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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Cimcorp making headway with ‘Dream Factory’

GRIMSBY, Ontario—Cimcorp Group has made great strides in the last two years in what it dubs its “Dream Factory” concept, which is a fully automated handling solution for tire manufacturing and distribution.

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Conti to sponsor Extreme E off-road electric racing series

Continental is to sponsor the Extreme E off-road electric racing series. This new championship will take teams to the most remote corners of the world – from the Himalayas to the coast of the Indian Ocean – and will serve as a proving ground for the tire manufacturer to develop its tire technologies. Individual tires will be developed for the different terrains.

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General Tire secures NASCAR second-tier series tire supply contracts

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Continental Tire the Americas’ General Tire brand has secured exclusive tire supplier and official racing tire status with NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, Pinty’s Series and PEAK Mexico Series for the next few years.

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Hankook Tire to supply racing tire to the 2019 Radical Australia Cup

Hankook Tire announced it will be the sole supplier to the 2019 Radical Australia Cup, a high-performance sports car racing cup in the Australia and New Zealand region.

Radical cars, a United Kingdom sports car, will be entering the motorsports fitted with Hankook Tire’s high-performing racing tires, the ‘Ventus F200’ and ‘Ventus Z217’.

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Bridgestone to supply tires for Audi e-tron

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Bridgestone has been selected as a supplier to the Audi e-tron. The tire manufacturer will supply six different tires from 19in to 21in – four summer and two winter sizes – as original fitments.

Bridgestone’s Alenza 001 summer tire is specially designed for SUVs. It has a block structure that optimizes contact with the road to improve steering response on corners and stability when driving on a straight. It achieves an A grade for wet grip on the EU label.

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Reuters: Trump tariffs force tough choices at U.S. auto suppliers

WYOMING, Mich. (Reuters) – Bob Roth makes no bones about his feelings towards U.S. manufacturing. The co-owner and chief executive of RoMan Manufacturing Inc, which makes transformers and glass-molding equipment for automakers and other industries, asks callers on his voicemail: “What have you done today to support U.S. manufacturing?” His procurement team has been under long-standing orders to source all parts and materials as near as possible to his western Michigan factory, even with President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum. But with those tariffs dragging into a new year and steel comprising a quarter of RoMan …

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