Trelleborg to start expansion project at Czech plant soon

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Trelleborg, Sweden – Trelleborg AB is set to start construction on an expansion plan at its tire production facility in Otrokovice, Czechia ‘shortly’, according to a company spokeswoman.

“We recently got approval from the local authorities to start building and the construction work will start within short,” communications manager Karin Larsson said in a 13 March statement to ERJ.

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Tire & Rubber Summit 2019 Will Focus on New Technologies

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CAMBRIDGE, Ontario, Canada; March 7, 2019 — The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (www.tracanada.ca ) announces dates for its upcoming Tire & Rubber Summit 2019. This unique and important event will take place on June 11 & 12, 2019 in Toronto.

This Summit will explore the tire and rubber industry’s advances in technology, innovation, regulation and economics through the insights from executives in rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators who will discuss rubber industry issues from uniquely Canadian perspective.

Driving to the Future

The focus of the Summit will be on the speed of technological advancements in the tire and automotive industries and their effect on product development, manufacturing processes, and other business aspects.

“This is a unique event in the tire and rubber industry,” says Glenn Maidment, President, TRAC. “When it comes to technology, industries across the globe are living through some very exciting times; and our 2019 Summit will discuss the technologies that are changing how rubber manufacturers do business today and tomorrow: autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, machine learning and others.” 

The event will bring together industry professionals and expert panelists to discuss the technologies that reverberate throughout the industry. All the expertise comes from executives in rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators who together will discuss rubber industry issues from uniquely Canadian perspective.

Find out more about this distinctive industry event @: http://bit.ly/TRS-2019.

About the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada

Founded in 1920, the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC; www.tracanada.ca) is a cornerstone of the national rubber manufacturing industry, serving tire makers, rubber products manufacturers and importers as well as rubber recyclers and suppliers of goods and services related to the industry. Over the past century, TRAC has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and became one of the most respected industry organizations worldwide.

 

Media Contact: Michal Majernik, Email: mmajernik@tracanada.ca, Phone: 519.249.0366

TRAC: www.tracanada.ca; www.betiresmart.ca;Twitter: @TRAC_News

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How U.S. bike companies are steering around Trump’s China tariffs | Reuters

(Reuters) – U.S.-based bicycle manufacturer Kent International has found a way around President Donald Trump’s tariffs – by shifting production out of China. Like almost all U.S. bike makers, Kent has long relied on low-cost Chinese labor and parts, but Trump’s tariffs have so far inflated his costs by about $20 million annually.

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U.S. companies put record number of robots to work in 2018 | Reuters

(Reuters) – U.S. companies installed more robots last year than ever before, as cheaper and more flexible machines put them within reach of businesses of all sizes and in more corners of the economy beyond their traditional foothold in car plants. Shipments hit 28,478, nearly 16 percent more than in 2017, according to data seen by Reuters that was set for release on Thursday by the Association for Advancing Automation, an industry group based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Nokian to begin hiring at Tennessee tire plant

DAYTON, Tenn.—Nokian has posted the “Help Wanted” sign outside of its tire plant in eastern Tennessee.

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Editor’s picks: 10 Tire Technology Conference presentations you can’t miss

Tire Technology International’s editor Matt Ross selects 10 speakers you can’t afford to miss at the upcoming Tire Technology Conference, which takes place at Tire Technology Expo Hannover, Germany, on March 5, 6, 7, 2019. Click here to view the full program and book your conference pass here.

Prof. Burkhard Wies, Continental – Physics of tire performance over lifetime: how to ensure best balance between safety and economy

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Tiremakers crumbling under car industry slump

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By Nam Hyun-woo Hankook Tire CEO Cho Hyun-bum Domestic tiremakers were hit hard by the backpedaling in the global car market, with the top three companies each posting reduced 2018 earnings, their reports showed Friday. Hankook Tire , logged 703. 7 billion won ( $623.8 million ) in operating profit last year, down 11. 3 percent from a year earlier Sales also declined by 03 percent to 68 trillion won during the same period.

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Cimcorp making headway with ‘Dream Factory’

GRIMSBY, Ontario—Cimcorp Group has made great strides in the last two years in what it dubs its “Dream Factory” concept, which is a fully automated handling solution for tire manufacturing and distribution.

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Bridgestone to build racing tire factory in Akron

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Akron, Ohio – Bridgestone Americas Inc. plans to build a dedicated racing tire plant in Akron near its technical centre, company officials have announced.

The facility will replace an existing race-tire unit in the original Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. Plant One building, said Cara Adams, chief engineer at Bridgestone Americas Motorsports.

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Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing produces 50 millionth tire

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Toyo Tire Corporation’s US subsidiary, Toyo Tire North America Manufacturing (TNA), has manufactured its 50 millionth tire. The tire that rolled off the production line was a Ridge Grappler for light trucks, sold under the Nitto brand, in size 35 x 12.50 R20 LT 125Q 12PR.

TNA is currently in the fifth stage of a production capacity expansion. New equipment that will come online in April will boost the factory’s annual capacity by 1.2 million tires (converted for passenger vehicle tires).

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