Nexen Wins Design Awards


Two of Nexen Tire’s products have won the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).

The winners of the IDEA 2017 are ‘N’FERA AU7,’ a commercially available tire product, and ‘BREATHRE’, a future-oriented conceptual tire.

‘N’FERA AU7’ is an ultra-high performance (UHP) tire developed for high-ends sedans. ‘BREATHRE’ is an air purifying concept tire designed to contribute to reducing the recent environmental problems such as air pollution and fine dust.

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Bridgestone Honoured by VW


Bridgestone was recognized by Volkswagen Group Award for Innovation & Technology.

During the 15th edition of the Volkswagen Group Awards, Bridgestone received an award in the category of Innovation & Technology.

“Bridgestone teams worldwide are honoured by this prestigious award for Innovation & Technology,” said Paolo Ferrari, CEO & President of Bridgestone EMEA.

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Continental acquires mobility intelligence provider Quantum Inventions


Another acquisition for Continental. Days after the German company reported taking a minority share in French autonomous driving company EasyMile SAS, it announced it has finalised its acquisition of Singapore based mobility intelligence provider Quantum Inventions. Continental hasn’t disclosed how much it paid for the firm.

Quantum Inventions will add to Continental’s growing intelligent transportation systems portfolio with its city data including next generation navigation systems that are highly responsive to real-time information such as traffic data, road incident information and dynamic road pricing. With the closing, Continental welcomes around 120 employees working across Quantum Inventions’ three offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia; and Quantum Inventions Development Centre (QIDC) in India into its fold.

“Asia continues to play an ever-increasing role in our strategy,” states Helmut Matschi, head of Continental’s Interior division. “Initiatives such as the Park & Go real time parking application for Singapore, our recent joint venture with China Unicom, strategic cooperation with Baidu, and now the purchase of Quantum Inventions underline our focus on developing mobility services solutions. We are excited to provide an expanded portfolio of customised solutions in the dynamic mobility services market.”

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Continental’s Contidrom tire test facility turns 50


The Contidrom, Continental’s “prototype” and benchmark tire test facility, is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Initially, the Contidrom comprised a high-speed 2.8-kilometer oval, which remains an impressive feature to this day. The other tracks, such as the 1.8-kilometer wet-handling course and the 3.8-kilometer dry-handling track were added during later expansion stages.

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Researchers at University of Waterloo develop new approach to tire modeling


Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have developed a new approach to tire modeling using Maplesoft’s MapleSim software.

Head researcher Dr Joydeep Banerjee explained, “The volumetric tire model developed in MapleSim offers two distinct advantages over existing tire models. As the moments are calculated using kinematic data only, the model can be easily programmed for numerical simulations.

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Conti R&D boss takes pop at airless tires


Hanover, Germany – Airless tires are more of a marketing tool than a realistic offering for the passenger car tire market, according to Dr Gerrit Bolz, head of process development, tire assembly at Continental.

While the most promising applications for airless tires to date are off-road, developers have touted the solid- or cellular-polymer products as offering an alternative to pneumatic car tires.

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Bridgestone Makes Strategic Investment In Proactive Ride Technology


Bridgestone Americas Inc. has made a strategic investment in ClearMotion Inc., a venture-backed technology company developing road sensing software and hardware that aims to improve ride performance in cars. As part of the investment, Bridgestone will have opportunities to integrate and leverage ClearMotion’s forward-looking technology to rapidly engineer new solutions for the automotive industry. The investment amount is not being disclosed.

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U.S. university develops tire tread sensors


DURHAM, N.C.—Electrical engineers at Duke University have developed a printed sensor that can monitor the tread of car tires in real time.

Based in Durham, the university said the inexpensive sensor will warn drivers when the rubber meeting the road has grown dangerously thin.

The product, which was developed in collaboration with Fetch Automotive Design Group, uses metallic carbon nanotubes that can track millimeter-scale changes in tread depth with 99 percent accuracy, the university said.

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Smithers breaks ground on laboratory expansion


RAVENNA, Ohio — Independent, third-party laboratory Smithers Rapra broke ground recently on a new expansion at the Smithers Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna.

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Michelin opens R&D laboratory in India

An inauguration ceremony was held yesterday for Michelin’s new R&D centre in India. Alexandre Ziegler, France’s Ambassador to India, formally inaugurated the Michelin India Research and Development Laboratory in Manesar, Haryana state. The 3,800-square metre centre provides support to the Michelin Technology Center in Gurugram (formerly Gurgaon), a facility that focuses on commercial vehicle tyre R&D and provides technical support to the company’s manufacturing facilities in India, China and Thailand.

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