HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish tire maker Nokian Tyres expects its new U.S. factory in Tennessee to help it double its sales in North America, especially by expanding its all-season tire sales in the region, the company said on Thursday. The company, which has previously concentrated mostly on winter tire sales in Russia and Europe, said the new facility would allow it to seek growth in the significantly larger all-season tire market in North America.
Continental recently announced that it has increased production at its pre-cured tread manufacturing plant in Mount Vernon to meet high retread demand.
Due to its high-tech manufacturing process and retread sales growth, the plant has equipped itself to meet an expected 300 percent increase in production this year. To support the additional volume requirements, Continental hired a second shift of production employees in March.
GREENVILLE, S.C.—Michelin North America is adding the RoadBib, a directional tractor tire designed to make tractors more versatile and as effective on road as off, to its agricultural tire lineup.
Available in two sizes, the RoadBib is designed for uses such as manure and silage hauling; spraying and spreading tasks; and public works projects where the tractor travels more miles on the road than in the field.
In North America Vipal has launched a new tread – the VM540. Suitable for both paved and unpaved roads, the VM540 is designed for retreading of trailer and drive axle tires and is also useable in off-road and regional applications. It offers high adhesion on different types of surfaces.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. —Disruption is now almost a daily event in the tire industry, according to Dave Zielasko, publisher of Tire Business.
But disruption is good for business as long as you’re prepared to face it, Mr. Zielasko said in his presentation at the 35th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference, held April 10-12 in Hilton Head Island.
“Disruption can be an opportunity,” he said. “You need to embrace innovation and the turbulence that comes with it.”
Woodruff, South Carolina – Michelin North America Inc. has put into operation a 3 million-sq.-ft. distribution centre in Woodruff that the tire maker claims is capable of processing over 200,000 tires a day.
The $270 million, five-building complex, under construction since November 2016, is capable of warehousing up to 4 million tires, Michelin said.
TRAC’s Tire & Rubber Summit speaker lineup is here. Our 2019 program brings you a list of germane industry topics delivered by high-profile executive speakers from rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators.
Find out all there is to know about rubber material feedstocks, regulatory initiatives and outlook, Canadian economic outlook, and the barrage of new disruptive technologies in automotive, manufacturing and materials’ development sectors.
Dinner Keynote (June 11)
Paul Barter; Management Consultant, Business Professor, Entrepreneur and Venture Investor
Paul is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and focusses on the intersection of technology, business, employment and society in our rapidly changing world. Besides his consulting and investing activities, he supports the next generation of entrepreneurs as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the RIC Centre, a Venture Advisor at MaRS Discovery District and an MBA professor and entrepreneurship advisor at the Schulich School of Business.
Sessions (June 12)
Rubber Material Feedstocks – Supply and Demand Outlook
Our experts will present the challenges and trends affecting the supply and demand for tire industry’s core raw material feedstocks such as NR, SBR, CB, processing oils and others. Furthermore, panelists will offer insights into latest feedstocks procurement strategies relevant in today’s market environment
Dennis Corson; Senior Vice President, Sales and Operations, Alan L. Grant Polymer
Robert Rist; Regional Director, Product Management, Reinforcement Materials, Cabot Corporation
Karthika Kizhakke Vellate; Senior Procurement Analyst, Beroe Inc.
Regulatory Initiatives and Outlook
Our panelists will focus on several key regulatory initiatives relevant to rubber and tire manufacturers in Canada, and will include directives concerning Canada’s Chemical Management Plan and Canada’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Trade also remains under scrutiny and customs compliance and programs continue to evolve to match the challenging global trade environment.
Sarah Amick; Vice President, U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association
Michael Sherbo; Director of Appeals, Dominion Customs Consultants Inc.
Pierrette LeBlanc; Senior Engineer, Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada
Canadian Economic Outlook
Despite global trade tensions, the global economy is not expected to stall in 2019, and the U.S. economic growth has been the main cause in propelling global growth over the past year. The Canadian economy is expected to remain solid and will also likely continue to expand. This segment will provide an overview of the key culprits that will shape the Canadian economy in the coming year.
Josh Nye; Senior Economist, Royal Bank of Canada
Driving to the Future – Part I.
New technologies have one thing in common: the surprising ways they can alter how companies reach their business goals. How will connected vehicles, advanced networks and other technologies impact the tire industry? This segment will present several technologies that are affecting the industry as we speak.
Khaled Boqaileh; Co-Founder & CEO, LabsCubed
Don Heelis, P.Eng.; Sales Manager, Cimcorp Automation Ltd.
Ross McKenzie; Managing Director, Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research
Driving to the Future – Part II.
Technology is changing industries in unprecedented ways, dramatically altering the way they understand and advance product development, manufacturing processes, and other business aspects. This segment will be a discussion of several new technologies and ideas that are informing automotive and tire industries today.
Mike Nehls; General Manager, Tire & Wheel Testing, Smithers RAPRA
Jay Spears; Director of Standards and Regulations, Continental Tire, The Americas
Eric Chaniot; Chief Digital Officer, The Michelin Group
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Brad Wurst, a technical consultant at Smithers Rapra, will deliver a webinar on radial tire components on Wednesday, May 8. The webinar, titled ‘Tire Components 101: A Comprehensive Overview of the Building Blocks of a Radial Tire’, will take place at 11:00am and will last roughly an hour.
The Strategy Analytics report, TPMS: Technical Challenges to Smart Tire Concepts, But Possible Market Potential for Fleets , looks at recent developments in Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems and how they are evolving into Smart Tire concepts. These add new sensing attributes, such as tread depth, size of the contact patch (tire area in contact with the road surface), road surface conditions, vertical load and tire identification.
RICHBURG, S.C. — As the new kid in the North American manufacturing neighborhood, Giti Tire Manufacturing (USA) Ltd. has ambitious plans to make its mark in the regional tire market.
Since the groundbreaking four years ago for its 1.7-million-sq.-ft. facility in Richburg, the subsidiary of Singapore-headquartered Giti Tire Group began producing tires in late 2017, hired more than 700 employees and has been ramping up production for new lines of tires.
“This facility is half of what we want,” said Hank Eisenga, vice president of manufacturing. “So our intent is to take and double this facility as quickly as we can.”