Germany and Italy oppose stricter EU type approval rules


BRUSSELS — Germany and Italy are opposing a move to give the EU more supervision over the way national car regulators approve new cars for sale in the bloc,according to EU documents and sources. After the Volkswagen diesel scandal, the EU wants the power to audit national car approval authorities and fine automakers directly.

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‘Holy grail’ for China as Europe set to bring in new tariff rules


European industries from steel to solar are bracing for a new set of tariff rules that may make it harder to fend off low-cost imports from China and other foreign countries. European Union governments are due on Monday to rubber-stamp the biggest revamp of the bloc’s method for calculating duties aimed at countering below-cost – or “dumped” – imports.

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The Synthetic Rubber Market is Estimated to be USD 28.88 Billion in 2017 and is Projected to Reach USD 37.82 Billion by 2022


The Synthetic Rubber Market is Estimated to Be USD 28.88 Billion in 2017 And is Projected to Reach USD 37.82 Billion By 2022, Registering a CAGR of 5.5% Between 2017 And 2022.

Synthetic rubber is mostly produced from crude oil and natural gas, by the polymerization of monomers. Although used in a wide range of applications, its major application is in tires. There has been a growing demand for synthetic rubber from applications, such as tire, non-tire automotive, footwear, industrial, and others. Environmental regulations related to synthetic rubber may act as a restraint for the synthetic rubber market.

Based on type, the NBR (nitrile butadiene rubber) segment is projected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. NBR is mostly used in applications where high oil resistance is required. Increasing demand for hoses, belts, and cables in the manufacturing and automotive industries in APAC, is likely to fuel the growth of the NBR segment over the forecast period. Rapid industrialization in China and India is anticipated to drive the demand for NBR in APAC over the next six years.

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Pirelli, Milan University renew joint research programme


Milan, Italy – Pirelli & C. SpA and the University of Milan have extended their partnership for another three years, signing an agreement to work on developing innovative materials and technologies for sustainable tires.

The Italian tire maker announced 24 Nov that within the context of the €1.5 million project, the two parties would work on use…

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HF advances new tire building machine


Hamburg, Germany – HF has developed a tire building machine (TBM) to meet market demands for larger sizes, smaller batches and enhanced quality.

Labelled PLT2-SD-Flex, the TBM features a flexible drum concept, which is said to facilitate “diversified production” of highly complex tires.

With just a tool-change, the machine can build all tire constructions currently on the market, in a flat or high-crown building process, according to HF.

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Europa Systems debuts new tire handling tech

The unit features a special double centering device that positions two tires at the same time in the correct place to be picked up by a robot.


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Tire Cologne to host international retreading conference


COLOGNE, Germany — The organizers of The Tire Cologne — the biennial tire industry exposition set to debut in 2018 — have added a one-day “Global Retreading Conference” to the event’s agenda.

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TRA scheme explains value of tire recycling


London – The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) has launched its Responsible Retailing initiative to help retailers and industry educate consumers about tire recovery.

The scheme offers a suite of information including infographics, leaflets and posters to be displayed at members’ facilities. Materials can be downloaded through a newly launched website.

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Hankook income drops in third quarter, nine months


SEOUL, South Korea—Hankook suffered double-digit drops in operating income for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, despite increased sales for both periods.

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Trelleborg makes progress on Serbain expansion project


RUMA, Serbia–Trelleborg expects to start phasing in new capacity at its Serbian tire production plant in the third quarter of 2018, according to a company spokeswoman.

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