Central Europe slowdown impact Nokian results

Nokia, Finland – Nokian Tyres plc has reported a 12.5% year-on-year decline in first half operating profit at €148 million, on 0.3% lower sales of €763 million.

The Finnish tire maker linked the decline in sales to weak car and tire sectors in Europe, which offset gains in the heavy tire segment during the first six months of the year.

“The competitive landscape in the Central European replacement car tire market is tight due to weakness in the OE segment, as there is a high supply of…

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Bridgestone downgrades fiscal forecast after 1st-half declines

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TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp. has revised downward its earnings and sales forecasts for the full fiscal year after reporting a 20.6% drop in first-half operating income along with lower sales.

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Sumitomo earnings drop 39% but 2019 forecast unchanged

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KOBE, Japan — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. posted a 39.2% drop in operating profits for the half-year ended June 30 on 0.9% lower sales revenue.

SRI cited the negative impact of foreign exchange rates, increased fixed costs and expenses, and higher prices of raw materials — particularly petroleum-based ones — for the earnings decline.

Operating income fell to $149.6 million on revenue of $3.9 billion, SRI said, resulting in an operating ratio of 3.8%, down from 6.3% a year ago.

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Thai plant boosts Linglong profits

Yantai, Shandong – Linglong Tire’s first half net profit increased 38% year-on-year to €92 million (725 million yuan), on 15% higher revenue at €1.05 billion.

The company’s Thai plant, at the sixth year of its eight-year tax exemption period, generated €60 million net profit on €287 million revenue, said the tire maker in half year report released in August.

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Zeon elastomers business hit by slow automotive

Tokyo, Japan – Zeon Corp.’s elastomers business has reported weaker first quarter results, on sluggish automotive demand and plant shutdowns.

Net sales for the elastomers segment – comprised of ‘rubbers’, latex and chemicals segments – fell 8% year-on-year to Yen47.1 billion in the three months to end of June, the Japanese materials supplier announced 31 July.

Similarly, sales volume fell 8% to 147 kilotonnes, as all business units reported a decline.

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Pirelli shareholders to maintain structure till 2023

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Milan, Italy – Major shareholders in Pirelli & C. SpA have agreed to maintain the tire company’s ownership structure until 2023, they announced 30 July.

Shareholders are to sign an agreement 1 Aug to keep the shareholder structure which has been in place since August 2017, said Camfin and Marco Tronchetti Provera (Camfin/MTP) in a release.

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Yokohama profits halved, tire unit reports major declines

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Tokyo – The Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC) has reported a 50.1% year-on-year decline in first quarter business profit at Yen5.8 billion (€47 million) on 0.2% higher sales of Yen149.5 billion.

In the tires segment, sales revenue for the first three months of the year fell 3.9% to Yen100 billion, due in part to a decline in sales volumes, Yokohama reported 14 May.

Segment profit dropped 81.6% to Yen1.4 billion, due to lower volumes and an increase in production costs associated with reduced production.

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Titan International : Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations (MD&A) is designed to provide a reader of the financial statements included in this quarterly report with a narrative from the perspective of the management of Titan International, Inc. (Titan or the Company) on Titan’s financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, and other factors that may affect the Company’s future results. The MD&A in this quarterly report should be read in conjunction with the condensed consolidated financial statements and other …

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Cabot Corp Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 6, 2019– Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) today announced results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2019.

Key Highlights

  • Positive impact from calendar year 2019 tire customer agreements more than offset by pricing weakness in China in Reinforcement Materials
  • Performance Chemicals impacted by soft automotive demand and a less favorable product mix
  • Announced agreement to divest Specialty Fluids segment in transaction valued at $135 million
  • Continued commitment to return cash to shareholders with $70 million of dividends and share repurchases in the quarter

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