Hera Kitwan Siu Elected to Goodyear Board

AKRON, Ohio, Dec. 9, 2019 – Hera Kitwan Siu, chief executive officer, Greater China, for Cisco Systems, Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

“We are pleased to welcome Hera Siu to the Goodyear Board of Directors,” said Goodyear Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Richard J. Kramer. “Hera is a dynamic and transformative leader who has spent her career breaking new ground, launching innovative go-to-market strategies and growing companies. As we continue to position Goodyear as a leader in the future of mobility, her extensive technology background and deep knowledge of the China marketplace will be extremely valuable to the company and its shareholders.”

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BKT Approaches Business a Little Differently

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LAS VEGAS — It’s strikingly evident that Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) approaches business a little differently than most tire manufacturers.

Need a better quality of carbon black? No need to search the globe for a supplier. Build your own plant instead.

Hear concerns about a soft market for agriculture tires and other OTR products? No worries, invest heavily. …

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Bridgestone building ‘innovation park’ at former tire factory in Tokyo

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TOKYO—Bridgestone is building an “innovation park” as part of its strategy to transform into a global leader in advanced mobility and sustainability.

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Kal Tire opens OTR tire retread plant in Mexico

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CANANEA, Mexico — Kal Tire has opened an OTR tire retread plant in Cananea to supply a number of the open-pit copper mines located in northwest Mexico.

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Why the tread pattern is one of the most difficult tire elements to model virtually

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In previous columns I’ve discussed some of the challenges that come with modeling the behavior of tires. Expanding on that, one of the single most challenging areas to model is the tread pattern. It’s also one of the most critical areas, as it affects the tire’s handling ability – the single most important performance aspect to get right.

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Pirelli to cut costs, ‘contain’ investment under new plan

Milan, Italy – Pirelli & C SpA is to reduce costs and contain investment under a 2020-2022 industrial plan, to be presented in the first quarter of next year.

As well as a continuing focus on the high-value segment, the plans will “bring significant reinforcement to the competitiveness of [the] business model,” Pirelli said in a third quarter financial report.

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Cancarb president has high hopes for business

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CLEVELAND—Peter Donnelly, the new president of Cancarb, was appointed to the post at the time the company began a 20 percent expansion of production capacity at its thermal carbon black manufacturing plant in Medicine Hat, Alberta.

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Continental flags slowing autos growth, to spin off powertrains – Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Continental (CONG.DE) said on Tuesday that slower automobile production growth over the next five years had forced the car parts maker to book a 2.5 billion euro ($2.8 billion) impairment. The auto industry slowdown has already prompted profit warnings from various suppliers, including Continental, in the past few months.

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Bridgestone EMEA targets ‘emerging market’ with new appointment

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Brussels – Bridgestone Europe has appointed Mete Ekin, formerly regional managing director Middle East and Africa, to the position of VP Bridgestone emerging markets, effective 1 Oct.

In the newly created position, Ekin will oversee ‘emerging markets’ including Bridgestone EMEA’s  businesses in Africa, the Middle East, and Russia, the Japanese tire maker announced 1 Oct.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Magna Tyres opens new U.S. office

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Magna Tyres Group, based in the Netherlands, has expanded into the U.S. with the opening of a sales office in Fort Lauderdale.

Waalwijk, Netherlands-based Magna, which specializes in off-the-road (OTR), industrial and truck tires, hired industry veteran Robert Smith — most recently Midwest sales representative for Maxam Tire North America  — to manage the Florida office.

Read the source article at Tire Business