Yokohama Rubber forecasts higher 2017 op profit despite soaring rubber prices

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Feb 20 Yokohama Rubber Co Ltd, Japan’s third-biggest tyre maker, on Monday forecast a 12 percent increase in 2017 operating profit despite soaring prices of natural rubber and other raw materials. Asia benchmark rubber futures on the Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) hit their highest in more than five years late last month, boosted by Chinese […]

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Bridgestone, Conti and SRI win at TTI Awards

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Sustainable innovation, and next-generation information and communication technologies were championed at this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

The awards are decided by the votes of a 27-strong panel of experts from the tire industry and academia, with the winners announced last night (Wednesday, February 15) during Tire Technology Expo, at a Gala Dinner at the Hannover Congress Centrum.

This year’s winners are testament to how the latest consumer electronics and cutting-edge information communication technology are being successfully adopted into tire design and manufacturing, yielding great results.

Graham Heeps, editor, Tire Technology International & chairman of the judging panel said: “Cutting-edge sustainability and information technology is more prominent than ever among this year’s winners, showing that the tire industry is at the forefront of high-tech research, development and manufacturing. The judging panel was impressed by the strength in depth among this year’s finalists. Picking the winners gets harder every year!”

Bridgestone was awarded Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year with judges overwhelmingly voting for the brand’s Examation tire assembly system. Examation combines revolutionary artificial intelligence with information and communication technologies, for improved quality and enhanced factory productivity.

Versalis/Genomatica won the Environmental Achievement of the Year award for their long-term project to create renewable butadiene. The companies embarked on the joint venture in a bid to address concerns around potential butadiene shortages and price increases. In a demonstration run in 2016, several kilograms of renewable butadiene were prepared starting from commercial sugars, with polymerization tests showing no differences between the polybutadiene prepared from fossil or renewable feedstock.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI, producers of Falken tires) won the Tire Technology of the Year category for a record third time with its Advanced 4D Nano Design, which makes is possible to perform highly realistic simulations of the complex internal structures and behaviours of rubber materials at the nanoscale. The technology is being used to develop next-generation tire materials, including a new tread rubber that doubled the wear performance of SRI’s standard tread rubber from 2011.

The Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award was presented to Harm Voortman, president and CEO, VMI Group. Judges recognized the launch of VMI’s Milexx truck-tire building machine, along with further debuts including its Retrax automated pre-cure tread applicator, Pixxel vision system, and its new manufacturing facility in Leszno, Poland, operational from Q2 2017.

In the hotly contested Tire Manufacturer of the Year category it was Continental who scooped the prize, beating off stiff competition from Hankook, Michelin and Yokohama.

A raft of major R&D and production investments were unveiled by Continental in 2016, with German projects including a new high-performance technical center and a dedicated dandelion-rubber research center. In September, the first truck test tires containing dandelion rubber were revealed, with production expected to follow in 5-10 years.

Two specialist awards were also presented. TU Dresden PhD candidate, Pavel Sarkisov took home the Young Scientist Prize after delivering an impressive conference paper entitled “Optical measurement of tire deformation focused on transient handling properties”. Meanwhile tire materials expert, Gert Heinrich, director of the Institute of Polymer Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, and Continental’s former head of materials research, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more on all the winners, head to www.tiretechnology-expo.com.

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Trinseo and Sumitomo Chemical Enter into Share Transfer Agreement Regarding Polycarbonate Joint Venture in Japan

Trinseo Holding B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trinseo S.A. (NYSE: TSE), and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd, have signed a definitive agreement for Trinseo to sell all of its 50 percent share in their Sumika Styron Polycarbonate (SSPC) joint venture to Sumitomo Chemical for an undisclosed price.

Sumika Styron Polycarbonate currently produces polycarbonate resins at production facilities in Niihama City, Ehime, Japan, and serves customers and markets throughout Asia. In addition to the sale of Trinseo’s ownership in the joint venture, the parties have agreed to continue long-term supply of polycarbonate resin to Trinseo’s Performance Plastics businesses and as such will maintain the strategic relationship between SSPC and Trinseo.

“Sumitomo Chemical is a natural owner for this Japan-based polycarbonate plant, and as an industry leader in the region, Sumitomo Chemical is better positioned to manage and deliver value from this asset in the future,” said Tim Stedman, Senior Vice President and Business President for Basic Plastics and Feedstocks, Trinseo. “At the same time, Asia Pacific continues to be an important growth region for Trinseo, and the company is strongly committed to growing our Performance businesses in the region.”

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Racing Tire Market Sales, Revenue & Industry Share for Michelin, Hankook, Yokohama Rubber, Goodyear And Other Manufacture To 2021

The Global Racing Tire Market by Manufacturers, Regions, Type and Application, Forecast to 2021 is a professional and depth research report on Racing Tire industry that would help to know the world’s major regional market conditions of Racing Tire Market, is the main region including North American, Europe and Asia etc., and the main country including United States, Germany, Japan and China etc..

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Global Tire Industry

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This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Tires in Thousand Units for the OEM and Replacement Categories by the following Segments: Passenger Cars, Trucks (Light Trucks, Medium/Heavy Trucks), Buses {Two-Wheelers, Aircraft, and Off-Road-Vehicles (Industrial & Utility Vehicles, & Farm Implements)}. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, CanadaJapanEuropeAsia-PacificMiddle East & Africa, and Latin America. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. 

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Global Tubeless Tire Market 2016: Industry Demand, Segment, Statistics and Research to 2021

RSS Global Tubeless Tire Market 2016: Industry Demand, Segment, Statistics and Research to 2021 Report firstly reviews the basic information of the product including its classification, application and manufacturing technology. The report then explores Global’s top manufacturers and listing their product specification, capacity value and market share 2021.

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Sumitomo MTS acquisition ‘ensures continuity’ of management, brand strategy

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries’ (SRI) £215 million acquisition of the Micheldever Group from Graphite Capital, including Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS), the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres, “ensures continuity” of the management and multi-segment brand strategy, according to MTS chief executive Duncan Wilkes. The move also extends the trend of tyre manufacturers buying into – or indeed buying back into – retail through the acquisition of the UK’s largest chains.

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Marine Fenders Global Research Report 2016

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This report studies marine fenders in global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, with focus on production, consumption, revenue, and market share and and growth rate. 

It focuses on top manufacturers in global market, with production, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer, covering Trelleborg, Bridgestone, Sumitomo Rubber, Maritime International, Hutchinson, Longwood, Noreq, Anchor Marine, JIER Marine, Taihong, and Tonly. 

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Sports Direct sells Dunlop brand to Sumitomo Rubber Industries

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Sports Direct is selling its Dunlop brand to Japan’s Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI)

for $137.5 million as part of a strategy to home in on its core business and develop brand relationships, it said in a statement.

SRI will grant the British sportswear chain a royalty-free licence to continue to use the Dunlop brand for premium workwear and safety wear, it said. The price was in cash, after net debt and working capital on completion.

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SRI advancing overseas expansion plan with new technical centres

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Tokyo – Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) will fully open its new US technical centre in January 2017 in a bid to develop products more rapidly and “respond to the needs of customers in North and South America,” the Japanese tire-maker announced 15 Dec.

Following the dissolution of global alliance with Goodyear in October 2015, SRI said it had taken a more active approach to improve its R&D, production and sales infrastructure in the Americas market.

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