North Carolina Tire Dealers in Recovery After Hurricane Florence

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Days after Hurricane Florence touched down on the east coast of the U.S., some tire dealers in North Carolina are in the process of getting their shops up and running again after sustaining damage from the storm.

North Carolina Tire Dealers Association Executive Director Reece Hester said eastern North Carolina has already had its rainiest year to date and has received eight months worth of rain in three days from Hurricane Florence. …

 

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TST on a roll with intelligent tire machinery

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TST is on a roll. Adapting to the latest revolutionary trend of Industry 4.0 in tire manufacturing, this trend-setting Chinese tire machinery major is forging ahead developing automation, intelligent and informational tire equipment and internationally advanced intelligent tire production equipment and production workshops in a bid to stay as a front runner in the global tire machinery industry

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Conti celebrates 20 years of Slovakian truck tire plant

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Puchov, Slovakia – Continental AG has celebrated the 20th anniversary of truck tire production at its location in Puchov, where it claims to manufacture one-third of its total truck tire volume.

The event marked Continental’s partnership with Slovakian truck tire maker Matador in 1998, which led to the formation of Continental Matador Truck Tires sro.

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Michelin warns of job cuts at UK plant amid cheap tires’ influx

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Dundee, Scotland – French tire maker Michelin has warned of potential job cuts at its tire production plant in Dundee amid “extremely challenging trading conditions”.

In a 10-Sept statement, Michelin said it expected the plant’s output to fall “significantly below capacity” from 6.2 million units in 2017 to a maximum of 5.4 million per year over the next three years.

The company has cited an “influx of cheap tires from Asia and falling demand for smaller premium tires” for the decline in output.

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United Steelworkers in Virginia approve contract with Yokohama

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Salem, Virginia – Members of the United Steelworkers Local 1023 in Salem have ratified a four-year labour deal with Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia LLC.

The final tally was not released, but Local 1023 said on its Facebook page that the deal runs through 14 Sept 2022, and that the vote passed by a “majority.”

A Yokohama spokesman confirmed that the agreement covers about 600 bargaining unit employees. The Salem plant employs 760.

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Itec Q&A with Norbert Majerus

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AKRON—Author Norbert Majerus is one of the nearly 50 presenters set to speak at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference, planned for Sept. 11-13 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron.

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Program for 2018 Rubber Recycling Symposium Is Now Available

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We have finalized the program and speaker lineup for the upcoming Rubber Recycling Symposium which will once again bring together international experts and professionals from the tire and rubber manufacturing sectors and rubber recycling industry, including:

  • Major tire producers,
  • Leading research and technology enterprises,
  • Stewardship organizations,
  • Recycling agencies,
  • Government representatives,
  • ELT processors and other industry leaders.

This year’s Symposium offers a lineup of more than 20 executive speakers who will share their expertise and provide new insights into global trends and legislative initiatives with special attention on regulatory initiatives that promote tire recycling markets; updates on sustainable tire manufacturing, Tire Industry Project (under the banner of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development), market overview for tire-derived fuel, sports infill, and rubberized asphalt, and focus on transition to individual producer responsibility with focus on Ontario, Canada.

 

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For all event details visit the event page.

 

Cabot Corporation Increases Prices for Specialty Compounds Globally

BOSTON – Effective October 1, 2018, or as contracts allow, Cabot Corporation will increase prices, up to 7 percent globally, for its PLASBLAK® masterbatches as well as its CABELEC® conductive compounds and concentrates. This price increase is required to offset the dramatic rise in raw material costs. The increase will help to ensure that Cabot remains a reliable, long-term supplier of high quality products and services.

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Tire makers commit $7.5 billion globally to new plants, capacity expansions

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AKRON — The world’s leading tire makers committed more than $7.5 billion in the past year toward new plants and capacity expansions, representing more than 82 million units of new annual car tire and 7.5 million units of new truck/bus tire capacity.

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Smithers Rapra upgrades allow for testing of larger tires

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RAVENNA, Ohio—Polymer products testing company Smithers Rapra has upgraded the wheel-testing capabilities at its Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna to handle wheels with rim diameters up to 24 inches.

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