Camso raising aftermarket prices globally up to 6%


Magog, Quebec — Camso Ltd. is planning to raise aftermarket prices globally in the coming months on its range of solid and pneumatic tires, tracks and track systems by between 1% and 6%.

Camso cited rising raw materials, logistics and other operating costs as the reasons for the increases. The timing of the increases will be based on market dynamics in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, Camso said.

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Stapleton’s: With SUVs driving sales, more opportunities to sell exclusive brand tyres


Over the last year or so it has been broadly noted that the SUV/4×4 sector of the tyre market has been impressively resilient. Not just from the relatively local impact of the UK’s Brexit vote and resulting inflation and slump in certain motor vehicle sectors (in the UK at least). The tyre industry’s also been faced with escalating raw materials costs at a global level.

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The Manufacturing Institute Honors Cooper Tire’s Anne Roman With 2018 STEP Ahead Award


The Manufacturing Institute has recognized Anne Roman, vice president, communications and public affairs for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award for 2018. Roman is among 130 women nationally who earned the honor this year from a field of hundreds of nominees.

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Canadian waste-tire processing plant proposed


GOTEBORG, Sweden — Canadian energy-services provider ArticCan Energy Services Inc. is proposing setting up a scrap-tire processing plant in Canada designed to process 30,000 metric tons of waste tires a year.

To effect the plan, ArticCan Energy signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Scandinavian Enviro Systems A.B., a Goteborg-based engineering concern founded in 2001 to develop pyrolysis technology for recovering carbon and hydrocarbon compounds from waste tires.

The parties did not disclose a proposed site, timetable for completing the plant nor the investment.

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Why Trucking and Logistics Will Lead the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution


When we think about the advancement of self-driving vehicles it should start with trucking, freight and logistics.

Trucks move about $700 billion of cargo in the U.S. annually, which amounts to about 70 percent of the nation’s freight by weight. In the near term, that’s why the economic case for driverless technology is so much greater for commercial vehicles.

While many look ahead to the decline of human driving and a subsequent decrease in crashes and traffic fatalities and injuries, most agree it remains a distant vision.

Just last week the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., said that self-driving vehicles that fit the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous operation rankings won’t even reach 4 percent of new-vehicle sales by 2030. Beyond that, it’s possible they could reach 55 percent by 2040.

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Goodyear Unveils Oxygene Concept Tire


At the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear showcased its new concept tire and the latest advances on its intelligent tire prototype.

The concept tire, named Oxygene, features an open structure with living moss growing within the sidewall. The tire’s smart tread design absorbs and circulates moisture and water from the road surface, allowing photosynthesis to occur and therefore releasing oxygen into the air, Goodyear said in a press release.

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Halcyon Agri doubles revenue in fiscal year 2017


Singapore – Natural rubber giant Halcyon Agri Corp. Ltd. reported a profit of $35.3 million (€28.8 million) in fiscal year 2017, and its revenues more than doubled during the year to just under $2 billion.

Robert Meyer, Halcyon Agri executive director and CEO, announced the company’s results at a press conference in Singapore 26 Feb.

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Global NR supply likely at 13.784 million tonnes in 2018, up by 4.5%: ANRPC


The Natural Rubber (NR) production across the world is anticipated at 13.784 million tonnes in 2018, up 4.5% from 13.196 million tonnes recorded in 2017. The slower production growth in 2018 is mainly due to a lower production anticipated by Thailand at 4.375 million tonnes, down by 1.2% a year ago, said the latest Natural Rubber Trends & Statistics report by the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC) in January 2018.

“However, a 2.8% growth is anticipated for the global demand of NR in 2018. It is expected to grow from 12.964 million tonnes in 2017 to 13.327 million tonnes in 2018. The ANRPC member countries will continue their efforts to encourage more uses of NR in their respective countries, for a better balancing of supply-demand of NR and sustainability of NR industry in the long run,” the report said.

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Conti, German development agency partner for sustainable NR supply


Hanover, Germany – Tire, automotive and technology supplier Continental AG has entered a partnership with the German development agency (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ) to improve the sustainability of the natural rubber supply chain in Indonesia.

In a 21 Feb press release, the Hanover-based company said the aim of the partnership was to develop a “criteria catalogue” for sustainable production of NR and to train farmers in accordance with those criteria.

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Bridgestone Collaborating with NRGene on Guayule Research


NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) and NRGene, a genomic big data solutions company, are collaborating on research efforts to enhance the company’s U.S. alternative domestic natural rubber breeding program. They will be working in tandem to…

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