Global and China Natural Rubber Industry Report, 2019-2025

NEW YORK, May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In 2018, global natural rubber industry continued remained at low ebb, as a result of economic fundamentals. Global natural rubber price presented a choppy downtrend and repeatedly hit a record low in recent two years, in spite of an uptick in the…

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Care Care council support USTMA’s National Tire Safety Week

The Car Care Council announced it is supporting United States Tire Manufacturers Association’s National Tire Safety Week held on May 20 to 27.

“We encourage motorists to check their vehicle’s tire pressure, alignment and tread before they hit the road this summer. National Tire Safety Week is the ideal time to ‘be car care aware’ and ‘know your roll,’” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Tires affect a vehicle’s ride, handling, traction and safety.

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Hankook Tire share driver tips for National Tire Safety Week

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Hankook Tire is rolling out five tips for drivers as we celebrate National Tire Safety Week from May 20-27, 2019.

Hosted by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), National Tire Safety Week is a perennial initiative that educates motorists about tire care, safety and maintenance, including the potential dangers of unsafe used tires.

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Semi-autonomous and always available: A peek into the near future of car rental

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The here and now is all about “connected cars.” But the question you may ask is, “connected to what?” A connected car is only as valuable or useful as what it’s connected to, and today that’s not much beyond a cell phone, mobile road service, or garage door opener.

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Goodyear develops tall and narrow EV concept tire

Marking its 100th anniversary, Citroën developed a special concept car, the 19_19 Concept – an autonomous, connected, electric vehicle. Goodyear was selected to create a bespoke tire for the application, which would deliver the performance required for this unique vehicle.

“Goodyear’s C100 concept tire was specifically designed for the Citroën 19_19 Concept vehicle. It features technology to deliver maximum comfort and efficiency for electric mobility and the intelligent capabilities needed to support an autonomous vehicle,” said Mike Rytokoski, chief marketing officer, consumer Europe at Goodyear.

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Apollo sales, operating profit rise in 2019

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KERALA, India—Indian tire maker Apollo Tyres Ltd. posted double-digit increases in sales and operating profits for the fiscal year ended March 31.

Operating profits and sales both rose 18 percent, to $299.2 million and $2.47 billion, respectively, gains Apollo attributed to a “strong performance” in the commercial vehicle segment, especially truck radials in India, and passenger car tires in Europe.

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More millennials are hitting the road in trailers, RVs

Whether it’s Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz traveling across the country in “The Long, Long Trailer” or Iggy Pop spending time at home with Mom and Dad, Americans love their campers.

Now the iconic symbol of middle-class success is gaining ground with a new audience: Millennials, who not only are traveling the country in them but renting the wheeled living quarters through Airbnb.

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, RV shipments saw their second-best year in 2018, with 483,672 units. Shipments were down only 4.1% from 2017’s record-setting year of 504,600 units.

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Jaguar Land Rover planning to allow helpful car drivers to earn cryptocurrency – Reuters

(Reuters) – Jaguar Land Rover, Britain’s largest auto manufacturer, said on Monday it is testing software that will allow drivers of its cars to earn the IOTA cryptocurrency as a reward for sharing data. The company is developing what it calls “smart wallet” technology to be installed in its automobiles.

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Conti develops materials to remove “new-car smell”

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Hanover, Germany – Continental Corp. has developed a solution to eliminate unpleasant odour of a new car, the company announced 16 April.

ContiTech engineers in Zhangjiagang, China have developed ‘perfumed Acella’ polyurethane foams for use in applications for automotive interiors.

The technology involves integrating fragrance into a layer of the standard Acella interior surface material, the company release said.

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Elon Musk: Self-driving taxi fleet to hit U.S. roads next year

At an event to promote his company’s autonomous technology, Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday said that a fleet of self-driving taxis will be on the road as early as next year. The New York Times reported on Musk’s comments following the presentation. Musk said the self-driving “robo taxis” will be ready by the end of 2020 thanks to a new Tesla-made computer. He added the company is close to building cars that can drive themselves on any street and in nearly every situation.

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