Early bird deadline for 2018 Rubber Recycling Symposium approaching

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NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario—Prospective attendees have until Aug. 31 to receive the $495 Canadian (approximately $380 U.S.) early bird registration rate for the 2018 Rubber Recycling Symposium.

“Taking Sustainability to the Next Level” is the theme of the symposium, which is scheduled for Nov. 7-8 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel in Niagara Falls. The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association and eTracks Tire Management Systems are co-sponsors, according to a TRAC press release.

“The symposium brings together international experts and professionals from the tire and rubber manufacturing sectors (and) the rubber recycling industry, including processors, transporters, equipment manufacturers and stewardship organizations,” TRAC said. Officials from government and academic institutions also will attend, the association said.

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New chemicals and additives for tire production from Lanxess

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Lanxess has revealed details of a number of additives for higher-performance rubber and easier production. Its range of Rhenogran products are designed to shorten mixing times, lower processing temperatures and improve the quality of the finished tires.

Rhenogran CLD-80 is a sulphur donor that ensures a stable vulcanization network by forming mainly mono- and disulfidic bridges. Lanxess says this results in excellent heat aging resistance of the vulcanizates and prevents premature reversion.

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Bridgestone publishes new Sustainability Report for 2017-2018

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Bridgestone today announced the release of the Sustainability Report 2017–2018 for Bridgestone Group. As the world’s largest tire and rubber company, this report reaffirms the Group’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment, “Our Way to Serve,” which provides a framework for how Bridgestone does business, develops products and interacts with customers and the communities it serves.

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Tire and Rubber Association of Canada Elects 2018-2019 Board of Directors

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The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (www.tracanada.ca) announced new officers and the board of directors at its Annual Meeting on June 12.

Maureen Kline of Pirelli – the outgoing Chair – announced the board elected Paul Christou, Controller at Goodyear Canada Inc., to succeed her as Chair for 2018-2019. The board also appointed Tony Mougios of Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. as 1st Vice-Chair, Andy Robinson of Bridgestone Canada Inc. as 2nd Vice-Chair, and Matt Livigni of Continental Tire Canada Inc. as Treasurer.

“The tire and rubber industries in Canada face many challenges and opportunities, in these interesting times,” said Ms. Kline. “Mr. Christou brings many years of experience in the tire industry and I look forward to continuing to work with him as he brings his clear vision to the guidance of TRAC over the coming year.”

Also joining the board…

(Photo: from the right: Paul Christou, Goodyear Canada Inc.; Maureen Kline, Pirelli; Glenn Maidment, TRAC)

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Trade groups mostly oppose Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods

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WASHINGTON — Industry and retail trade groups for the most part are opposed to the Trump administration’s decision to impose import tariffs ranging up to 25 percent on as much as $250 billion in goods imported from China.

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Game Changing Technology: The tires of the future (part 1)

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The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic.

Beyond that, the variables in play—new materials, new manufacturing methods, changing vehicle designs and needs, etc.—present an evolving spider web of tire design parameters that put all design features, except round, into play.

To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design.

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Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) Welcomes New Members: BKT Tires and Huayi Tire

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Cambridge, ON, May 17, 2018 – Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (www.tracanada.ca), the national trade association representing tire makers, rubber products manufacturers, importers, and recyclers, welcomes BKT Tires and Huayi Tire. 

The two companies join the other 24 members of TRAC and will benefit from the association’s industry leadership role in the North American tire industry. “We are thrilled to welcome these two important global industry players on board, and we are looking forward to a long-lasting and cooperative relationship that will be beneficial to all of our members and the industry as a whole,” said Glenn Maidment, President of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada.

For the full list of TRAC members visit: https://www.tracanada.ca/membership/members.html

About BKT Tires

Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), www.bkt-tires.com, is an Indian based tire manufacturer. The BKT group offers full range of Off-Highway tires specially designed for vehicles in the agricultural, industrial, earthmoving, mining, ATV and gardening sector. BKT’s innovative solutions include more than 2,400 products sold in over 130 countries.

About Huayi Tire

Huayi Tire Canada, Inc., www.huayitirecanada.com, is a subsidiary of Shanghai Huayi Company, a global manufacturer of a diverse range of valued products including passenger and commercial and OTR categories tires. Huayi Tire Canada, Inc. brings a high level of logistics intelligence and integrity to match the product quality that Double Coin and Duraturn offer in each product.

 

SOURCE: Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC). info@tracanada.ca; www.tracanada.ca, www.betiresmart.ca, Twitter: @BeTireSmartCA, Facebook: betiresmartCA

Goodyear ‘honoured’ by GM supplier award

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has commented on its selection as a GM Supplier of the Year by General Motors during its 26th annual Supplier of the Year awards ceremony on 20 April.

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Tire inflation survey a wake-up call to drivers

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Cambridge, Ontario, May 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Canadian drivers have glaring gaps in their knowledge about how to maintain proper tire inflation, according to a new tire maintenance attitudinal survey conducted by Leger on behalf of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada.

While nine-in-ten drivers surveyed believe motorists have a responsibility to make their vehicles as fuel efficient as possible and 96 per cent say proper tire inflation is important, the survey also finds that:

  • Only 30 per cent measure their tires’ inflation pressures monthly, a practice essential to fuel economy, road safety and protecting the environment
  • 65 per cent are unaware inflation pressures should only be measured when tires are cold. (A vehicle should be stationary for at least three hours or not have been driven more than two kilometres prior to checking tire inflation. Measuring pressures when tires are warm gives an inaccurate reading.)
  • 37 per cent refer to the air pressure stamped on the tire’s sidewall when identifying the correct pressure for their tires. (The imprinted sidewall pressure is the maximum pressure a tire can contain under maximum load, not the recommended inflation level. Prolonged driving at this inflation pressure may result in uneven tread wear and reduced traction, particularly on wet surfaces.)
  • 22 per cent rely on visual inspections to determine if their tires are inflated properly. (A tire can be underinflated by 20 per cent or more and look normal.)

Among motorists who say proper tire inflation is important to them, top reasons cited include: vehicle safety (84 per cent) followed by longer tire life (74 per cent), fuel economy (73 per cent) and improved vehicle handling (71 per cent).

Other positive news emerging from the study is that 61 per cent of drivers use a personal air pressure gauge when measuring tire pressures. As well, 86 per cent report they rotated their tires in the past year and 66 per cent had their vehicle’s tire alignment checked in the past 12 months.

“Canadian drivers understand the benefits of proper tire inflation and that’s great news,” says Glenn Maidment, president of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), which represents tire makers. “However, the survey also emphasizes the urgent requirement for broader driver knowledge and education on tire inflation facts and procedures. The need is particularly acute among younger drivers who are significantly less likely to know inflation pressures should be measured monthly and when tires are cold. Learning a few simple facts and procedures advances safety, maximizes fuel efficiency and protects the environment.”

Fuel economy, environmental benefits
Measuring tire pressures monthly can result in cost savings. Motorists can improve their gas mileage by 0.6 per cent on average – up to three per cent in some cases – by keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure. Underinflated tires can lower gas mileage by about 0.2 per cent for every one psi drop in the average pressure of all tires.

The environmental benefits of proper tire inflation are also significant. Drivers operating their vehicles on underinflated tires are expected to waste more than 500 million litres of fuel in 2018. This is enough fuel to drive 275,000 vehicles for a full year. This wasted fuel will release an additional 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Low Rolling Resistance Tires
A recent TRAC survey also found 81 per cent of Canadian drivers are unfamiliar with low rolling resistance (LRR) tires. These tires are designed with specialized tread patterns that keep vehicles moving efficiently, advanced rubber technologies and materials that minimize internal movements inside the rubber itself and materials that lower weight, increase rigidity and improve aerodynamics. The result is a range of two to four per cent in improved fuel economy. For motorists who drive approximately 25,000 km per year, this translates to between $50 to $100 in fuel savings per year, so the average motorist can expect to save hundreds of dollars over the lifetime of these tires.

To help motorists improve their fuel-saving know-how, TRAC is providing an informative ‘Get Fuel Fit’ Guide – a free, online resource offering advice on tire selection, maintenance and driving habits that improve fuel economy and protect the environment.

May 14 to 21, 2018, is National Be Tire Smart Week, during which the tire industry will be reminding motorists about the fuel efficiency, safety and environmental benefits of proper tire inflation and maintenance.

Canadians can also learn more by visiting www.betiresmart.ca.

Methodology
A survey of 801 Canadian motorists was completed online between April 12 and April 19, 2018, using Leger’s, LegerWeb panel. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.


Michal Majernik, Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, (519) 249-0366; mmajernik@tracanada.ca

Michelle Magee, Xposure PR, (416) 471-2336; michelle@xposurepr.com

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eTracks Announces Appointment of CEO

The Board of eTracks is delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Meldrum as its new CEO.  Mr. Meldrum has spent the last 13 years as President and CEO of an environmental waste treatment technology company that grew from a start-up organization to an industry leader in the CleanTech space.

Steve has also spent 10 years in Management Consulting roles working closely with many start-ups and global Fortune 500 companies.  In addition, he has been a board member for many private companies as well being President of the Board of Directors for a Toronto-based not-for-profit.

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