Eight-in-ten winter tire owners say winter tires have saved them from loss of control or a collision: survey

A big majority of winter tire owners believe that driving a vehicle equipped with winter tires has saved them from being involved in a potentially hazardous driving situation.

 

Cambridge, Ontario, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eighty per cent of winter tire owners believe driving a vehicle equipped with winter tires has saved them from being involved in a potentially hazardous driving situation such as loss of control or a collision, according to a new consumer survey commissioned by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC).

“Canadian drivers who have embraced winter tires have spoken and provided this very telling insight,” says Glenn Maidment, President of TRAC. “They confirmed what we already know—that the superior performance of winter tires has a place in Canada, and that their greater grip and significantly shorter stopping distances on all cold-weather road surfaces keep Canadians safer on winter roads.”

TRAC’s 2018 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study also found that 76 per cent of Canadian motorists now use winter tires. In comparison, TRAC’s 2017 study found 66 per cent of drivers were using winter tires.

Excluding Quebec, where winter tires are required by law, winter tire usage stands at 70 per cent. Last year’s study found 60 per cent of drivers were using winter tires outside Quebec.

This surge in winter tire usage is reflected in winter tire shipments across Canada, which have grown at an annualized rate of four per cent over the past five years. The significant increase in winter tire use is great news because it means our wintertime roadways are safer than ever as Canadians embrace the safety and performance advantages of winter tires.

The top motivations for purchasing winter tires, include: winter tire laws (34 per cent); advice from family and friends (17 per cent); lower auto insurance premiums (11 per cent), and positive media coverage (seven per cent).

“At 17 per cent, advice from family and friends represents a major driver when it comes to drivers switching to winter tires,” says Maidment. “So, we can effectively link the increases in winter tire utilisation directly with people sharing their positive experience with winter tires.”

Regionally, the 2018 study found:

  • 64 per cent of British Columbia drivers use winter tires
  • Alberta’s usage rate is 70 per cent
  • In Manitoba and Saskatchewan usage stands at 60 per cent
  • 69 per cent of Ontario drivers now use winter tires
  • In Atlantic Canada, where winter tire usage is surpassed only by Quebec, winter tire usage stands at 94 per cent

The most common reasons why three-in-ten drivers still resist winter tires are the belief that all-season tires provide enough traction (53 per cent), cost (18 per cent) and reduced driving in winter (15 per cent).

Full survey results are available at www.tracanada.ca.

The superior performance of winter tires is the result of advanced tread designs and rubber compounds. Winter tires feature softer tread compounds that retain flexibility even in extremely cold conditions. At temperatures at or below 7 degrees Celsius, the traction capabilities of winter tires provide greater grip on all cold-weather road surfaces and significantly shorter stopping distances.

In Quebec, provincial research shows universal winter tire use results in a five per cent reduction in road accident injuries and a three per cent reduction in deaths and serious injuries. (Source: Quebec Winter Tire Report, 2011)

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Pirelli, Rostec to double tire production at Russian plant

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Moscow – Pirelli C & SpA and Russian state-owned Rostec have signed a €100-million agreement to double production at the Voronezh tire manufacturing plant, according to press.

Italian news agency Agenzia Nova reported 24 Oct that the agreement was signed during the Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte visit to Moscow.

As reported by ERJ, Pirelli signalled plans to invest in the Voronezh tire plant last July, saying it aimed to double production capacity to 4 million units a year.

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Rapid EV growth to 2028 will drive changes in tires, new Smithers Rapra report says

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As part of the biggest automotive industry disruption in recent history, tire makers are increasingly focusing their business strategies on serving the electric vehicle market.  Electric vehicles (EVs) will make up a relatively small part of new vehicle sales and an even smaller part of the global vehicle park by 2028, but the segment is still exhibit dynamic growth.

In its market report The Impact of Electric Vehicles on Tires to 2028which is scheduled for release in October, Smithers Rapra estimates the number of EV passenger and light goods vehicles and the EV truck and bus segment will grow to nearly 432 million units with a CAGR of 35% over 2018-2028. This same segment is forecasted to reach nearly $33 million in value. Passenger car/light goods vehicles are forecasted to drive most of this volume and value growth.

As a baseline for comparison, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimated that there were over 750,000 new Battery Electronic Vehicle (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) registrations around the globe in 2016.

Smithers’ research into regional development shows that China will be by far the biggest electric vehicle market due to government policies to reduce pollution and dependence on imported oil. Most importantly, China’s government desires to dominate the industry.

Tires for hybrid vehicles will have more emphasis on low rolling resistance. Tires for plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) and especially for BEVs will need to handle greater torque generated by the battery, extra battery weight and the requirement for reduced cabin noise. Vehicle weight distribution is also likely to be significantly different, which can affect tire design.

The main drivers for tires to enhance EVs include fuel efficiency, grip, load bearing, wear, noise and vibration, overall property balance, air retention, and puncture resistance. Fuel efficiency is the most important issue. By 2025 US CAFE standards for passenger cars/light goods vehicles and trucks and buses indicate targeted MPG for car fleets should be an average 54.5. In comparison, OEMs are focused on long-range EVs that provide 200 or more miles on a single charge.

Current market influencing trends on EVs and tire development include reducing CO2 emissions, the speed of technological change, the increasing affluence and growth of the middle class in emerging/BRIC markets, urbanization, and aging populations. Also important is the greater use of sustainable materials in tire construction, increased emphasis on recycling, and growing fleet operation.

The Smithers Rapra market report The Impact of Electric Vehicles on Tires to 2028offers in-depth analysis of the growing electric vehicle market and its influence on tire development and manufacturing.

Smithers Rapra estimates for the next 10 years the strongest growth for Mild Hybrid quickly followed by BEVs for the passenger car/light goods vehicles plus the truck and bus segment

Tyre maker Michelin confirms 2018 guidance despite China slowdown

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Tyre makers such as Michelin and its rivals Continental and Goodyear have been hit by weaker demand in China, whose economy has been slowing, and the impact of adverse foreign exchange movements and commodity prices.

But Michelin said growth in Europe and north America meant it would stick to its overall 2018 financial targets.

Xavier Caroen, an analyst at French brokerage Bryan Garnier, said the statement would reassure investors that the French company had not been as badly affected as other tyre makers.

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Kumho Tire announce tire price increase effective October 1st

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Kumho Tire announced it will increase tire prices effective October 1st for its passenger, light truck, and medium truck tires sold in the U.S. The percentage increase will be up to 6% and will vary by SKU.

The price adjustment reflects economic factors such as increased raw material costs. Kumho will continue to provide best-in-class products at competitive prices, with superior quality and innovative technology.

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Key milestone achieved in transition of tire recycling program

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, working with the tire industry, achieved a key milestone in the transition of Ontario’s tire recycling program. Approximately 34 million tires representing 93% of tires reported to Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) between 2014 and 2016 were reported to the Authority by the August 31 deadline.

“This is an important achievement in transitioning the Used Tires Program to individual producer responsibility under the new Tires Regulation,” said Patrick Moran, the Authority’s Registrar. …

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Bridgestone, Cooper raising aftermarket P/LT tire prices Oct. 1 in U.S.

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AKRON — Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. plan to increase replacement market prices Oct. 1 on passenger and light truck tires sold in the U.S.

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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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Apollo Tyres: European truck tyre production starting this quarter

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Truck tyre production at Apollo Tyres’ factory in Gyöngyöshalász, Hungary will begin before the end of September. According to Gaurav Kumar, chief financial officer of Apollo Tyres Ltd., production is scheduled to start during the July to September quarter and the ramp-up of truck tyre production will then continue and reach a maximum capacity of 1,200 pieces per day by the end of March next year.

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Linglong to build $1bn tire plant in Serbia

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Shanghai, China – Shandong Linglong Tire Co is planning to build a $994.4 million (€863 million) tire production plant in the Serbian Zrenjanin Free Trade Zone in north Serbia.

In a 20-Aug filing with the Shanghai Stock Exchange, the Linglong announced that construction work on the company’s first European production site will officially start next April.

The project will be completed in three phases, and at full capacity can produce 13.62 million high-performance radial tires per year.

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