Bridgestone Names New Chief Technology Officer

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Bridgestone Americas has named Nizar Trigui to the new role of chief technology officer.

Trigui will expand a role currently held by Steve Charles, vice president of product development for Bridgestone Americas. Charles will now work as Bridgestone Americas’ lead representative in a joint global effort to better integrate and set strategic direction for Bridgestone Americas Ce​nter for Research and Technology, Firestone Polymers and the guayule project, Bridgestone said.

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Industry report: OE tire market to grow 5.5% to 2021

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Pune, India – The global market for original equipment (OE) tires is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.48% from 2016 to 2021, to reach a value of $30.26 billion (€28 billion), according to a report by Indian research group MarketsandMarkets.

The demand, said the report, is driven by demand for improved fuel economy, low rolling resistance tires, eco-friendly and smart tires.

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Anxiety over availability hits rubber

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The price of rubber has fallen with the same speed at which it shot up last month in the international market. In 30 days, it has risen to ₹200 a kg and returned to ₹170.

This was triggered by anxiety over the availability of rubber in major rubber producing countries. Due to repeated floods in the southern provinces of Thailand at the end of last year and at beginning of this year, tapping could not be done for long periods . Along with this, the expectation that rubber demand from China would pick up in the new year has influenced futures trading in rubber.

There was also a widespread feeling that there could be a shortage in the global availability of rubber. In the futures market the impact was sudden. When the floods in Thailand gradually receded the anxiety about the non availability of rubber disappeared and the prices started falling.

Read the source article at Global Rubber Markets News

Apollo can grow more in Europe

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As part of a bid to expand global presence, the Indian tyre giant, Apollo Tyres Ltd., is currently concentrating more and more on Europe as well as other geographies. At present, Apollo is fast moving ahead with the construction of a Greenfield facility in Hungary which would be rolling out tyres within 2 months.

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Nexen Tire Holds ‘2017 Purple Summit, Manchester’ for Worldwide Business Partners

SEOUL, South Korea, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Nexen Tire, a leading global tire manufacturer, held the ‘2017 Purple Summit, Manchester,’ to demonstrate its commitment to its worldwide partners.

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Yokohama Tire Earns Platinum Supplier Award From Caterpillar

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For the fifth consecutive year, Yokohama Tire Corp. has earned Caterpillar’s premier supplier award: the Platinum Level Recertification in its Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP). The award went to Yokohama’s factory in Onomichi, Japan, which produces OE and replacement off-the-road (OTR) tires for a wide range of equipment.

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Hankook Opens Test Centre in Finland

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Located 300 km north of the Arctic Circle in Ivalo, Finland, Technotrac is Hankook Tire’s new state-of-the-art winter tire testing facility.

The opening of Technotrac, says Hankook, marks a major milestone for the tire manufacturer, proving that its winter tires are tried and tested in the world’s most severe winter conditions.

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It’s interesting times for tyre recycling industry

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Mike Hinsey,International Vice President, Granutech Saturn Systems, USA, a leading industrial recycling systems manufacturer, is widely considered to be a legend in the tyre recycling industry. He has been with Granutech for 33 long years and has been instrumental in taking the company to the world’s Top 3 position. Among the awards and accolades won by him include the coveted award from the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), USA, the largest recycling association in the world, for his outstanding contribution to the recycling industry.

In an interview to Rubber Asia on the sidelines of India Rubber Expo (IRE) 2017 in Chennai, he explains the high points of his 33-year-long association with Granutech and shares his views on wide-ranging issues such as the current status and future prospects of tyre recycling industry, the problem of mounting tyre wastes, recent innovations/improvements made in tyre recycling technology etc.

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Bridgestone names executive VP to see over solutions businesses

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Tokyo – Bridgestone has promoted chief quality officer and executive vice-president Shuichi Ishibashi to a head “solutions”-orientated businesses within the rubber group, according to a Bridgestone spokesman.

In addition to his responsibilities to manage global OE and diversified products, Ishibashi has now been put in charge of a number of relatively new positions, including executive chairman, diversified products solution in-house company; CEO of global mining and agricultural solution in-house company; and CEO of diversified products solution in-house company.

Explaining the process to ERJ, the Bridgestone spokesman said…

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Nexen Tire Revamps its Global Website

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Nexen Tire revamps their website to serve as a content hub and bolster its digital capability SEOUL, South Korea, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Nexen Tire, a leading global tire manufacturer, announced the launch of its redesigned global website today, designed with digital in mind…

Through the renewed website, visitors can access a variety of information on Nexen Tire such as its products, services, information on tire in general, news & campaigns and corporate information in a more digitalfriendly way. Visitors across the globe also can enjoy Nexen Tire content that have been uploaded on Facebook, YouTube, or various blogs, and share content from the website with other social media platforms.

“The renewed website, serving as Nexen Tire’s key digital marketing channel, delivers a wealth of content on the company’s milestones in a more engaging way to connect with global customers,” Nexen Tire stated.

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