Conti aims to capitalise on retreads acquisition

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London – Continental Tyre Group officials rolled into London on 22 Feb to show off recent UK acquisition Bandvulc and explain some of parent Continental AG’s plans for the retread tire sector.

Acquired last summer, the Ivybridge, Devon-based truck tire retreader is seen as representing a ‘missing piece in the jigsaw’ for the German group – a relative newcomer to this sector.

Embarking on a strategy to offer a ‘full life-cycle package’ to the tire market, Conti…

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Bridgestone adds curing bladder facility in China

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Huizhou, China – Bridgestone is adding 5,300 unit per year curing bladder facility with €494,000 (3.6 million yuan) investment at its plant in Huizhou, Guangdong, according to local reports.

With 1.7 million unit-per-year truck and bus tire capacity and 45 tonne/year external purchase of curing bladders, the plant decided to build the facility as “external purchases are time consuming, effort requiring and costly,” said the project’s environmental filing.

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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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Toyo expands two commercial tire sizes

Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. announces a size expansion for two of its commercial tire products, the Toyo M920 drive tire and the Toyo M149 Super Single. Both tires are part of the M-Line of commercial tire products from Toyo Tires.

According to the company, the M920 drive traction tire is ideal for trucks that require all-season capabilities to deliver loads in any weather condition in regional or long-haul applications. It has wide, staggered tread blocks for improved traction and performance while additional features assist in excellent wet performance, longer tire life and reduced irregular wear.  Its two wide circumferential grooves are designed to shed water during wet conditions. New sizes added to the M920 lineup include a 315/80R22.5 with a Load Index of L, also an 11R24.5 and a 285/75R24.5. 

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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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DOT issues 22 new tire factory codes in 2016

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WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2017) — The U.S. Department of Transportation issued 22 new DOT plant identification codes in the past year for tire factories worldwide, including 14 for plants in China.

Tire manufacturers wishing to sell tires intended for use on U.S. roadways must have a DOT code for each plant, and that code must be molded into the sidewalls of each such tire.

Of the new codes issued, only one—for Yokohama Tire Corp.’s truck tire plant in West Point, Miss.—is in North America.

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Goodyear Debuts Endurance RSA

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Because the needs of regional and urban delivery fleets are evolving, so is Goodyear’s lineup of tires. Their new Endurance truck tire line includes the RSA, which offers more miles to removal–plus lower rolling resistance and more resistance to curb impact damage–than its predecessor, the Goodyear G661 HSA.

“The Endurance RSA is our best all-around tire for regional and urban delivery applications,” says Brian Buckham, General Manager, Product Marketing, Goodyear. “And it is an important part of the Goodyear Total Solution, which helps fleets lower their operating costs.”

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Team Nitto Tire Sweeps the Podium at King of the Hammers

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Shannon Campbell , Wayland Campbell and Jason Scherer swept the podium of the 2017 race. Shannon Campbell is the first racer to have won the King of the Hammers race three times. Erik Miller , JP Gomez, and Josh Blyler made up the rest of the top six. This year’s race was one of the closest in KOH history with Shannon Campbell finishing just 28 seconds ahead of his son Wayland.

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Conti Increasing Truck Tire Prices

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Continental Tire the Americas will increase the prices of its Continental, General and AmeriSteel brand truck tires by up to 8% in the U.S. and Canada, effective March 1.

According to the tiremaker, the increase is due to the rising cost of of raw materials, as well as energy and logistics costs associated with the production and distribution of radial truck tires.

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