Bridgestone on TireHub: Expect Broader Distribution, Faster Access and More Opportunity

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In the wake of the announcement of the deal between Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Bridgestone Americas Inc. to combine both tiremakers’ company-owned distribution networks into a new entity called TireHub, Tire Review sat down with TJ Higgins, president of Bridgestone’s North America Integrated Consumer Tire Group, to find out more about the joint venture, its impact on the replacement tire landscape and what tire dealers can expect.

Read the source article at Tire Review

Continental Produces 10 Millionth Tire at Russia Plant

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Continental Ag celebrated the production of its 10 millionth tire at its tire plant in Kaluga, Russia this month, just five years after the start of production.

“The Greenfield Tire Plant Kaluga is now a mature plant and a success story for us…,” said Nikolai Setzer, member of the executive board of Continental and head of its tire division.

Read the source article at Tire Review

2018 Rubber Recycling Symposium Coming in November

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The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) together with Host Sponsor, eTracks Tire Management Systems, are pleased to be hosting the 2018 Rubber Recycling Symposium, held on November 7-8 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Niagara Falls, Canada

This symposium brings together international experts and professionals from the tire and rubber manufacturing sectors, the rubber recycling industry, including processors, transporters, equipment manufacturers and stewardship organizations, as well as government and academia. This event offers a unique opportunity to explore the varied approaches in Extended Producer Responsibility, and to compare successes and opportunities for delivering and meeting our industry’s goals.

 

“Taking Sustainability to the Next Level” 

“Taking Sustainability to the Next Level” theme starts with the premise that corporate sustainability is fully embedded at the highest level of the industry. But what of the value chain as tires move through the market distribution channels to the final end-user? Do we have sustainable market players throughout the channels who act in accord with corporate sustainability goals and, more importantly, can these players operate in an ethical, social, environmental, cultural and economic sphere in the same way as their major suppliers?

To be sure, there are other drivers at play such as economic factors, market conditions and legislative imperatives that can work to either stymie or encourage taking sustainability. The 2108 Symposium will attempt to explore all sides of the issue in order to take the industry’s corporate sustainability where it needs to be. 

When:

November 7-8, 2018

Where:

Sheraton on the Falls Hotel
5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls
ON L2G 3K7, Canada

 

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Leave it to NASA to Reinvent the Tire

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It’s called the “Superelastic Tire” and was developed for future Mars missions, but it’s possible it could be used as a viable alternative to pneumatic tires here on Earth. By using shape memory alloys that are capable of undergoing high strain as load bearing components, the Superelastic Tire is able to withstand excessive deformation without permanent damage. In addition, the shape memory alloy can also increase the load carrying capacity of the tire.

Read the source article at Car Reviews

New mobility: Will tire makers ever see the light?

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Original article published in ERJ’s March/April issue.

Electric vehicles, connected mobility and autonomous driving, are forecast by many to radically change the way we all travel around in the not-too-distant future.

While there is clearly an element of technology-push and hype around such developments, there seems little doubt that some big changes are on the way.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Future Tire Conference 18: Q&A with Cimcorp technology director

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ERJ interviews Jyrki Anttonen technology director, Cimcorp Oy about current trends in the global tire manufacturing industry. The expert will present a paper on autonomous tire plants at the Future Tire Conference 2018, taking place 30-31 May, during the new Tire Cologne international trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Click here for more information about the conference.

ERJ: Please identify one significant development in the tire industry in the last 2-3 years, and explain its importance. …

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Regulators Are Asleep at the Wheel on Self-Driving Cars

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The companies and officials influencing the development of self-driving technology offered a wide variety of reactions to the death last week of a pedestrian struck by an Uber autonomous vehicle. Uber Technologies Inc. suspended the testing of its self-driving cars in Tempe, Arizona, where the incident took place, and in other cities. So did Toyota Motor Corp., citing the emotional toll on the safety drivers who sit in the front seat and monitor for hazards.

Read the source article at Bloomberg.com

Bibendum Builds Momentum As Michelin Becomes World’s Most Valuable Tire Brand

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Michelin has become the world’s most valuable tire brand following 30 percent brand value growth to $7.9 billion over the past year according to the latest Brand Finance report. It overtook Bridgestone (down 6 percent to $7 billion), which slipped from first to second place in the annual Brand Finance Tyres 10 ranking.

Read the source article at Aftermarket News

Technology focus: Arlanxeo’s new self-sealing tire compound

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Hanover, Germany – Arlanxeo has developed a special compound for use in self-sealing tires, the synthetic rubber maker recently announced

The material, which is applied on the interior of a vehicle tire, enables punctures to be automatically sealed, said a 19 Feb company statement.

The development is in line with the requirements of future vehicles, according Frank Lückgen, global marketing director, tire, at Arlanxeo’s Tire & Specialty Rubbers business unit (BU TSR).

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Toyo Tires: Nano process improves energy efficiency in truck tyres

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Rubber material development teams at Toyo Tire & Rubber (Toyo Tires) have been working on the company’s ‘Nano Balance Technology’ since 2011, and have now developed a new process development technology that improves fuel efficiency in truck and bus tyres.

Read the source article at Tyrepress