Bridgestone: 98% of tier 1 suppliers acknowledge procurement policy

The aim at Bridgestone Group is to use “100 per cent sustainable materials” by 2050 and beyond, and last year the tyre and rubber company introduced a new procurement policy to steer it towards this end. Under a partnership it began with CSR evaluation specialist EcoVadis in 2018, Bridgestone is now assessing its suppliers’ current sustainability practices and looking at what support may be needed to improve performance.

Together with EcoVadis, Bridgestone is monitoring and rating the environmental, social and ethical performance of its suppliers to help identify and evaluate qualified suppliers, promote best practices, and serve as a communication and improvement tool for the industry as a whole.

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Yokohama Tire Receives Platinum Supplier Award from Caterpillar for 7th Straight Year

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Yokohama Tire Corp. has earned Caterpillar’s premier supplier award for the seventh consecutive year. The award – Platinum Level Recertification in its Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP) – went to Yokohama’s factory in Onomichi, Japan. The plant produces OE and replacement off-the-road (OTR) tires for a wide range of equipment.

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Donald Chen named CEO of Arlanxeo

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As of 1 May, Donald Chen will succeed Jorge Nogueira as chief executive officer of Arlanxeo. Nogueira is retiring from the rubber manufacturer after a career spanning nearly 40 years in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

“With Donald Chen we have an experienced leader and industry expert joining the company,” states Abdulaziz M. Al-Judaimi, chairman of the Arlanxeo Shareholders’ Committee and senior vice-president of Downstream at parent company Saudi Aramco. “He has spent many years of his working life in the Asia-Pacific region, a key growth region for Arlanxeo. Donald joins Arlanxeo in a critical market environment and we are confident he will lead the company through the current transition and drive growth.”

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Goodyear, Bridgestone continue building TireHub joint venture

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ATLANTA — Combining two legacy brands, such as Goodyear and Bridgestone, into a cohesive joint operation is a challenge that requires collaboration and logistics.

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How Data is Transforming Formula 1 Racing, for Better or Worse

Mercedes-AMG Lewis Hamilton is bored. Nearly two dozen men and women swarm the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 car he’s poured into – it’s got more in common with NASA’s spacecraft than your average Subaru – but Lewis? He’s cool as a cucumber, waiting for the moment. It’s here. The signal comes, and he guns the engine mere feet in front of me.

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Huebner to build rubber products plant in Tennessee

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KASSEL, Germany—Automotive and industrial parts supplier Huebner Group is set to begin construction on an elastomeric products plant in Dunlap, Tenn.

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Bridgestone announces 2019 Motorsport Plan

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Bridgestone Corporation announced its 2019 motorsport plan. Bridgestone supports various domestic and overseas motorsports, ranging from top-level professional series to grassroots amateur races, primarily by supplying Bridgestone Potenza tires for car races and Bridgestone Battlax tires for motorcycle races.

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MEMA promotes Long to lead supplier group

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WASHINGTON — The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association on Monday tapped William Long as its new president. He replaces Steve Handschuh, who retired in December. The umbrella organization represents automotive suppliers, aftermarket suppliers, heavy duty truck manufacturers and remanufacturers that collectively employ 4.6 million people.

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Editor’s picks: 10 Tire Technology Conference presentations you can’t miss

Tire Technology International’s editor Matt Ross selects 10 speakers you can’t afford to miss at the upcoming Tire Technology Conference, which takes place at Tire Technology Expo Hannover, Germany, on March 5, 6, 7, 2019. Click here to view the full program and book your conference pass here.

Prof. Burkhard Wies, Continental – Physics of tire performance over lifetime: how to ensure best balance between safety and economy

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Giti USA to supply OE tire for the 2019 Volkswagen Passat

Giti Tires USA announced that its manufacturing facility in South Carolina has completed an audit by Volkswagen to supply two tire sizes for the 2019 Volkswagen Passat.

The plant can now officially begin producing the premium All-Season GitiComfort A1 in the 235/45R18 95H and 235/40R19 92H sizes for the popular Volkswagen sedan. Production of tires for Volkswagen will commence in the first quarter.

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