Continental opens tyre testing facility in USA

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With the completion of its latest tyre testing facility, Continental now has the capability to locally evaluate all the car tyre lines it produces in the Americas. The company has invested around nine million euros in the Advanced Indoor Evaluation Center, which is located at its proving ground in Ulvade, Texas. An opening ceremony for the facility was held on 5 June.

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Michelin, GM to forge ahead with airless tire/wheel concept as OE option

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MONTREAL — Michelin Group, in partnership with General Motors Co., is taking its development of a maintenance-free, non-pneumatic tire to the next level with the “Uptis” prototype that the two companies said could be market ready as an OE fitment by 2024.

Michelin and GM presented the next-generation airless tire/wheel concept during the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility, under way in Montreal through June 6.

Uptis — Unique Punctureproof Tire System — is based on the fundamentals of Michelin’s Tweel tire/wheel product, introduced at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, according to Eric Vinesse, Michelin executive vice president, research and development.

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Bridgestone helps VW to new Nürburgring electric vehicle record

Volkswagen’s first fully electric race car, the ID.R has broken the electric-powered vehicle lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, using Bridgestone Potenza tyres. The car completed the challenging 20.83km track in 6:05.336 minutes, beating the previous record by 40.56 seconds. Bridgestone custom-developed the Potenza tyres to help the ID.R navigate the demanding track in record-breaking time.

 

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The balancing act: tires and electric vehicles

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Tires all look alike. But to get the best out of an EV, tire makers have developed a whole new category of tires. Michal Majernik of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada explains this evolving industry.

A new breed of car has hit the roads. EVs are here to stay, and it does not come as a surprise that EV tire requirements differ from the mainstream car tires for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. While it is true that traditional passenger tires can be installed on an EV, the EV tire segment is evolving. How are EV tires designed? The core considerations taken into account are…

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Tire maker Michelin to buy telematics group Masternaut – Reuters

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PARIS (Reuters) – French tire maker Michelin has agreed to buy telematics company Masternaut for an undisclosed amount, in a deal Michelin said would increase its presence in the field of customer services. Masternaut manages over 220,000 mostly light utility vehicles under contract, and Michelin’s takeover of the company was made on the basis of 8 times 2018 EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) before synergies.

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Goodyear develops tall and narrow EV concept tire

Marking its 100th anniversary, Citroën developed a special concept car, the 19_19 Concept – an autonomous, connected, electric vehicle. Goodyear was selected to create a bespoke tire for the application, which would deliver the performance required for this unique vehicle.

“Goodyear’s C100 concept tire was specifically designed for the Citroën 19_19 Concept vehicle. It features technology to deliver maximum comfort and efficiency for electric mobility and the intelligent capabilities needed to support an autonomous vehicle,” said Mike Rytokoski, chief marketing officer, consumer Europe at Goodyear.

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New Toyo division targets ‘digital transformation ‘

Hyogo, Japan – Toyo Tire Corp. has established a new Digital Transformation Division as part of a major restructuring bid which started earlier this year.

Launched 1 April, the new division will work towards “building an end-to-end system that connects us with customers,” said Toyo in a statement.

The move, said Toyo, aims to realise an “agile management style” and accelerate digitalisation and innovation within the company.

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Advanced vehicle technology shaking up tire industry

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Advanced vehicle technology is coming fast, and it will have a major impact on tire technology as well, according to speakers at the 35th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference at Hilton Head, held April 10-12.

Keynote speaker Chris Helsel, chief technology officer at Goodyear, noted that vehicle technology has undergone radical changes periodically throughout history.

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Nexen Tire opens global R&D hub in Seol

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Nexen Tire has opened a central research center in Seoul that will serve as its global hub for research & development. Nexen has invested more than $171 million in this 10-storey `Nexen UniverCity.’ The workspace has been designed as an open innovation environment to maximize concentration and teamwork.

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US university develops rubber-reinforced bioplastics

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Columbus, Ohio – Researchers at the Ohio State University have combined natural rubber with bioplastics to develop a “tough and flexible” biodegradable material.

The biocompound is “a much stronger replacement for plastic,” said the university in a report published in the journal Polymer in March.

The study involved melting rubber into plant-derived poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) along with organic peroxide and trimethylolpropane triacrylate (TMPTA).

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