OE Tire Brands Finding Right Balance, J.D. Power Says

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Overall customer satisfaction with original equipment (OE) tires reaches an all-time high in 2020, as tire manufacturers have found the right balance of performance characteristics — without making sacrifices that jeopardize the customer experience. That’s according to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Original Equipment Tire Customer Satisfaction Study, just released.

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Ontario: List of Essential Workplaces amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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Ontario publishes list of essential services effective Tuesday March 24 at 11:59PM for 14 days amid COVID-19 outbreak.

For the purposes of this order, businesses include any-for-profit, non-profit or other entity providing the goods and services described herein. This does not preclude the provision of work and services by entities not on this list either online, by telephone or by mail/delivery. Note that teleworking and online commerce are permitted at all times for all businesses.

Supply chains

1. Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including…

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Now made in Mexico: Japan auto suppliers shift China production after coronavirus – Reuters

TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) – In the Chinese coastal province of Jiangsu, where supply chains have been shattered by the coronavirus outbreak, one auto supplier has already shifted production of parts for Mazda Motor Corp 13,000 kilometres away to central Mexico’s Guanajuato State.

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Kraton completes sale of Cariflex business

Houston, Texas – US polymer group Kraton Corp. has completed the sale of its Cariflex polyisoprene products business to Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. for $530 million (€467 million) cash, the company announced 6 March.

The sale of Cariflex to Daelim was disclosed 30 Oct, eight months after Kraton said it was considering the possibility of divesting Cariflex.

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As plants in Wuhan reopen, world’s automakers worry about disruptions

BEIJING — Automakers across the world face the possibility of extended supply chain disruptions as factories in China stutter back to life after closures due to the coronavirus outbreak. The car industry is especially exposed as Wuhan — the epicenter of the outbreak — is known as one of China’s ‘Detroits’, accounting for nearly 10 percent of vehicles made in the country and home to hundreds of parts suppliers.

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Cimcorp taps new leader for U.S. operations

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NORCROSS, Ga. — Cimcorp Group, a maker of robotic equipment for tire manufacturing, order fulfilment and handling, has promoted company veteran Joel Kuusman to manager of U.S. operation and technical services.

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Global auto production may have peaked, Bosch says

STUTTGART — Global automotive production may have peaked, Robert Bosch said on Wednesday, announcing job cuts and a review of its business to cope with a 44 percent drop in full-year operating profit and a downturn in demand for cars. Global automotive production is expected to fall for the third consecutive year, by 2.6 percent to 89 million vehicles in 2020, following a drop in demand in China, Europe and the U.S., the supplier said.

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Giti enhances ‘Smart’ dealer program, refreshes websites

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Giti Tire USA Ltd. has enhanced its GT Radial Smart associate dealer program with new incentives and a refreshed website.

“Independent tire dealers are absolutely critical to the success of GT Radial,” Thomas Okihisa, director of marketing for Giti Tire USA, said. “The Smart Program is designed to give them the necessary tools to promote GT Radial in the most effective way possible.”

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Supply side motorsports: Single tire supplier becoming norm in major racing series

AKRON — The interaction between the tire industry and the world’s motorsport community has undergone a seismic shift in the past few years that will result in nearly all of the major racing series committing to a single tire supplier situation.

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Goodyear OE on Tesla Cyber Truck?

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During the last week Elon Musk and Tesla have been busily promoting their latest innovation – the Cyber Truck. The combination of its angular design and hugely powerful drivetrain will certainly turn heads. And, if the initial orders are anything to go by, it is set to be very disruptive in the growing SUV/pickup sector. Indeed, during the first 72 hours after the Cyber Truck’s launch 300,000 vehicles were pre-ordered – enough to put the Cyber Truck in the top 10 for annual US sales.

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