WASHINGTON – It’s not just Sumitomo Rubber North America’s Town of Tonawanda plant that could suffer under President Trump’s tariffs. It’s the entire company – and the entire American economy. That’s what Richard Smallwood, Sumitomo Rubber North America’s president and CEO, had to say in an interview with The Buffalo News on Friday, a day after he criticized the proposed tariffs at a Commerce Department hearing. Trump is pondering tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported autos and auto parts.
Falken Tire, a Sumitomo Rubber subsidiary, announced that it will supply original equipment tires for the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class.
Mercedes Benz’s new luxury SUV had its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January 2018, is fitted with Falken Wildpeak A/T AT3WA and Euroall Season AS210A in size 265/60R18 in its initial equipment.
HANAU, Germany — Sumitomo Rubber Europe G.m.b.H. and Dunlop Tech G.m.b.H. have opened a European Development Center in Hanau-Steinheim with capacities for tire development and testing, production of liquid latex and the design of tire pressure monitoring systems.
The 322,000-sq.-ft. facility, housed in a restored historical building in the Steinheim district of Hanau, will allow the Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (SRI) subsidiaries to boost the speed and efficiency of their research and development operations, according to Bernd Löwenhaupt, managing director of Sumitomo Rubber Europe.
The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic.
Beyond that, the variables in play—new materials, new manufacturing methods, changing vehicle designs and needs, etc.—present an evolving spider web of tire design parameters that put all design features, except round, into play.
To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design.
Tire Business talked with Darren Thomas, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Falken Tire Corp., a unit of Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc., about his thoughts on the tire industry and how his company is performing heading into the second half of the year.
In this Q&A, Dr. Bernd Lowenhaupt, managing director, Sumitomo Rubber Europe, gives his views on the development of new technologies within the tire industry:
ERJ: Please identify one significant development in the tire industry in the last 2-3 years and explain its importance.
BL: The most important development was the introduction of A/A rated tire and the next step will be creating a tire with better than ‘A’ performance in rolling resistance. To reach the stringent targets for CO2 emissions…
Falken Tyre will launch three new tyre models for three distinct applications from its stand (Hall 7, Area A) at The Tire Cologne (29 May – 1 June). The new tyres are the Euroall Season AS210 car tyre, the Euroall Season VAN11 for light trucks and vans, and the Wildpeak M/T01 4×4 tyre for off-road use.
Falken Tires has been selected as original equipment supplier to the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, providing fitments for both 16-inch as well as 17-inch with its Sincera SN250A All-Season tire. Sizes include 205/60R16 92H and 205/55R17 91H.
Falken began production in late March 2018 at parent company’s Sumitomo Rubber’s Thailand plant. Markets served for the new Jetta equipped with Falken-branded tires include all of North America, with 16-inch tires available this June.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Assocations has honored six of its member companies with 20 Safety and Health Improvement Program awards.
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.