Canadian Auto Dealers Seek Managed ICE Phaseout

OTTAWA – The Canadian automobile sector has called on the country’s provinces to better coordinate efforts to increase demand for electric vehicles. This follows the Québec government announcing a ban on local sales of new combustion-driven light vehicles from 2035.

While the ban would not apply to most commercial vehicles and used-auto sales, and hybrid sales and use might still be allowed, Brian Kingston, the new president and CEO of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Assn., fears this policy might not achieve its goal of promoting EV sales: “You need a plan, not a ban,” he tells Wards.

Read the source article at WardsAuto

Millennials are buying more cars, and sooner, but for how long?

2020 has been a year of unintended consequences, no matter where you look. Kids were suddenly doing their learning online, many of us began working from home, and thousands had to impromptu figure out how to interior-design the backdrop behind their computer monitor, as every virtual meeting became a peek into someone’s personal world. The car industry has seen some huge changes, as well. With the initial lockdowns, sales didn’t just spiral, they crashed.

Read the source article at driving.ca

Pirelli Elect: The Tyre That Increases Autonomy, Reduces Onboard Noise and Maximises Grip

Low rolling resistance to increase autonomy, decreased road noise for ultimate comfort, immediate grip that puts the power down for a quick getaway, and a special structure designed to support the weight of a battery-powered vehicle. These are the key characteristics of Pirelli Elect tyres, developed by Pirelli together with leading car manufacturers to meet…

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News

Hankook presents futuristic tyre and mobility vision with its “Design Innovation 2020” project

Tyre maker Hankook reveals a futuristic mobility concept with its “Design Innovation 2020” project, presenting a two-wheeled mobility device called “HPS-Cell”. The HPS-Cell serves as an autonomous driving platform, which can be connected to various passenger cabins or cargo spaces, called pods. To bring the scenario to life, concept films and prototypes have been produced and are available to view on the official Hankook Tire YouTube page.

Premium tyre maker Hankook revealed the “Design Innovation 2020” project on its official YouTube Channel that envisions a futuristic tyre platform as a future driving and mobility innovation. Launched in 2012, the “Design Innovation” program is the tyre maker’s R&D project which is organised in collaboration with one of world’s leading design universities every two years. The joint research project puts forward futuristic concepts for driving and mobility solutions that tackle today’s challenges.

Read the source article at Automotive World

Bridgestone Illinois Plant Celebrates 55 Years

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.‘s OTR plant in Bloomington, Illinois, is celebrating 55 years of operations this year.

The Bloomington Tire Plant began manufacturing tires in 1965 and today employs 450 people, many of whom are the second generation of their families to work in the plant, Bridgestone says. Currently, three employees are sons of employees who worked at the Bloomington Plant in 1965.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Bridgestone Selected by Lamborghini as Tire Supplier for Huracán STO Supercar

BRUSSELSNov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lamborghini has chosen Bridgestone as the tire supplier for the Lamborghini Huracán STO, a new super sports car set to be released in 2021.

Bridgestone has developed a tailor-made Potenza tire for the Huracán STO engineering a high-performance tire capable of maximizing the Huracán STO’s traction, handling, control, and extreme overall performance.

Read the source article at PR Newswire

Pyrolyx USA Indiana files for bankruptcy

Pyrolyx USA Indiana LLC Thursday filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy — a liquidation bankruptcy — in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Delaware.

The company lists debt to creditors at more than $49.9 million.

While the company lists more than $61.14 million in assets, more than $58.5 million is in machinery and equipment and land. Included in that, Pyrolyx lists the value of its plant and land at 4150 E. Steelton Drive in Terre Haute as $7,562,202, according to its bankruptcy court filing.

Read the source article at tribstar.com

Continental to work on commercialization of recycled carbon black

US-based Bolder Industries, a specialist in converting end-of-life tires into sustainable industrial products, and Continental Carbon Company have entered a co-marketing agreement to commercialize breakthrough sustainable products for the global rubber and plastics industry.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

Goodyear and TuSimple partner on autonomous freight operations

Goodyear is to form a strategic relationship with TuSimple, a global autonomous trucking technology company, to provide tires and tire management solutions to the latter’s Autonomous Freight Network (AFN).

As part of the collaboration, Goodyear will provide products and repair services to enhance the safety and operation of autonomous trucks.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

BKT Opens a Contactless Covid-19 Treatment Center at the Bhuj Plant

curata__NiZQuS3qqsdgPSE.jpeg

Seregno (Italy), November 17, 2020 – The contactless Covid-19 treatment center and E-ICU unit built by BKT at its plant in Bhuj, India, is already operational.  

The center, which joins the secondary medical assistance services that already exist on the site, employs a doctor and 8 healthcare operators and will be responsible for treating workers and their families affected by Covid-19. Built in just three weeks, the unit has the most advanced medical technology, equipped with remote patient monitoring, data analytics on diagnostics and medicine management, high-flow oxygen machines, remote consultations using augmented reality, data availability across the globe for e-consults through Cloud monitoring systems and AI enabled X Ray imaging system provides the best in class care at BKT facility. 

It is one of the first ever contactless E-ICU, Covid-19 treatment structure to be built outside of a hospital environment in India, designed by a team of doctors, engineers and IT experts with specific aim of preventing and minimizing the risk of the epidemic spread. Ensuring complete safety for employees, families and collaborators engaged at the BKT site in Bhuj. 

This milestone shows once again how important the safety and care of its workers are at BKT. “People First” policy has resulted for best in class care for its staff and their respective families during this unprecedented healthcare emergency. The company, which last spring did not hesitate to temporarily suspend production in order to safeguard the health of its employees and collaborators, has restarted production, while still following rigid safety procedures in line not just with the current governmental provisions but also with the strictest globally recognized practices. 

Particular attention has been paid in these months also to the communities of the local areas where the company operates to ensure utmost Covid Care can be given to one and all. 

“At a time, such as this, corporate social responsibility is more important than ever. We must take care, protect, support and help each other. We are trying to do this in India and in the world through initiatives realized by our branches in Italy and in the United States of America. We need positive messages, commitment, solidarity, and triumph of Human spirit” says Mr. Arvind Poddar, Chairman and Managing Director of BKT. 

Features of the E-ICU unit at BKT Bhuj site 

To further reduce the risk of contagion and infection, three-prong strategy of smart screening, responsive testing and proactive medication has been deployed. Initially detailed community testing was carried out in the factory, and subsequently all the contact tracing protocols were implemented. This enabled the plant to be safe.  

The factory apart from Triage Area, Isolation Facility and medication clinic is also equipped with an Emergency Response Unit, which consists of five intensive care beds and all the latest machinery of Infusion pump, High Flow Oxygen machines, Bipap Machines, Patient Monitors, Smart Cameras and integrated lab systems for Data analysis has been put to treat patients requiring Acute Care. 

While the Unit has on-site presence of highly qualified personnel, the technology platform is equipped with dedicated video bridge to connect with the patient’s family, call on the consulting services of any doctor in globe enabled with modern telemedicine and further more provides Cloud data analysis of any point, range and data sets.  

BKT social commitment in COVID time 

Through these difficult times, BKT has committed to provide relief not only in India, but also at an international level through its subsidiaries in Italy and in the US.  

From the strength of the “BKT family” a significative initiative was born during the past months: the majority of BKT staff members from all continents donated one or more days of pay and the company had multiplied 8 times the amount collected. The entire sum was entirely donated to the projects of the BKT Foundation, that provides concrete help to the worst affected people in India.  

In its home country, strongly hit by the emergency, BKT also provided food supplies to disadvantaged people in Indian communities. Altogether 500.000 cooked-food packs were delivered along with 60.000 packages containing food ingredients, such as flour, oil, salt and rice. 

BKT also donated to healthcare personnel working in many Indian structures, 80.000 PPE kits, namely disposable coveralls of protection for the assistance of Covid-19 patients, complete with hood, mask, gloves and shoe covers. In addition, 410.000 face masks and 4.000 counter shields were donated and distributed with the help of our partners distributors located in different regions. The hospitals received support with more than 155.000 bed sheets and over 30.000 doctor Scrub Suits. 

In Italy, the company contributed to the Cesvi (Italian NGO) basic necessities’ home delivery project for people in risk groups or in difficulty. While the BKT’s US subsidiary donated funds to Samaritan’s Purse, an international organization that deals with the management of health emergencies and that during the peak of the Covid-19 has built a field hospital in New York’s Central Park. 

People First 

BKT’s goal has always been to put the wellbeing of its own people in first, given time and again management has put people at the center of its decisions and operations. In these times the care initiative has given rise to the production in Bhuj, along with the confidence in the leadership team at large. 

Bhuj being a true community factory, a modern campus sits alongside the production plant, a range of free facilities are dedicated to the employees of the plant and their families, e.g. a hospital, a recreation center, club and as from today a leading-edge Covid-19 treatment center. 

Join the BKT press room: www.bkt-tires.com/ww/en/press-room  

 

About BKT: 

Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) is a tire manufacturing company based in India. The BKT group manufacturers an extensive and modern range of off-highway tires specifically for vehicles operating in agricultural, industrial, earthmoving, mining, port, ATV, and gardening industries. BKT’s innovative solutions are designed to meet the most demanding ranges of use and entail over 2,700 different products sold in more than 160 countries worldwide. Visit the website www.bkt-tires.com.

 

BKT Canada: 55 York Street, Suite 401, Toronto – Ontario M5J 1R7

BKT PRESS OFFICE Contacts: Hill+Knowlton Strategies Laura Pedrali Laura.Pedrali@hkstrategies.com Cell: +47 47 68 67 33 www.bkt-tires.com