Michelin Ballymena site to be turned into business park following factory closure


Michelin has announced plans to convert part of the site of its closing Northern Ireland manufacturing plant to a business park following its sale to Silverwood Property Developments. The tyre manufacturer will complete the closure of its Ballymena plant in June , after the last tyre rolls off its production line in April, ending 50 years of manufacturing.

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Alliance Tire Introduces 7-Foot Harvest Tire


Alliance Tire Group has introduced new sizes of agricultural tires to its Agriflex line, including one size that’s almost seven feet tall.

James Crouch, national product manager for Alliance’s agricultural division, said the new sizes include the Agriflex 372 IF 1250/50R32 and the Agriflex 372 IF 1050/50R32. Both tires feature technology that allows the tire to have lower air pressure, carry more load and minimize soil compaction.

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Goodyear Reveals Tires Designed to Withstand EV Instant Torque Better


Goodyear Reveals Tires Designed to Withstand EV Instant Torque Better 9 Mar 2018, 11:28 UTC · Browse through any Tesla forum and one of the main topics you’ll come across – usually started by people who bought their vehicles more recently without doing proper research – is the speed at which the cars devour the tires. 4 photos With 20-inch wheels and a performance-oriented nature, satisfying this quench can get very expensive, very soon.

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Doublestar to invest €200m in plant relocation, upgrade


Shiyan, China – Qingdao Doublestar Co is to relocate its subsidiary Doublestar Dongfeng Tire in Shiyan, Hubei province and upgrade it into a smart factory.

The new plant, with planned annual capacity of 1.5 million unit truck and bus tires and 5 million unit passenger car tires, will be relocated to Zhangwan District Industrial Park in the same city. The new site has 300,000 square metre total area.

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The Manufacturing Institute Honors Cooper Tire’s Anne Roman With 2018 STEP Ahead Award


The Manufacturing Institute has recognized Anne Roman, vice president, communications and public affairs for Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., with a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award for 2018. Roman is among 130 women nationally who earned the honor this year from a field of hundreds of nominees.

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Italians dominate TTE 2018 awards

Hanover, Germany – Pirelli C & SpA, Versalis SA and start-up firm MegaRide were among the five winners of the Tire Technology International Awards 2018.

In a ceremony on 21 Feb, on the sidelines of Tire Technology Expo in Hanover, Pirelli was announced as the tire manufacturer of the year for its strategic focus on high-value premium products.

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Zeon supplies rubber for Yokohama winter tire


Tokyo – Nippon Zeon Co. has supplied solution polymerised rubber to Yokohama Rubber Co. (YRC) for its latest studless tire “iceGUARD 6″, Zeon announced 25 Jan.

The company said the solution rubber had high reactivity with silica, allowing for increased loadings and uniform dispersion.

Compounds based on the polymer would yield tires with improved rolling resistance and wet-grip properties, added Zeon.

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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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Bridgestone Canada Inc. (Bridgestone) today regrettably announced the closure of its Firestone Fibers and Textiles facility based in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. The closure affects 35 salaried employees and 135 hourly employees, and will be conducted in phases beginning December 31, 2017, with operations completely ceasing in the second half of 2018.

“This has been an incredibly difficult decision that has come about only after extensive consideration and a thorough assessment of our business and operations,” said Bill Thompson, Chief Operating Officer, Bridgestone Americas, Inc., the parent company of Bridgestone Canada Inc. “There is a strong team at the Woodstock plant, and we are grateful for our employees’ contributions to our business and the community. In light of increasing global competition and difficult market conditions, however, it is no longer viable to maintain operations in Woodstock.”

The plant will ramp down operations over an 18-month period, continuing to produce in Woodstock during the transition, while also leveraging existing assets in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, to meet customer demand in a cost-effective manner.

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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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