Tire Cologne to host international retreading conference

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COLOGNE, Germany — The organizers of The Tire Cologne — the biennial tire industry exposition set to debut in 2018 — have added a one-day “Global Retreading Conference” to the event’s agenda.

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USTMA Reflects on Selleck’s Retirement from Michelin

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On November 16, Michelin North America announced the retirement of Chairman and President Pete Selleck, effective Dec. 31, 2017, after six years in that role. His impact to the industry is praised and recognized by the USTMA among others.

Selleck is known for his dedication and service to the tire industry. Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), say Selleck “leaves a lasting legacy of visionary leadership” in the industry.

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Toyo Tires, National Auto Sport Association launches GT Challenge

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Toyo Tires and the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) announced the creation of the Toyo Tires GT Challenge. This new class features equally prepared Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport and GT4 Clubsport MR race cars competing on 18-inch Toyo Proxes RR DOT competition tires. The inaugural race will take place during the 2017 NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance.

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Cabot boss expects “solid growth” in American tire market

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Boston, Massachusetts – Cabot Corp. expects to see “solid growth” in the North American tire sector due to ‘long-term fundamentals’ of the market, according to company CEO Sean Keohane.

In a full-year results conference call on 2 Nov, Keohane said tire-plant investments were ramping up in North America with “a shift towards more local production that will support growth rates in that range.”

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Hankook income drops in third quarter, nine months

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SEOUL, South Korea—Hankook suffered double-digit drops in operating income for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, despite increased sales for both periods.

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Cooper unveils new Evolution Tire line

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Cooper Tire is inviting attendees at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas to experience “The Start of an Evolution” with the unveiling of its new Evolution tire line beginning today in booth #43019. The line, which includes the previously released Evolution H/T™ as well as the soon-to-be-available Evolution Tour™ and Evolution Winter™ tires, offers consumers the performance, handling and durability synonymous with Cooper at a mid-tier price point in the Cooper portfolio.

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Michelin North America joins RubiconPro hauler buying program

Rubicon Global, Atlanta, has announced that Michelin North America Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, has joined the RubiconPro buying program. With this addition, independent hauling and truck fleets will be offered discount pricing on new Michelin and BFGoodrich commercial tires and retreads. RubiconPro features fuel, equipment, financial, insurance and compliance benefits that previously were …

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Giti’s U.S. plant begins production in S.C.

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RICHBURG, S.C.–Giti Tire has initiated production at its $560 million Richburg tire plant, making Singapore-headquartered Giti the 16th global tire maker with U.S.-based manufacturing capacity.

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Trelleborg to launch ‘PneuTrac’ ag tire/track design

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TRELLEBORG, Sweden — Trelleborg Wheel Systems intends to bring the PneuTrac hybrid agricultural tire/track design to market, targeted initially at agricultural sectors that struggle with root protection and steep terrain.

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Michelin develops custom tire for 2018 Ford Mustang GT

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Ford and Michelin engineers took learnings from the Ford GT supercar and Shelby GT350 Mustang to develop a custom Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S high-performance summer tire designed for optimal wet and dry grip, braking distance and lateral handling performance.

“We took everything we learned at the track, including feedback from professional drivers, to create a tire custom-tuned for Mustang GT,” said Gary Swingle, Michelin tire engineer.

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