MEMA promotes Long to lead supplier group

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WASHINGTON — The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association on Monday tapped William Long as its new president. He replaces Steve Handschuh, who retired in December. The umbrella organization represents automotive suppliers, aftermarket suppliers, heavy duty truck manufacturers and remanufacturers that collectively employ 4.6 million people.

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Giti USA to supply OE tire for the 2019 Volkswagen Passat

Giti Tires USA announced that its manufacturing facility in South Carolina has completed an audit by Volkswagen to supply two tire sizes for the 2019 Volkswagen Passat.

The plant can now officially begin producing the premium All-Season GitiComfort A1 in the 235/45R18 95H and 235/40R19 92H sizes for the popular Volkswagen sedan. Production of tires for Volkswagen will commence in the first quarter.

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The thinking behind Bridgestone’s TomTom Telematics acquisition

Bridgestone’s successful acquisition of TomTom Telematics follows earlier reports that both Michelin and Bridgestone were vying to buy the Telematics business unit from Netherlands-based company TomTom . In addition, according to Dutch financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad, Michelin was one of four in the running. For its part, Michelin was allegedly aiming to add the business into its Michelin Solutions portfolio.

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Bridgestone to supply tires for Audi e-tron

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Bridgestone has been selected as a supplier to the Audi e-tron. The tire manufacturer will supply six different tires from 19in to 21in – four summer and two winter sizes – as original fitments.

Bridgestone’s Alenza 001 summer tire is specially designed for SUVs. It has a block structure that optimizes contact with the road to improve steering response on corners and stability when driving on a straight. It achieves an A grade for wet grip on the EU label.

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Global Tires Market Analysis, Estimates Trends, and Forecasts, 2016-2024: Growing Role of Nanotechnology Offers Benefits That Cover the Entire Life-Cycle of Tires

DUBLIN, Jan 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The “Tires – Market Analysis, Trends, and Forecasts” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin…

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Smithers to open new product testing lab in China

SUZHOU, China—Smithers Rapra will open a new 4,000-sq.-ft. product testing laboratory in Suzhou.

The facility will provide air leak and burst, cleanliness, material properties, salt spray and pressure, vibration and temperature testing, according to a Smithers news release.

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Hankook to supply tires for the 2019 Ford Ranger

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Hankook Tire will supply tires for the 2019 Ford Ranger. The midsize pickup truck will be equipped as standard with Hankook’s Dynapro HT (Pattern RH12) or Dynapro AT-m (Pattern RF10) as an option.

The Dynapro HT is a highway all-season tire that is designed to be durable and deliver high levels of traction on snow. Its wide footprint is said to give good grip in all driving conditions.

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Hankook Tire to chosen as OE tire for new Ford Focus Active

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Hankook Tire announce it was chose as original equipment supplier to the All-New Ford Focus Active. The tire that will be fitted is Hankook Ventus Prime 3, an ultra-high performance tire with the perfect balance between performance, comfort and safety.

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Pirelli And Formula One: Together Until 2023

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Pirelli has announced it will remain Global Tire Partner of the FIA Formula One World Championship for another four years, after renewing its current contract, which lasts until the end of the 2019 season. The renewal will extend the agreement from 2020 to 2023.

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Michelin becomes IndiGo tyre partner

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IndiGo, the largest airline in India in terms of fleet size and passengers carried, has appointed Michelin tyre partner for its entire fleet. Michelin Aircraft Tyre will supply tyres from its Michelin Air range, primarily the Michelin Air X radial, for IndiGo’s Airbus A320 and ATR 72-600 aircraft – a current total of 189 planes.

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