Mitsubishi Materials says units falsified product data for cars


TOKYO — Mitsubishi Materials said its subsidiaries falsified data about products, including parts for cars and aircraft, for at least a year, the latest in a series of quality assurance scandals involving Japanese manufacturers. The company said an investigation in the wake of a data-falsification scandal involving joint venture partner Kobe Steel found that Mitsubishi Cable Industries had inappropriately distorted data for rubber sealing products, used in cars and aircraft.

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Falken Tire picked as OE supplier for new Volkswagen Polo


Falken Tires has announced that it was selected as an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo. Available October 2017, the brand will supply its premium tire models AZENIS FK453, SINCERA 832AECORUN, ZIEX ZE914A ECORUN and winter tire EUROWINTER HS449 for factory fitting.

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Premium tires, mining lift sales at Michelin


CLERMONT-FERRAND, France–Group Michelin registered a 5-percent rise in revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 to $5.88 billion on the combined effect of rising OE demand, a sustained rebound in demand for mining tires and a “highly favorable” price mix.

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Vehicle technology will be hot topic at Sema, Aapex


LAS VEGAS — Dealing with changing vehicle technology will be a recurring theme this year at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show and Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), which run concurrently the week of Oct.

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Continental Welcomes New Members of Commercial Vehicle Tires Executive Team

Fort Mill, S.C., October 16, 2017. The executive team responsible for Continental’s Commercial Vehicle Tires business in the Americas welcomed several new members this summer. All are located in the Fort Mill, S.C., headquarters office. Executive Vice President Paul Williams and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the U.S. and Canada Tom Fanning remain in their roles.

In May, Kristian Klotz assumed responsibility as director of controlling for the Americas, transferring from his role as head of controlling for ContiTrade EMEA and managing director for REG (Reifen-Entsorgungsgesellschaft mbH) in Hanover, Germany. Klotz has been a Continental employee since 2002.

In June, Steve Postel joined Continental as director of retail for the Americas, leading the company’s retail business including BestDrive commercial tire and service centers. Prior to joining Continental, Postel led over 100 retail locations for a national car and truck part supply company. Managing Director of BestDrive, LLC, Sonny Simpson remains in his role.

In July, Carolina Wagner assumed responsibility as director of marketing for the Americas, promoted from the company’s Brazil office where she served as head of tire marketing in the Mercosur region. Wagner has been a Continental employee since 2013 and brings more than 18 years of experience in the tire industry.

Also in July, Daniel Vasconcelos assumed responsibility as director of original equipment (OE) truck tire sales for the Americas, promoted from the company’s Brazil office where he served as head of commercial vehicle tire sales for export and the Brazil replacement market. Vasconcelos has been a Continental employee since 2005.

In August, the Fort Mill, S.C., headquarters for the Americas welcomed a global role: Catherine Herchenroder assumed responsibility as director of retread worldwide. After 11 years with Continental in Germany and China, Herchenroder moved to Fort Mill, S.C., in August to serve as director of global retread worldwide for commercial vehicle tires.

In September, Dr. Marko Multhaupt assumed responsibility as head of strategic accounts for the U.S. and Canada, transitioning from his role as head of marketing and sales for the DACH region: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He has been a Continental employee since 2001. 

CSX CEO Harrison apologizes; automakers complain about rail delays


WASHINGTON — CSX Corp.’s CEO apologized to customers for months of service disruptions at the No. 3 U.S. railroad but passionately defended his operating strategy, at a hearing on Wednesday called by the top U.S. rail regulator. Seated before two regulators at the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) in Washington, CSX CEO Hunter Harrison defended his vision for streamlining efficiency, which he calls “precision scheduled railroading.”

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Japanese steelmaker Kobe becomes latest to admit fabricating data


Investors looked set bail out of Kobe Steel Ltd. on Tuesday, after Japan’s third-biggest steelmaker revealed it had fabricated data to show its products met customer specifications in the latest scandal to rock corporate Japan. Kobe Steel said on Sunday that about 4 percent of the aluminium and copper products that it shipped from September 2016 to August 2017 were falsely labelled as meeting the specifications requested by customers.

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Pirelli Was Tasked To Make Bespoke Tires For The Hyundai i30 N


Hyundai’s first true performance car is finally here to take on the likes of Golf GTI and Focus ST by being more than just an i30 on steroids. The “everyday sports car” sits on a specification of the Pirelli P Zero UHP (Ultra High Performance) summer tires that no other car in the world has. The reason for that is because Hyundai and Pirelli have teamed up to create a tailor-made set of rubbers for the hot hatchback’s 19-inch alloy wheels.

Marked with the “HN” logo on the sidewall to reflect it’s a bespoke product for the Hyundai i30 N, the 235/35 R19 tire belongs to Pirelli’s “Perfect Fit” portfolio of individual tires created for specific applications. According to Hyundai, this P Zero rubber made by Pirelli at its factory in Italy “has been specially geared to the vehicle’s dynamic characteristics.”


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Bridgestone Names New President of OE


Shannon Quinn to lead company’s OE business for North America.

Bridgestone Americas has announced that Shannon Quinn joined the company as president, original equipment (OE) tire sales, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). Quinn succeeds Mike Martini, who recently retired after a 40-year career with Bridgestone Americas.

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Grand finale to RubberTech China & Tire+ Expo 2017


The 17th International Exhibition of Rubber Technology (RubberTech China 2017) and the concurrent International Exhibition on Tire and Aftermarket 2017 Expo (Tire+ Expo) which concluded at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, Shanghai, on September 22, 2017, were a resounding success, with over 600 exhibitors, 30,000 plus visitors and an exhibiting area of 40,000 sqm.

The International Exhibition on Tire and Aftermarket 2017 Expo (Tire+ Expo), the new version of Reifen China, took place concurrently with RubberTech China at the same venue. Reifen China had been organised previously by Messe Essen in partnership with China United Rubber Company (CURC); but after Messe Essen licensed the Reifen China name to Messe Frankfurt, who in turn have opted to use the brand on a tyre pavilion within the large Automechanika Shanghai event, CURC decided to go it alone and produce a new show – Tire+ Expo.

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