Nokian Tyres Breaks Ground on New Tennessee Plant


Patti Renner returns to Babcox Media as editor of Tire Review. Since leaving Babcox in 1997 (former editor of Underhood Service), she owned and operated a chain of specialty retail shops, worked with small businesses on their online marketing approach, and served as VP Marketing North America for a global marketing technology company.

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Tire makers eye strong finish to 2017


AKRON—Despite relatively lackluster first-half financial performances, tire makers for the most part are optimistic about their second half and fiscal 2017 earnings prospects.

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Conti VP to keynote Tire Society meeting


AKRON — Juan Botero, a Continental Tire the Americas vice president, and Ron Kennedy, managing director of the Center for Tire Research, will be the featured speakers at this year’s Tire Society annual business meeting.

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TIA announces Board of Directors election deadline


The Tire Industry Association 2017 Board of Directors election deadline is Friday, September 1st. All TIA members that are in good standing and with voting rights are encouraged to vote. Vote online here.

Four individuals will be elected to serve on the TIA Board for a three-year term. The following is a list of the nominees for this year’s election.

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Kenda names business development director


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Chris Tolbert, who has three decades worth of experience in the tire industry, has joined American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. as director of business development for the firm’s North American automotive business team.

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Conti and Kordsa to develop sustainable adhesion system


Continental and Kordsa are to collaborate on a new sustainable adhesion system for bonding textile reinforcement materials to rubber compounds, which will use eco-friendly chemicals in place of the extremely harmful resorcinol and formaldehyde substances.

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Under 40: Capable hands hold rubber industry’s future


Those who are worried the rubber industry doesn’t have enough youth to carry the sector’s torch forward can rest easy. Based on the 28 members of the Rubber & Plastics News Under 40 class, the future of the industry is in good hands.

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Goodyear Tire profit falls 27.2 pct as sales slip


(Reuters) – Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co (GT.O), the largest U.S. tire maker, reported lower-than-expected quarterly sales as demand for tires weakened, and slashed its full-year forecast for tire unit sales and segment operating income.

Shares of the company fell as much as 13 percent to $31.00 in early trading on Friday, marking their biggest intraday percentage drop in nine months.

“Our second quarter results reflect the impact of volatile raw material costs and an increasingly challenging competitive environment, particularly in the United States and Europe,” Chief Executive Richard Kramer said on Friday.

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Amit Deshpande appointed as Sales Director-Africa at Cooper


Amit Deshpande has been appointed as Sales Director for Africa at Cooper Tire and Rubber Company Europe Limited. He has over ten years of experience in the rubber industry.

In his new position, Deshpande is entrusted with supporting product development with region-wise specifications and identifying sales leads within the region.

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Tire and Rubber Industry Navigates the New Normal in International Trade

The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, (TRAC) held its biennial Tire & Rubber Summit on June 19 and 20 in King City, Ont. The precursor of the Summit dates back more than 30 years, and its core value remains constant to this day—bring together C-level executives to reveal latest trends, collaborate, and address key issues and developments affecting the global tire industry with the spotlight on Canada.

“Canadian manufacturers and suppliers face profound challenges brought on by global economic and political changes,” says Glenn Maidment, President of the Association. “The NAFTA renegotiation undoubtedly represents the core sign of times of the global challenges facing Canada. But trade agreement between Canada and the E.U., as well as potential agreements within Mercosur in South America, and a pivot toward China cannot be discounted when it comes to their potential profound effect on Canada. We want to create conversation on how such fundamental changes challenge not just how the tire and rubber industry approaches business, but how we approach business in Canada.”

Regarding international trade and NAFTA, McMaster University’s Automotive Policy Research Centre discussed the deep integration of the automotive sector throughout United States, Mexico and Canada, and Royal Bank of Canada provided 

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