The soaring price of electricity in Ontario is top of mind for the province’s auto makers, but it should not yet be considered a competitive disadvantage when the province is bidding for new investment by car companies, a new study concludes. Electricity rates are higher in Ontario than they are in the 10 largest auto-producing U.S. states, a study by the Automotive Policy Research Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, says.
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards.
The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is available for licensing through the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization.
The new study is published by the American Chemical Society’s ACS Catalysis, a leading journal in the chemical and catalysis sciences. Authors of the study, include researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Center for Sustainable Polymers, a National Science Foundation-funded center at the University of Minnesota.
“Our team created a new chemical process to make isoprene, the key molecule in car tires, from natural products like trees, grasses, or corn,” said Paul Dauenhauer, a University of Minnesota associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science and lead researcher of the study. “This research could have a major impact on the multi-billion dollar automobile tires industry.”
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.”
Pirelli had to cut short a Formula One wet tyre test at Ferrari’s Fiorano track in Italy on Friday after four times world champion Sebastian Vettel crashed into barriers the day before. A Pirelli spokesman said the modified 2015 Ferrari had been badly damaged in the crash on the artificially-soaked circuit outside Maranello and spare parts were not immediately available.
Michelin reports having met its financial objectives in 2016 and its chief executive officer considers the year “a successful milestone in our strategic roadmap.” The tyre maker’s sales volumes increased 2.1 per cent during the year, outperforming the market, and an increase in operating and net income was also recorded.
SAN JOSE DEL CABO, Mexico (Feb. 13, 2017) — Hankook Tire America Corp. plans to step up its North American marketing efforts in 2017 as part of a strategy to grow in a marketplace that looks to remain relatively flat.
One important reason for the 40-percent increase to the marketing budget is the opening in 2017 of the company’s first U.S. tire plant, but also from a global perspective the U.S. market is becoming more and more important to Hankook, according to Hankook Tire America President and Chief Operating Officer Hee Se Ahn.
“So we made a decision to increase our overall funding for the U.S.A. market,” he told Tire Business Feb. 11 during an interview at the company’s 2017 U.S./Canada Partner’s Day in San Jose del Cabo.
Hankook has aspirations to grow 15 percent globally in 2017, Mr. Ahn said, and the U.S. subsidiary is looking to achieve that same goal.
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.
Tony is an attorney from Philadelphia who has been slogging around in his 2003 Accord with 140,000 miles so he can get his student loans in check. Now it’s time for an upgrade. He needs a good “lawyer” car, but not something too expensive or over the top. What car should he buy?
Jalopnik has some awesome suggestions on high-end, budget cars:
- Infiniti Q70
- Volvo S60 R
- Acura TSX SportWagon (not in production anymore)
- 1987 Zimmer Quicksilver.
Zimmer is the cool cat here, so don’t tell us that it didn’t get you browsing for it.