BKT Partners with Kultevat to Create Dandelion Rubber Compound for Tires

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Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT), has entered into a joint research agreement with Kultevat, Inc., to create a dandelion rubber compound for its tires.

Kultevat, a U.S. biotechnology company, specializes in the cultivation and processing of TKS Dandelion as a renewable and sustainable alternative for natural rubber. BKT will work with the company to develop new compounding methods and tire manufacturing technologies to create more sustainable and renewable tires in the future.

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Continental Produces 10 Millionth Tire at Russia Plant

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Continental Ag celebrated the production of its 10 millionth tire at its tire plant in Kaluga, Russia this month, just five years after the start of production.

“The Greenfield Tire Plant Kaluga is now a mature plant and a success story for us…,” said Nikolai Setzer, member of the executive board of Continental and head of its tire division.

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Future Tire Conference 2018: Q&A with Conti’s Philipp Struck

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LONDON—Contintental’s Philipp Struck, who will present a paper at the Future Tire Conference in Cologne, Germany, discusses the future of tires and tire technologies.

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USTMA honors 6 tire makers for safety achievements

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Assocations has honored six of its member companies with 20 Safety and Health Improvement Program awards.

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Future Tire Conference 18: Q&A with Cimcorp technology director

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ERJ interviews Jyrki Anttonen technology director, Cimcorp Oy about current trends in the global tire manufacturing industry. The expert will present a paper on autonomous tire plants at the Future Tire Conference 2018, taking place 30-31 May, during the new Tire Cologne international trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Click here for more information about the conference.

ERJ: Please identify one significant development in the tire industry in the last 2-3 years, and explain its importance. …

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

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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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Nokian hires Clayco as design partner for U.S. plant

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COLCHESTER, Vt—Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is partnering with turnkey retail development firm Clayco Inc. to design and construct its $360 million tire manufacturing plant in Dayton, Tenn.

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Sumitomo Rubber to make Sumitomo-brand truck tires at New York plant

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TONAWANDA, N.Y.—Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. is preparing to start production of Sumitomo-brand medium truck tires at its plant in Tonawanda.

SRNA will start with Sumitomo’s premium SmartWay-verified ST788 SE steer, ST948 SE drive and ST719 SE all-position tires, according to TBC.

Sumitomo Rubber, by contrast, goes to market in North America with the Falken and Ohtsu brands.

The three tires to be produced at the Tonawanda plant feature Sumitomo’s latest developments. These include the company’s 4D Nano Design technology, Aaron Murphy, vice president of commercial truck tire sales for TBC Brands, said in remarks prepared for the upcoming Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition in Atlanta.

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Maxxis signals India ambitions with first tire plant

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NEW DELHI (NewsRise) — Four years after it entered India, Taiwan’s Maxxis launched its first tire manufacturing plant in the country, intensifying competition in the red-hot two-wheeler market.

Maxxis, a unit of Taipei-listed Cheng Shin Rubber Industry, will initially produce tires for scooters and motorcycles at the $400-million factory in Sanand, a fast-developing auto hub in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

The plant can produce up to 20,000 tires and 40,000 tubes per day, the company said in a statement Thursday.

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Doublestar to invest €200m in plant relocation, upgrade

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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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