THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Michelin, one of the world’s largest tire makers and Maxion Wheels, the world’s largest wheel manufacturer, received a 2018 CLEPA Innovation Award at this year’s European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) Innovation Award program. The jury recognized the two companies’ joint innovation efforts that resulted in the latest wheel invention, the ACORUS Flexible Wheel, with third place in the “Cooperation” category during the June 13, 2018 award ceremony.
Minoo Mehta, president of BKT USA Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of India’s Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT), discussed his company’s successes as well as the challenges ahead in an interview with Tire Business.
Q: How would you describe business thus far in 2018?
A: For BKT, it has been the best start this year compared to the last three years. Demand for BKT tires is primarily fueled by
Trelleborg, Sweden – Trelleborg is making a “substantial investment” at its Otrokovice tire production plant in the Czech Republic to increase utilisation rates at the facility, the company has told ERJ.
“We need higher capacity utilisation and… we are looking forward to a world-class manufacturing site with high-end production of radial agricultural tires and new production lines for OTR tires,” Trelleborg communications manager Karin Larsson told ERJ.
Brussels – The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers’ Association has welcomed a new EU legislative move, which it believes will support suppliers of higher-performance tires for heavy duty vehicles (HDVs).
The European Parliament’s approval, on 12 June, of regulations for the Monitoring and Reporting of CO2 Emissions from Heavy Duty Vehicles has bolstered the legislative framework on HDVs, said ETRMA.
New research from AAA reveals that driving on relatively worn tires at highway speeds in wet conditions can increase average stopping distances by 43 percent, or an additional 87 feet.
With nearly 800,000 crashes occurring on wet roads each year, AAA is urging drivers to check tread depth, replace tires proactively and increase following distances significantly during rainy conditions.
Tire Business talked with Darren Thomas, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Falken Tire Corp., a unit of Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc., about his thoughts on the tire industry and how his company is performing heading into the second half of the year.
Tire Review Editor Patti Renner Hoying sat down with Joanie Martin of Michelin North America at the 2018 Movin’ On conference in Montreal to talk about the company’s goals, structural and distribution changes and her new role within the organization. Earlier this year, …
Stockholm – A joint project run by Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), together with tire recycler Scandinavian Enviro Systems and waste management group Ragn-Sells is studying the possibility of producing pyrolysis oil from worn out tires.
The aim of the study is to evaluate three different approaches for upgrading pyrolysis oil from tires to make more high-quality fuel products, said Enviro in a 5 June statement.
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. is introducing a new Retail Showroom Program to help affiliated tire dealers grow sales and build customer loyalty through an improved in-store shopping experience.
Specially designed by experts in retail science, the new program is designed to create a more customer-centric environment and accommodate a wide range of showroom sizes and layouts.
MONTREAL – You can’t buy a wind-powered car, and probably won’t ever be able to, but there really is such a thing. And Canada currently holds the world championship for them.
That was just one of the surprises at Michelin Movin’ On, a three-day summit on sustainable mobility held at the end of May in Montreal. Originally called Challenge Bibendum – for Michelin’s tire-themed Bibendum mascot – it was first held in 1998 in France.