Forget Package Delivery Drones – Here Come Autonomous Containers


Amazon, UPS and others are exploring using drones to deliver packages to people’s doorsteps, but some companies are thinking bigger — autonomous cargo drones the size of small airplanes.

They are designing unmanned cargo airplanes to compete with short-haul trucks and small freight aircraft. They are testing prototypes and pushing for their large fixed-wing drones to play a key role in the next wave of logistics.

“Companies that can respond and be faster and more flexible will be the winners as the logistics landscape continues to change,” said David Merrill, co-founder of Elroy Air, a San Francisco startup working on a cargo drone prototype.


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ETRMA backs new HDV emissions regs


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.

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Executive Interview: Michelin North America’s Joanie Martin, Chief Administrative Officer


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, …

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Life after Sergio? Fiat Chrysler to unveil five-year plan Friday


The vision for a post-Marchionne Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and what that means for Michigan should become significantly clearer starting Friday. The Italian-American automaker will lay out its plans for the next five years in a ritual that is highly unusual in the automotive industry, where road maps for the future are not typically on full display.

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TireHub Seen as Positive for Goodyear Tire in Long Run, Longbow Research Reports


The future is looking brighter for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

According to a report from Longbow Research, TireHub is seen as a financial positive in the long haul for Goodyear with foreseeable financial benefits for 2019 and beyond.

Under the TireHub joint venture, Goodyear and Bridgestone Americas are combining the distribution of their passenger and light truck tires. The venture will be headed by former Mattel exec Peter Gibbons.

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BFGoodrich Debuts as Title Sponsor of the SCORE Baja 500

May 24, 2018 at 14:05 PM EDT BFGoodrich Debuts as Title Sponsor of the SCORE Baja 500 GREENVILLE, S.C. , May 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — BFGoodrich ® Tires will be the title sponsor of the SCORE Baja 500 on its 50 th anniversary run June 2 . The iconic desert race, known for technical course sections and tire-punishing terrain, aligns well with BFGoodrich’s commitment to creating tougher tires that win championships under Baja’s most grueling conditions.

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Hercules Introduces Commercial Highway Tire


Hercules Tires has launched an all-season commercial highway tire equipped to endure the high torque and heavy loads for commercial applications.

The Hercules Terra Trac CH4 has a buttress design built for high-scrub applications and tread blocks that provide stability during cornering and promote even wear, the tiremaker says.

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Conti marks milestone with fleet digital inspection tool


FORT MILL, S.C. — Continental Tire the Americas is marking a milestone for its ContiTrack2 digital inspection tool, noting that it’s been used to measure 1 million truck tires in the U.S. since its introduction in 2012.

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US trims import duty rates on three Chinese tire companies


Washington – The US Department of Commerce has made minor downward revisions in countervailing duties on three companies exporting Chinese passenger and light truck tires to the US after finding errors in its earlier calculations.

The minor revisions affect countervailing duty rates for a period of review from 1 Dec, 2014, to 31 Dec, 2015. on three companies: GITI Tire Global Trading Pte. Ltd (and several allied firms), Cooper (Kunshan) Tire Co. Ltd, and Zhongce Rubber Group Co. Ltd.

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Tariffs threat already impacting European TBR market


Birmingham, UK – While details of tariffs to be imposed by the EU on truck & bus tires originating from China have yet to emerge, the impending move is already having an impact on the market.

At the Commercial Vehicle Show 2018 in Birmingham’s NEC, dealers reported significant increases on the prices of Chinese TBR tires, to allow for tariffs that are expected to be back-dated to 1 Feb.

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