Yokohama makes senior management changes


Tokyo – Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd has announced senior management changes effective as of 1 Oct.

Takashi Shirokawa has been given an additional role as head of the company’s Tire Materials Development department no.1.

This in addition to Shirokawa’s current roles as head of the Tire Materials Development division, head of R&D Center and head of R&D department.

Also, Osamu Mikami has gained an extra role as head of the company’s Hamatite and Electronic Materials division.

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USTMA Board Selects Goodyear’s McClellan As Board Chair


The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) announced the election of Stephen R. McClellan as chairman of the Board of Directors, for a two-year term starting Oct. 3. McClellan is president of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s Americas business unit.

McClellan succeeds Jim Hawk, chairman, Toyo Holdings of America, Inc., who served as USTMA’s board chair since 2016.

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SRI doubles planned capacity for Brazil truck tyre plant


An additional investment is being made in the Sumitomo Rubber do Brasil factory in Fazenda Rio Grande, Brazil, which is scheduled to begin producing truck and bus tyres next March. This investment of BRL 153 million (£28.7 million, US$37.6 million) builds upon the BRL 312 million investment Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) announced in July 2016 for setting up bus and truck tyre production equipment in Fazenda Rio Grande.

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TIA Announces the 2018-2019 Board of Directors Election Results


The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has announced the winners from the 2018 Board of Directors election. Each new member selected will serve on the board for a three-year term, TIA says.

Members will take office on Monday, October 29 at TIA’s Board of Director’s meeting at Bally’s Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 2018-2019 New Board of Directors include:

John Baldwin – Discount Tire Company, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Conti celebrates 20 years of Slovakian truck tire plant


Puchov, Slovakia – Continental AG has celebrated the 20th anniversary of truck tire production at its location in Puchov, where it claims to manufacture one-third of its total truck tire volume.

The event marked Continental’s partnership with Slovakian truck tire maker Matador in 1998, which led to the formation of Continental Matador Truck Tires sro.

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Goodyear CEO Rich Kramer to speak at ITEC Sept. 12


AKRON — Goodyear chairman, CEO and president Rich Kramer is slated to deliver his keynote address on Sept. 12, the second day of the three-day International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC) at Akron’s John S. Knight Center.

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ATD reaches agreement with bond-holders, to reduce debt by up to $1.1 billion


HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD) has taken the second major step in the last six weeks to reduce costs, reaching an agreement in principle with holders of 70 percent of its bonds on terms of a recapitalization transaction.

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Michelin restarting production at US giant OTR tyre plant


According to local news sources, the Michelin earthmover tyre factory in Starr, South Carolina will reopen today. The Anderson Observer writes that the facility’s reactivation will be made official at an event held at the plant today.

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Bridgestone still No. 1, but Michelin-Camso deal could shake up rankings


AKRON — After nearly a decade of “status quo” among the world’s largest tire makers, the pecking order at the top could be in for a shuffle in the coming year or two, depending on how well Group Michelin’s pending acquisition of OTR/industrial tire…

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Avon lands $25 million deal from U.S. Department of Defense


MELKSHAM, England—The U.S. Department of Defense has placed a $25 million order for 93,000 M50 mask systems with Avon Rubber P.L.C.

The order, Avon said in a news release, will be the first in the book for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins in October.

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