Goodyear contract extension with NASCAR

NASCAR and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today announced a renewed sponsorship agreement that ensures Goodyear is the exclusive tire of NASCAR’s top three national series.

The newly signed agreement continues Goodyear’s designation as the “Official Tire of NASCAR” and extends an uninterrupted relationship that started in 1954. Goodyear and NASCAR’s six decades of partnership is one of the longest-running sponsor programs in any sport. In addition, Goodyear has been the exclusive tire supplier for the sanctioning body’s top three series since 1997.

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TTI Awards open for nominations!

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Nominations have opened for the 2018 Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence – the world’s biggest celebration of endeavor in the field of tire development and manufacturing. Nominations are open in the following five categories until December 1, 2017:

Environmental Achievement of the Year

In recognition of environmental advances in the tire industry

Tire Technology of the Year

In recognition of important advances in technology

Tire Industry Supplier of the Year

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High-tech manufacturing turning old tyres into better irrigation systems

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High-tech manufacturing turning old tyres into better irrigation systems High-tech manufacturing turning old tyres into better irrigation systems The Australian X It seems unlikely that discarded tyres could help valuable crops grow but that is exactly what the work of two Geelong based joint high-tech manufacturing companies is making happen.

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Rubber, bamboo research centres to be set up in India’s northeast

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Agartala: The National Institute of Technology, Agartala, (NITA) has initiated to set up rubber and bamboo research centres to boost industries and employment in the northeastern region, a top official said here on Saturday. “As Tripura is the second largest rubber producer in India, after Kerala, a viable rubber research centre can be set up in the NITA to boost the rubber cultivation, industries and employment,” NITA Director Ajoy Kumar Roy told the media.

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Winter tires now the fastest growing tire category in Canada

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Winter tire use is gradually rising, but driver education about safety benefits remains essential to wintertime accident prevention. Four-in-ten drivers outside Quebec still do not own winter tires.

Cambridge, November 14, 2017 – Winter tire shipments across Canada have grown at an annualized rate of four per cent over the past five years making winters the fastest growing tire category, according to the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).

The growth of this category is due to efforts by tire makers, retailers and the government to educate drivers about the superior traction and shorter stopping distances provided by winter tires. Government incentives to make winter tires more affordable have also had a positive impact.

TRAC’s 2017 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study, conducted by Leger, found that 66 per cent of Canadian motorists ride on winter tires. But outside Quebec, where winter tires are the law, the percentage drops to 60 per cent. For the approximately 40 per cent of motorists found by the survey not to be using winter tires, the top reasons were the belief that all-season tires provide sufficient traction (51 per cent), reduced driving in winter (22 per cent) and cost (21 per cent).

Regionally, the 2017 study found:

  • 60 per cent of British Columbia drivers ride on winter tires
  • Alberta’s usage rate is 57 per cent
  • In Manitoba and Saskatchewan usage stands at 48 per cent
  • 59 per cent of Ontario drivers use winters
  • In Atlantic Canada, where winter tire usage is surpassed only by Quebec, the usage rate is 83 per cent

To support consumer education, TRAC has just released a new report detailing winter tire use in Canada and the latest market and test data. Read the full 2017 Winter Tire Report here: http://bit.ly/Winter-Tire-Report-2017orwww.tracanada.ca.

“Despite increasing winter tire usage, educating drivers about the safety benefits of winter tires remains critical to making our roads safer in winter”, says Glenn Maidment, president of TRAC. “The fact that four-in-ten motorists outside Quebec are not using winter tires puts at risk everyone who drives in cold-weather conditions – regardless of whether the road surface is dry, snow-covered or icy. Every motorist needs to understand winter tires radically outperform all-seasons in all cold-weather driving conditions.”

The superior traction and braking capabilities of winter tires are the result of advanced tire technology, particularly in tread design and rubber compounds. These advances have improved traction performance across all tire categories, but especially for winter tires. The “soft” tread compounds in today’s winter tires retain their flexibility even in extreme cold. At temperatures at or below 7 degrees Celsius, winter tires provide significantly better traction than all other types providing greater control on all cold-weather road surfaces and significantly shorter stopping distances.

 

“Research by the Quebec government shows that, since the winter tire law was enacted, the province saw a significant decrease in injury accidents in the province,” says Maidment. “Imagine the massive reduction in vehicle damage and personal suffering during the winter driving season across Canada if all drivers protected themselves and their families with winter tires.”

Survey Methodology

A survey of 1,633 Canadians was completed online during the period of October 9–12, 2017, utilizing Leger’s* online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

 

About the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada

The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) is the national trade association representing tire makers, rubber products manufacturers and importers as well as rubber recyclers and suppliers of goods and services related to the industry. TRAC is committed to educating drivers about proper tire care and maintenance. A key advocacy goal in the cold-weather months is to raise awareness about safe winter driving and the safety and performance benefits of winter tires.

 

Media Contact:

 

TRAC Contact:

Email: info@tracanada.ca

Phone: 519.249.0366

www.tracanada.ca; www.betiresmart.ca

Twitter: @BeTireSmartCA

Facebook: betiresmartCA

 

Michelle Magee

Associate, Xposure PR

Email: michelle@xposurepr.com

Phone: (416)471-2336

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Can Ford Turn Itself Into a Tech Company?

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On a sunny afternoon in early October, I drove across a parking lot in Ann Arbor, Mich., and down a sloping road to a second, private lot. A fence lining the lot’s perimeter was covered in black fabric, as if to deter snoops. Behind it was a 32-acre Potemkin village. There were paved roads with names and signs: Liberty Street, Main Street, Wolverine Avenue. There was a traffic roundabout, a covered underpass and a railroad crossing.

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Sumitomo rolls out ‘Smart Tyre’ innovation roadmap

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TOKYO — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. has set out a series of targets for its development of innovative tire products to meet increasing requirements around safety, sustainability and connected mobility.

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ERJ Top 10 Technology Stories

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ERJ focus on significant developments and advances in rubber materials, processing and application technologies:

Mesnac advances “most intelligent” TBM

TIRE MANUFACTURE – Mesnac has recently introduced what it said was “the most intelligent tire building machine (TBM) designed independently in China”. The PS2A PCR machine, features ‘synchronous turn-up’ and intelligent control technologies, and achieves cycle times of less than 40s…

Yokohama taps ‘informatics’ to accelerate rubber research

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Alliance tire unveils new IF flotation tire

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Alliance Tire’s new Agriflex 381+ IF flotation tire offers farmers an exciting combination of features for minimizing field damage from heavy implements on sensitive areas—low soil compaction and a gentle, low-disturbance tread pattern.

The steel-belted Alliance Agriflex 381+ IF features increased flexion construction, which allows it to carry 20 percent greater load than an equal-sized radial flotation tire at the same inflation pressure, or to carry the same load as a regular radial flotation tire with 20 percent less inflation pressure, significantly reducing compaction.

The zig-zag rib pattern—long a popular pattern used to protect turf, forage and …

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Haydale, Artis, Trelleborg target plasma rCB

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Ammanford, UK –Technology companies Haydale and Artis have linked up with Trelleborg Antivibration Solutions to investigate plasma-functionalisation of recovered carbon black (dCB) from scrap tires.

During a two-year study, the partners will examine if Haydale’s patented plasma technology can effectively enhance rCB materials to enable their reuse in engineering rubber applications.

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