The Government of Canada announced it is making significant investments to establish Canada as a global leader in cybersecurity and automotive software for connected and autonomous vehicles. To meet that goal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $40 million in BlackBerry QNX, a business unit of BlackBerry Limited, to develop safe and secure software systems for the next generation of connected and autonomous vehicles.
Goodyear is working with Arizona-based Local Motors to conduct tire testing on its eight-passenger autonomous shuttle, the Olli. All of Local Motors’ Olli vehicles will be equipped with Goodyear tires.
The partnership will enable Goodyear to evaluate advanced tire technologies at various locations, including at the University of Michigan’s Mcity test facility. In particular, engineers will study operation and maintenance considerations.
Phillips Carbon Black Ltd. (PCBL) is planning to set up an overseas R&D centre, its chairman Sanjiv Goenka said.
This centre is likely to help the company find new applications and a diversified product mix for the carbon black that PCBL produces across its four plants in India. It plans to double the share of value-added products to 15% in two years. Indications were that the R&D centre may be located in Europe and could be either a new unit or acquired.
SUZHOU, China—Smithers Rapra will open a new 4,000-sq.-ft. product testing laboratory in Suzhou.
The facility will provide air leak and burst, cleanliness, material properties, salt spray and pressure, vibration and temperature testing, according to a Smithers news release.
The 23rd Rubber Conference and International Workshops organised by the Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA) concluded in Mumbai on December 15, 2018 with a call by experts to raise the quality of research and development in the rubber sector so as to enable the Indian rubber industry to achieve its full growth potential.
Turin, Italy – Linglong Tire chairman and president Wang Feng has signaled the need greater cooperation and partnerships to address the “severe global political and economic situation” impacting the tire market.
Addressing a 7 Dec meeting of strategic suppliers and distributors from around the world, Wang focused particularly on Linglong’s plans to build a major tire manufacturing plant in Serbia.
Nokian Tires announced it has opened a new research and development center in Nokia, Finland to address demand for premium heavy duty tires.
The modern research and development center accelerates the testing phase of new tire models, maintaining the premium quality that Nokian Tires has been known for 120 years.
“In the entire history of Nokian Tires, this is the most remarkable investment in the product development of heavy tires”, says Nokian Heavy Tires R & D Manager Kalle Kaivonen.
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Center for Tire Research is a consortium involving industry and academia that largely has operated under the radar since its inception in 2012 but quietly has played an effective role in the tire business.
Martins Industries has announced a new tire/wheel trolley to their roster of tire equipment. Dubbed the Canuck Tire Puck (#MCTP) due to its Canadian origins and resemblance to the iconic ice hockey puck, the new trolley helps to prevent common workplace injuries and accidents by reducing the need for labor-intensive tire handling.
Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., is working with the Tribology Laboratory headed by Associate Professor Iwai of the College of Science and Engineering at Kanazawa University, to develop technology to visualize rubber’s frictional state of contact on an icy surface. The new evaluation technology will enable the discovery of new compounding agents with excellent water absorbency and facilitate more precise development of tread patterns that deliver higher drainage performance.