Sumitomo opens European tire, Tpms R&D center

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HANAU, Germany — Sumitomo Rubber Europe G.m.b.H. and Dunlop Tech G.m.b.H. have opened a European Development Center in Hanau-Steinheim with capacities for tire development and testing, production of liquid latex and the design of tire pressure monitoring systems.

The 322,000-sq.-ft. facility, housed in a restored historical building in the Steinheim district of Hanau, will allow the Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (SRI) subsidiaries to boost the speed and efficiency of their research and development operations, according to Bernd Löwenhaupt, managing director of Sumitomo Rubber Europe.

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Toyo Tires unveils noise reduction technology

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In recent years we’ve seen a number of tyre makers introduce noise reduction technologies that utilise foam insulation, with Continental, Hankook, Bridgestone, Sumitomo Rubber, Goodyear amongst those bringing their own version of the concept to market. Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd. has taken a different approach and sought instead to cut noise by modifying airflow within the tyre cavity. It calls its solution Toyo Silent Technology.

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Yokohama Tires Returns to Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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Adding to Yokohama Tire’s sports marketing spots, the tiremaker returned to the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with the inaugural running of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Pikes Peak Hill Climb Trophy by Yokohama. The company also took home a victory in the Time Attack 1 class.

Travis Pastrana took the win in the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport class on Yokohama’s Advan A052 street tires, while David Donohue captured the win in Time Attack 1 on Advan A005 racing slicks.

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Michelin and Maxion Wheels Receive 2018 CLEPA Innovation Award for Cooperation

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Michelin, one of the world’s largest tire makers and Maxion Wheels, the world’s largest wheel manufacturer, received a 2018 CLEPA Innovation Award at this year’s European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) Innovation Award program. The jury recognized the two companies’ joint innovation efforts that resulted in the latest wheel invention, the ACORUS Flexible Wheel, with third place in the “Cooperation” category during the June 13, 2018 award ceremony.

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Enviro studying production of fuel from recycled tires

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Stockholm – A joint project run by Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), together with tire recycler Scandinavian Enviro Systems and waste management group Ragn-Sells is studying the possibility of producing pyrolysis oil from worn out tires.

The aim of the study is to evaluate three different approaches for upgrading pyrolysis oil from tires to make more high-quality fuel products, said Enviro in a 5 June statement.

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Nokian to focus on sustainability at new test facility

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Santa Cruz De La Zarza, Spain — Nokian Tyres PLC has said stepped up its focus on sustainability with the construction of a new technology centre in the Spanish town of Santa Cruz De La Zarza.

In addition to allowing for year-round testing of summer, all-season and winter tires, the tech centre—Nokian’s third globally—will focus on the cultivation of the guayule plant and its and utilization in the manufacturing of tires that demonstration environmentally friendly characteristics.

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CenTiRe sees improvements with tire simulation, but says work remains

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INDIANAPOLIS—The use of simulation has made great strides the past few decades to where it is an integral part of the tire development process, but it still has room to grow, according to the keynote speaker at the ACS Rubber Division Spring…

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Goodyear to test intelligent tire technology at Mcity

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Goodyear to test intelligent tire technology at Mcity By Crain’s Akron Business Goodyear to conduct testing at the Mcity Test Facility Company to test tires and sensors with connected road infrastructure Goodyear said to be first tire company affiliated with Mcity.

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GM’s autonomous vehicle unit gets $2.25 billion boost

DETROIT — SoftBank Vision Fund, a prominent technology investment firm, is investing $2.25 billion in General Motors Co.’s autonomous vehicle operation.

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Goodyear Expands Mobility Work with Leading Research Center

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AKRON, Ohio, May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) is extending its worldwide innovation network to include Mcity, the University of Michigan-led public-private partnership to advance connected and automated vehicles and technologies. Goodyea…

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