Conti aims to capitalise on retreads acquisition

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London – Continental Tyre Group officials rolled into London on 22 Feb to show off recent UK acquisition Bandvulc and explain some of parent Continental AG’s plans for the retread tire sector.

Acquired last summer, the Ivybridge, Devon-based truck tire retreader is seen as representing a ‘missing piece in the jigsaw’ for the German group – a relative newcomer to this sector.

Embarking on a strategy to offer a ‘full life-cycle package’ to the tire market, Conti…

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Continental Partners with Caterpillar

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New partnership will focus efforts on off-highway trucks.

Continental and Caterpillar have signed an agreement to equip Cat Off-Highway-Trucks (model series 770 to 775) with Continental RDT-Master tires in sizes 18.00R33, 21.00R33 and 24.00R35.

“We are happy to announce the cooperation with Caterpillar on top of the launch of our new tire lines in the Mining and Construction segment,” said Jan Skaletz, Key Account Manager for OTR tires, Continental.

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Bridgestone, Conti and SRI win at TTI Awards

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Sustainable innovation, and next-generation information and communication technologies were championed at this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

The awards are decided by the votes of a 27-strong panel of experts from the tire industry and academia, with the winners announced last night (Wednesday, February 15) during Tire Technology Expo, at a Gala Dinner at the Hannover Congress Centrum.

This year’s winners are testament to how the latest consumer electronics and cutting-edge information communication technology are being successfully adopted into tire design and manufacturing, yielding great results.

Graham Heeps, editor, Tire Technology International & chairman of the judging panel said: “Cutting-edge sustainability and information technology is more prominent than ever among this year’s winners, showing that the tire industry is at the forefront of high-tech research, development and manufacturing. The judging panel was impressed by the strength in depth among this year’s finalists. Picking the winners gets harder every year!”

Bridgestone was awarded Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year with judges overwhelmingly voting for the brand’s Examation tire assembly system. Examation combines revolutionary artificial intelligence with information and communication technologies, for improved quality and enhanced factory productivity.

Versalis/Genomatica won the Environmental Achievement of the Year award for their long-term project to create renewable butadiene. The companies embarked on the joint venture in a bid to address concerns around potential butadiene shortages and price increases. In a demonstration run in 2016, several kilograms of renewable butadiene were prepared starting from commercial sugars, with polymerization tests showing no differences between the polybutadiene prepared from fossil or renewable feedstock.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI, producers of Falken tires) won the Tire Technology of the Year category for a record third time with its Advanced 4D Nano Design, which makes is possible to perform highly realistic simulations of the complex internal structures and behaviours of rubber materials at the nanoscale. The technology is being used to develop next-generation tire materials, including a new tread rubber that doubled the wear performance of SRI’s standard tread rubber from 2011.

The Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award was presented to Harm Voortman, president and CEO, VMI Group. Judges recognized the launch of VMI’s Milexx truck-tire building machine, along with further debuts including its Retrax automated pre-cure tread applicator, Pixxel vision system, and its new manufacturing facility in Leszno, Poland, operational from Q2 2017.

In the hotly contested Tire Manufacturer of the Year category it was Continental who scooped the prize, beating off stiff competition from Hankook, Michelin and Yokohama.

A raft of major R&D and production investments were unveiled by Continental in 2016, with German projects including a new high-performance technical center and a dedicated dandelion-rubber research center. In September, the first truck test tires containing dandelion rubber were revealed, with production expected to follow in 5-10 years.

Two specialist awards were also presented. TU Dresden PhD candidate, Pavel Sarkisov took home the Young Scientist Prize after delivering an impressive conference paper entitled “Optical measurement of tire deformation focused on transient handling properties”. Meanwhile tire materials expert, Gert Heinrich, director of the Institute of Polymer Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, and Continental’s former head of materials research, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more on all the winners, head to www.tiretechnology-expo.com.

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Conti Increasing Truck Tire Prices

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Continental Tire the Americas will increase the prices of its Continental, General and AmeriSteel brand truck tires by up to 8% in the U.S. and Canada, effective March 1.

According to the tiremaker, the increase is due to the rising cost of of raw materials, as well as energy and logistics costs associated with the production and distribution of radial truck tires.

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Boettcher named Camso president, CEO

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MAGOG, Québec (Feb. 8, 2017) — Camso Ltd. CEO Pierre Marcouiller is transitioning to a new role as executive chairman of the board, resulting in the promotion of former Continental A.G. executive Thomas Boettcher — hired in April 2016 as chief operating officer — to president and CEO.

In his new position, Mr. Marcouiller will focus on shaping the company’s long-term vision and growth opportunities.

In doing so he will work to ensure a strong future of the business, Camso said, helping to define Camso’s strategic orientations.

As such, Mr. Marcouiller will take part in business reviews and special projects and will be responsible for mergers and acquisitions. He has been CEO for 17 years.

Regarding his new position, Mr. Marcouiller said Camso’s “Road Free” corporate identity “is engrained in all of us. It’s how we think, how we act and work. It’s at the core of the Camso way of doing things.

“I will continue to embrace this amazing culture with all of our employees,” he added, “and work jointly with our new CEO to help create the next chapters of the Camso story.”

As president and CEO, Mr. Boettcher will define and guide the strategy of the company and align this with Camso operational teams, the company said.

“I take on this role with great enthusiasm and confidence, and start with a solid foundation from which we will elevate our offering to the market,” Mr. Boettcher said.

“We will continue providing the best products and services for the unique niche mobility needs of the off-the-road industry.”

Mr. Boettcher — who held executive positions in Continental’s industrial tire business for 18 years — joined the board of Camso’s predecessor company, Camoplast Solideal, in 2012.

The changes take effect April 1.

Magog-based Camso produces and distributes a range of indusrial off-road tires, wheels, rubber tracks and undercarriage systems for the materials-handling, construction, agricultural and powersports industries.

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Continental marketing shifts gears

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HANOVER, Germany (Feb. 6, 2017) — Continental A.G.’s Tire Division is shifting its image campaign in Europe away from soccer sponsorship in favor of a multi-media campaign focusing on the corporation’s efforts to promote greater road safety.

Launched Feb. 1 together with Conti’s Chassis & Safety Division, the company’s “Vision Zero” campaign — Zero accidents; zero injuries; zero fatalities — will push the “mobility enhanced by German technology.”

 

“Our new target positioning is based on our focus on safety by delivering the shortest braking distances and is designed to be combined long-term with Vision Zero — the vision of zero road fatalities, zero injuries and zero accidents,” said Nikolai Setzer, member of the executive board of Continental AG responsible for corporate purchasing and the Tire Division.

The new campaign will be run across Europe on television, in print media, at the point of sale with the company’s partners in the trade and online. Conti has set up a dedicated website — www.VisionZeroWorld.com — where it presents a wide range of multimedia content to enrich the topic of Vision Zero.

 

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Global Radial OTR Tires Market Analysis & Forecast to2017-2021

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The report aims to provide an overview of Global Radial OTR Tires Market along with detailed segmentation of market by component, application, deployment type, industry vertical and five major geographical regions. Global Radial OTR Tires Forecast by Regions (2017-2021), Global Radial OTR Tires Forecast by Type (2017-2021), Global Radial OTR Tires Forecast by Application (2017-2021)

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Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S is the new best summer tire

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In the automotive industry, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire was widely regarded as the best summer tire on the market. Almost every high-performance automotive brand would put the Pilot Super Sport on its highest-performing cars or at least have it as an option. And any enthusiast serious about lap times would do the same. However, Michelin wasn’t content on leaving it there. So the famous French tire brand went out and developed a new tire, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S.

We recently had the opportunity to go out to California to give the new Pilot 4 S tires a test on a variety of different cars, including the BMW M3/M4, Audi R8 V10, Ferrari California and Mercedes-AMG GT.

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Continental Announces Tire Safety Recall Of Approximately 325 Tires In US

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Continental has announced a voluntary safety recall program involving approximately 325 light truck tires. The tires involved in the recall are General Grabber 33×12.50R18 LT118Q produced in May 2015 and sold in the replacement market only.

The tires may experience localized tread wear, excessive vibration, noise and bulging in the tread area. With continued use, the tire could experience a tread separation, which could result in loss of vehicle control.

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USW, importers face off at ITC duties hearing

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 26, 2017) — Depending on who’s talking, truck and bus tires imported from China are either underpriced and subsidized products that have snatched market share from domestic manufacturers or are products that have little substitutability with U.S.-produced tires.

These were the opposing views presented at the Jan. 24 hearing at the International Trade Commission (ITC). This hearing represents the ITC’s final public consideration of whether imported Chinese truck and bus tires have caused material injury to the U.S. truck and bus tire industry.

The United Steelworkers (USW) union filed petitions in January 2016 with the ITC under Sections 701 and 731 of the Trade Act, requesting antidumping and countervailing duty relief against Chinese truck and bus tire imports.

Read the source article at Tire Business