Medium, large OTR demand fuel BKT growth


Minoo Mehta, president of BKT USA Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of India’s Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), discussed his company’s successes as well as the challenges ahead in an interview with Tire Business.

Q: How would you describe business thus far in 2018?

A: For BKT, it has been the best start this year compared to the last three years. Demand for BKT tires is primarily fueled by 

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Sumitomo aims ‘to grow with whole of market’


Tire Business talked with Darren Thomas, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Falken Tire Corp., a unit of Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc., about his thoughts on the tire industry and how his company is performing heading into the second half of the year.


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Enviro studying production of fuel from recycled tires


Stockholm – A joint project run by Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), together with tire recycler Scandinavian Enviro Systems and waste management group Ragn-Sells is studying the possibility of producing pyrolysis oil from worn out tires.

The aim of the study is to evaluate three different approaches for upgrading pyrolysis oil from tires to make more high-quality fuel products, said Enviro in a 5 June statement.

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Nexen Tire USA Launches All-New Website


Nexen Tire America, Inc. has introduced its all-new website –

The site, which Nexen says is a shopping and lifestyle experience, includes a completely redesigned dealer locator and interactive product information to make finding the right tire easy and engaging.

Key features of the new Nexen Tire USA website include:

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Tudertechnica spending $8 million to expand plant


MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – Specialty hose manufacturer Tubigomma Deregibus is spending $8 million to add 40,000 square feet to its Padua, Italy, factory, a project that will include a clean room for silicone hose.

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Life after Sergio? Fiat Chrysler to unveil five-year plan Friday


The vision for a post-Marchionne Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and what that means for Michigan should become significantly clearer starting Friday. The Italian-American automaker will lay out its plans for the next five years in a ritual that is highly unusual in the automotive industry, where road maps for the future are not typically on full display.

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Great Lakes Rubber thrives on tackling extreme environments


WIXOM, Mich.—Great Lakes Rubber Co. Inc. has probably encountered every demanding application imaginable.

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Hankook Tire Acquires Digital Prototype Company


According to Business Korea, Hankook Tire has acquired a 75% share of Model Solution, a Korea-based advanced digital prototype solution company, for an estimated $62 million USD.

“The acquisition is in line with the company’s strategy to secure new growth engines by aggressively acquiring companies with advanced technology and design capabilities,” according to the report.

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Cutting-edge firms fight for talented engineering interns


College interns used to make coffee and open mail. Those days are gone. Christian Cousin, a mechanical engineering student from Cape Coral, Fla., co-invented such groundbreaking technology during his 12-week internship at Eaton Valvetrain in Marshal that the company was inspired to file multiple patents and created a product prototype now used by a customer.

“Interns have this need to make a difference,” he said. “We don’t just want to sit around designing stationary objects in a warehouse.

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Michelin North America tops Forbes’ best employer list


JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Forbes magazine has named Michelin North America its top large employer in America.

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