Goodyear, Giti, Hankook plants set to come online


AKRON—Tire manufacturing in North America is due for a sizable boost over the coming few months as Goodyear, Hankook Tire America Corp. and Giti Tire Group commission commercial-scale production at new factories in Mexico and the U.S.

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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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Goodyear executive to deliver ITEC in Focus keynote


AKRON—Surendra Chawla, senior director of external science and technology programs for Goodyear, will be the keynote speaker for ITEC In Focus: Reinforcements for Tire Performance.

He will be speaking on tire technology developments and future challenges as they are impacted by industry mega trends.

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Falken to Replace Dunlop at Sumitomo Plant in Buffalo


Sumitomo Rubber has announced it will stop U.S. OE production of Goodyear’s Dunlop brand in 2018 at its Buffalo, N.Y., plant to instead focus on it’s own Falken Tires brand, according to an article in Nikkei Asian Review.

The plant was acquired from Goodyear in 2015 when Sumitomo Rubber ended its partnership.

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Pirelli eyes Russian growth


VORONEZH, Russia — Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. is considering expanding production capacity at the tire plant in Voronezh it acquired in 2010 if “market dynamics are positive,” Pirelli said recently.

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Sentury Tire Selects SSOE Group for Complete Design of 1.4 Million Square-Foot Tire Manufacturing Facility in LaGrange, Georgia

LAGRANGE, Ga.July 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sentury Tire, a global advanced-technology tire manufacturer of automotive and aircraft tires, selected SSOE Group, a global project delivery firm for architecture, engineering, and construction management, to design its 1.4 million square-foot tire manufacturing facility in LaGrange, Georgia.

The new, $430 million tire manufacturing facility will serve as the North American headquarters and will be located on 400-acres about 70 miles southwest of Atlanta in the LaGrange Callaway South Industrial Park. Bringing more than 1,000 jobs to Georgia, the plant will be fully operational in 2019 with the capacity to produce 12 million units per year. In line with Sentury’s other factories, the Georgia plant will feature smart technology, advanced test track and proving grounds, research and development, as well as warehouse and distribution operations. Sentury Tire built the first industry 4.0 smart factory in China, and an additional advanced manufacturing plant recently went online in Thailand.

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Tire & Rubber Industry Rundown: European Rubber Journal


Asia BD price drop… Nike sales… Clariant-Huntsman link-up… Michelin buys wine reviewer… Conti acquires… Eversafe Rubber… SKF sued ?… Firestone leak… UK down… Kumho limbo… Thai NR…

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Bridgestone releases Sustainability Report 2016


In its Sustainability Report 2016, Bridgestone Corporation shares that last year its tyres’ rolling resistance was on average 13 per cent lower than in 2005. The company also achieved a 29 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions per net sales from operations and products’ after-use during this timeframe, as well as a 28.5 per cent reduction in water intake per unit and a 31 per cent improvement in resource productivity.

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Caterpillar Honors Bridgestone Plant


Bridgestone Americas’ agriculture tire manufacturing plant in Des Moines, Iowa, recently achieved platinum level certification from Caterpillar’s Supplier Quality Excellence Process (SQEP). The facility has received a gold level certification for the past three years.

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Linglong opens subsidiaries in Luxembourg and Mexico


Yantai, China – Linglong Tyre has opened fully-owned new subsidiaries in Luxembourg City, Luxumbourg and Mexico City, Mexico, according to its announcement on June 30.

The two subsidiaries, named Linglong Luxembourg and Elite Faith Mexico, will engage in the import and export of tire and tire raw materials.

The subsidiaries are set up “as per Volkswagen’s request to build up Linglong’s overseas sales network to speed up the two companies’ cooperation,” said the statement.

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