Maxam chosen as OE tire for Caterpillar 982M Medium Wheel Loaders

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Maxam Tire North America announced that Caterpillar has approved the 875/65R29 Maxam MS405 L4 tire for use on specific Cat 982M Medium Wheel Loaders.

“The MS405 was designed to thrive under extreme and rugged conditions, exceed expectations and deliver value. Furthermore, Maxam has the support of the Global Dealer Servicing Network with over 1,800 strong and growing allowing for ease of access to the full product line,” says Troy Kline, President at Maxam Tire North America.

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Intelligent tires a key topic at Tire Technology Expo 2020

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The latest developments in intelligent tires are set to feature across Tire Technology Expo 2020, with numerous new product launches and technology developments expected at the free-to-attend exhibition, as well as some stimulating presentations on the subject at the neighbouring conference (rates apply).

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Evolution of all-season and winter tire technologies outlined in new report from Smithers

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Important trends and technologies in all-season and winter tires are detailed in a market report recently released by Smithers. All-Season vs Winter Tires to 2024: A State-of-the-Art Report (Members of TRAC receive 15 per cent discount on all rubber industry market reports produced by Smithers) assesses the key technologies, materials and market drivers that enable tire performance in these two critical product segments, including regulatory, end-use (passenger cars and light trucks) and regional outlooks. 

In terms of performance, several technologies account for the differences in all-season vs. winter tires, including materials, physical design, noise control technologies, processing, and modeling/simulation.

These technologies are ranked and detailed in the state-of-the-art report.

Region differences

The large temperate climate regions of the US and China make all-season tires a standard for most areas except for the northern most regions. Even in many of those areas, and in parts of southern Canada, all-season tires have a high market share, and season-specific tires are less important. This is in contrast to regulatory requirements in Europe and in severe winter weather provinces in Canada where laws or incentives have led to the market bifurcation between summer tires and winter tires.

The role of fuel economy standards

The most important regulatory driver for all-season tires is the OEM vehicle fuel economy standards. These standards are increasing for vehicle OEMs in the EU, Japan, China and North America. Targets for the EU and Japan in the 2025 time frame are rising to over 60 mpg. Originally, US CAFE standards were scheduled to increase to 54.5 mpg in 2025 for passenger cars and 47 mpg as a fleet average, but the standards have been revised downward to 44 mpg and 47 mpg as a fleet average.

The US vehicle market is moving dramatically toward fewer fuel-efficient SUVs/light trucks, which now make up 55% of light duty vehicle sales, even though the US has fuel economy improvements to make to reach new targets. Because tires contribute directly to vehicle fuel economy, automakers will prioritize low-rolling resistance all-season tires in the US for fuel economy gains. In other regions, higher fuel economy standards will drive toward super low-rolling resistance tires.

Winter tire regulation

Europe leads in winter tire regulation, with Germany’s winter tire mandate leading the way. Other EU countries have their own regulations, but because travel among countries is prolific, most consumers use winter tires. In North America, the US does not have a winter tire regulation, and demand for winter tires is concentrated in the northern states. Only in Quebec, Canada, are strict winter tire requirements mandated.

In Asia, Japan’s winter liability laws have encouraged extensive winter tire adoption, while no regulation exists in China. Winter tires are designated by the Alpine snowflake 3MPSF and M+S designations. Winter tire performance is segmented between Nordic/high snow and ice conditions and more moderate Central European winter conditions.  

All-weather tires

All-weather tires are a new market development gaining interest in Europe; they have also been introduced in North America. They offer winter tire labelling with the Alpine snowflake 3MPSF and year-round performance. Market potential exists to expand the all-weather/four-season tire category in south Central Europe, the northern US, Japan and eventually China.

Climate change

Climate patterns over the past 50 years have shown increasing temperatures. This is especially important for the future of winter tires and, to some extent, all-season tires. Increasing temperatures have been significant in northern climates, such as the northern US, where the average temperature has increased over 5° Fahrenheit, putting more cities in moderate winter vs. severe winter climates. The temperature change has generally led to decreases in snowfall and increases in rain; these trends are projected to accelerate over time.  

The overall long-term trends mean winter tires will need to focus more on wet grip, grip on black ice films, and wet snow performance around freezing instead of heavy and dry snow with thick ice conditions at temperatures significantly below freezing.

A brochure on the All-Season vs Winter Tires to 2024: A State-of-the-Art Report is available at: https://www.smithers.com/services/market-reports/transportation/all-season-vs-winter-tires-to-2024.

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Bridgestone boosting OE presence in Europe

BRUSSELS—Bridgestone secured nearly 100 new original equipment fitments in 2019 across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the company disclosed recently.

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Goodyear OE on Tesla Cyber Truck?

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During the last week Elon Musk and Tesla have been busily promoting their latest innovation – the Cyber Truck. The combination of its angular design and hugely powerful drivetrain will certainly turn heads. And, if the initial orders are anything to go by, it is set to be very disruptive in the growing SUV/pickup sector. Indeed, during the first 72 hours after the Cyber Truck’s launch 300,000 vehicles were pre-ordered – enough to put the Cyber Truck in the top 10 for annual US sales.

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Pirelli exclusive OE supplier to Aston Martin Dbx Suv

MILAN—Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. has selected summer and winter versions of the Pirelli P Zero and Scorpion lines as exclusive OE fitments on the 2020 Aston Martin DBX, the Luxury car maker’s first SUV.

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Nexen Tires Debuts Nexen Hero Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon At SEMA

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Nexen Tire America, Inc. a worldwide leader in high-performance, passenger, SUV / light truck and winter tires, has brought the Nexen Hero Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon to the 2019 SEMA Show to highlight the build details of the off-road ready rig which will be given away to a well-deserving U.S. military veteran during the week of Dec. 16 as part of the Nexen Hero III program. The Nexen Hero Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, in Booth No.

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Camso provides Solideal solution for TLD autonomous baggage tractor

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Airport ground equipment specialist TLD has selected the Solideal AIR 561 as original equipment tyre for its new driverless baggage tractor TractEasy and its flagship Jet-16 baggage tractor. Both units have been supplied with Solideal AIR 561 full tyre and wheel assemblies since June 2019.

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Falken factory-fit for Audi Q3, Toyota Corolla

Brussels – Falken has been approved to supply high performance tires to Audi’s compact SUV, the Q3, the company announced 19 Sept.

The SUV will be fitted with the 215/65R17 99V derivative of Falken’s Ziex ZE914 A EC AO pattern, which is exclusively available for original equipment.

The tire has low rolling resistance and good handling and braking properties “even on wet roads,” said Falken Tyre Europe, an affiliate of Japanese tire maker Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI).

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Hankook’s Tires Selected for Audi’s Q8 Series

Hankook Tire has announced that its tires have been selected as original equipment for the new Audi Q8.

The Audi Q8 SUV Coupé is to be fitted with Hankook tires in dimensions ranging from 20 to 22 inches. As stated by the tire manufacturer, three of its tire lines have been selected to equip the four-door SUV Coupé.

Read the source article at Autosphere.ca