Michelin Announces Price Increase For Commercial Tire Lines In US, Canada 

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Michelin North America Inc. has announced a price increase up to 6% for the commercial Uniroyal tire line and select off-highway products in the United States and Canada. The increases will be effective July 1, with additional details provided directly to customers.

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A Conversation with Brent Hesje

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Many of the same disruptions that continue to affect the U.S. tire industry are impacting the Canadian tire market. Tire Business Editor Don Detore sat down recently to discuss the market with Fountain Tire CEO Brent Hesje. Fountain Tire has been honored as one of Alberta’s Top Employers and one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

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Jury still out on new Canadian scrap tire program

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.—Extended producer responsibility for scrap tires is here to stay, according to Glenn Maidment, president of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).

But the jury is still out on individual producer responsibility (IPR), Mr. Maidment told his audience at the 35th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference, held recently in Hilton Head.

Under a directive from the Waste-Free Ontario Act of 2015, tire manufacturers and importers in Ontario officially closed out Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS), their industry-funded recycling organization, in January 2019.

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AirBoss, Critical Solutions Holdings form joint defense group

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NEWMARKET, Ontario—AirBoss of America Corp. is growing again, this time through a merger that will create a new business called AirBoss Defense Group.

The company has entered into an agreement to merge its defense business and other operations in Acton Vale, Quebec, with Critical Solutions International Inc., a privately owned Charleston, S.C.-based global supplier of route clearance vehicles, countermine and survivability products to U.S. and foreign military forces.

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LabsCubed automated polymer testing system garners top prize at Startup Stadium competition

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An automated polymer testing system and associated software developed by LabsCubed (Kitchener, ON) sufficiently impressed judges to walk away with the top prize at the first Startup Stadium competition today at PLAST-EX and the Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo in Toronto. 

The tabletop CubeOne system accelerates physical testing of polymers and improves consistency by eliminating human error. It accommodates various sample shapes and sizes and tests tensile and tear strength. “Compared with vertical universal testing machines, where the technician runs a test, waits, and runs the next test, the CubeOne automates the process,” explained Ammar Jafar, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of the company. “The technician loads the tray with 12 samples, loads the tray in the machine and presses start. The technician can now walk away and perform a value-added task rather than wait around.”

 

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Nokian Tyres seeks to gain traction in North America with new factory – Reuters

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HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish tire maker Nokian Tyres expects its new U.S. factory in Tennessee to help it double its sales in North America, especially by expanding its all-season tire sales in the region, the company said on Thursday. The company, which has previously concentrated mostly on winter tire sales in Russia and Europe, said the new facility would allow it to seek growth in the significantly larger all-season tire market in North America.

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The balancing act: tires and electric vehicles

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Tires all look alike. But to get the best out of an EV, tire makers have developed a whole new category of tires. Michal Majernik of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada explains this evolving industry.

A new breed of car has hit the roads. EVs are here to stay, and it does not come as a surprise that EV tire requirements differ from the mainstream car tires for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. While it is true that traditional passenger tires can be installed on an EV, the EV tire segment is evolving. How are EV tires designed? The core considerations taken into account are…

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Save at the pump, measure tire inflation monthly

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Cambridge, May 13, 2019 – Surging gas prices have made fuel efficiency a higher priority for Canadian drivers, according to a new national survey conducted by Leger in mid-April for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).

Nine-in-ten drivers surveyed (92 per cent) say fuel economy is now a higher priority for them and 90 per cent understand that proper tire inflation maximizes mileage and reduces fuel costs.

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It’s Time to Plan Your Trip to the Tire & Rubber Summit 2019

Join us at the Tire & Rubber Summit 2019 on June 11 and 12 in Toronto, and don’t forget to take advantage of our preferred hotel rate at the event’s Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel.

Our group rate offer will expire on Tuesday, May 21, so take advantage and register prior to this date here: Book hotel (special event rate). If you prefer a phone reservation where you can speak to a live person, please call hotel reservations toll free: 1-800-905-2811 or 1-888-236-2427.

This year’s iteration of the Tire & Rubber Summit is all about technology. Our 2019 program brings you a list of relevant industry topics delivered by high-profile executive speakers from rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators.

Register now and find out all there is to know about the broad range of new disruptive technologies in automotive, manufacturing and materials development sectors, rubber material feedstocks, regulatory initiatives and outlook, and Canadian economic outlook.

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Tristone Flow-tech opens hose plant in North Carolina

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MOORESVILLE, N.C—Tristone Flowtech Group GmbH will begin production of engine cooling hoses at its newly built manufacturing plant in Mooresville by the end of May.

Headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, the global hose, pipe and surge tank maker held the grand opening of its first facility in the U.S. on April 17. The company spent about $23.6 million on the project and, together with investments made by the owner of the site, constructed a complex that spans about 220,660 square feet.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News