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More than two years ahead of their target date, Michelin and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) have secured commitments from all 50 U.S. states to include consistent tire-maintenance and safety information in their driver education programs. Michelin North America chairman and president Pete Selleck told C/D that it had once seemed like a daunting feat for the tire maker and the FIA, which partnered on a Beyond the Driving Test initiative with the goal of having all 50 states on board by 2020.

“We thought that was aggressive, and then we went to work and discovered some interesting allies in the fight,” Selleck said. Not only was support found in the traffic-safety community, but the states themselves also proved to be key partners, he said. 

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Self-Driving Trucks Could Be on Highways in 3 to 4 Years


Heavy-duty trucks that don’t need a driver behind the wheel could be on the road in as little as three years. That’s the assessment of industry experts speaking at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco on Wednesday, where they laid out a tentative road map for how self-driving trucks will begin to integrate with the existing fleet.

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Unifor, UAW team up to seek NAFTA changes

Unifor and the UAW have joined forces to urge the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States to make significant changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The two unions, which together represent more than 245,000 auto workers in North American assembly plants, issued a joint statement Tuesday outlining four priorities they want addressed during the renegotiation of the 23-year-old trade deal. They are:

  • The strengthening of labour standards and raising wages.
  • Balanced trade.
  • Real “made in North America” rules.
  • A fair share of benefits for workers in each country.

“NAFTA has failed workers in all three countries,” the statement said. “While overall trade volumes and corporate profits are up, wages in all three countries have remained largely stagnant. Too often workers are not compensated fairly for their work.”

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Germany summons Daimler to address emissions allegations

BERLIN (Reuters) – A German government committee investigating carmakers has summoned Daimler (DAIGn.DE) for a meeting on Thursday to address allegations it sold cars with excessive emissions, the transport ministry said.

German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, citing a search warrant issued by a Stuttgart court, reported on Wednesday that Daimler had been accused of selling over a million cars with excessive emissions in Europe and the United States.

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Tire and Rubber Industry Navigates the New Normal in International Trade

The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, (TRAC) held its biennial Tire & Rubber Summit on June 19 and 20 in King City, Ont. The precursor of the Summit dates back more than 30 years, and its core value remains constant to this day—bring together C-level executives to reveal latest trends, collaborate, and address key issues and developments affecting the global tire industry with the spotlight on Canada.

“Canadian manufacturers and suppliers face profound challenges brought on by global economic and political changes,” says Glenn Maidment, President of the Association. “The NAFTA renegotiation undoubtedly represents the core sign of times of the global challenges facing Canada. But trade agreement between Canada and the E.U., as well as potential agreements within Mercosur in South America, and a pivot toward China cannot be discounted when it comes to their potential profound effect on Canada. We want to create conversation on how such fundamental changes challenge not just how the tire and rubber industry approaches business, but how we approach business in Canada.”

Regarding international trade and NAFTA, McMaster University’s Automotive Policy Research Centre discussed the deep integration of the automotive sector throughout United States, Mexico and Canada, and Royal Bank of Canada provided 

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Tire & Rubber Industry Rundown: European Rubber Journal


Asia BD price drop… Nike sales… Clariant-Huntsman link-up… Michelin buys wine reviewer… Conti acquires… Eversafe Rubber… SKF sued ?… Firestone leak… UK down… Kumho limbo… Thai NR…

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Summary of Latest News in the Global Rubber Industry


Summary of Latest News and Events in the Global Rubber Industry …


21/6 Indonesian authorities are unfazed by a recent drop in natural rubber prices as market fundamentals remain strong, Reuters has reported. According to…

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Opinion – Burning tires is bad for business and the environment – Opinion By Dan Chassie


HALIFAX, June 8, 2017 /CNW/ – If you believe Lafarge-Holcim, the provincial government is about to give it a substantial portion of my family’s tire recycling business so they can use it as fuel.

The $40-billion French multinational has been telling media since the middle of May that they will soon be burning 350,000 scrap tires a year from Divert Nova Scotia to fuel a relatively small cement kiln in Brookfield.

If that’s true, Nova Scotia will be abandoning a successful used tire management policy that is an integral part of our solid waste management system.

And, of course, it’s another blow to small business in Nova Scotia.

These are tires that our company, Halifax C&D Recycling Ltd., currently converts into tire-derived aggregate (TDA), an environmentally safe, engineered product that replaces and often outperforms gravel in a host of construction applications.

Burning tires is illegal in Nova Scotia, so Lafarge would require an exemption to do this. It would also need an environmental approval from the Environment Department. So why is Lafarge so confident of the outcome?

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Bridgestone claims patent win over Wanli


Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp. is claiming victory in a patent infringement lawsuit against Guangzhou South China Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. and Guangzhou Fengli Rubber & Tire Co. Ltd. covering Bridgestone’s Dueler A/T Revo2 tires.

Bridgestone is claiming it recently received a favourable ruling in April from the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court in its lawsuit regarding the infringement of patent rights against the two Chinese tire makers, which go to market under the Wanli Tire banner.

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Industry wants tire cord exclusions from US steel probe


Washington —Specific types of tire cord-quality steel wire rod, tire cord and bead wire should be excluded from a national security investigation of steel imports, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association told the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Domestic suppliers cannot meet the demand of U.S. tire manufacturers for these steel products, said Tracey L. Norberg, USTMA senior vice president and general counsel, at a May 24 Commerce hearing on the national security implications of steel…

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