Evolution of all-season and winter tire technologies outlined in new report from Smithers

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Important trends and technologies in all-season and winter tires are detailed in a market report recently released by Smithers. All-Season vs Winter Tires to 2024: A State-of-the-Art Report (Members of TRAC receive 15 per cent discount on all rubber industry market reports produced by Smithers) assesses the key technologies, materials and market drivers that enable tire performance in these two critical product segments, including regulatory, end-use (passenger cars and light trucks) and regional outlooks. 

In terms of performance, several technologies account for the differences in all-season vs. winter tires, including materials, physical design, noise control technologies, processing, and modeling/simulation.

These technologies are ranked and detailed in the state-of-the-art report.

Region differences

The large temperate climate regions of the US and China make all-season tires a standard for most areas except for the northern most regions. Even in many of those areas, and in parts of southern Canada, all-season tires have a high market share, and season-specific tires are less important. This is in contrast to regulatory requirements in Europe and in severe winter weather provinces in Canada where laws or incentives have led to the market bifurcation between summer tires and winter tires.

The role of fuel economy standards

The most important regulatory driver for all-season tires is the OEM vehicle fuel economy standards. These standards are increasing for vehicle OEMs in the EU, Japan, China and North America. Targets for the EU and Japan in the 2025 time frame are rising to over 60 mpg. Originally, US CAFE standards were scheduled to increase to 54.5 mpg in 2025 for passenger cars and 47 mpg as a fleet average, but the standards have been revised downward to 44 mpg and 47 mpg as a fleet average.

The US vehicle market is moving dramatically toward fewer fuel-efficient SUVs/light trucks, which now make up 55% of light duty vehicle sales, even though the US has fuel economy improvements to make to reach new targets. Because tires contribute directly to vehicle fuel economy, automakers will prioritize low-rolling resistance all-season tires in the US for fuel economy gains. In other regions, higher fuel economy standards will drive toward super low-rolling resistance tires.

Winter tire regulation

Europe leads in winter tire regulation, with Germany’s winter tire mandate leading the way. Other EU countries have their own regulations, but because travel among countries is prolific, most consumers use winter tires. In North America, the US does not have a winter tire regulation, and demand for winter tires is concentrated in the northern states. Only in Quebec, Canada, are strict winter tire requirements mandated.

In Asia, Japan’s winter liability laws have encouraged extensive winter tire adoption, while no regulation exists in China. Winter tires are designated by the Alpine snowflake 3MPSF and M+S designations. Winter tire performance is segmented between Nordic/high snow and ice conditions and more moderate Central European winter conditions.  

All-weather tires

All-weather tires are a new market development gaining interest in Europe; they have also been introduced in North America. They offer winter tire labelling with the Alpine snowflake 3MPSF and year-round performance. Market potential exists to expand the all-weather/four-season tire category in south Central Europe, the northern US, Japan and eventually China.

Climate change

Climate patterns over the past 50 years have shown increasing temperatures. This is especially important for the future of winter tires and, to some extent, all-season tires. Increasing temperatures have been significant in northern climates, such as the northern US, where the average temperature has increased over 5° Fahrenheit, putting more cities in moderate winter vs. severe winter climates. The temperature change has generally led to decreases in snowfall and increases in rain; these trends are projected to accelerate over time.  

The overall long-term trends mean winter tires will need to focus more on wet grip, grip on black ice films, and wet snow performance around freezing instead of heavy and dry snow with thick ice conditions at temperatures significantly below freezing.

A brochure on the All-Season vs Winter Tires to 2024: A State-of-the-Art Report is available at: https://www.smithers.com/services/market-reports/transportation/all-season-vs-winter-tires-to-2024.

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The green or low rolling resistance tires market is projected to reach USD 104.23 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 10.7% from USD 62.68 billion in 2017

LONDONMay 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Government initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and tire labeling regulations are anticipated to drive the green tires market.

The green or low rolling resistance tires market is projected to reach USD 104.23 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 10.7% from USD 62.68 billion in 2017. One of the most significant factors driving the growth of the green tires market is the increased government initiatives for a green and clean environment. There is a rising concern over factors affecting the fuel efficiency of vehicles and CO2 emissions. Thus, governments across the globe have started several initiatives to reduce fuel consumption and release of greenhouse gases. However, lack of awareness regarding the benefits of green tires restricts the growth of the green tires market in emerging economies.

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Barra: GM supports modernizing CAFE standards

WASHINGTON — General Motors’ desire to see updated federal fuel efficiency standards that are consistent with market realities and industry trends does not undercut the automaker’s commitment to emissions reductions, CEO Mary Barra said in an open letter to employees.

 

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Falken Tire selected as original equipment for 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

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Falken Tires has been selected as original equipment supplier to the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, providing fitments for both 16-inch as well as 17-inch with its Sincera SN250A All-Season tire. Sizes include 205/60R16 92H and 205/55R17 91H.

Falken began production in late March 2018 at parent company’s Sumitomo Rubber’s Thailand plant. Markets served for the new Jetta equipped with Falken-branded tires include all of North America, with 16-inch tires available this June.

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Shell Airflow Starship semi truck aims for fuel-economy record

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Trucks use an awful lot more fuel than cars. Consequently, the fuel you can save from making small improvements can be massive. That’s what Bob Sliwa aims to do when he sets out from San Diego, Calif., on May 17 in his Shell Airflow Starship record truck. Hauling his full-sized trailer fully loaded to the truck’s 80,000 pounds capacity, he…

 

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Toyo Tires: Nano process improves energy efficiency in truck tyres

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Rubber material development teams at Toyo Tire & Rubber (Toyo Tires) have been working on the company’s ‘Nano Balance Technology’ since 2011, and have now developed a new process development technology that improves fuel efficiency in truck and bus tyres.

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One in five truck tires fail German surveillance test

Frankfurt, Germany –  Almost 20% of truck tires have failed to meet the rolling resistance efficiency class specified by the manufacturer or importer, according to the WDK.

The finding is based on tests carried out under a joint investigation by the Frankfurt-based rubber industry association and German market surveillance authorities.

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Average Fuel Economy Down in September

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The WardsAuto Fuel Economy Index shows the average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. in September was 25.4 mpg (9.2 L/100 km), down 0.3% from year-ago. The national average gasoline price was $2.761, 10.7% higher than in August and 18.7% above year-ago. Share of standard gasoline models fell to 96.2% from 96.4% in same-month 2016. Share of all alternative power types increased. Cars sold in the month averaged 30.1 mpg (7.8 L/100 km), down 0.8% from year-ago. Domestically …

 

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VW will bundle parts production in new business

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BERLIN — Volkswagen Group’s plan to cut costs by creating a new parts business could unlock funds for its move to electric vehicles and herald an eventual spin-off that could transform its profitability, analysts said. Shackled by its powerful labor unions, VW makes parts, such as transmissions, in-house at high German wage costs, weighing down the core brand’s profitability.

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Bridgestone launches new touring tire

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Brussels – Bridgestone has launched its Turanza T005 premium touring tire at a recent event in Greece, the company announced 9 Oct

Developed and produced in Europe, the tire is said to deliver “outstanding wet performance and fuel economy, combined with high mileage.”

With more than 140 sizes for 14’’ to 21’’ rims, it will be available on the European replacement tire market from January 2018 and will replace the current T001 EVO.

At the same time, Bridgestone…

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