NR production declines as demand grows

Kuala Lumpur – Global production of natural rubber (NR) fell 6.5% year-on-year to 4.93 million tonnes in the first five months of 2019, according to the latest figures released by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC).

World NR consumption for the five months to end of May rose 0.9% to 5.789 million tonnes, creating a shortfall of just under 860,000 tonnes, ANRPC announced in a 20 Aug statement.

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Wacky World of Rubber: Can’t get enough rubber duck festivals


Summer’s not over yet, which means there’s still plenty of time to celebrate the rubber duck.

As I wrote in June, rubber duck races are a pretty big deal. I highlighted four, which inspired a couple of readers to tip me off to a few more (always appreciated!). If you missed the boat on those, don’t fret, August has a couple of options.

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Simple Tire named one of fastest growing companies by Inc Magazine


SimpleTire has been named one of the fastest growing companies —and the fastest growing automotive company— in America by Inc. Magazine.

“We’re honored to again be recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America and are truly grateful for everyone’s continued trust in SimpleTire,” said CEO Andy Chalofsky. “Our sustained growth is a testament to the team we’ve assembled and the outstanding support we receive from our suppliers, partners and customers.

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Nokian Breaks Ground on Admin Building at First U.S. Production Facility


Nokian Tyres has started construction on an administration building at its new factory in Dayton, Tennessee, its first production facility in North America.

The building will include meeting spaces, offices, a gym, garden and other amenities.

Nokian Tyres is partnering with EMJ Construction to construct the facility, which is scheduled for completion in mid-2020.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Goodyear studying larger tires NASCAR Cup Series

Bristol, Tennessee – Goodyear Tire & Rubber, in partnership with NASCAR, is planning to change the design of the race tires it supplies to the NASCAR Cup Series to a larger rim diameter, perhaps 18 inches versus the current 15-inch formula, by 2021.

The change would coincide with the introduction of NASCAR’s “Generation-7” vehicle design, scheduled to debut in the 2021 season.

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Alliance Tire Americas Offering $100-$125 Rebate on If, Vf Farm Tires


Farmers can receive rebates of $100-$125 per tire on purchases of two to 16 qualifying Alliance Agriflex increased flexion (IF) or very high flexion (VF) tires under an autumn rebate announced today by Alliance Tire Americas, Inc.

The rebate covers more than 80 sizes and tread patterns among Alliance’s Agriflex 354, 363, 372 and 389 tire lines purchased between August 15 and October 31, 2019.

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LWG hires ex-Bridgestone exec Derek Wessels to be its COO


GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Big O Tires and Midas International franchisee Leeds West Groups has hired former Bridgestone Americas executive Derek Wessels to be its chief operating officer, overseeing LWG’s three automotive divisions.

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Dunlop Tire Selected for 2020 Nissan GT-R Model


Sumitomo Rubber Industries has announced that the company is supplying its “high-performance” DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX GT600 DSST CTT tun-flat tires for the 2020 NISSAN GT-R model which was released to the market in June this year.

According to Sumitomo, it has created its DUNLOP SP SPORT MAXX GT600 DSST CTT tire line as a suitable option for super sportscars like the NISSAN GT-R with the intention to aid such vehicles to tap their complete performance potential.

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MAXAM Tire Unveils New Forestry Tire


MAXAM has introduced the LogXtra forestry line to its broad range of specialty tire programs. MAXAM says it has engineered the MS931 LogXtra to provide the industry with the best solution for abusive forestry applications.

Throughout the development and performance validation phase of the LogXtra program, the design components and tire construction have displayed increased efficiency, durability and traction compared to industry benchmarks, MAXAM says.

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Column: U.S. auto sector outlook is softening – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. motor manufacturing has been a rare bright spot amid a worldwide slowdown in the auto sector and a cooling in the rest of U.S. industry, but there are signs U.S. automakers could now be running into headwinds as well. U.S. motor vehicle and parts production was up by 3.7% in the three months from May to July compared with the same period a year earlier, according to data from the Federal Reserve.

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