Sustainable Natural Rubber Production in Latin America

For the past 5 years the concept of Sustainable Natural rubber has gained some attention in Latin America.

Guatemala was the first country on the region to pioneer on that subject having developed several projects ranging from  FSC ® (Forest Stewardship Council) certifications up to Carbon Credit emissions.

Colombia for its turn, have created recently a Carbon Taxation system that was the genesis for a national carbon credit market with great potential as a tool to promote low-carbon opportunities in the agricultural sector, being Natural Rubber an excellent choice.

In Brazil, sustainable natural rubber production has gained momentum, specially since 2016, when Pirelli…

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David Herro Comments on Continental

Continental (XTER:CON)’s stock price has fallen due to industry-wide concerns about auto production volumes and tariffs, but we believe the company has superior end-market exposures and a lower risk profile than many of its peers. Continental’s tire business accounts for about 45% of the company’s earnings, and we find that it generates solid margins and returns relative to industry peers. Replacement tires account for a large portion of segment earnings and …

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Vietnam to promote value addition to NR

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Badly hit by prolonged drop in natural rubber (NR) prices, Vietnam, the world’s third largest NR producer, plans to boost domestic consumption by promoting the manufacturing of rubber products such as tyres, gloves, automobile spare parts etc for both domestic and export markets.

Globally, unprecedented price falls, adverse weather and growing usages of synthetic rubber are pushing traditional natural rubber growers to other agricultural commodities. The same trend is seen in Vietnam too. Rubber growers are increasingly switching to fruits trees, cashew and pepper. Some are doing inter-cropping and converting only a part of their rubber plantations.

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Early snowfall leads to early rush, Winnipeg drivers prepare for winter

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It’s been a busy week at Rudy’s Auto Service on Erin Street in Winnipeg.

Since Wednesday’s snowfall, dozens of drivers have come in wanting to swap their all-seasons for winter tires.

“Easily 20-30 phone calls the first day,” owner Rudy Epp said.

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Titan International Makes Pink Farm Tires for Ride to a Cure Event

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In honor of breast cancer awareness month, tire manufacturer Titan International (maker of Goodyear Farm Tires) will host the 4th Ride to a Cure event this Saturday at Water Works Park in Des Moines, Iowa

The free, family-friendly event is open to the public with 100% of proceeds going to John Stoddard Cancer Center in central Iowa.

Titan will host a hayrack ride, pumpkin painting and a car show. The Iowa Speedway Official Pace Car will also be on site.

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ITEC speakers urge companies to think green

AKRON–Green business and economic practices, encompassing both manufacturing and recycling, are crucial to the continuing health and viability of the tire industry, speakers said at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference.

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Bridgestone tops 2018 global social media ranking

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Bridgestone has taken pole position in the 2018 Tyres & Accessories global social media ranking. The world’s largest tyre manufacturer’s @Bridgestone handle rose an impressive seven places to take first place from last year’s winner Michelin. Both @Bridgestone’s Klear and RightRelevance scores were of the highest order, with just three points separating them, resulting in a very high average of 87.7, which was ultimately three points clear of second place.

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Yokohama makes senior management changes

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Tokyo – Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd has announced senior management changes effective as of 1 Oct.

Takashi Shirokawa has been given an additional role as head of the company’s Tire Materials Development department no.1.

This in addition to Shirokawa’s current roles as head of the Tire Materials Development division, head of R&D Center and head of R&D department.

Also, Osamu Mikami has gained an extra role as head of the company’s Hamatite and Electronic Materials division.

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Synthetic rubber prices likely to remain volatile

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AKRON—Prices for synthetic rubber and petrochemical feedstocks have been “incredibly volatile” and are likely to remain so for a while, according to a speaker at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference in Akron Sept. 11-13.

“Energy- and economy-related fundamentals in the synthetic rubber market are encouraging, but risks abound,” said Bill Hyde, executive director-olefins and elastomers at IHS Markit.

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USTMA Board Selects Goodyear’s McClellan As Board Chair

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The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) announced the election of Stephen R. McClellan as chairman of the Board of Directors, for a two-year term starting Oct. 3. McClellan is president of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Americas business unit.

McClellan succeeds Jim Hawk, chairman, Toyo Holdings of America, Inc., who served as USTMA’s board chair since 2016.

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