USTMA honors 6 tire makers for safety achievements

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Assocations has honored six of its member companies with 20 Safety and Health Improvement Program awards.

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Bibendum Builds Momentum As Michelin Becomes World’s Most Valuable Tire Brand

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Michelin has become the world’s most valuable tire brand following 30 percent brand value growth to $7.9 billion over the past year according to the latest Brand Finance report. It overtook Bridgestone (down 6 percent to $7 billion), which slipped from first to second place in the annual Brand Finance Tyres 10 ranking.

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Kuraray’s liquid rubber enhances ice grip

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TOKYO — Specialty chemicals producer Kuraray Co. Ltd. has developed a reactive liquid rubber that it claims can be used in tread compounds to enhance the ice-grip performance of winter tires.

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New Sailun, Sumitomo Truck Tires at MATS

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The Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) kicks off March 22 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville where Sailun and Sumitomo products, including the brand’s SmartWay Verified tires, will be on display.

TBC Brands, one of the largest distributors of private brand tires in North America, said that attendees will have a chance to win a choice of premium Sumitomo or Sailun steer, drive or trailer tires through the Commercial Truck Tire Giveaway by registering at the Sumitomo and Sailun booth (#14200).

“We are excited to, once again, participate at MATS and have the opportunity to highlight and unveil even …

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Sumitomo Rubber to make Sumitomo-brand truck tires at New York plant

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TONAWANDA, N.Y.—Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. is preparing to start production of Sumitomo-brand medium truck tires at its plant in Tonawanda.

SRNA will start with Sumitomo’s premium SmartWay-verified ST788 SE steer, ST948 SE drive and ST719 SE all-position tires, according to TBC.

Sumitomo Rubber, by contrast, goes to market in North America with the Falken and Ohtsu brands.

The three tires to be produced at the Tonawanda plant feature Sumitomo’s latest developments. These include the company’s 4D Nano Design technology, Aaron Murphy, vice president of commercial truck tire sales for TBC Brands, said in remarks prepared for the upcoming Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta.

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries reports strong growth in Europe

In the past financial year, Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) significantly increased its sales revenue, and the company’s European business played its part in achieving this result. Overall sales rose 16.0 per cent to 756.70 billion yen (£5.1 billion).

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Falken OE on Ram 1500

The Falken Wildpeak A/T AT3WA has been selected by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as a factory-fitted option for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. According to Sumitomo Rubber North America, Inc., the Wildpeak A/T will be supplied for mounting on the Ram 1500 in sizes LT275/65R18 (113/110S) and 275/55R20 (113T).

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Michelin, Sumitomo to enter landmark distribution agreement

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Michelin North America Inc (MNAI) and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA) announced a definitive agreement to combine their respective North American replacement tire distribution and related service operations in a 50-50 joint venture, forming the second-largest player in the wholesale tire market in the United States.

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Prices going up on select Falken-brand tires

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. is raising prices on a limited number of Falken-brand consumer and commercial products in order to “properly position these tire lines in the marketplace.”

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Sumitomo Rubber North America Wins Technology Award for Mobile App

Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. (SRNA) has won the 2017 Ventana Research Leadership Award in the Digital Technology category.

SRNA was honored for developing an iPad application that gives its sales personnel easy access to competitor pricing, fitments for popular vehicles in the area, and more. The app combines data from SRNA’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and sales systems with tire market data to provide salespeople with the insight needed to do their jobs better, and help customers make informed purchasing decisions. 

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