2017 marks Pirelli’s 110th year in motorsport

Turin, Italy – Pirelli is celebrating “110 Years of Motorsport” this year. Renowned for supplying top racing teams with high-performance tires, Pirelli first entered the motorsport world back at the end of the 19th century when the company’s founder, Giovanni Battista Pirelli, realized that motorbike races could serve as a testing ground for his consumer level products.

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The Politics of Being a Tire Dealer

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As a business leader and manager, you’re tasked with many of the same duties as professional politicians – building consensus, communicating a shared vision, dealing with the public and staying visible within your community.

And as a tire dealer, you have far more political expertise and influence than you may realize. Your voice, experience and wisdom are highly valuable to your community and your industry. From serving on boards and councils locally to speaking on industry issues before the House and Senate – even running for office – tire dealers have a reputation for getting involved.

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Continental Partners with Caterpillar

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New partnership will focus efforts on off-highway trucks.

Continental and Caterpillar have signed an agreement to equip Cat Off-Highway-Trucks (model series 770 to 775) with Continental RDT-Master tires in sizes 18.00R33, 21.00R33 and 24.00R35.

“We are happy to announce the cooperation with Caterpillar on top of the launch of our new tire lines in the Mining and Construction segment,” said Jan Skaletz, Key Account Manager for OTR tires, Continental.

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Research Report on Tire Export in China, 2017-2021 – Research and Markets

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Research Report on Tire Export in China, 2017-2021” report to their offering.

In 2016, China’s tire export reached CNY 468.48 million, increasing by 5.4% YOY. Export value was USD 12.89 billion, decreasing by 6.9% YOY. Average unit export price was USD 27.52, decreasing by 11.65% YOY.

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Chinese tire importer buys former GM plant in Indiana

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ANDERSON, Ind. — A company that imports tires from China has purchased a former General Motors plant in Indiana as a site to service its business customers.

Anderson economic development director Greg Winkler says Houston-based Sutong China Tire Resources is in the process of upgrading the 330,000-square foot building.

Resource Commercial Real Estate says the company plans to have 20-40 workers at the site, where it will service the utility and RV trailer industry, large retail chain stores and independent tire retailers and wholesalers. The (Anderson) Herald Bulletin reports no financial details were released.

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High Ontario electricity rates concern car makers

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The soaring price of electricity in Ontario is top of mind for the province’s auto makers, but it should not yet be considered a competitive disadvantage when the province is bidding for new investment by car companies, a new study concludes. Electricity rates are higher in Ontario than they are in the 10 largest auto-producing U.S. states, a study by the Automotive Policy Research Centre at McMaster University in Hamilton, says.

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Titan’s pink tractor tires a charitable statement

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Breast cancer is a hot-button topic. Almost everyone out there has been affected by it in some way — whether they or a member of their family has been touched by it or they know of friends or neighbors who’ve experienced it.

In hopes of raising awareness and money for the cause, Titan International has been making pink tractor tires for charity since 2015.

Jerry Koch’s John Deere tractor in Titan’s special pink tires.

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Researchers invent process to produce renewable car tires from trees, grass

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A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards.

The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is available for licensing through the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization.

The new study is published by the American Chemical Society’s ACS Catalysis, a leading journal in the chemical and catalysis sciences. Authors of the study, include researchers from the University of Minnesota, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Center for Sustainable Polymers, a National Science Foundation-funded center at the University of Minnesota.

“Our team created a new chemical process to make isoprene, the key molecule in car tires, from natural products like trees, grasses, or corn,” said Paul Dauenhauer, a University of Minnesota associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science and lead researcher of the study. “This research could have a major impact on the multi-billion dollar automobile tires industry.”

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Bridgestone, Conti and SRI win at TTI Awards

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Sustainable innovation, and next-generation information and communication technologies were championed at this year’s Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

The awards are decided by the votes of a 27-strong panel of experts from the tire industry and academia, with the winners announced last night (Wednesday, February 15) during Tire Technology Expo, at a Gala Dinner at the Hannover Congress Centrum.

This year’s winners are testament to how the latest consumer electronics and cutting-edge information communication technology are being successfully adopted into tire design and manufacturing, yielding great results.

Graham Heeps, editor, Tire Technology International & chairman of the judging panel said: “Cutting-edge sustainability and information technology is more prominent than ever among this year’s winners, showing that the tire industry is at the forefront of high-tech research, development and manufacturing. The judging panel was impressed by the strength in depth among this year’s finalists. Picking the winners gets harder every year!”

Bridgestone was awarded Tire Manufacturing Innovation of the Year with judges overwhelmingly voting for the brand’s Examation tire assembly system. Examation combines revolutionary artificial intelligence with information and communication technologies, for improved quality and enhanced factory productivity.

Versalis/Genomatica won the Environmental Achievement of the Year award for their long-term project to create renewable butadiene. The companies embarked on the joint venture in a bid to address concerns around potential butadiene shortages and price increases. In a demonstration run in 2016, several kilograms of renewable butadiene were prepared starting from commercial sugars, with polymerization tests showing no differences between the polybutadiene prepared from fossil or renewable feedstock.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI, producers of Falken tires) won the Tire Technology of the Year category for a record third time with its Advanced 4D Nano Design, which makes is possible to perform highly realistic simulations of the complex internal structures and behaviours of rubber materials at the nanoscale. The technology is being used to develop next-generation tire materials, including a new tread rubber that doubled the wear performance of SRI’s standard tread rubber from 2011.

The Tire Industry Supplier of the Year award was presented to Harm Voortman, president and CEO, VMI Group. Judges recognized the launch of VMI’s Milexx truck-tire building machine, along with further debuts including its Retrax automated pre-cure tread applicator, Pixxel vision system, and its new manufacturing facility in Leszno, Poland, operational from Q2 2017.

In the hotly contested Tire Manufacturer of the Year category it was Continental who scooped the prize, beating off stiff competition from Hankook, Michelin and Yokohama.

A raft of major R&D and production investments were unveiled by Continental in 2016, with German projects including a new high-performance technical center and a dedicated dandelion-rubber research center. In September, the first truck test tires containing dandelion rubber were revealed, with production expected to follow in 5-10 years.

Two specialist awards were also presented. TU Dresden PhD candidate, Pavel Sarkisov took home the Young Scientist Prize after delivering an impressive conference paper entitled “Optical measurement of tire deformation focused on transient handling properties”. Meanwhile tire materials expert, Gert Heinrich, director of the Institute of Polymer Materials at the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research in Dresden, and Continental’s former head of materials research, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more on all the winners, head to www.tiretechnology-expo.com.

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Toyo Tire Net Sales Down, Overseas Replacement Market Up

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In Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. financial results for fiscal year 2016, the tiremaker reported decreased tire sales overall, but an increase in unit sales in the overseas replacement market.

According to the report, Toyo’s tire business net sales decreased 6.7% year-over-year to 381,635 million yen (approximately $3.34 billion) in 2016, while operating income decreased 21.7% to 45,405 million yen ($397 million). Toyo attributed this decrease in net sales to net to a strong yen and other factors.

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