Continental Starts Production of Retread Rubber at Mt. Vernon Facility

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Continental Tire the Americas has added a Pre-Cured Tread (PCT) manufacturing facility to its facilities in Mount Vernon, Illinois.

The new plant, which began production in January, will produce tread rubber for the ContiTread premium retread line. The company expects the plant to reach full operation by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

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Hexpol marks ‘best year ever’

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MALMO, Sweden — Hexpol A.B. has posted what it claims is its best year so far in terms of financial results.

In 2017, group sales rose 12 percent year-on-year to $1.5 billion, while operating profit increased 3 percent to just under $253.2 million, Hexpol said Feb. 2.

These results were posted during a fourth quarter that faced “continued raw materials price pressure” as well as a 3.5 percent decline in operating profit to $59.1 million, compared to the same quarter in 2016.

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Tire Guru integrating Tiremetrix registration, TPMS platforms

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LOGAN, Utah — Business management software developer Tire Guru Software has begun integrating Tiremetrix L.L.C.’s Tire Registration Plus and TPMS Manager platforms with its own Business Center products.

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Go ‘Falkenspotting’ in Falken Tires’ Newest Contest

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Here’s a chance to show off your ride and those wheels!

Falken Tires has launched the “Falkenspotting Photo Contest,” which allows enthusiasts an opportunity to show off their rides.

All vehicles are welcome, says Nick Fousekis, Falken’s director, advertising and promotion. They just need to sport Falken Tires.

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Toyota plans 1 million zero-emission vehicles a year by 2030: our analysis

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Sales of plug-in electric cars are rising steadily in North America, Europe, and Asia, with roughly 2 million now on the world's roads. China is debating when it will ban sales of new vehicles with combustion engines. Meanwhile, Toyota—one of the four largest global automakers—is only reluctantly planning to launch its own…

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Tire Recall: Antares Comfort A5 Tires

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that Zhaoqing Junhong Co. Ltd. has initiated a recall on 1,916 Antares Comfort A5 tires.

The tires were found to potentially experience sidewall separation while driving. Sizes involved in the recall include LT 225/75R16, 118/116S 10 PR and were produced between May 8 and May 21, 2017.

Purchasers of the effected tires can contact Zhaoqing customer service at 1-855-444-5120, or view the NHTSA’s recall report online.

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Can Ford Turn Itself Into a Tech Company?

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On a sunny afternoon in early October, I drove across a parking lot in Ann Arbor, Mich., and down a sloping road to a second, private lot. A fence lining the lot’s perimeter was covered in black fabric, as if to deter snoops. Behind it was a 32-acre Potemkin village. There were paved roads with names and signs: Liberty Street, Main Street, Wolverine Avenue. There was a traffic roundabout, a covered underpass and a railroad crossing.

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Kobe Steel’s data fabrication leaves manufacturers scrambling

Kobe Steel Ltd’s (>> Kobe Steel, Ltd.) admission that it fabricated specifications on some of its aluminum, copper and other products has left about 500 affected companies scrambling to pin down the potential impact. No safety issues have surfaced as Kobe Steel attempts to confirm the extent of the data tampering. The following lists companies that have received falsely certified parts or are checking whether they have received them.

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Goodyear’s new airship to sail over 10 states headed to base

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Goodyear says the second of three semi-rigid airships replacing its original blimps has left the company’s hangar in Ohio for its permanent base in California. Officials at the Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. say Wingfoot Two left the company’s hangar in Portage County on Sunday on its way to the hangar in Carson, California, near Los Angeles.

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Michelin, NFL Hall of Famer Team Up for Teen Drivers

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In observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Michelin is teaming up with NFL great Emmitt Smith to encourage dialogue between parents and their teen drivers. Michelin’s “Coaching Your Teen Driver” effort provides a playbook full of tips, hands-on drills and tools that parents can use as a conversation starter to help teens master safe driving skills.

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