Take a look at Hankook’s concept tire for Volkswagen I.D. Crozz II

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A new concept tire from Hankook will be showcased on the new electric drive concept vehicle from Volkswagen, the I.D. Crozz II, at the IAA in Frankfurt. Following the world première of the concept car in Shanghai in April, the company is presenting a new version of the I.D. Crozz at the IAA. Like the Volkswagen I.D. and the I.D. Buzz, the latest generation from the Volkswagen Group is also equipped with Hankook tires.

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Top 10: Rubber Technologies

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European Rubber Journal’s regular update of the latest potentially significant advances in the fields of rubber materials, processing and application technologies.

Hankook advances tire-noise insulation technology

APPLICATION – Hankook has updated its ‘sound absorber’ technology, which is already being fitted as OE on high-end SUVs and sport coupés. Acoustic foam used in the tire is no longer being fixed in place with a full-surface coating of the company’s Sealguard material.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Continental Unleashing Torrent of Tech at Frankfurt

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The cars will be the stars at next week’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but some of the most interesting and talked-about new features will be coming from suppliers, including technology that can look into drivers’ eyes and read their mind (well, almost), to dazzling audio systems that don’t use speakers and wireless inductive charging systems for battery-electric vehicles.

Earlier this year Continental, one of the world’s largest and most diversified auto suppliers, gave journalists a preview of the multitude of products it will introduce at Frankfurt.

It was like trying to drink from the proverbial fire hose.

 

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Tire makers commit more than $7.3B on new plants, expansions

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AKRON — The world’s leading tire makers committed more than $7.3 billion in the past year toward new plants and capacity expansions, a measurable drop from record spending of $10 billion-plus in 2015-16 but still ahead of the annualized average for the past decade.

The investment sum was buoyed by nearly $3.3 billion in spending on acquisitions, deals that involved companies with collective annual sales of more than $2.5 billion — including Qingdao Doublestar Tire Co. Ltd.’s still-pending $830 million bid to buy what amounts to a controlling interest in South Korea’s Kumho Tire Co. Inc.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Goodyear Using Soybean Oil-Based Rubber in Tires

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AKRON, OhioAug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) is harvesting some unique “seeds” of innovation as it introduces a new tire technology with support from the United Soybean Board (USB).

The first commercial use of a new soybean oil-based rubber compound is helping Goodyear enhance tire performance in dry, wet and winter conditions. A Goodyear team of scientists and engineers created a tread compound, or formulation, using soybean oil, which is naturally derived, cost-effective, carbon-neutral and renewable.

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Building a Business Enabled by Self-Driving Technology

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We’re spending a lot of time these days thinking about the future and what it will take to create the City of Tomorrow. We know that one key ingredient for delivering our vision of the future is self-driving vehicles. We also know the technology has the potential to have a profound impact, but it’s time to look beyond the potential and talk about how it can be applied in helpful ways to create a viable business. We’re developing self-driving technology because the world is changing rapidly.

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Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed

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Imagine a tire that could heal after being punctured or a rubber band that never snapped. Researchers have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal. Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.

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A shared mobility future raises questions for auto suppliers today

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich–If the future of mobility is shared key suppliers of auto interiors have a lot of questions about what that will mean about the instrument panels, door panels, center consoles and every other surface you see and touch.

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Hankook Tire Concept Tires at IDEA Awards

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A pair of futuristic concept tires earned Hankook Tire both Bronze and Finalist awards at the 2017 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) ceremony.

The International Design Excellence Award is a premier international design competition sponsored annually by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and judged by top design experts across the globe. It is known as one of the world’s top three most prestigious awards alongside the iF Design Award and the Red Dot Award.

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Say goodbye to flat tires thanks to a self-healing rubber from Harvard

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It’s a situation drivers are all too familiar with: cruising along the road when suddenly a tire goes flat. Curse words, struggles, and inconvenience ensue. Researchers at Harvard University have developed a potential solution that could put flat tires, and the baggage that comes with them, in the past. The material is as tough as natural rubber but combines new engineering feats to create a durable, self-healing rubber, according to Phys.org.

Read the source article at motorauthority.com