Goodyear to buy German tire inspection technology firm

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AKRON — Goodyear is pushing further into the fleet management business by agreeing to buy Ventech Systems G.m.b.H., a Germany-based developer of automated tire inspection technology under the trade name PneuScan.

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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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NR prices recover in August, deficit continues

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Kuala Lumpur – Natural rubber prices recovered from a dip in late July, thanks to favourable market fundamentals and supply deficit, the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) has reported.

In its latest release on trends and statistics in August, the association said global NR production reached 8.038 million tonnes within the first eight months of the year. Consumption was estimated at 8.544 million tonnes.

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Tire makers commit more than $7.3B on new plants, expansions

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AKRON — The world’s leading tire makers committed more than $7.3 billion in the past year toward new plants and capacity expansions, a measurable drop from record spending of $10 billion-plus in 2015-16 but still ahead of the annualized average for the past decade.

The investment sum was buoyed by nearly $3.3 billion in spending on acquisitions, deals that involved companies with collective annual sales of more than $2.5 billion — including Qingdao Doublestar Tire Co. Ltd.’s still-pending $830 million bid to buy what amounts to a controlling interest in South Korea’s Kumho Tire Co. Inc.

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Bridgestone to benefit as part of £500 million Aston Martin UK-Japan trade deal

Aston Martin Lagonda has agreed a trade and investment deal between the United Kingdom and Japan worth up to £500 million over the next five years of its second century business plan. The investment program was announced by Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin president and chief executive officer, during his visit to Japan as part of the UK delegation accompanying British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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Toyota pushes deeper into ride-sharing with Grab investment

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The car maker will invest an undisclosed amount in Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing operator, and said it will work with the company to provide services in the region. The latest deal comes a year after Toyota bought a small stake in Uber Technologies as part of alliances it is stitching to explore new revenue models.

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US rubber liner maker expands in South Korea

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Seville, Ohio—Rubber liner maker Blair Rubber Co. is expanding steadily its reach overseas.

It recently entered an exclusive business partnership with South Korean corrosion protection product manufacturer Saekaphen Korea Co. Ltd. to serve as an applicator and distributor of linings for Blair in the country, a Blair spokesman said.

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Laos’ rubber exports bounce despite price struggles

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VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – Laos’ rubber exports have increased this year even though domestic farmers are still affected by low prices.  In the first six months of the year, Laos earned almost US$45 million from rubber exports, an increase of 40.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The country earned US$40 million from rubber exports.

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Toyo Tire & Rubber : Tires to Divest a Major Part of Its Chemical Industrial Products Business

Hyogo, Japan – July 28, 2017 – Toyo Tire & Rubber Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Takashi Shimizu, hereinafter “TTR”) has announced that, at the meeting of the Board of Directors held today, it was resolved to divest a major part of its Chemical Industrial Products business (excluding seismic isolation rubber for Construction),which is currently consolidated under TTR’s DiverTech Business Segment (hereinafter referred to as the “Divested Business”).

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