Apollo Vredestein has launched a consumer-focused campaign in the UK to promote the use of all-season tyres: Until 30 September 2019, all purchases of four Vredestein Quatrac all-season tyres at participating dealers qualify for a free Google Home Mini or Amazon Echo Dot.
BRUSSELS, Belgium—Bridgestone is committing $41 million throughout the coming four years to digitize the manufacturing processes at its eight European plants with a goal of more quickly and flexibly meeting “evolving” customer demands.
Scandinavian Enviro Systems has signed an MoU with WindSpace, a Danish company that develops environmental and renewable energy technologies and solutions, to establish a new recycling plant in Denmark.
The agreement is valid for a period of 18 months and will involve the opening of a plant capable of recycling 30,000 tonnes of end-of-life tires per year.
“The ambition is to start the project with WindSpace and their co-investors in 2019,” said Thomas Sörensson, CEO Enviro.
LONDON—Japanese materials supplier Asahi Kasei is continuing to assess plans to build a synthetic rubber plant in Europe, the company said.
The project, designed to boost annual capacity for heavy-duty tires by 50% to 32,000 metric tons by 2021, also includes the construction of a dedicated research and development center on site.
At the beginning of June, 50-year-old Matthias Bode (above) took over as head of Kumho’s European Technical Centre (KETC) in Mörfelden-Walldorf, Germany. He is responsible for the development of all Kumho products for the European original equipment and replacement tire markets, and reports to M J Lee, senior vice president at the company’s global R&D center in Korea.
Machinery developer Comerio Ercole is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the calendering business. Founded in 1885, the company began in the textile field, and developed its first rubber processing machines in 1919. The first calender for textile cord rubberizing was commissioned by a major Italian tire manufacturer.
One hundred years later, Comerio Ercole celebrates this important milestone, with more than 1,000 installations over the world and 14 international patents.
London – Nexen Tire Europe has rolled out its first tires in the trial run of its European production facility in Zatec, the Czech Republic.
The first tire was “ceremonially dispatched” by Nexen Tire CEO Travis Kang on 24 April, Nexen said in a written statement to ERJ.
An official opening ceremony will be held “later this year,” the company said 20 June, without giving further details.
Nexen broke ground on the €829-million project in the north east of the Czech Republic in October 2015.
In 2018, the German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers generated a turnover plus of 2% again compared to the previous-year period. “The growth rate of 3% originally predicted for 2018 could not be reached. Nevertheless, we are pleased about the positive all-year results as in particular towards the end of the year, deterioration of the market became already apparent”, explains Ulrich Reifenhäuser, Chairman of VDMA Plastics and Rubber Machinery.
As of 1 July, Bridgestone Europe’s Central Europe region will grow to include the four countries currently grouped as the Nordic region. Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden will join Austria, Germany in Switzerland in the enlarged regional operation.