TRAC Provides the Ministry with Recommendations on the Proposed End-of-life Tire Regulation in Ontario

The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (www.tracanada.ca), which represents 16 major global tire manufacturers operating in Canada, as well as selected tire recyclers and suppliers, is pleased to offer its observations and recommendations to what is a very bold plan by Ontario to introduce individual producer responsibility for end-of-life tire management. Allowing individual market players to make… 

Read the TRAC recomendation on RRCEA Tire Regulation here.

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NAFTA’s fate uncertain ahead of Montreal round of talks

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OTTAWA (Reuters) – The NAFTA trade agreement’s future hangs in the balance this week as negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico try to settle major differences over revamping a pact that President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

Senior officials from the three nations will meet in Montreal for a week starting on Tuesday in the sixth and penultimate round of talks to modernize the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump, who entered office last year pledging to undo what he described as disastrous trade deals, has portrayed NAFTA as grossly unfair to the United States and its workers.

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‘New Aeolus’ saves costs through materials purchasing strategy

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Beijing – ChemChina-owned Aeolus Tyre has saved over €6.4m in 2017 through a new purchasing strategy, established following its integration last year with Pirelli & C. SpA’s industrial unit.

In a recent ChemChina statement, the Jiaozuo-based industrial tires maker linked the gains to “collaborative purchase” of natural rubber and other raw materials.

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Winter tires rule: 5 reasons to ditch your all-season tires | Car News

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Every year when winter comes, it’s the same thing all over again. Millions of Canadians rush to prepare their vehicle for the snow, the ice, the slush and the cold weather. Some consider winter tires to be essential to their survival. And although it has been proven that the use of tires especially designed for winter reduces the number of collision injuries, others think they’re a waste of money.

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The Synthetic Rubber Market is Estimated to be USD 28.88 Billion in 2017 and is Projected to Reach USD 37.82 Billion by 2022

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The Synthetic Rubber Market is Estimated to Be USD 28.88 Billion in 2017 And is Projected to Reach USD 37.82 Billion By 2022, Registering a CAGR of 5.5% Between 2017 And 2022.

Synthetic rubber is mostly produced from crude oil and natural gas, by the polymerization of monomers. Although used in a wide range of applications, its major application is in tires. There has been a growing demand for synthetic rubber from applications, such as tire, non-tire automotive, footwear, industrial, and others. Environmental regulations related to synthetic rubber may act as a restraint for the synthetic rubber market.

Based on type, the NBR (nitrile butadiene rubber) segment is projected to witness the highest growth during the forecast period. NBR is mostly used in applications where high oil resistance is required. Increasing demand for hoses, belts, and cables in the manufacturing and automotive industries in APAC, is likely to fuel the growth of the NBR segment over the forecast period. Rapid industrialization in China and India is anticipated to drive the demand for NBR in APAC over the next six years.

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What you should know about driving on winter tires

Once you slip winter tires on to your car, you’ll have to get used to sliding less on the road. But that doesn’t mean you’re invincible.

“You could drive the exact same and you would be surprised at the stopping distance you have,” said Angelo DiCicco, general manager with Young Drivers of Canada. “They may be a little bit noisier and they may feel a little bit clunkier around turns – but you should view that as being more sure-footed.”

Unlike normal tires that get harder – and lose their grip on the road – when it gets colder than 7 degrees Celsius outside, the rubber in winter tires is designed to stay soft so tires can keep their gripping power to -40C.

“It’s absolutely the single most important differentiation between today’s winter tires and winter tires of yore,” said Glenn Maidment, president of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), an industry group representing tire manufacturers.

Even though winter tires help you stick better to roads, you should stick to being cautious, Maidment said.

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More drivers using winter tires in BC than Alberta, Ontario and some other provinces

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Summary A survey has found 60 per cent of drivers in BC are using winter tires, which is more than in a few other provinces More British Columbians are using winter tires than drivers in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan or Manitoba, according to the 2017 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study . The results show British Columbians are getting the message, with 60 per cent of drivers here using winter tires.

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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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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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Hankook income drops in third quarter, nine months

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SEOUL, South Korea—Hankook suffered double-digit drops in operating income for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30, despite increased sales for both periods.

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