TRAC Winter Tire Report: Winter Tires Prevent Hazardous Road Situations

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TRAC’s 2018 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study shows that 80 per cent of winter tire owners believe driving a vehicle equipped with winter tires has saved them from being involved in a potentially hazardous driving situation such as loss of control or a collision. The Study also found that 76 per cent of Canadian motorists now use winter tires.

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Rubber chemicals market to reach $5.3 billion by 2024

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CLEVELAND—The worldwide market for rubber processing chemicals is poised to grow 4.9 percent annually, from $3.63 billion last year to more than $5.31 billion by 2025, according to new research from Global Market Insights. The CAGR figure is in line with other markets reports on the rubber processing chemicals sector. Some studies, however, project …

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In terms of value, the rubber process oil market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2018 to 2023

NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — In terms of value, the rubber process oil market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.1% from 2018 to 2023.

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Artificial Turf Market – Development Highlights 2025 | Avalon, Turf & Garden

Growth opportunities abound in the global market for artificial turf as residential and commercial property owners increasingly focus on ways of keeping lawns green even during the rising incidences of draughts across the globe. Along with providing an easy way of conserving the water otherwise spent on keeping natural grass alive, artificial grass, or artificial turf as it is often referred to, helps eliminate the need for timely maintenance, elimination in the amount of hazardous chemicals that natural grass lawns are subjected to, and are cost efficient owing to long workable life.

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Nokian sees North American sales doubling in five years

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NOKIA, Finland — Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is looking to double its sales in North America in the coming five years, CEO and President Hille Korhonen said in Nokian’s third-quarter financial results presentation.

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Smithers Rapra: Motorcycle tire demand spurred by trends in emerging markets and technology

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Rising incomes in emerging markets have led to the rapid growth of motorcycle ownership, particularly in Asia, resulting in a strong increase in motorcycle tire sales. Growth is being driven by the increasing number of households in industrializing regions that are now able to afford motorcycles.

Motorcycle tire market demand is estimated to rise to $19.4 billion in 2023, representing an annual compound growth of 6.5% from $14.2 billion in 2018, according to Smithers Rapra data.

In the report The Future of Motorcycle Tires to 2023, Smithers Rapra attributes growth to rising living standards, urbanization and mobility improvements, demographics, and technological changes. Those with disposable income are showing growing interest in motorcycles, including electric and self-balancing models and other new technologies.

The highest growth is seen in the Asia-Pacific region, driven by China and India. Data shows that by 2023, Asia-Pacific’s region share will be over 16 million units. Japan-based multinational companies such as Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha dominate the two-wheeler sector’s world market.

Trends in mobility

The evolution of mobility and transportation technologies, along with road conditions, play a role in customer preferences, driving patterns, tire wear, and ultimately motorcycle and tire design.

The role of motorcycle tires is complex, and they must satisfy performance and safety parameters depending on the application and type of motorcycle. There is extreme variation of motorcycle tire types depending on vehicle characteristics, intended driving surfaces, and tire construction.

Evolving tire construction

Developments in tire materials continue to include new compounds, as well as a greater range of compounds, to optimize the attributes most required by industry and to better target tires to applications, according to Smithers Rapra.

Among performance and safety attributes, grip remains the most important and is still being improved even as other attributes compete for attention. A trend towards a richer silica content is ongoing, owing to the importance of grip. Carbon black is also important, with the grades used in motorcycle tires similar to those used in ultra-high-performance and race car tires. Traditionally, all motorcycle tires were bias ply. A clear trend for motorcycles up to 400cc is the increased use of radial tires, especially seen in Asia and South America where they are equipped on more sporty motorcycles.

The impact of electrification

Electrification will initiate further tire evolution, as will the requirements of motorcycle connectivity and progressive automation, leading eventually to ‘smart’ tires. Tires will be expected to have sensors measuring and reporting pressure, temperature, grip, road surface conditions, and tire wear/condition.

Smithers Rapra market report The Future of Motorcycle Tires to 2023 offers in-depth analysis of  the economic demand and growth of the global motorcycle tire market from 2018-2023, and cutting-edge technology developments in materials, components, design, and safety attributes.

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When seeking auto service, millennials value convenience

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AKRON — One sure way to attract millennials to your shop is to make tire shopping as convenient as possible, according to Tyler Brunatti, head of automotive services at Podium Corp. Inc.

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Trucks are what make Canada’s 10 most popular automakers successful

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Even with a noticeable decline in the number of pickups being sold in 2018, trucks remain big business in Canada. In fact, from a market share perspective, pickups remain more popular in Canada than south of the border. Pickups account for 20 per cent of Canadian auto sales and 19 per cent in the U.S.

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ANRPC estimates global NR supply deficit at 874,000 tonnes

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The world consumption of natural rubber grew 6.6%, on a year-to-year basis, to 10.653 million tonnes from January to September 2018, while the world production recorded a slower growth at 1.5% to 9.779 million tonnes during the period.

This resulted in a supply deficit of 874,000 tonnes during the period, says the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) in its latest Natural Rubber Trends and Statistics report.

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Eight-in-ten winter tire owners say winter tires have saved them from loss of control or a collision: survey

A big majority of winter tire owners believe that driving a vehicle equipped with winter tires has saved them from being involved in a potentially hazardous driving situation.

 

Cambridge, Ontario, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eighty per cent of winter tire owners believe driving a vehicle equipped with winter tires has saved them from being involved in a potentially hazardous driving situation such as loss of control or a collision, according to a new consumer survey commissioned by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).

“Canadian drivers who have embraced winter tires have spoken and provided this very telling insight,” says Glenn Maidment, President of TRAC. “They confirmed what we already know—that the superior performance of winter tires has a place in Canada, and that their greater grip and significantly shorter stopping distances on all cold-weather road surfaces keep Canadians safer on winter roads.”

TRAC’s 2018 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study also found that 76 per cent of Canadian motorists now use winter tires. In comparison, TRAC’s 2017 study found 66 per cent of drivers were using winter tires.

Excluding Quebec, where winter tires are required by law, winter tire usage stands at 70 per cent. Last year’s study found 60 per cent of drivers were using winter tires outside Quebec.

This surge in winter tire usage is reflected in winter tire shipments across Canada, which have grown at an annualized rate of four per cent over the past five years. The significant increase in winter tire use is great news because it means our wintertime roadways are safer than ever as Canadians embrace the safety and performance advantages of winter tires.

The top motivations for purchasing winter tires, include: winter tire laws (34 per cent); advice from family and friends (17 per cent); lower auto insurance premiums (11 per cent), and positive media coverage (seven per cent).

“At 17 per cent, advice from family and friends represents a major driver when it comes to drivers switching to winter tires,” says Maidment. “So, we can effectively link the increases in winter tire utilisation directly with people sharing their positive experience with winter tires.”

Regionally, the 2018 study found:

  • 64 per cent of British Columbia drivers use winter tires
  • Alberta’s usage rate is 70 per cent
  • In Manitoba and Saskatchewan usage stands at 60 per cent
  • 69 per cent of Ontario drivers now use winter tires
  • In Atlantic Canada, where winter tire usage is surpassed only by Quebec, winter tire usage stands at 94 per cent

The most common reasons why three-in-ten drivers still resist winter tires are the belief that all-season tires provide enough traction (53 per cent), cost (18 per cent) and reduced driving in winter (15 per cent).

Full survey results are available at www.tracanada.ca.

The superior performance of winter tires is the result of advanced tread designs and rubber compounds. Winter tires feature softer tread compounds that retain flexibility even in extremely cold conditions. At temperatures at or below 7 degrees Celsius, the traction capabilities of winter tires provide greater grip on all cold-weather road surfaces and significantly shorter stopping distances.

In Quebec, provincial research shows universal winter tire use results in a five per cent reduction in road accident injuries and a three per cent reduction in deaths and serious injuries. (Source: Quebec Winter Tire Report, 2011)

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