TRAC Announces Changes to the Board of Directors

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Cambridge, Ontario; November 26, 2020— The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) today announces a new board member and a new board chair, following the resignation of Tony Mougios of Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Dr. Antoine Sautenet of Michelin was elected as a Director to complete Mr. Mougios unexpired term and elected 2nd Vice-Chair of the Board. Maureen Kline of Pirelli moves into the role as Chair of the Board, Paul Downey of Pliteq becomes 1st Vice Chair and Matt Livigni of Continental Tire remains as Treasurer.
 
“Tony has served with distinction as TRAC Board Chair including leading the Board in the search for TRAC’s new President and CEO in the light of Glenn Maidment’s retirement. We thank Tony for his service and wish him well. Additionally, the Board of Directors would like to welcome Antoine and looks forward to his support in advancing TRAC’s vision and strategic objectives,” said Carol Hochu, incoming President and CEO.

 
Mr. Sautenet currently serves as the Director of Governmental Affairs for Michelin Canada, and as Public Affairs Manager for International Trade and Sustainable Mobility at the Corporate Public Affairs Department. He holds PhD in International and European Law from Université de Rennes, is a member of the European Research Center in Rennes (CEDRE), and a senior lecturer at the High School of Foreign Trade (ESCE) in Hanoi.
 
The TRAC Board Officers and Directors are as follows:
 
Maureen Kline      Chair (Pirelli Tire North America)
Paul Downey        1st Vice-Chair (Pliteq Inc.)
Antoine Sautenet  2nd Vice-Chair (Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.)
Matt Livigni           Treasurer (Continental Tire Canada Inc.)
      
Neil Bansal           Western Rubber Group
Chris Bitsakakis    AirBoss of America Corp.
Paul Christou        Goodyear Canada Inc.
Keshav Das          BKT Tires (Canada) Inc.
Darious Naylor      Bridgestone Canada Inc.
Robert Rist           Cabot Canada Ltd.

Canadian Auto Dealers Seek Managed ICE Phaseout

OTTAWA – The Canadian automobile sector has called on the country’s provinces to better coordinate efforts to increase demand for electric vehicles. This follows the Québec government announcing a ban on local sales of new combustion-driven light vehicles from 2035.

While the ban would not apply to most commercial vehicles and used-auto sales, and hybrid sales and use might still be allowed, Brian Kingston, the new president and CEO of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Assn., fears this policy might not achieve its goal of promoting EV sales: “You need a plan, not a ban,” he tells Wards.

Read the source article at WardsAuto

Millennials are buying more cars, and sooner, but for how long?

2020 has been a year of unintended consequences, no matter where you look. Kids were suddenly doing their learning online, many of us began working from home, and thousands had to impromptu figure out how to interior-design the backdrop behind their computer monitor, as every virtual meeting became a peek into someone’s personal world. The car industry has seen some huge changes, as well. With the initial lockdowns, sales didn’t just spiral, they crashed.

Read the source article at driving.ca

Just the Facts – multiple reasons why it’s beneficial to have winter tires.

The 1950s police drama “Dragnet” inspired several catch phrases including “The story you are about to see is true”, “We were working the day watch”, and my personal favourite “Just the facts, ma’am”. Apparently, Sergeant Joe Friday, a fictional character created and portrayed by Jack Webb, never actually said “Just the facts, ma’am” but somehow it stuck. What is sticking in my mind these days are important facts related to winter tire usage in Canada from TRAC’s recently released 2020 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study, and supported by other studies from Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) and Manitoba Public Insurance. In keeping with the Dragnet theme, “The facts you are about to read are true”:

Read the source article at Autosphere.ca

Michelin and Pyrowave Join Forces to Industrialize an Innovative Plastic Waste Recycling Technology

November 18, 2020, Montréal–Clermont-Ferrand — The Canadian firm Pyrowave proudly announces a joint development agreement with the Michelin Group. Through the Pyrowave developed technology, it is possible to generate recycled styrene from plastics found in packaging, insulation panels and/or household appliances. This recycled styrene is an important monomer*: it is used in the production of polystyrene and synthetic rubber for tires and a large number of consumer products. 

 

Read the source article at Pyrowave

Cold Hard Facts: Study Shows Winter Tires Reduce Collision Rates!

Manitoba Public Insurance analyzed collision claims over a 6-year period (insurance years 2011-12 to 2017-18). The claim frequency was measured by comparing claim frequency before and after a winter tire purchase for 111,872 vehicles. Of those vehicles, there were 13,925 winter-month claims occurring before winter tires were installed and 9,802 winter-month claims occurring after winter tires were installed, stated the report.

Based on analysis of winter month claims (November to March), winter tire use is estimated to reduce collision claim frequency by 6.3 per cent.

The analysis also concluded that in the instance of a collision, damage severity was 5.7 per cent lower for the vehicle equipped with winter tires, compared to the vehicle which did not have winter tires. The lower severity for claims with winter tires was consistent for both single and multiple vehicle collisions.

Read the source article at Manitoba Public Insurance

Winter tires could save your life – don’t listen to the truthers

If haven’t got your winter tires on now, you may have to wait a while. Thanks to COVID-19, there could be a decrease in supply. Production slowed down once lockdowns went into effect last spring. Plus, closures meant some drivers couldn’t visit mechanics and spent the summer driving on their winter tires; now, those tires will need to be replaced. In the last few weeks, there has been a rush to get winter tires put on.

Read the source article at Home – The Globe and Mail

CVMA CEO Brian Kingston on what makes Canada an attractive place to invest

New Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association CEO Brian Kingston talks about what Ford’s and FCA’s EV commitments mean to the industry, what makes Canada a good place to invest and what his members would like to see in the way of government aid when it comes to helping the industry survive the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read the source article at Automotive News Canada

Why you need to get winter tires

…One of the most common winter rituals is switching all-season and summer performance tires out in favour of those designed specifically for winter driving. The reasons for doing so might appear obvious, given Canadian winters are quite long and cold with heavy snowfall accumulation, but I’m going to outline the main benefits of winter tire use along with other factors to consider when making the switch.

 

Read the source article at thestar.com

The Cold, Hard Facts About Winter Tires & What Snowbirds Need to Know to Stay Safe While Wintering in Canada

Long, cold, snowy winters are familiar to most Canadians, except perhaps those who would typically head to warmer climates around this time of year. But, border closures, travel restrictions and safe choices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 mean most snowbirds are staying north of the border this year. Many Vancouver Island campgrounds are reporting unprecedented winter bookings with several managing waitlists to accommodate the influx of those looking for a more temperate Canadian winter experience. But, for these snowbirds, winter driving conditions may come as a bit of a surprise even with choosing the west coast to ride out winter 2020/2021.

Read the source article at Traffic Injury Research Foundation