Bridgestone Collaborating with NRGene on Guayule Research

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and NRGene, a genomic big data solutions company, are collaborating on research efforts to enhance the company’s U.S. alternative domestic natural rubber breeding program. They will be working in tandem to…

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China will contest any ‘unfair’ U.S. trade measures on steel: think-tank

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MANILA (Reuters) – China will oppose any “unfair and unreasonable” trade measures by countries such as the United States against its steel companies, a Chinese government think-tank said on Tuesday, arguing protectionism will “poison” the industry.

“Certainly we will protest against unfair and unreasonable measures launched by some countries such as the U.S.A. towards Chinese steel companies,” the China Metallurgical Industry Planning and Research Institute said in an email to Reuters.

“We will also study and discuss the counter-measures to try to seek a fair position for Chinese companies without any violation of W.T.O. (World Trade Organisation) agreement.”

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Michelin settles design patent lawsuit with Tire Mart

ST. LOUIS — Michelin North America Inc. has reached a settlement with Tire Mart Inc., d.b.a. Braven Off-Road, in a design patent lawsuit brought last year by Michelin.

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TRAC Provides the Ministry with Recommendations on the Proposed End-of-life Tire Regulation in Ontario

The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (www.tracanada.ca), which represents 16 major global tire manufacturers operating in Canada, as well as selected tire recyclers and suppliers, is pleased to offer its observations and recommendations to what is a very bold plan by Ontario to introduce individual producer responsibility for end-of-life tire management. Allowing individual market players to make… 

Read the TRAC recomendation on RRCEA Tire Regulation here.

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NAFTA’s fate uncertain ahead of Montreal round of talks

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – The NAFTA trade agreement’s future hangs in the balance this week as negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico try to settle major differences over revamping a pact that President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

Senior officials from the three nations will meet in Montreal for a week starting on Tuesday in the sixth and penultimate round of talks to modernize the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump, who entered office last year pledging to undo what he described as disastrous trade deals, has portrayed NAFTA as grossly unfair to the United States and its workers.

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Globalisation is losing its luster, India’s Modi tells Davos summit

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DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – Protectionism is gaining ground and globalisation is losing its appeal, but India is open for business, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the World Economic Forum on Tuesday.

Modi is leading a big government and business delegation to the summit in Davos, the first Indian prime minister do so in 21 years, aiming to showcase India as a fast-growing economic power and a potential driver of global growth.

His comments on rising trade barriers came ahead of an address to the forum later this week by U.S. President Donald Trump, who has championed inward looking policies for the world’s biggest economy.

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U.S. auto parts suppliers urge NAFTA compromise to cover engineering work

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WASHINGTON — A trade group representing U.S. auto suppliers urged the Trump administration to adopt NAFTA automotive rules that cover research, engineering, design and software development work as part of North American regional value content goals. The proposal from the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association was sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer as a sixth round of negotiations to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement began in Montreal.

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Indiana to consider used tire bill

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INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana legislature will consider a bill sponsored by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association that would ban the sale of unsafe used tires for road use.

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Kumho Petrochemical files lawsuit against US government

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South Korean petrochemicals producer Kumho Petrochemical said Monday it has filed a lawsuit against the US government over the high anti-dumping duties imposed on the company.

In July this year, the US Department of Commerce placed anti-dumping duties of 44.3 percent on emulsion styrene butadiene rubber manufactured by Kumho Petrochemical and 9.66 percent on the products by LG Chem and other companies.

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Tyre Tread Depth Michelin Stance

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Michelin has vocally opposed the need for any legal change to their tyre tread depth laws amid raging campaigns these days for a standard 2 mm or even 3 mm as the minimum tread depth for a summer car tyre instead of 1.6 mm fixed early.

This recurring argument has raged on for years and still shows no signs of going away. Old hands in this business recall the bonanza the industry experienced when legal minimum tread depths were first introduced decades ago now. This lurking folk memory still exists, I fear, and there are many among us who still hanker for the instant boost these changes in the law can deliver.

Of course, it is largely self-serving although ‘safety’ is always the mask that hides the face. Across almost all of Europe, the legal minimum tread depth for a summer car tyre has been fixed at 1.6 mm for many a year now; but recently there have been attempts to campaign for a standard 2 mm or even 3 mm. The argument is familiar and generally hinges around wet grip safety with much made of metrological data concerning the amount of time our road surfaces are damp or wet. Michelin, however, will have none of this and to the despair of some has vocally opposed the need for any legal changes to our tread depth laws. Some of the arguments are interesting.

Firstly, Michelin claim that technically superior products (sic) such as theirs are designed to perform optimally throughout their lives.
Secondly, even a well-worn down premium brand will still out-perform many a brand-new budget tyre regardless. Thirdly, tyres can actually improve with age becoming quieter and delivering better rolling resistance (economy). Sustained longevity has become the Michelin watchword…

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