Michelin Replacing Continental as IMSA Partner

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Continental Tire the Americas is ending its sponsorship of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) at the end of the contract term in 2018. Michelin North America will serve as official sponsor of the series starting in 2019.

“The significance of this expanded partnership with Michelin, one of the world’s most recognized premium brands, cannot be overstated,” said Scott Atherton, IMSA president.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Conti introduces two tire technology concepts

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Hanover, Germany – Germany tire and technology company Continental AG has introduced two concept tires which are aimed at improving safety.

ContiAdapt combines micro-compressors integrated into the wheel to adjust the tire pressure with a variable-width rim.

The system can modify the size of the contact patch, which under different road conditions is a decisive factor for both safety and comfort.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Continental Unleashing Torrent of Tech at Frankfurt

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The cars will be the stars at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but some of the most interesting and talked-about new features will be coming from suppliers, including technology that can look into drivers’ eyes and read their mind (well, almost), to dazzling audio systems that don’t use speakers and wireless inductive charging systems for battery-electric vehicles.

Earlier this year Continental, one of the world’s largest and most diversified auto suppliers, gave journalists a preview of the multitude of products it will introduce at Frankfurt.

It was like trying to drink from the proverbial fire hose.

 

Read the source article at WardsAuto

Tire makers eye strong finish to 2017

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AKRON—Despite relatively lackluster first-half financial performances, tire makers for the most part are optimistic about their second half and fiscal 2017 earnings prospects.

Read the source article at Rubber and Plastics News

Global tire rankings: Bridgestone reigns supreme again

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AKRON —Status quo reigned over the 2017 global tire rankings, even as the estimated value of the entire industry declined for a third straight year.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Continental Tires picked as OE tires for new Volvo XC 60

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Volvo Cars has approved the ContiEcoContact 5, the ContiSportContact 5 and the ContiCrossContact LX Sport in sizes 235/60 R 18, 235/55 R 19 and 255/45 R 20 for use as original equipment on the new Volvo XC 60.

All the tires are marked with the abbreviation “VOL” after the tire size to distinguish the Volvo Cars original equipment specification from the regular version.

Read the source article at Traction News

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.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Conti and Kordsa to develop sustainable adhesion system

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Continental and Kordsa are to collaborate on a new sustainable adhesion system for bonding textile reinforcement materials to rubber compounds, which will use eco-friendly chemicals in place of the extremely harmful resorcinol and formaldehyde substances.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

German firms likely to stop ICE development in as little as 6 years, says major supplier

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Continual improvements in alternative technologies coupled with environmental mandates that spur their growth may lead to automakers starting to abandon internal combustion engine development in as little as six years. That’s the word of major automotive supplier Continental’s CFO, Wolfgang Schaefer, who spoke recently with Reuters.

Read the source article at motorauthority.com

Did you know Tesla uses a noise reducing tire technology?

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Arguably one of the biggest joys of driving a Tesla beyond being able to experience supercar killing acceleration is being able to do it in near silence. The Model S and Model X is able to maintain a smooth and stealthy presence by having no engine, no clunky gearbox, and a minimal amount of moving components. These are the usual suspects to generating sound.

Read the source article at Traction News