Ontario Supporting Businesses and Drivers in Northern Ontario

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is providing drivers in the province with more options by allowing newer models of studded tires to be sold in Northern Ontario.

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation Kinga Surma and Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, were at Kal Tire in North Bay today to announce that Ontario is changing a regulation that prevented some new models of studded tires from coming to market. 

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Germany ready to buy company stakes to safeguard under-threat industry | Reuters

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany could take stakes in companies to prevent foreign takeovers in some key technology areas, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Tuesday, presenting a new industrial strategy he said was necessary for the country’s cohesion. The pivot to a more defensive industrial policy is driven by German concerns about foreign – particularly Chinese – companies acquiring German know-how and eroding the manufacturing base on which much of Germany’s prosperity is built.

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US now finds against China truck & bus tires

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Washington –  The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has reversed its original opinion on truck and bus tires from China, voting 3-2 on 30 Jan that these imports had caused ‘material injury’ to its tire industry.

The findings, filed with the US Court of International Trade (CIT), reverse the ITC’s original ‘negative’ determination on Chinese truck and bus tires in February 2017.

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Canada lawmakers want to question GM CEO Mary Barra

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Members of Canada’s parliament want to question General Motors CEO Mary Barra about the automaker’s future in their country. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology approved a request Tuesday to have Barra “come before committee and explain GM’s future and continued commitment to the Canadian automotive and manufacturing industry in Canada.” Ontario New Democratic Party member Brian Masse filed the motion, which was passed by the all-party committee.

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EU warns U.S. of major hit to its exports if car tariffs imposed

BRUSSELS — The European Union has warned the United States that imposing import tariffs on cars and car parts would harm its own automotive industry and likely lead to countermeasures by its trading partners on $294 billion of U.S. exports. In a 10-page submission to the U.S. Commerce Department sent last Friday, the EU said tariffs on cars and car parts were unjustifiable and did not make economic sense.

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Reuters: Trump tariffs force tough choices at U.S. auto suppliers

WYOMING, Mich. (Reuters) – Bob Roth makes no bones about his feelings towards U.S. manufacturing. The co-owner and chief executive of RoMan Manufacturing Inc, which makes transformers and glass-molding equipment for automakers and other industries, asks callers on his voicemail: “What have you done today to support U.S. manufacturing?” His procurement team has been under long-standing orders to source all parts and materials as near as possible to his western Michigan factory, even with President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. But with those tariffs dragging into a new year and steel comprising a quarter of RoMan …

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Memphis revives Tire Redemption Program

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MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The City of Memphis has brought back its Tire Redemption Program as a way of reducing the amount of illegal scrap tire dumping in the area.

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Government shutdown closes ITC, postpones steel wheel hearing

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WASHINGTON – The partial federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22 has forced the U.S. International Trade Administration to suspend operations until further notice – including a Jan. 8 hearing on potential antidumping …

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TIA Developing New OTR Tire and Wheel Weight Chart

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA) is developing an Earthmover Tire and Wheel Weight Chart that will be released in the first quarter of 2019.

The chart lists the average physical weight for more than 150 earthmover and industrial forklift tires as well as the average weight of more than 150 rim and wheel assemblies, including independent components.

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2018 Top 10: Raw material volatility

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Prices for raw materials continued to increase in 2018, causing a widespread impact throughout the tire and rubber industries in our No. 3 story of the year.

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