & Maintenance Council meeting under way this week in Nashville. It’s available in the U.S. and Canada.

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Japan looks to put automated truck convoys on road in 3 years- Nikkei Asian Review


TOKYO — The Japanese government aims to have columns of synchronized driverless vehicles following a human-operated one on a major highway in fiscal 2020 — an innovation expected to relieve shortages of truck drivers. The concept is known as platooning. The autonomous vehicles in the convoy keep in contact wirelessly with the lead vehicle, applying acceleration and brakes as needed to maintain appropriate distances.

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Tire sales increase across Europe in 2016

BRUSSELS—All tire segments except replacement agricultural tires saw increased sales for the full year of 2016, according to the latest figures from the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association.

Replacement consumer tire sales rose 2 percent between 2015 and 2016, from 202.8 million to 206.7 million, ETRMA said in a Jan. 23 press release.

Original equipment consumer tire sales were up 3 percent from 83.6 million in 2015 to 86.1 percent in 2016, the association said.


Replacement truck tire sales increased 3 percent, to 9.8 million from 9.5 million, according to ETRMA. Meanwhile, OE truck tire sales inched up 1 percent, to 5.7 million from 5.6 million.

Replacement agricultural tires saw a 6 percent decrease in sales, to 1.4 million from 1.5 million, but motorcycle and scooter tire sales rose 4 percent to 9 million from 8.6 million.

ETRMA did not release figures for OE agricultural, motorcycle and scooter tires.


Although tire import figures weren’t complete for 2016, the first 11 months showed a major increase over 2015, ETRMA said.

As of the end of November 2016, passenger tire imports to Europe totaled 143.4 million, including 65.5 from China. This was up 16 percent from the 123.6 million imported tires in 2015, including 57.8 million from China, the association said.

Truck tire imports to Europe increased 13 percent between 2015 and the end of November 2016, ETRMA said. Imports through November 2016 totaled 7 million, including 4.4 million from China. In 2015, truck tire imports stood at 6.2 million, including 3.8 million from China.

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Downside of weight reduction


The most recent round of anti-dumping duties on the Chinese truck tyres by the US has put the Chinese producers into a difficult and costly technical challenge. When they try to re-direct their tyres away from N. America to the European markets, they need to remain competitive by taking weight out of the product while maintaining its structural and performance integrity.

When it comes to tyre manufacturing, tonnage throughput is quite critical to the economics of any production unit given the high capital cost of tyre manufacturing. Reduce throughput and the economics of the operation quickly look rather sick. Traditionally, the Asian countries have tended to produce tyres that are considered overly heavy by the European and N. American standards and for a good reason. In their domestic markets, often poor road surfaces and severe over loading make ‘over design’ essential; but with that comes significant extra-cost.

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Want winter tires on your rental car? Good luck


Alberta is in the grips of winter, but consumers looking to rent a vehicle outfitted with winter tires to navigate the ice, slush and snow are largely out of luck. Rental companies in Alberta rarely install winter tires on their fleets, and the few companies that do often charge hefty fees. Of nine companies with locations in Edmonton contacted by CBC News this month, four operations had a small selection of vehicles outfitted with winter tires. The rest didn’t have any at all.

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Goodyear partners in autonomous vehicle study


AKRON (Jan. 6, 2017) — Goodyear is teaming up with an innovative California ride-sharing company to glean information about tire wear and performance by studying data the firm gathers on its fleet of semi-autonomous Tesla sedans.

Goodyear is partnering with California’s Tesloop Inc., which operates a fleet of semi-autonomous electric-motor-powered Teslas, to rack up the miles and data it needs.

The two companies have inked an agreement to study and model tire performance based on data generated by Tesloop’s city-to-city mobility service. That service, which provides shared transportation services for trips of between 50 and 300 miles, racks up about 20,000 miles per month on each of its vehicles. Tesloop did not say how many vehicles it has on the road, only that its fleet is expanding.

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Europe Tire Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2021

According to “Europe Tire Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2021”, tire market in Europe is projected to cross $49 billion by 2021 on account of anticipated stabilization of crude oil price, expected rise in the vehicle sales and expanding vehicle fleet. The vehicle fleet in the region is dominated by the passenger car segment, followed by the commercial vehicle segment. Consequently, the passenger car tire segment held the largest share in Europe’s tire market in 2015, and its dominance is anticipated to continue during the forecast period. Growing per capita income and anticipated increase in the launch of new vehicle models are few of the key factors expected to drive demand for passenger car tires in Europe over the next five years. Though traditional retail stores are the most preferred mode of selling tires in Europe but with the increasing internet penetration & advantages offered by online tire selling websites, car owners in the region are increasingly inclining toward online channels for purchasing tires. In 2015, Germany, The United KingdomFranceSpain and Italy were the largest tire markets in Europe but in terms of market growth rates the countries are different which is making it consequently more important to monitor the market to identify right opportunities. 

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Camso believes that understanding forklift application intensity is key to maximizing tire life | Lectura Press


Camso launches its usage intensity calculator that facilitates tire selection in forklift applications and helps to reduce operating costs.

“As off-the-road mobility niche specialists, we believe that to ensure the lowest operating cost solution (LOCS) of a forklift, you need to have the right tire for the application you’re running,” says Erick Bellefleur, Product Line Director Material Handling.

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