Nokian Tyres Breaks Ground on New Tennessee Plant

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Patti Renner returns to Babcox Media as editor of Tire Review. Since leaving Babcox in 1997 (former editor of Underhood Service), she owned and operated a chain of specialty retail shops, worked with small businesses on their online marketing approach, and served as VP Marketing North America for a global marketing technology company.

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Pirelli making ‘softer than ultra-soft’ tyre for 2018

Sunday 17 September at 10:35 Pirelli making ‘softer than ultra-soft’ tyre for 2018 Font size: Sunday 17 September at 10:35 : Sep.17 (GMM) Pirelli has committed to supplying softer tyres to F1 teams and drivers in 2018. Although the tyres are bigger this year to accommodate the much faster 2018 cars, there has been widespread criticism of the compounds — especially the hardest ones.

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Take a look at Hankook’s concept tire for Volkswagen I.D. Crozz II

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A new concept tire from Hankook will be showcased on the new electric drive concept vehicle from Volkswagen, the I.D. Crozz II, at the IAA in Frankfurt. Following the world première of the concept car in Shanghai in April, the company is presenting a new version of the I.D. Crozz at the IAA. Like the Volkswagen I.D. and the I.D. Buzz, the latest generation from the Volkswagen Group is also equipped with Hankook tires.

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Suppliers adjust powertrain plans as pressure mounts on combustion engines

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Tucked deep inside the German countryside and surrounded by rolling hills, Robert Bosch’s Boxberg proving ground has some of the cleanest air in the country. Therefore, when one of the supplier’s top executives used the idyllic backdrop to speak out against a crackdown on excessive smog 100 km away in the company’s home town of Stuttgart, the contrast was notable.

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Toyo Tire & Rubber : unveils airless tire

Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. unveiled Friday a pilot model of an airless tire that eliminates the risk of a flat tire and time to pump air. The company has not decided on when to put the airless tire “noair” into practical use but is working to market the prospective next-generation product at an early date, company officials said.

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Goodyear offers quieter winter drive with SoundComfort line-up

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Goodyear Europe has introduced its new winter tire line-up with SoundComfort technology. After successfully implementing the noise-reduction technology in its summer range, Goodyear now offers consumers the possibility to choose winter tires with its SoundComfort technology.

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How Long Should a Set of Tires Last? | News | Car and Driver

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It may be tentative, but tires do have an expiration date. There is a general consensus that most tires should be inspected, if not replaced, at about six years and should be absolutely be swapped out after 10 years, regardless of how much tread they have left. How do you know how old your tires are? There’s a code on the sidewall that you can read about here.

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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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Yokohama’s Geolandar picked as OE tire for new Jeep Compass

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Yokohama Rubber announced that it has begun supplying its “Geolandar G055” as original equipment for FCA US LLC all-new Jeep Compass, which went on sale in North America in June 2017. The new Compass will come factory-equipped with 225/55R18 98H size tires. In addition, YOKOHAMA’s “Geolandar SUV” is original equipment on the Jeep Compass that the automaker launched in China in late 2016. The “Geolandar G055” is an SUV tire based on the Company’s leading-edge “BluEarth” tire technology.

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