Eight-in-ten winter tire owners say winter tires have saved them from a hazardous situation: survey

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Cambridge, Ontario, Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Eighty per cent of winter tire owners believe driving a vehicle equipped with winter tires has saved them from loss of control or a collision, according to a new Leger survey commissioned by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) www.tracanada.ca.

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Continental, Osram cut costs as autos downturn hits suppliers – Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Auto suppliers Continental (CONG.DE) and Osram (OSRn.DE) plan deeper cost cuts after reporting weaker results on Tuesday, as a global slowdown hits the car industry. Demand in China, the world’s biggest auto market, has fallen for 15 months, while carmakers are under pressure to invest in cleaner and self-driving technologies set to reshape the industry.

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Trelleborg profitability down, despite higher sales

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TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg has reported a 6.4 percent year-on-year decline in earnings for the third quarter of 2019, despite higher sales.

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OTR tire market growth supported by increased activity in emerging markets

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OTR tire market growth supported by increased activity in emerging markets

Growing mechanization and infrastructure development in emerging markets is increasing demand for agriculture, construction and mining equipment as well as off-the-road tires.

According to a report from Smithers, The Future of Off-the-Road Tires to 2024, the global market for off-the-road (OTR) tires is estimated to be more than 4 million metric tons in 2019, corresponding to a value of $27.5 billion. A five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% to 2024 in volume and 4.8% per year in value is expected.

Construction and industrial activity have been leading market supports and drivers in the recent past, but going forward, growth will be more balanced among end-use sectors. For example, improving commodity prices are supporting the mining industry, while economic and population growth are supporting the construction, agriculture, manufacturing and shipping sectors. From an equipment perspective, development of new machines for these industries is driving OTR tire innovation. Products that can handle increased load demands and communicate their condition are now the focus.

 

Volume from mining and construction sectors

The mining and construction segments will continue to represent more than half of the market by volume. Mining and construction growth over the last several years has been restrained by the effects of soft energy and metals prices, but the aggregate mining segment (aggregate used in construction) has helped the overall market grow. Meanwhile, construction, as well as agriculture and industrial, are performing in line with overall economic growth.

Increased demand for agriculture tractors, and construction and mining equipment is being seen in developing countries. The construction and industrial segments have continued their steady market-leading performances from the prior period, 2014-19. As before, only the growth of the smallest end-use segment, the industrial market, will outpace the market as a whole. The increase in manufacturing in developing economies is projected to drive the market for industrial equipment tires. Increased industrial automation is also projected to influence the OTR tires.

 

Regional development

As global economies recover, stabilize and resume growth, all regional markets are expected to grow through 2024. As with many other tire markets, the relatively strong economic performance of developing economies greatly influences the distribution of growth opportunities. With large mining, construction, agricultural and industrial bases in place, the Asia Pacific market is already by far the largest; nearly as large as the more mature North American (including Mexican) and European (including Russian) markets combined. Further growth in Asia Pacific is supported by increasing population, higher levels of agricultural mechanization, recovery in mining, and ongoing construction activity.

 

Changing end-user requirements

Across end-use segments, load requirements are increasing, and tire product and services are a critical element in avoiding downtime. Equipment automation and the use of Big Data and predictive analytics are transforming the OTR tire business into a closer collaboration between OEMs, tire manufacturers and dealers.

Over the next five years, the industry will be more driven by data use, predictive analytics and automation — shifting from a transactional-focused model to a solutions-oriented approach. The mining and construction OTR segments will drive much of this change with OTR tires using integrated sensors for tire monitoring and management.

 

Regulation and standardization

Governments play a key role in shaping trade, driving demand and inspiring product evolution (e.g., sustainability, and potentially standardization). Government spending is also a critical supporter of OTR tire demand related to infrastructure projects and agricultural subsidies.

Unlike other segments of the tire industry, there are no regulations or standards for OTR tires in mining and construction — even in North America and Europe. This presents a problem for some customers and an opportunity for manufacturers. 

Some OTR equipment manufacturers are interested in uniform OTR performance standards including wear, speed/load, traction and temperature; but so far in the European Union, there is no strong lobby pushing standardization or labelling requirements. It is possible that standardization could be most easily achieved if led by a tire or rim association. Down the road, there is potential for European Whole Body Vibration legislation to provide impetus in this area, because the tires are implicated, especially for skid loaders. Simple tire pressure measurement systems (TPMS) that have been a legal requirement in the US since 2008 could also be a possible standard for OTR tires.

For more information on this market report by Smithers, visit https://www.smithers.com/services/market-reports/transportation/the-future-of-off-the-road-tires-to-2024.

 

 

 

 

Analysis: India’s limping economy threatens to undermine commodity markets

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Singapore — India’s economy has shifted into lower gear since the country’s general election, posting its slowest growth in six years for the April-June quarter and taking a toll on energy and commodity markets that were already grappling with an ailing automotive sector and a lack of liquidity. Not registered? Receive daily […]

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Sales of 17-inch and larger tires grow to half of U.S. replacement market — Npd

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Demand for larger rim-diameter passenger/light truck tires has grown sufficiently the past three years to the point where 17-inch and larger tires now account for nearly half of all consumer tires sold in the U.S., according to NDP Group Inc. research.

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Rapidly changing tire industry reliant on diverse skill sets

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AKRON—While the tire industry is watching developing megatrends like electric and autonomous vehicles, it should focus on realistic usage and bringing in new skills, said Robert Asper, director of core system engineering, product development for Bridgestone Americas.

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Koetz: Continental still focused on expansion

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Frankfurt, Germany – Continental Corp. is continuing to expand its tire business into new regions despite current market challenges, according to Christian Koetz, head of the tire division and corporate purchasing.

As part of the Vision 2025, the German Tier 1 has been expanding its global footprint, and in its latest move, the tire maker is set to start production of truck tires in Bolton, Mississippi, later this year.

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Tire Rack tabs Vredestein Quatrac Pro as top grand touring all-season tire

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Apollo Tyres Ltd.’s Vredestein Quatrac Pro was ranked as the top grand touring all-season tire in a test conducted recently by Tire Rack Inc.

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Serbia to become PCLT tyre production hub

When Toyo recently announced its intention to build a new tyre plant in Serbia it consolidated the country’s position as the leading location for new passenger car and light truck (PCLT) tyre manufacturing capacity in Europe. Toyo’s proposal follows Linglong’s decision to build its new European plant in the country and Cooper Tire’s plan to double the size of its facility there .

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