Bridgestone announces new president for Latin America Tire Operations

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Bridgestone Americas announced Joseph Saoud, former president for Bridgestone Americas Tire operations for truck bus radial and retread tires, has been named president, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Latin America (BATO LA). In this role, Saoud will oversee the Bridgestone tire business in Latin America, which includes subsidiaries in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. He will report directly to Gordon Knapp, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas.

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Freudenberg boss: Transform to survive in era of new mobility

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Traverse City, Michigan – Suppliers who are not prepared to embrace new mobility options may not survive in the long run, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies CEO Claus Moehlenkamp has warned.

Indeed, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies could lose around 70% of its automotive sales if it does not embrace opportunities around e-mobility and fuel cells, he said in a presentation at the 2018 Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS)…

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Bridgestone Americas Making Marketing Leadership Changes

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Bridgestone Americas is making some leadership changes within the marketing organization for the company’s consumer tire business and Bridgestone Retail Operations (BSRO). These changes follow the announcement that Phil Pacsi, vice president, sports and events marketing and training, will retire after 36 years with the company, effective Sept. 30.

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What to expect at the TRAC Rubber Recycling Symposium

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The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada biennial Rubber Recycling Symposium is set for November 7 to 8, 2018 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Canada.

With the theme for this year ‘Taking Sustainability to the Next Level’, the symposium will bring together international experts and professionals from the tire and rubber manufacturing sectors, the rubber recycling industry, including processors, transporters, equipment manufacturers and stewardship organizations, as well as government and academia. This event offers a unique opportunity to explore the varied approaches in Extended Producer Responsibility, and to compare successes and opportunities for delivering and meeting …

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American Tire in Talks With Sponsors as Support Unit Revamps –

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(Bloomberg) — American Tire Distributors Inc. is overhauling part of its business, cutting jobs and talking with sponsors about how to steady and grow the company after the makers of Goodyear and Bridgestone pulled most of their business. The company’s distressed bonds rose. The reorganization at American Tire’s field support center includes dismissing 100 employees, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

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Sergio Marchionne, CEO Who Steered Fiat Chrysler, Dies Aged 66

Sergio Marchionne, the former chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler and architect of the automaker’s dramatic turnaround, has died. He was 66.  

“Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone,” Fiat Chairman John Elkann said in a statement. “My family and I will be forever grateful for what he has done,” said Elkann, who also is chairman and CEO of Exor.

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Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. Strengthens Sales Dept. To Support Growing Business

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Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires) announced several changes within the sales department to support the company’s growing business and dealer network.

Joining the company as director of sales, national strategic accounts, is Rob Lovi. Lovi has 14 years of tire industry experience including in management at Michelin North America. He served the past 10 years as vice president of sales and marketing for Vector Fleet Management.

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Michelin Strengthens Its Global Leadership Position in the Specialty Businesses with the Acquisition of Camso

Michelin and Camso today reached an agreement whereby Michelin will acquire Camso, headquartered in Magog, Quebec, Canada, and whereby the two companies’ off-the-road (OTR) operations will be combined to form a new division to be managed from Quebec. Led by a set of common values and a strong tradition of innovation and R&D at both Michelin and Camso, and backed by high-quality teams, the strategic partnership makes the newly created entity the world leader in OTR mobility.

Reporting net sales of US$1 billion, Camso has been designing, manufacturing and marketing OTR mobility solutions since 1982. Camso is a market leader in rubber tracks for farm equipment and snowmobiles, and in solid and bias tires for material handling equipment. It also ranks among the top three players in the construction market, in track and tire solutions for small heavy equipment. Leveraging its technological leadership in tracks and related systems, its competitive manufacturing footprint, particularly in Sri Lanka, and strong customer awareness of its CAMSO and SOLIDEAL brands, Camso has demonstrated its ability to grow rapidly, expanding at an average pace of 7% per year since 2012.

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Tire Industry Project support launch of new Tire Product Category Rules

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Tire Industry Project (TIP), a global, CEO-led imitative by 11 leading tire companies that promotes sustainable development in the tire industry, support the launch of new Product Category Rules (PCRs) for the tire industry. The PCRs will ensure compliance to information and transparency standards when creating an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) – an independently verified and registered environmental label for the lifecycle impacts of a product.

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Continental’s Tire Division Announces 3 New Business Unit Heads

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Continental has named new members to the top management of its Tire Division. Christian Koetz now leads the global business unit Commercial Vehicle Tires, which also includes Commercial Specialty Tires. He reports in this function to Nikolai Setzer, member of the executive board of Continental and head of the Tire Division. Paul Williams, the head of Commercial Vehicle Tires in the Americas, remains in his role and reports to Koetz.

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