Bridgestone on TireHub: Expect Broader Distribution, Faster Access and More Opportunity

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In the wake of the announcement of the deal between Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bridgestone Americas Inc. to combine both tiremakers’ company-owned distribution networks into a new entity called TireHub, Tire Review sat down with TJ Higgins, president of Bridgestone’s North America Integrated Consumer Tire Group, to find out more about the joint venture, its impact on the replacement tire landscape and what tire dealers can expect.

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Trinseo sales and profit grow in 2017, more expected for 2018

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BERWYN, Pa.—Positive 2017 results are leading executives with materials maker Trinseo to increase guidance for 2018.

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Stapleton’s: With SUVs driving sales, more opportunities to sell exclusive brand tyres

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Over the last year or so it has been broadly noted that the SUV/4×4 sector of the tyre market has been impressively resilient. Not just from the relatively local impact of the UK’s Brexit vote and resulting inflation and slump in certain motor vehicle sectors (in the UK at least). The tyre industry’s also been faced with escalating raw materials costs at a global level.

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China’s Doublestar Takes Control of Kumho Tire

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China’s Qingdao Doublestar Co. Ltd. has agreed to invest 646.3 billion won ($597.4 million USD) for a 45% stake in South Korea’s Kumho Tire Co. Inc, multiple news outlets reported at the beginning of March.

According to a statement filed with the Shenzhen stock exchange, China’s Qingdao Doublestar Co Ltd’s parent company will buy 129.3 million ordinary shares in Kumho Tire, becoming the controlling shareholder in the debt-ridden South Korean tire maker, Reuters reported.

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Aeolus terminates acquisition of Pirelli’s industrial tire unit

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Jiaozuo, China – Aeolus has terminated the acquisition of a 90% stake in Pirelli’s industrial tire unit Prometeon Tyre Group (PTG), the Chinese company announced 4 Jan.

The planned deal, priced at €215 million (1.7 billion yuan), also included a 70% stake in Guilin Beili Tire, another subsidiary of Aeolus’ parent group ChemChina Rubber Corp.

Aeolus’ shares on the Shanghai Stock Exchange have resumed trading.

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Billionaire Schaefflers hold the keys to Conti’s fortunes

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Breaking up Continental is an old idea, but investors had begun to wonder if it would ever happen: even as suppliers such as Delphi Technologies and Autoliv announced they were doing the splits last year, the German behemoth didn’t budge. Now Continental is talking to advisers about a major overhaul, according to Bloomberg News. Those discussions could result in Continental creating separate listings for some of its businesses, possibly under a holding company.

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Year in review: Global tire players transform footprint

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The global tire industry almost saw another big merger in 2017, but there was plenty of other activity keeping firms busy in the year. From new investments to new structures, here are four of the biggest events within the tire sector.

Doublestar tries to buy Kumho

It looked for a moment another big-time tire merger was about to happen.

Doublestar Tire Co. Ltd. had agreed to acquire Kumho Tire Co. Inc. for about $830 million in March, but in September Kumho creditors rejected the deal after Doublestar allegedly asked for the price to be reduced by 16 percent amid disputes over trademark rights.

The deal is on thin ice as both sides were…

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Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. Announces Closing of Secondary Common Stock Offering

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC ) (the “Company” or “Orion”), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, announced today the closing of the secondary offering of an aggregate of 12,657,799 common shares of the Company by Kinove Luxembourg Holdings 1 S.à r.l.

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Unique Fabricating, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Unique Fabricating, Inc. (“Unique” or the “Company”)(NYSE MKT: UFAB), which engineers and manufactures multi-material foam, rubber, and plastic components utilized in noise, vibration and harshness management and air/water sealing applications for the automotive and industrial appliance market, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended October 1, 2017.

 

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue of $41.2 million in the third quarter 2017, down 7.9% compared to $44.8 million in the third quarter 2016
  • Net income of $0.7 million, or $0.07 per basic and diluted share…

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Goodyear Reports 3rd Quarter Results

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. has reported results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2017.

“During the third quarter, we saw a continuation of the challenging industry conditions we experienced in the second quarter including lower consumer replacement volumes, production cuts by automakers and an increase of more than 30 percent in our raw material input costs,” said Richard Kramer, chairman, CEO and president.

Read the source article at Aftermarket News