King Tire adds ContiLifeCycle at 2nd plant

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — King Tire Service Inc. has renewed its commitment to the ContiLifeCycle retreading system and converted its second plant, in Bristol, Va., to the Conti system, according to Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C.

King Tire was the first ContiLifeCycle partner in the U.S., agreeing in 2011 to convert its retread plant in Bluefield to the Conti system.

The location in Bristol is a former Blevins Tire & Recapping shop that King Tire took over in 2014 and continued to operate until now as a Marangoni-system operation, according to Ed King, vice president of King Tire Service and manager of recapping and warehousing.

The company decided last year to upgrade the Bristol facility with new equipment and convert it to the ContiLifeCycle system, Mr. King said, without disclosing the firm’s investment in the renovation.

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Conti adds to OTR portfolio

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Continental AG’s Commercial Specialty Tires (CST) business has added a line of solid tires to its growing portfolio of OTR tires.

Continental CST unveiled the solid “Telemaster” line, along with its growing range of ContiEarth earthmoving and mining tires, at the recent CONEXPO/CON-AGG trade show in Las Vegas.

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China slides to No. 2 U.S. tire trading partner

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 14, 2017) — Canada replaced China last year as the No. 1 trading partner of the U.S. in tires, as the value of China’s imports to the U.S. — impacted primarily by the cut in consumer tire shipments due to the elevated import tariffs on passenger and light truck tires — tumbled nearly 43 percent to $1.52 billion.

The value of Canada’s imports fell as well, but by only 1.9 percent, to $1.59 billion, a volume that was sufficient to allow Canada to claim top billing, according to Tire Business‘ analysis of the 2016 data from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Overall, the value of imports fell 10 percent vs. 2015, with reduced trade in passenger and truck tires influencing the change the most, Commerce Department data shows.

The value of South Korea’s imports inched up 0.7 percent to $1.43 billion to claim third, while the value of Thailand’s imports to the U.S. rose 21.2 percent to $1.37 billion, reflecting a 24.2-percent jump in passenger tire imports and a near doubling in truck/bus tire imports as Chinese manufacturers shifted production to plants in Thailand.

The value of Japan’s imports fell 18.6 percent to $1.18 billion, dropping that nation to fifth on the list of trading partners from third in 2015.

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Conti promotes 2 in PLT tire R&D

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HANNOVER, Germany (March 14, 2017) — Continental A.G. has promoted Marco Gellings and Denise Ewald to new positions in its passenger and light truck (PLT) tire development unit.

Mr. Gellings, previously head of summer tire line development for the Middle East, Europe and Africa region, is now head of winter tire development worldwide.

The change was effective Jan. 1. Conti did not say whom he replaced, if anyone.

A mechanical engineer by training, he has been with Continental in research and development since 2001.

Ms. Ewald succeeded Mr. Gellings as head of summer tire line development, effective Feb. 1. An industrial engineering graduate, Ms. Ewald has held a variety of positions at Continental since joining the company in 2006.

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Conlan Tire Joins ContiLifeCycle

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Florida-based Conlan Tire LLC has joined Continental Tire the Americas ContiLifeCycle dealership network.

“The partnership with Conlan Tire LLC is important to Continental in an effort to reduce overall driving costs to our fleet customers, it is what drives mutual success of both dealers and fleets,” said Paul Williams, Continental’s executive vice president for commercial vehicle tires. “We could not have chosen a better partner in Florida and look forward to continuing to grow our ability to service fleets with our ContiLifeCycle approach.”

As a ContiLifeCycle dealer, Conlan Tire will now offer ContiTread retreaded truck tires. ContiLifeCycle offers a cradle-to-grave solution that begins with a new Continental tire and continues with the ContiTread retreading solution.

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Europe Racing Tires Market Report 2017

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This report studies sales (consumption) of Racing Tires in Europe market, especially in Germany, France, UK, Russia, Italy, Spain and Benelux, focuses on top players in these countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these Countries, covering Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Continental, Hankook, Pirelli, and Cooper.

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Conti appoints new heads at PLT tire unit

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Hanover, Germany – Continental’s passenger and light truck (PLT) tires development unit has appointed Marco Gellings as the head of winter tire development worldwide effective as of 1 Jan, the German company announced 8 March.

Gellings was previsouly head of summer tire line development for the Middle East, Europe and Africa region. He is a mechanical engineer and has been working with Continental in R&D…

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Tire Technology Expo 2017 Show review

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Tire Technology Expo – the premier showcase for the global tire design, development and manufacturing industry – continues its spectacular growth of recent years. The 2017 event, held for the second time at the Deutsche Messe in Hannover in February, was the 17th since the show’s foundation and the biggest yet, with 280 exhibiting companies, more than 600 conference and course attendees, and a three-day visitor and delegate total that nudged the 5,000 level for the second year running.

“Remarkably, within 15 minutes of opening the doors on the first morning, it was obvious that Tire Technology Expo 2017 was going to be even better than our best-ever show in 2016,” said Tony Robinson, CEO of UKIP Media & Events and founder of Tire Technology Expo. “I’ve been delighted with the number of visitors from all over the world. The exhibitors were happy, but equally importantly, the visitors were very happy because the show was full of the latest technologies and materials that people are looking for.”

Visitor Jukka Koskinen, development manager at Nokian Heavy Tyres, said, “Every year I make time in my calendar to attend the show. I visited many companies that I was interested in and I made strong contacts – all the manufacturers were there and it’s easy to find out answers to any questions that we may have.”

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Continental Continues To Expand Into North American Construction And Aggregate Industry Markets

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International technology company Continental is further expanding its industrial-related business. Technologies for construction, aggregate and material handling machines and vehicles will come increasingly into focus, especially in the North American industry markets, says the company.

“Digitalization is also one of the trends in the transforming construction world. Precisely in this efficiency-driven business the question arises of how to gain the most benefit. We intensively listen to our customers because it is extremely important for us to add mutual value,” said Hans-Jürgen Duensing, member of the Continental executive board. He added that CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas has given the company an excellent opportunity to build up and further strengthen beneficial relationships with its customers. With its solutions, Continental contributes to safe, efficient, clean and comfortable mobility.

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Continental extends North American football sponsorship

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Although Continental has already announced its exit from football engagements in Europe, its sponsorship of the sport in North America continues. Continental Tire the Americas has extended its agreement with Soccer United Marketing (SUM), Major League Soccer’s (MLS) commercial arm, to continue as an official partner and the official tyre of MLS in the United States and Canada.

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