Falken Tyre Compound Technology Wins Tire Technology of the Year Award

Falken, one of Sumitomo Rubber Industries brands, recently won the Tire Technology of the Year Award at the annual awards for innovation and excellence.

The Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence are the prestigious awards in the world in the field of tire development and manufacturing. The awards are presented in five main categories after judging by a panel of independent international experts in the field.

The brand received the award at the tenth edition of the edition of the awards for its use of Advanced 4D nano Design technology. The winners for the awards were selected by eminent panel of 27 international tire industry experts drawn from different parts of the world. The company received the award on 15 February 2017 at the Tire Technology Expo in Hannover, Germany.

 

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Bridgestone, Conti and SRI win at TTI Awards

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Sustainable innovation, and next-generation information and communication technologies were championed at this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

The awards are decided by the votes of a 27-strong panel of experts from the tire industry and academia, with the winners announced last night (Wednesday, February 15) during Tire Technology Expo, at a Gala Dinner at the Hannover Congress Centrum.

This year’s winners are testament to how the latest consumer electronics and cutting-edge information communication technology are being successfully adopted into tire design and manufacturing, yielding great results.

Graham Heeps, editor, Tire Technology International & chairman of the judging panel said: “Cutting-edge sustainability and information technology is more prominent than ever among this year’s winners, showing that the tire industry is at the forefront of high-tech research, development and manufacturing. The judging panel was impressed by the strength in depth among this year’s finalists. Picking the winners gets harder every year!”

Bridgestone was awarded Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year with judges overwhelmingly voting for the brand’s Examation tire assembly system. Examation combines revolutionary artificial intelligence with information and communication technologies, for improved quality and enhanced factory productivity.

Versalis/Genomatica won the Environmental Achievement of the Year award for their long-term project to create renewable butadiene. The companies embarked on the joint venture in a bid to address concerns around potential butadiene shortages and price increases. In a demonstration run in 2016, several kilograms of renewable butadiene were prepared starting from commercial sugars, with polymerization tests showing no differences between the polybutadiene prepared from fossil or renewable feedstock.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI, producers of Falken tires) won the Tire Technology of the Year category for a record third time with its Advanced 4D Nano Design, which makes is possible to perform highly realistic simulations of the complex internal structures and behaviours of rubber materials at the nanoscale. The technology is being used to develop next-generation tire materials, including a new tread rubber that doubled the wear performance of SRI’s standard tread rubber from 2011.

The Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award was presented to Harm Voortman, president and CEO, VMI Group. Judges recognized the launch of VMI’s Milexx truck-tire building machine, along with further debuts including its Retrax automated pre-cure tread applicator, Pixxel vision system, and its new manufacturing facility in Leszno, Poland, operational from Q2 2017.

In the hotly contested Tire Manufacturer of the Year category it was Continental who scooped the prize, beating off stiff competition from Hankook, Michelin and Yokohama.

A raft of major R&D and production investments were unveiled by Continental in 2016, with German projects including a new high-performance technical center and a dedicated dandelion-rubber research center. In September, the first truck test tires containing dandelion rubber were revealed, with production expected to follow in 5-10 years.

Two specialist awards were also presented. TU Dresden PhD candidate, Pavel Sarkisov took home the Young Scientist Prize after delivering an impressive conference paper entitled “Optical measurement of tire deformation focused on transient handling properties”. Meanwhile tire materials expert, Gert Heinrich, director of the Institute of Polymer Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, and Continental’s former head of materials research, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more on all the winners, head to www.tiretechnology-expo.com.

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‘Tire Manufacturing Innovation’ award for Bridgestone & Examation

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The Examation tyre assembly system is said to have resulted in a “landslide victory” for Bridgestone at the 2017 TTX Awards. The company was named Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year award at a ceremony in Hannover, Germany this week.

Bridgestone’s Hikone passenger car tyre plant in Japan was the first of the company’s facilities to utilise Examation. The system combines specially developed ICT with artificial intelligence to greatly improve quality and enhance productivity in the factory.

Examation incorporates more advanced versions of the information and communication technologies utilised in the BIRD (Bridgestone Innovative and Rational Development) production system and also employs new proprietary technologies based on the concepts of Bridgestone Intelligent Office (BIO) and Bridgestone Intelligent Device (BID). BIO and BID refer to new technologies that incorporate data analysis utilising Bridgestone’s core expertise in the processing of high polymer rubber complex materials, which represents a core technology area. These technologies also employ proprietary algorithms that are made by combining analysis of big data collected from manufacturing processes with the techniques and know-how of Bridgestone’s experts in manufacturing process.

“We are very proud that the Examation tyre assembly system has been recognised with this prestigious award,” comments Emilio Tiberio, vice-president of research and development at the Bridgestone Technical Centre Europe. “We believe that the application of our ICT and AI to our production systems will provide great benefits.”

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French chef Alleno earns sixth Michelin star as haute cuisine gets ′uncomplicated′ | Lifestyle | DW.COM | 09.02.2017

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The latest additions to France’s prestigious Michelin Guide were revealed Thursday in Paris. Only one restaurant was added to the three-star list: Le 1947 in the exclusive ski resort of Courchevel.

Head chef Yannick Alleno reacted to the award by tweeting that he was “beyond happiness,” and congratulated his teams both at Le 1947 and at his Paris restaurant Le Pavillon Ledoyen, which already holds three Michelin stars.

Michael Ellis, the American-French head of the Michelin Guide, called the cuisine at Le 1947 “extremely technical, creative and tasty.” Menus there range from 127 to 450 euros ($135-480), not including wine, and feature dishes such as steamed scallops with celery extract and caviar.

While Alleno’s house was the only restaurant in France to receive a third star this year, 12 were added to the two-star list and 57 to the one-star list. In total, France now has 27 one-star restaurants, 86 with two stars and 503 one-star locations.

The Paris hotel Le George V was already home to a three-star restaurant, but won stars for two others within its house, making it the first hotel in Europe to boast three Michelin-starred restaurants.

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Yokohama’s OE and award-winning tyres

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Selected as original equipment by many of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers including Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Audi, Yokohama offers a comprehensive and growing range of award-winning premium car tyres.

New for 2017 is the company’s latest directional ‘A’ rated wet grip tyre, the ADVAN Fleva V701. Available in 43 sizes from 15 – 20 inches, the new tyre delivers sporty handling and superior wet grip for executive, family saloon and hatchback cars. In addition, the tyre offers low levels of noise at just 67-69 dB.

Featuring Yokohama’s nanoBLEND tread compound which features the use of orange oil, the ADVAN Fleva V701 has been manufactured with environmental performance in mind and offers a balance of superior wet grip, high fuel efficiency and wear resistance.

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Continental marks successful 2016

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CONTINENTAL, the German premium tire manufacturer and international automotive supplier, has announced an 11% growth in net sales in the Middle East at its annual regional retail partner conference. In a fiercely tough market, where consumers seek premium design and value for money, this 2016 growth is testament to the ongoing support of the brand’s partners and customers’ recognition of the high quality of the tyres produced by Continental.

At the three-day conference, held in the United Arab Emirates in December, Continental also outlined its plans for the Middle East market in 2017, which included opening some 58 new retail outlets across the region. This increased investment will see a rise in numbers of staff, enhanced storage and distribution facilities and new products designed especially for the region.

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Apollo researcher honored at India Rubber Expo

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CHENNAI, India (Jan. 26, 2017) — The All India Rubber Industries Association has awarded Apollo Tyres Ltd.’s P.K. Mohamed, chief research adviser – research and development, with this year’s K.M. Philip Award, honoring his professional achievements in the fields of rubber and tires.

According to Apollo, Mr. Mohamed has more than 49 years’ experience in the fields of tire manufacturing and technology and has played a pivotal role working with organizations that help to establish standards for tire and rubber products.

 

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Growth Opportunities for Filler in the Global Polymer Market

NEW YORKJan. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Trends, opportunities and forecast in this market to 2021 by product (salts, carbon, oxides, silicates, hydroxides, and metals), polymer type (thermoplastic, thermoset, elastomers), end use industry (automotive, building & construction, industrial, packaging and others), and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Rest of the World)

The future of the polymer filler market looks promising with opportunities in the automotive, building & construction, industrial, and packaging industry. Global polymer filler market is expected to reach an estimated $49.1 billion by 2021 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% from 2016 to 2021. The major growth drivers for this market are increasing demand for plastic and rubber in the automotive and construction industry, along with filler’s ease of availability and cost efficiency.

Emerging trends, which have a direct impact on the dynamics of the industry, include growing consumption of nano-filler for polymers and a growing demand for lightweight plastic products for automotive applications.

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Goodyear’s Eagle-360 wins Good Design Award

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Goodyear’s spherical concept tyre Eagle-360 has won the 2016 Good Design Award(Transportation category), instituted by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Eagle-360 has already been named one of Time magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year 2016.

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Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 Wins Good Design Award

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has been honored with a 2016 Good Design Award for the design of its Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 tire.

“The Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 is a breakthrough tire in the ultra-high performance category, with innovations that deliver incredible grip, holding the road at up to 1g in tight corners—a marvel of cutting edge technology for an all-season tire,” said Scott Jamieson, Cooper’s director of product management for North America.

The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies selected the tire from thousands of entries from more than 55 countries.

The Good Design Award is one of the world’s most prestigious and longest-standing design award programs that recognizes new consumer products designed and manufactured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. The award is based on criteria such as innovative design, new technologies, form, materials, construction, concept, function, utility, energy efficiency, and sensitivity to the environment.

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