Nokian’s US factory produces first test tire


Dayton, Tennesee – Nokian Tyres PLC has begun trial production at its factory in Dayton, keeping the plant on schedule to begin commercial-scale production by early 2020.

The first tire produced was a Nokian eNTYRE 2.0 passenger tire, size 205/55R16, Nokian said.

“The first tire milestone is significant for our production team, our employees throughout North America and our team around the globe,” said Mark Earl, Nokian Tyres senior vice president.

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Goodyear raising US capacity for larger tires

Fayetteville, North Carolina –  Goodyear is planning to expand capacity for larger rim-diameter passenger tires at its 50-year-old Fayetteville plant.

The project follows the approval of a 10-year jobs incentive package by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, worth $30 million (€26.6 million).

These funds will be used to “modernise and improve operations and efficiency” at the Fayetteville, Goodyear said.

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Capacity to be increased at Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing

Capacity at Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing (TNA) is to be ramped up as part of its expansion project at the facility. The fifth phase will involve installation of more production equipment in the empty space at the factory, which was expanded at the end of last year to boost capacity. The work will begin in September 2020 and will come online in January 2021. Investment will total about ¥7bn (US$64.65m). TNA expects to create 120 new jobs through the expansion.

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Continental breaks ground on motorcycle tire plant in Thailand


RAYONG, Thailand—Continental has broken ground on motorcycle tire plant in Rayong that the company says is “in the immediate vicinity” of its recently opened passenger tire plant.

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Sentury’s US plant on hold ‘indefinitely’


LaGrange, Georgia — China’s Qingdao Sentury Tire Co. Ltd has put on hold indefinitely plans to build a car and light truck tire plant in the US, according to various sources close to the project.

The company had disclosed plans in September 2016 to invest $530 million to build a plant in Troup County, Georgia.

The facility was to have capacity to produce 12 million car and light truck tires a year at full capacity, and generate up…

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BKT continues to search for a location for its U.S. plant


BKT USA Inc. is on track to build its first manufacturing plant in the U.S., according to Minoo Mehta, president of the U.S. subsidiary of India’s Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT). Mr. Mehta discussed his company’s successes as well as the challenges ahead in an interview with Tire Business.


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Nokian heavy-tire expansion project at headquarters plant back on track


NOKIA, Finland—Nokian Tyres P.L.C. reports an $82 million, 3-year expansion of commercial tire production at its headquarters plant in Nokia is back on track after falling behind schedule, company officials said recently.

The project, designed to boost annual capacity for heavy-duty tires by 50% to 32,000 metric tons by 2021, also includes the construction of a dedicated research and development center on site.

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Comerio Ercole celebrates 100 years in calendering industry

Machinery developer Comerio Ercole is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the calendering business. Founded in 1885, the company began in the textile field, and developed its first rubber processing machines in 1919. The first calender for textile cord rubberizing was commissioned by a major Italian tire manufacturer.

One hundred years later, Comerio Ercole celebrates this important milestone, with more than 1,000 installations over the world and 14 international patents.

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Nexen rolls out first tire from Czech plant

London – Nexen Tire Europe has rolled out its first tires in the trial run of its European production facility in Zatec, the Czech Republic.

The first tire was “ceremonially dispatched” by Nexen Tire CEO Travis Kang on 24 April, Nexen said in a written statement to ERJ.

An official opening ceremony will be held “later this year,” the company said 20 June, without giving further details.

Nexen broke ground on the €829-million project in the north east of the Czech Republic in October 2015.

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Global tire manufacturing output to grow 3.4% year-on-year


Global tire production in 2019 is estimated to reach 19.25 million tonnes and is anticipated to grow at 3.4% compound annual growth to 22.75 million tonnes by the end of 2024.

Smithers Rapra’s new report, The Future of Tyre Manufacturing to 2024, estimates the global tire industry’s capital spending to be over US$15bn in 2019. Further growth by value will reflect that of production and demand, with an average annual growth of 3.3% through to 2024.

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