Unifor, UAW team up to seek NAFTA changes

Unifor and the UAW have joined forces to urge the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States to make significant changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The two unions, which together represent more than 245,000 auto workers in North American assembly plants, issued a joint statement Tuesday outlining four priorities they want addressed during the renegotiation of the 23-year-old trade deal. They are:

  • The strengthening of labour standards and raising wages.
  • Balanced trade.
  • Real “made in North America” rules.
  • A fair share of benefits for workers in each country.

“NAFTA has failed workers in all three countries,” the statement said. “While overall trade volumes and corporate profits are up, wages in all three countries have remained largely stagnant. Too often workers are not compensated fairly for their work.”

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Michelin Files Suit Against Tire Recappers


Michelin North America has filed a lawsuit against Tire Recappers of Nashville, alleging the company infringed design patents for the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM2 and Michelin LTX M/S2 tires.

The lawsuit alleges that two Tire Recappers tire models — the Cross Grip M/T and the All Position Highway 2 — infringe Michelin’s U.S. Patent Nos. D530,266 and D639,235. Michelin filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville.

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GFL takes aim at North American FKM market


BEACHWOOD, Ohio—An Indian materials firm has hired a rubber industry veteran to help the company introduce its line of fluoroelastomers into North America.

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Toyota announces record $1.33 billion investment in Kentucky plant | Toyota


Investment for next generation vehicle production to drive the future of mobility The company’s largest plant, with more than 8,200 team members, solidifies its commitment to U.S. manufacturing The future of automobile production is now. A $1.33 billion investment- the highest of any automaker in Kentucky and the second-largest in state history- will make Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) the first plant in North America to begin producing vehicles using Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA). Named the “Most American Made” car by Cars.com and the number one selling car in America for the past …

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Q&A: Nokian builds off successful few months


COLCHESTER, Vt.—Tommi Heinonen, president of Nokian’s North America subsidiary, sat down to discuss the firm’s first half and take a look at what he sees as a promising future at Nokian Tyres North American headquarters in Colchester.

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Tire & Rubber Industry Rundown: European Rubber Journal


Asia BD price drop… Nike sales… Clariant-Huntsman link-up… Michelin buys wine reviewer… Conti acquires… Eversafe Rubber… SKF sued ?… Firestone leak… UK down… Kumho limbo… Thai NR…

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Michelin extends tire building project in Nova Scotia, Canada


Michelin North America announced an additional two years of tire building at its Michelin Pictou County site in Nova Scotia to meet consumer demand for winter products. Initially, the MICHELIN Latitude X-Ice Xi2 winter tire project was announced in March 2016 for a period of two years; it has now been extended until May 2020.

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Farm Tire Market – North America Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017 – 2025


This report is on North America farm tire market provides analysis for the period 2015–2025, wherein 2016 is the base year and the period from 2017 to 2025 is the forecast period. Data for 2015 has been included as historical information. The report covers market dynamics including drivers, restraints opportunities, and trends expected to influence the North America farm tire market growth during the said period. Factors that are playing a major role in driving the North America farm tire market have also been covered in the study.

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Linglong opens subsidiaries in Luxembourg and Mexico


Yantai, China – Linglong Tyre has opened fully-owned new subsidiaries in Luxembourg City, Luxumbourg and Mexico City, Mexico, according to its announcement on June 30.

The two subsidiaries, named Linglong Luxembourg and Elite Faith Mexico, will engage in the import and export of tire and tire raw materials.

The subsidiaries are set up “as per Volkswagen’s request to build up Linglong’s overseas sales network to speed up the two companies’ cooperation,” said the statement.

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Michelin acquires share in Robert Parker Wine Advocate

With the signing of a contract, and possibly the clinking of glasses, Michelin sealed its acquisition of a 40 per cent stake in Robert Parker Wine Advocate and RobertParker.com, the world’s most widely read independent consumers’ guide to fine wine. The tyre maker views this equity investment as a measure that strengthens and broadens its “experience in the area of gourmet dining.”

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