Nokian Tires has begun the second stage of hiring at its factory in Rhea County, Tennessee, where it is preparing to launch a second shift of production. Nokian Tires plans to hire upwards of 50 team members starting in September.
Bridgestone‘s truck and bus radial (TBR) tire manufacturing plant in Warren County, Tennessee, recently celebrated 30 years of operations. The Warren County tire plant began manufacturing TBR tires in 1990 and today employs more than 1,000 people. The plant is located in Morrison, Tennessee. In 2018, Bridgestone announced a $40 million investment in the plant to meet market demand and address emerging customer needs.
Maxam Tire has opened an all-new advanced and automated solid tire production facility. The recently opened factory is fully owned and operated by Maxam, representing a major commitment to the specialty solid tire segment, according to the company.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems implements new environmental measures at its China facilities linked to the country’s “three-year action plan for Blue Sky protection” to reduce air pollution, as per the 2016 Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Paolo Pompei, President of Trelleborg Wheel Systems, says: “With sustainability in mind, Trelleborg is continuously investing in its state-of-the-art facilities in China, which have been set up in synergy with the environment and people.
DETROIT (Reuters) – Auto parts suppliers across North America said they are encouraged as major automakers accelerate production after coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, but are holding back on hiring and investment because of longer-term uncertainty. U.S. automakers reopened most assembly plants in late May after states began loosening restrictions, and stronger-than-expected retail auto sales in May have automakers ramping up production of the highly profitable trucks and SUVs consumers are buying. However, several auto suppliers interviewed by Reuters worry about demand heading into 2021. U.S. and global auto sales are not expected to recover to pre-COVID-19 crisis levels until 2022 …
Finnish automated equipment specialists Cimcorp has separated its tyre manufacturing and warehousing/distributions sales teams due to increased demand. The new structure of system sales at Cimcorp’s headquarters, which is effective from the beginning of June, is designed to “support the company’s growth and form the basis for…continuing development”.
Yokohama Tire announced it has reopened its tire manufacturing plant in Salem, Virginia on June 1.
Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia was closed as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
As the factory reopens, the company has implemented several new safety procedures and protocols to ensure the health and welfare of all personnel upon their return.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has restarted production in El Salto, Mexico, on a limited basis.
New health and safety measures have been put in place including employee health disclosures, increased cleaning and disinfection, social distancing and physical barriers, and visitor restrictions.
Similar procedures have been put in place at plants in China, the USA and Serbia, which have reopened following temporary closures.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – French tire maker Michelin resumed operations at its two plants in Mexico on Monday, saying that activity will be staggered at first. The Mexican government’s decision to classify the automotive industry as an essential activity made it possible to restart operations, Michelin said in a statement. The company, which reported an 8.3% drop in first-quarter sales worldwide, said it will resume operations in Mexico “based on production demand.”
Following Continental’s first quarter 2020 financial results and reports that the company is preparing to cut its R&D budgets and European tyre production, Tyres & Accessories asked executives at the company’s Hanover, Germany headquarters to comment on the proposals.