Polish rubber parts maker opens Mexico plant

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San Luis Potosi, Mexico – Polish rubber parts manufacturer Sanok Rubber Co. has opened a production plant in San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico, the company has announced.

The plant was officially inaugurated in October 2019 in the presence dignitaries and customers such as Ford, BMW, Webasto, the manufacturer said in a recent statement.

Named SMX Rubber Co., the Mexican subsidiary manufactures automotive parts and delivered its first sales in August last year.

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2019 Year in Review: USMCA passage highlights partisan year in D.C.

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WASHINGTON — Tariffs and trade were the big government-related news out of Washington in 2019, a year in which partisan gridlock combined with the pending impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to prevent much legislation from passing Congress.

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Paulo Ferrari to succeed retiring Gordon Knapp as Bridgestone Americas CEO

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TOYKO—Bridgestone is promoting Paulo Ferrari to president, CEO and chief operating officer of Bridgestone Americas Inc.

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U.S., Canadian officials converge on Mexico City to seal final changes to trade deal – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and Canadian officials were set to fly to Mexico City on Tuesday to work on the final changes to a languishing North American trade pact that could clear the way for a vote in the U.S. Congress before the end of the year. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Monday night she expected the final language of the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) to be set by Tuesday, which would bring Democrats to a “moment of truth” on whether to proceed to passage.

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Yokohama Tire names new It Vp

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Yokohama Tire Corporation has a new vice president of Information Technology. Pavan Desaneni succeeds Wasi Ahmed in this capacity and will report to Tom Masuguchi, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the tyre maker’s North American business.

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Bridgestone Americas Announces Leadership Changes

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Bridgestone Americas has announced changes to its senior leadership structure, effective from September 16.

Aligned with the global leadership changes within its parent company Bridgestone Corporation, the new changes are a part of its initiative to develop global leaders throughout the company.

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Pence says clock ticking on USMCA, but Democrats won’t be rushed – Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said that a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal needs to be approved without delay, but Democrats and organized labor said certain provisions must first be improved. Pence told reporters he was hopeful that the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Democrats, would pass the agreement this fall. “The clock is ticking,” Pence said.

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Birla Carbon changes North America price index

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Birla Carbon will change all North America contract price formulas from August 1, 2019. The long-used index up to this date, U.S. Gulf Coast High Sulfur Fuel Oil, will change to U.S. Gulf Coast 0.5 percent Sulfur Fuel Oil. Feedstock to make carbon black is sourced from markets driven by marine fuel. This market is undergoing fundamental changes driven by regulations widely known as MARPOL 2020 or IMO 2020, which establishes the maximum allowable sulfur content in marine fuel at 0.5 percent. While this regulation is effective January 1, 2020, the supply chain is adjusting now.

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Maxxis ‘Accelerate’ dealer program ties into larger growth strategy

SUWANEE, Ga. — Maxxis Tire International – USA has launched a dealer marketing program called Accelerate that company executives see as a critical first step in the company’s plans for expanding its automotive-related business in North America.

Maxxis, the No. 9 tire maker worldwide in 2017 with a markedly lower market presence in North America, sees building the size of its customer base as critical before committing to some other building blocks, according to Chris Jenkins, programs manager – automotive division, for Suwanee-based Maxxis USA.

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BKT continues to search for a location for its U.S. plant

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BKT USA Inc. is on track to build its first manufacturing plant in the U.S., according to Minoo Mehta, president of the U.S. subsidiary of India’s Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT). Mr. Mehta discussed his company’s successes as well as the challenges ahead in an interview with Tire Business.

 

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