Yokohama Tire Receives Platinum Supplier Award from Caterpillar for 7th Straight Year

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Yokohama Tire Corp. has earned Caterpillar’s premier supplier award for the seventh consecutive year. The award – Platinum Level Recertification in its Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) – went to Yokohama’s factory in Onomichi, Japan. The plant produces OE and replacement off-the-road (OTR) tires for a wide range of equipment.

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Tire Cord Fabrics Market Worth $6.4 Billion by 2023 – Exclusive Report by MarketsandMarkets™

CHICAGO, April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — According to the new market research report “Tire Cord Fabrics Market by Material (Nylon, Polyester, Rayon, Aramid, Polyethylene Napthalate), Tire Type (Radial Tire, Bias Tire), Application (OEM, Replacement), Vehicle Type (Passenger Cars,…

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Improving electric vehicle economics | McKinsey

The future looks bright for electric-vehicle (EV) growth. Consumers are more willing than ever to consider buying EVs, and sales are rising fast. Most major markets have consistently registered 50 to 60 percent growth in recent years, albeit from small bases. More new models from a growing cadre of automotive OEMs make finding a suitable EV easier: in 2018 alone OEMs launched about 100 new models and sold two million units in total globally.

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Pirelli Equips the ‘Gullwing’ Mercedes With Its Iconic Cinturato Tire

Pirelli has announced that it equipped the ‘gullwing’ Mercedes 300 SL with its Cinturato CA67 tire at the 2019 tribute to the historic Milan to Sanremo race.

Besides being the first sporting tire in modern history, the Cinturato is Pirelli’s longest-standing brand, featuring on posters and in company adverts for decades. Sold as the CA67 from the early 1950s, the Cinturato was first developed as “tread pattern 367”.

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Caterpillar selects Maxam tire for Cat Medium Wheel Loaders

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Maxam Tire North America has secured an original equipment deal with Caterpillar for the Cat Medium Wheel Loaders, which will be shod with Maxam MS302 L3 tires in size 23.5 R25 MS302.

The tire is available optionally on the Cat 950GC, 950L, 950M, 962L and 962M in certain regions. The Maxam MS302 tire has also been approved for fitment on additional Cat Medium Wheel Loaders in futher sizes.

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Hunter Engineering releases difficult tire and wheel fitment data trends

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Hunter Engineering has released data illustrating difficult tire and wheel fitment trends. This data shows a significant shift in growth of difficult tire and wheel assembly fitments throughout the last 15-20 years.

Low-profile (45 series or lower), run-flat, large diameter (wheel size in excess of 20”), and heavy assemblies (overall diameter exceeds 30”) have proved to be difficult to service.

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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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