Reporter’s notebook: Be warned: US$25 Oil is coming, and along with it, a new world order

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The world as we know it, will be no longer. The balance of power on a global scale will shift. All in the next decade. Sounds dramatic right? But independent think tank RethinkX believes it to be true, because of rapid advances in technology, and specifically the advent of self-drive or autonomous cars.

 

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General Motors to push for sustainability in tire industry

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Transforming the global rubber and tire supply chain to create lasting, environmentally sound sustainable rubber production requires a collaborative approach. Through an industry-first commitment to sourcing sustainable natural rubber in its tires, General Motors is helping drive the industry toward net-zero deforestation and uphold human and labor rights.

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TIA Pre-Show Events Registration is Now Open for 2017 Global Tire Expo

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(Bowie, MD – 5/16/2017) – The Tire Industry Association (TIA), a leader in tire safety, has announced that registration is now open for all TIA’s special pre-show events. Each event will be held on Monday, October 30 at Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show – Powered by TIA will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV from October 31 – November 3, 2017.

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ISRI2017: Scrap tire markets face multiple disruptions

Tire recycling has come a long way, says tire processing veteran and current consultant Terry Gray of Houston-based T.A.G. Resource Recovery. However, Gray also remarked while speaking at the Spotlight on Tires session at the ISRI2017 convention, some of the end markets for scrap tires are currently facing difficulties, causing a sense of disruption in the overall market. 

Gray said he started in the North American scrap tire processing sector in 1984, when as few as 1 percent of all scrap tires were being recycled. More than 30 years later, the industry can be described as “more mature” he said, with almost 90 percent of scrap tires now being processed for recycling. “That’s a pretty good track record,” said Gray.

The bad news for scrap tire processors are government-related obstacles being faced in several key end markets. Gray said a tax credit that had been available to users of tire-derived fuel (TDF) had expired in some states, “so [energy] plants are failing that had converted to TDF.”

He said officials in one such state, Michigan, are acknowledging they will need to find and boost alternative end markets for scrap tires, but Gray said in many New England states “It’s a real issue and they’ve got their heads in the sand.”

In the ground or crumb rubber markets, the sports field additive market had been emerging as a strong consumer, but that end market is taking a hit from (as yet unsubstantiated) claims that athletes coming into contact with crumb rubber on fields are experiencing health issues, including cancer.

By Gray’s estimate, some 30 percent of sports fields are in regions such as New England and California where regulators are advising turf managers to be wary of using crumb rubber. In 2015, 25 percent of crumb rubber was used on sports fields and another 23 percent as playground surfacing or as mulch, so shrinkage in any of those markets will cause considerable disruption, said Gray.

Gray characterized the rubberized asphalt market for ground tires as often subject to “wait and see” attitudes, but he said the manufactured products sector for molded rubber has been one brighter spot.

J.D. Wang, the CEO of California-based ReRubber LLC, says his company’s investors have been putting most of their R&D resources into the crumb rubber and powder categories, after acknowledging that the firm “has gone through eight years of disruption” itself. “In our first five years, we processed a lot, and failed a lot,” he commented.

ReRubber is now focusing on making rubber powder, researching and opening up end markets for the tire-derived powder to be used in protective and architectural coatings applications. The company is exploring a supply loop that Wang says allows it to “innovate” and conduct research in California, then more rapidly implement the ideas in Asia or “work out the kinks” there, and then bring successful ideas back to the United States.

Offering a point of view from state government, Elizabeth Hoover of the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said in that state in the 1990s, TDF used at cement plants represented “about the only markets” for scrap tires.

She remarked that emissions concerns about zinc levels had harmed that market, and now the health questions surrounding the field turf market are presenting a new disruption. Unless scrap tire processors have diversified markets, “you have problems on your hands,” warned Hoover.

Her message to scrap tire processors was that states can provide help in the form of loans for equipment, workshops and conferences and assistance in identifying and developing end markets. She also remarked, however, that because of tight state budgets, “a lot of that [potential assistance] is beginning to dry up.”

ISRI2017 was in at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans April 22-27, 2017.

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Register Today – Tire & Rubber Summit 2017: Navigating the New Normal in International Trade

Join us on June 19th and 20th in King City, Ontario, to explore the latest developments in the Canadian tire and rubber industry.

These are tumultuous times for international trade, so it’s no surprise that the Summit 2017 will focus on the questions of trade, as the Canadian rubber manufacturers and suppliers face profound challenges brought on by global economic and political changes.

As NAFTA comes under fire, the Canadian industry is inundated with trade agreements between Canada and E.U., and potential agreements with South America (Mercosur) and a seeming fast-paced pivot to China, with others coming on soon.

With NAFTA renegotiations underway, the U.S. is raising prospects of a border tax on automotive products, and disregarding how deeply integrated the automotive industry is across North America, causing a major concern for the automotive industry, a principal industry for tire and rubber manufacturers.

Tire & Rubber Summit 2017 comes at a critical time and may be the perfect anecdote to make sense of it all with learned colleagues and expert panelists to discuss the major issues and challenges affecting our businesses, our market and our country. 

 

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Nokian Tyres: Net sales and profit up in Q1 2017

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Net sales were up at Nokian Tyres in the first quarter of 2017 as was, despite increased raw material costs, net profit. Andrei Pantioukhov, the tyre maker’s interim president and chief executive officer, declared that Nokian Tyres “had a strong start of the year” and “demonstrated strong performance in all our main market areas.”

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Emterra Group again named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers

For the second consecutive year, Emterra Group has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers. The acknowledgement is granted by Mediacorp Canada in its Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. The announcement, made annually as part of Earth Day celebrations was published in The Globe and Mail. Emterra Group was the only organization in the recycling and waste management sector to be recognized for this award.

“We congratulate Emterra Group on being one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2017. It’s a wonderful achievement,” said Richard Yerema of the Canada’s Top 100 Employers project. “Employers like Emterra have developed exceptional earth-friendly initiatives – and are attracting people to their organizations because of their environmental leadership.”

Canada’s Greenest Employers recognizes organizations that are leaders in sustainable operations and foster a culture for environmental stewardship for their stakeholders. Candidates for the award are evaluated on the following criteria: (1) unique environmental initiatives or programs they have developed; (2) whether they have been successful in reducing their own environmental footprint; (3) whether their employees are involved in these programs and contribute unique skills; and (4) whether their environmental initiatives have become linked to the employer’s public identity to attract new people to the organization.

“We are in an era in which equitable social and sustainable outcomes matter as much as economic outcomes,” said Emmie Leung, CEO of Emterra Group. “People want to make better purchasing decisions and support organizations that are working towards a sustainable future. Being recognized by Mediacorp Canada reaffirms we are doing the right thing. We are moving in the right direction.”

Emterra Group is being recognized for this award because of the significant infrastructure investments it has made to reduce greenhouse gas emission through its network of material recovery facilities, compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling stations and fleet of CNG collection vehicles. The awards committee also recognized Emterra Group for its Make Your Contribution at the Curb™ Community Care Program ™ and the added public education and promotion support it lends to smaller communities so they too can divert more waste from the landfill.

“Being recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers two years in a row is something we are proud of.  We could not do this without our team of employees who share our passion for sustainability,” adds Emmie. “I think back to this past December. It was a frigid day in Winnipeg and there were our Emterra members volunteering their time to deliver refurbished bikes recovered from the landfill to kids. Now that is a team; that is a group of individuals who are working together to build a stronger, cleaner and greener community.” 

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Euro reycled rubber exposure data published

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HELSINKI — The European Chemicals Agency concluded recently there is “at most, a very low level of concern” from exposure to recycled rubber granules.

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ASTM committee to focus on recovered carbon black

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BRUSSELS – The formation of ASTM Committee D36, Recovered Carbon Black, may well be the biggest step forward the tire recycling technology known as pyrolysis has taken toward commercial success and mass acceptance.

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Tire recycling under pressure in UK

Leaders of the Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) and National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) are warning that tire recycling costs are increasing at an alarming rate across Great Britain. The associations assert that the increases are being driven by a mixture of regulatory changes and new market conditions. This leads to reprocessors and professional used tire collectors encountering rather challenging times.

Peter Taylor, secretary general of the TRA says: “Not only we face increased operating and fuel costs, added to which is the latest increase in the minimum wage but these are just aspect of the upward cost pressures that we experience.”

“We, the same as other automotive waste streams, encounter extremely significant costs which stem from new fire security guidelines introduced by the Environment Agency. They reduce capacity in various ways and exert further pressure on costs which will all have to be passed on,” Mr. Taylor says.

Members of TRA who account for over 70% of all used tires collected in Great Britain, are also hit by a plummeted demand for tire-derived fuel (TDF) in Asian export markets and elsewhere due to a four-fold rise in shipping costs.

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