Bridgestone Americas Recognizes Innovators

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Bridgestone Americas recognized leaders in innovation during its 38th annual Inventors Awards Dinner on May 18 in Akron, Ohio.

The ceremony honored 156 Bridgestone inventors, representing 102 patents and 16 trade secrets designated for 2016.

“Research and innovation are at the core of everything we do, and that is why this is such a special event,” said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer of Bridgestone.

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Sumitomo develops intelligent sensing tires technology

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Tokyo – Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) has developed a new tire sensing technology which is able to detect road conditions, tire load and other information by analyzing the wheel speed signals that are generated by the rotation of the tires.

Called “Sensing Core,” the technology follows another SRI proprietary technology, DWS (deflation warning system), which analyses wheel speed signals from the rotation of tires to detect and notify the driver of decreases in tire air pressure.

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German bike tire company develops “new-generation” rubber compound

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REICHSHOF, Germany—Bicycle tire brand Schwalbe is launching a new generation of compounds for its MTB tires in the Evo line, which it claims will improve durability while offering high performance.

In an April 19 statement, the German company said the compound goes by the name of Addix and “solves the typical trade-off between grip, rolling resistance and wear across a much wider range than before.”

To develop the compound, Schwalbe said it used “a state-of-the-art and extremely precise mixing technology which is not generally used in the bicycle tire industry.”

In its statement, the German tire company said the new mixing process “allows for an almost infinite number of parameter variations and, with a new production hardware set up especially for Addix.”

“In terms of durability, our tires have become much more impressive across the board, and the low-temperature properties are now excellent, and not only in the soft compounds,” Markus Hachmeyer, senior product manager at Schwalbe and designer of MTB tires, said.

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Bridgestone develops airless bicycle tires

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Tokyo – Bridgestone Corp., together with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd., has developed an airless bicycle tire as part of its “air free concept” technology, the Japanese tire-maker announced 17 April.

The two companies will advance feasibility studies and seek to make this new tire available in the market by 2019.

Bridgestone’s “air free concept” uses a structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of tires, eliminating the need to inflate tires with air to support the…

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Auto Industry ‘Where It’s At,’ Executives Say

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DETROIT – The automobile industry these days increasingly prefers the open collar to a necktie and it is not just fashion statement, leading executives say, but a cultural shift steadily making engineering jobs in Detroit and Stuttgart more attractive to young talent previously drawn to the laidback lure of Silicon Valley.

“It’s on the way back,” says General Motors Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Jon Lauckner, who also heads the automaker’s venture-capital arm where he has an umpire’s view of startup and investment activity. “People are rediscovering the auto industry.”

Lauckner recalls launching GM Ventures nearly seven ago and “counting on one hand” the number of startups relevant to automotive, whereas today there is a hum of activity in highly germane fields such as artificial intelligence, microprocessors and materials science.

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Continental to expand its R&D footprint in North America with Advanced Indoor Evaluation Center

UVALDE, TexasApril 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Continental has announced the investment of approximately $10 million in a new indoor tire test center located in Uvalde, Texas, at the company’s U.S. proving grounds.

“The new test center will support our vision of being the preferred technology partner for Continental’s Original Equipment customers for tires, as well as increasing our speed in developing new technologies specifically designed for the Americas market,” said Dr. Boris Mergell, head of research and development for Passenger and Light Truck Tires at Continental.

 

Strategically located on Continental’s proving grounds for tires in Uvalde, the new test center is designed to provide indoor test capacity for all tires manufactured in Continental’s North and South American plants.

“Our developments for Original Equipment customers in the Americas will be positively impacted, as we will be able to increase our testing capacity in the region,” said Dr. Juan Botero, vice president of key account management for Original Equipment Passenger and Light Truck Tires for Continental Tire the Americas. The test facility is expected to be fully functional in April, 2019.

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Thai Center Built to Foster Rubber Demand Set to Roll

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The Thai government says the country’s first international-standard vehicle and tire-testing center will open next year.

Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana tells the Bangkok Post newspaper the TB3.7 million ($107.6 million) center covering 488 acres (198 ha) also will be used for R&D to aid Thailand’s push to become a regional hub for next-generation auto products.

“The first phase of the testing center should be ready for Thai car and tire makers in 2018,” Uttama is quoted as saying. “The whole testing center should be ready for full operation in 2019.”

The project was launched in 2015 as part of a government effort to support the automotive sector and tire-related industries and boost demand for natural rubber.

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Valeo Innovation Challenge semi-finalists chosen

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Valeo has announced the 24 teams selected to move onto the second stage of its global competition, the Valeo Innovation Challenge. Selected from a total of 1,628 participating teams by 70 Valeo experts and independent scientists, the 24 semi-finalist teams hail from 13 countries across 23 universities and schools.

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Hankook Tire Announces 2017 Motorsports Program

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Following an incredible 2016 Formula Drift season, which saw Hankook driver Chris Forsberg win his third Formula Drift Championship, Hankook Tire announced its plans to bolster its Formula Drift roster and racing tires heading into the 2017 season.

Reigning champion and Formula Drift legend Chris Forsberg will be back for his seventh consecutive year with Hankook, alongside friend and fellow Hankook teammate Ryan Tuerck.

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Falken will be Formula Drift ‘official’ tire

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Sumitomo Rubber North America’s Falken brand will be the “official” tire sponsor of Formula Drift this year, building on the brand’s winning the series’ tire manufacturers’ championship last year.

SRNA plans to support Falken’s sponsorship position throughout the season via dealer hospitality, spokesmodel meet and greets, driver autograph signings and a learning center display at its Falken rig at most of the series’ eight rounds.

SRNA also disclosed it’ll be sponsoring six drivers this year — 2011 Formula D Champion Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara in a Subaru BRZ, Justin Pawlak in a Ford Mustang, Aurimas Bakchis and Matt Field in Nissan 240SXs, and James Deane and Piot Wiek in Nissan Silvia S15s — who will be using an updated version of the Azenis RT615K+ drift tire.

“We’re fully committed to extending our brand and legacy through this great series,” said Nick Fousekis, director, motorsports marketing and events. “Formula Drift has continued to flourish, and Falken has grown with it.”

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