Will automated tire plants employ less people?

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Cologne, Germany – Two distinct lines-of-thought emerged regarding the impact of digitalisation and automation technologies on employment in the tire industry at this year’s Future Tire conference in Cologne.

In a presentation about the first year of operation of the Hefei Wanli plant – said to be the world’s first smart tire factory – it emerged that the Chinese TBR facility had a workforce of just 700. This compared to 2,100 employees for…

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Event: Bridgestone bringing RFID and ‘ologic’ to IAA

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Brussels – As of 2019, Bridgestone will start to supply truck and bus tires with RFID electronic tagging, the company said in an IAA 2018 show* preview statement.

RFID, it said, will be used across all Bridgestone’s interfaces and will “enhance the traceability of tire casings and provide a time-efficient and accurate system for data-sharing and entry.”

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Ford’s New CEO Has a Cerebral Style—and to Many, It’s Baffling – WSJ

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Senior executives at Ford Motor Co. F 0.85% have come to expect emails from their new boss, Chief Executive Jim Hackett, that include links to TED Talks and articles from Science Daily. They often come around 11 p.m., when he catches up on his reading.

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Freudenberg boss: Transform to survive in era of new mobility

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Traverse City, Michigan – Suppliers who are not prepared to embrace new mobility options may not survive in the long run, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies CEO Claus Moehlenkamp has warned.

Indeed, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies could lose around 70% of its automotive sales if it does not embrace opportunities around e-mobility and fuel cells, he said in a presentation at the 2018 Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS)…

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NHTSA restarts effort to upgrade NCAP

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WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will gather comments at a public meeting next month on how to improve a program that helps consumers make decisions on new-vehicle purchases by providing comparative information on the safety of vehicles. The agency is nearly two years behind schedule meeting a congressional mandate to list crash avoidance information next to crashworthiness information on new-vehicle window stickers.

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Conti sees trend to faster product development

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TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — The breakneck speed at which self-driving and connected-car technology is evolving is forcing the industry to change how products will be developed, says Tamara Snow, head of systems and technology for Continental North America’s interiors division.

“New technology is coming at a faster and faster rate, and for this reason we need to be able to harness disruption and change what we innovate and how we innovate,” Snow told an audience Monday at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars.

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Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) Ceo Rich Kramer on Q2 2018 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

AKRON, Ohio, July 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company (NASDAQ: GT) today reported results for the second quarter and first half of 2018.

“We delivered strong operating performance in the quarter highlighted by impressive volume growth in our mature markets where we regained share, particularly in the more profitable 17 inch and greater rim sizes in the U.S. and Europe,” said Richard J. Kramer, chairman, chief executive officer and president. “Additionally, we achieved our price/mix and net cost savings goals for the quarter.”

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Smithers Rapra discusses the application of force and moment data in relation to tire modeling

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Smithers Rapra recently provided insight at the Global Tire Tech Forum, which was organized by China Rubber Industry Association. Henry He (above), general manager at Smithers Rapra’s Suzhou Tire and Wheel Testing Laboratory, spoke about the application of force and moment data in relation to tire modeling.

“Our testing services span the globe, and we are proud to have Henry represent our laboratory in China and the advances we have made,” said Derek Read, VP for global development – Asia.

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Trinseo Releases 8th Annual Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Report

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BERWYN, Pa.- Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, today has published its 2018 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which showcases how Trinseo is meeting or exceeding the highest standards of safety and environmental performance, and developing innovative solutions that benefit our world.

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Ecolomondo to set up pyrolysis plant in Ontario

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ST. LAURENT, Quebec—Canadian cleantech company Ecolomondo Corp. is planning to set up a tire-recycling plant in Hawkesbury, Ontario, to showcase its thermal decomposition process technology.

The company has acquired a 13.4-acre plot land for the project with site work set to begin immediately. Hawkesbury is a town of about 10,000 inhabitants in eastern Ontario on the Ottawa River near the border with Quebec.

Construction work will start on the 50,000-sq.-ft. facility in autumn 2018 with completion scheduled for the second or third quarter of 2019, Ecolomondo said.

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