Trelleborg unit appealing OTR tire import duties


New York — Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Xingtai) Co. Ltd. has followed four other Chinese off-the-road (OTR) tire manufacturers in appealing stiff new antidumping duties from the U.S. department of commerce.

Trelleborg filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) May 15, alleging that Commerce’s decisions in its antidumping review of Chinese OTR tires for the period between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015 were not based on substantial evidence.

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Chinese OTR tire makers appeal import duties


NEW YORK — Four Chinese OTR tire manufacturers have followed through on their promise to appeal the U.S. Department of Commerce’s revamped antidumping and countervailing duties against them for the 2014-15 review period.

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Trump’s EPA cuts a ‘short-sighted’ step backward, says Mich. congresswoman


DETROIT — Cuts to the EPA in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget plan could shutter an Ann Arbor vehicle emissions testing lab and put 435 employees out of work, said the congresswoman whose district includes the lab. U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., on Monday toured the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory, where employees conduct research that helps set vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards. Dingell attempted to tour the site back in April, but was denied access.

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India Will Be Among Top 5 Tyre-making Nations: ATMA

Indian tyre industry is expected to post robust growth figures over the next few years, spurred by the growing passenger vehicle, scooter and utility vehicle segments of the automotive industry. With already 12 global players churning out 140 lakh units per annum, it has emerged as one of the most competitive markets in the world and with the emergence of new technology, ultra-modern production facilities and availability of raw materials, the sector is poised to grow further. BW Businessworld‘s Avishek Banerjee interacts with Rajiv Budhraja, director general, Automotive Tyre Manufacturers Association (ATMA), who stated that India is poised to figure among the top 5 tyremaking nations in the world. 


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Canadian supplier Linamar at center of Trump-NAFTA clash


TORONTO — Linamar Corp. is a perfect poster child for globalization. Founded by a refugee fleeing Soviet aggression in his native Hungary, the Canadian auto-parts maker has 24,500 employees spread around 12 countries. Its supply chain weaves in and out of dozens of nations — a single part can cross seven borders before finding its final home in a completed vehicle. 

Going global has paid off handsomely. The C$3.75 billion ($2.8 billion) company just posted its 22nd quarter of double-digit earnings growth and investors have been rewarded: Shares have soared almost 30-fold since its low after the financial crisis in 2008.

Enter Donald Trump. The U.S. president’s election is the latest in a string of populist, anti-globalization events. On Monday he lashed out against Canada’s support for domestic lumber and dairy industries after calling the North American Free Trade Agreement a “disaster.” A renegotiation of the free trade pact is looming and House Speaker Paul Ryan is pushing a 20 percent border tax.

Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz, 50, is undaunted. …

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Producers unite to boost rubber prices


Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are cooperating to ensure stability of world rubber prices, which continue to fluctuate after signs of recovery.

Titus Suksaard, governor of the Rubber Authority of Thailand, said the three countries, which account for 70% of the world’s natural rubber supply, recently held a meeting to discuss the situation.

They agreed that rubber prices will continue to rise because of several factors, including lower supply due to heavy rainfall and flooding in the South of Thailand. However, the big players in the natural rubber industry see prices as still volatile.

As a result, the three countries have agreed to increase domestic demand as much as possible. They will meet again in July to discuss the issue again and see whether prices are still fluctuating; if so, the group might consider controlling rubber exports to tamp down prices.

Malaysia, Indonesia and India implemented policies to reduce rubber plantations in a bid to curb production and boost market prices, said Mr Titus.

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Cities Need to Wake Up and Start Planning for Self-Driving Vehicles


Automakers and tech companies are closer than ever to delivering self-driving technology to the masses. The urban areas that will host these vehicles, by contrast, aren’t quite up to speed. With many companies firming up deployment plans within the next two or three years, cities are still figuring out how to brace for the first wave of autonomous vehicles. That’s troublesome, cautions a new report from the National League of Cities.

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Tire recycling under pressure in UK

Leaders of the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) and National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) are warning that tire recycling costs are increasing at an alarming rate across Great Britain. The associations assert that the increases are being driven by a mixture of regulatory changes and new market conditions. This leads to reprocessors and professional used tire collectors encountering rather challenging times.

Peter Taylor, secretary general of the TRA says: “Not only we face increased operating and fuel costs, added to which is the latest increase in the minimum wage but these are just aspect of the upward cost pressures that we experience.”

“We, the same as other automotive waste streams, encounter extremely significant costs which stem from new fire security guidelines introduced by the Environment Agency. They reduce capacity in various ways and exert further pressure on costs which will all have to be passed on,” Mr. Taylor says.

Members of TRA who account for over 70% of all used tires collected in Great Britain, are also hit by a plummeted demand for tire-derived fuel (TDF) in Asian export markets and elsewhere due to a four-fold rise in shipping costs.

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ITMA reports “record” membership amid Brexit concerns


Essex, UK – Membership of UK trade association the

Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ITMA) has reached a “record” 21 companies following the addition of two new members.

Yanchang Rubber of China and Dutch company Van den Ban are the latest players to join the ITMA, which offers support and services to its members in the UK and European tire markets.

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ISRI Unveils International Scrap Trade Database

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today launched a new International Scrap Trade Database providing information on international scrap trade flows. The data tables illustrate the trade of recyclables across the globe by major commodity and importing/exporting economies, and show the total amount of scrap traded globally.

“The scrap trade database is a one-stop shop that brings together for the first time statistics dedicated solely to the cross-border movement of scrap. This collection of information will prove valuable for traders, brokers, market analysts, government agencies, the press, and all those interested in the global recycling industry,” said Joe Pickard, chief economist for ISRI. “It also provides scrap processors and consumers insights to burgeoning markets and potential opportunities that can help grow their businesses. The data will also prove beneficial to the public as it showcases the critical role recycling plays in the global economy, and how scrap flows are deeply connected to developments in manufacturing. In addition, it demonstrates the importance of maintaining the free and fair trade of scrap around the world.”

The database is being released in advance of ISRI’s annual convention and exposition being held April 22-27, in New Orleans. The initial offering of international scrap trade figures covers volume flows in metric tonnage from 2005 to 2015 for ferrous scrap, nonferrous scrap, plastic scrap, and recovered paper. Tables for other recycled commodities and charts to help visualize trade flows are in development.

As an added benefit tied to the database, ISRI members can now request custom trade reports by scrap commodity, trading partner, volume, and dollar value by contacting ISRI Research Analyst Bernie Lee.

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