Goodyear, Giti, Hankook plants set to come online

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AKRON—Tire manufacturing in North America is due for a sizable boost over the coming few months as Goodyear, Hankook Tire America Corp. and Giti Tire Group commission commercial-scale production at new factories in Mexico and the U.S.

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Zenises denies Doublestar acquisition rumours

Zenises Group CEO, Harjeev Kandhari has denied rumours emanating from the Spanish market that Chinese tyremaker Doublestar has bid as much as 250 million euros for the company. Doublestar and Zenises entered into a European joint venture in October 2016.

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Kumho Tire’s future in limbo as Doublestar cancels deal

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Seoul – Following months of debates and dispute over trademark rights and price tag, China’s Qingdao Doublestar has agreed to cancel a deal to buy a 42.01% stake in South Korea’s second tire-maker, according to the Korean news agency Yonhap.

As reported by ERJ, after months of disputes over trade mark rights, Doublestar, in August, asked for the price tag to be reduced to 800 billion won, from the original 955 billion won (€778 million) agreement signed in March.

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Take a look at Hankook’s concept tire for Volkswagen I.D. Crozz II

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A new concept tire from Hankook will be showcased on the new electric drive concept vehicle from Volkswagen, the I.D. Crozz II, at the IAA in Frankfurt. Following the world première of the concept car in Shanghai in April, the company is presenting a new version of the I.D. Crozz at the IAA. Like the Volkswagen I.D. and the I.D. Buzz, the latest generation from the Volkswagen Group is also equipped with Hankook tires.

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Conti introduces two tire technology concepts

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Hanover, Germany – Germany tire and technology company Continental AG has introduced two concept tires which are aimed at improving safety.

ContiAdapt combines micro-compressors integrated into the wheel to adjust the tire pressure with a variable-width rim.

The system can modify the size of the contact patch, which under different road conditions is a decisive factor for both safety and comfort.

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Indonesia: Rubber farmers cry for help

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The government should look seriously into the grievances of rubber farmers who have been complaining about low prices over the last five years. True, the price of rubber, like most other commodities, such as palm oil, cacao and coal, is mainly influenced by global supply and demand, especially for Indonesia, which, as the world’s second…

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TIA Urges Congress to Cover Hurricane Irma in Disaster Relief Bill

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(Bowie, MD – 9/13/2017) – As thousands of people look to repair from the devastation left by the recent hurricanes, many businesses are left wondering how they will recover. The Tire Industry Association and members of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Coalition will lobby Congress to apply WOTC to natural disasters, that will cover powerful hurricanes like Harvey and Irma.

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European automakers offer conditional 20% cut in CO2 by 2030

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FRANKFURT — European carmakers offered a further 20 percent cut to average carbon dioxide emissions in the next round of EU goals currently being drawn up, but said full compliance should wait until 2030 and remain conditional on consumer uptake of electrified cars. The proposal was announced at the Frankfurt auto show by Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Daimler and president of the European manufacturers’ association, ACEA.

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Top 10: Rubber Technologies

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European Rubber Journal’s regular update of the latest potentially significant advances in the fields of rubber materials, processing and application technologies.

Hankook advances tire-noise insulation technology

APPLICATION – Hankook has updated its ‘sound absorber’ technology, which is already being fitted as OE on high-end SUVs and sport coupés. Acoustic foam used in the tire is no longer being fixed in place with a full-surface coating of the company’s Sealguard material.

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Suppliers adjust powertrain plans as pressure mounts on combustion engines

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Tucked deep inside the German countryside and surrounded by rolling hills, Robert Bosch’s Boxberg proving ground has some of the cleanest air in the country. Therefore, when one of the supplier’s top executives used the idyllic backdrop to speak out against a crackdown on excessive smog 100 km away in the company’s home town of Stuttgart, the contrast was notable.

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