Nokian’s US factory produces first test tire

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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.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

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.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Bridgestone pulling away at the top of global tyre manufacturer rankings

This month’s magazine includes our annual leading tyre manufacturers table (click here for more). Ranking the world’s biggest and big tyre firms in this way gives everyone a baseline reference for gauging different firms’ performance and – if previous years are anything to go by – it can be a real conversation starter as well.

 

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

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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.

Read the source article at Tire Technology International

Conti, Nokian on track with North America tire plants

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Dayton, Tennessee – Nokian Tires and Continental Corp. are on schedule for new manufacturing facilities in North America, increasing capacity and incorporating new technology.

Both companies are aiming for 2020 commercial production deadlines for their facilities, which are both located in the southern US, with Nokian in Dayton and Continental in Clinton, Mississippi.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Nokian Tyres seeks to gain traction in North America with new factory – Reuters

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HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish tire maker Nokian Tyres expects its new U.S. factory in Tennessee to help it double its sales in North America, especially by expanding its all-season tire sales in the region, the company said on Thursday. The company, which has previously concentrated mostly on winter tire sales in Russia and Europe, said the new facility would allow it to seek growth in the significantly larger all-season tire market in North America.

Read the source article at reuters.com

It’s Time to Plan Your Trip to the Tire & Rubber Summit 2019

Join us at the Tire & Rubber Summit 2019 on June 11 and 12 in Toronto, and don’t forget to take advantage of our preferred hotel rate at the event’s Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel.

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This year’s iteration of the Tire & Rubber Summit is all about technology. Our 2019 program brings you a list of relevant industry topics delivered by high-profile executive speakers from rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators.

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Pirelli consolidating operations in Brazil

MILAN — Pirelli C. & S.p.A. is planning to consolidate its operations in Brazil, with one possible plant closure in the offing and the commitment of $136 million in investments over the coming two years.

The “reorganization of production structure” would involve the transfer of motorcycle tire production to Pirelli’s plant in in Campinas, Sao Paulo — which currently manufactures car tires only — from its plant in Gravataí, Rio Grande do Sul, thus creating an industrial hub for car, moto and motorsport tires to serve the Latin American markets.

The move likely would result in the closing of the 43-year-old …

Read the source article at Tire Business

German auto suppliers downbeat as trade dispute simmers – Reuters

BERLIN/HAMBURG (Reuters) – German automotive suppliers Continental and Bosch do not expect a speedy recovery of the global auto market, as an escalating trade conflict between the United States and China threatens to compound already weak car demand. Automakers and their suppliers are grappling with a downturn in vehicle demand, particularly in China, the world’s largest car market, which saw sales slow down for the ninth month in a row in April.

Read the source article at reuters.com

More millennials are hitting the road in trailers, RVs

Whether it’s Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz traveling across the country in “The Long, Long Trailer” or Iggy Pop spending time at home with Mom and Dad, Americans love their campers.

Now the iconic symbol of middle-class success is gaining ground with a new audience: Millennials, who not only are traveling the country in them but renting the wheeled living quarters through Airbnb.

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, RV shipments saw their second-best year in 2018, with 483,672 units. Shipments were down only 4.1% from 2017’s record-setting year of 504,600 units.

Read the source article at Detroit Free Press