Continental Partners with Caterpillar


New partnership will focus efforts on off-highway trucks.

Continental and Caterpillar have signed an agreement to equip Cat Off-Highway-Trucks (model series 770 to 775) with Continental RDT-Master tires in sizes 18.00R33, 21.00R33 and 24.00R35.

“We are happy to announce the cooperation with Caterpillar on top of the launch of our new tire lines in the Mining and Construction segment,” said Jan Skaletz, Key Account Manager for OTR tires, Continental.

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High Ontario electricity rates concern car makers


The soaring price of electricity in Ontario is top of mind for the province’s auto makers, but it should not yet be considered a competitive disadvantage when the province is bidding for new investment by car companies, a new study concludes. Electricity rates are higher in Ontario than they are in the 10 largest auto-producing U.S. states, a study by the Automotive Policy Research Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, says.

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Carlisle Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL) reported record net sales of $893.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, a 2.0% increase from $876.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Net sales from the acquisitions of Micro-Coax, Inc. (Micro-Coax) and Star Aviation, Inc. (Star Aviation) in the Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT) segment, and MS Oberflächentechnik AG (MS Powder) in the Carlisle Fluid Technologies (CFT) segment, contributed a total of 2.0% to net sales in the fourth quarter of 2016. Organic net sales (defined as net sales excluding both sales from acquisitions within the last twelve months and the impact of changes in foreign exchange rates versus the U.S. Dollar) grew 0.5%. Fluctuations from foreign exchange had a negative impact to net sales of 0.5%.

“On January 31st we announced the acquisition of Arbo Holdings Limited (Arbo), a leading provider of sealants, coatings and membrane systems based in Belper, England. Arbo complements our leading position in EPDM (rubber) roofing systems in Europe and adds new products to our weatherproofing offerings used to improve the thermal performance of buildings. We are pleased to welcome the Arbo team to Carlisle.


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Pirelli end tyre test a day early after Vettel crash in Fiorano


Pirelli had to cut short a Formula One wet tyre test at Ferrari’s Fiorano track in Italy on Friday after four times world champion Sebastian Vettel crashed into barriers the day before. A Pirelli spokesman said the modified 2015 Ferrari had been badly damaged in the crash on the artificially-soaked circuit outside Maranello and spare parts were not immediately available.

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Conti Increasing Truck Tire Prices


Continental Tire the Americas will increase the prices of its Continental, General and AmeriSteel brand truck tires by up to 8% in the U.S. and Canada, effective March 1.

According to the tiremaker, the increase is due to the rising cost of of raw materials, as well as energy and logistics costs associated with the production and distribution of radial truck tires.

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Natural Rubber productivity: Vietnam remains on top in 2016

Vietnam continued to be on top in NR productivity in 2016, by registering an Average Annual Yield of 1,680 kg per hectare of tapped area, according to ANRPC data. Vietnam was followed by India with an Average Annual Yield of 1,455 kg, Malaysia (1,400 kg), Thailand (1,333 kg), Cambodia (1,122 kg), China (1,075 kg) and Indonesia (1,039 kg).

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Michelin publishes 2016 financial information


Michelin reports having met its financial objectives in 2016 and its chief executive officer considers the year “a successful milestone in our strategic roadmap.” The tyre maker’s sales volumes increased 2.1 per cent during the year, outperforming the market, and an increase in operating and net income was also recorded.

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The Tires Of The Future Were Actually Invented In The 1930s


Airless tires have been getting lots of press over the last few years, with Michelin’s “Tweel” being touted as the most amazing bit of tire tech since the invention of the radial. Except that it really isn’t, because a very similar airless-tire concept was under development in the 1930s and ‘40s.

James Vernon Martin was a legendary aircraft and automobile inventor in the early 20th Century, developing everything from retractable aircraft landing gear, to cars with weird rubber cord suspensions to this: an elastic spoke tire.


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Arlanxeo opens QC lab at Dutch EPDM plant


Geleen, The Netherlands – Arlanxeo has opened a manufacturing quality-control laboratory at its Chemelot Keltan EPDM production site in Geleen, the rubber company has announced.

The 250 square metre Q-Laboratory is located next to the EPDM plant and directly connected to the control room. The set-up is designed to enables operators to make immediate process adjustments as a result of tests.

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Continental announces tire recalls


(RNN) – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a tire recall for some Continental truck tires.

Continental Tire is recalling certain General Tire Grabber light truck tires, size 33×12.50R18 LT 118Q, Load Range E.

The tires were manufactured May 3, 2015, to May 16, 2015, and are sold as replacement tires.

The tires may have insufficient adhesion within the belt package, resulting in tread wear, tread bulging and possible tread separation.

The insufficient adhesion can also cause partial or full tread/belt loss, increasing the risk of a crash.

Continental will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires free of charge, according to the company.

The recall is expected to begin Feb. 10, 2017. People who own the tires may contact Continental customer service at 1-888-799-2168.

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