Falken OE on Ram 1500

The Falken Wildpeak A/T AT3WA has been selected by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as a factory-fitted option for the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup truck. According to Sumitomo Rubber North America, Inc., the Wildpeak A/T will be supplied for mounting on the Ram 1500 in sizes LT275/65R18 (113/110S) and 275/55R20 (113T).

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Hankook Expands Supply Deal with Scania

Hankook Tire will supply all Scania’s construction vehicles with tires in an expansion of its current contract with the commercial vehicle manufacturer, according to South Korean news service Yonhap.

Hankook started supplying original equipment tires to the Swedish company in November 2016. The expansion of the deal puts Hankook’s OE tires on the Scania XT truck, the company said in a statement to Yonhap.

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Continental expanding EM-Master OTR tire portfolio

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HANOVER, Germany—Continental is expanding its off-the-road radial tire lineup with additional sizes of its EM-Master E4/L4 lines for construction/mining and wheel loader/dump truck applications.

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The US Rubber Industry Challenging Times

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The might of the US rubber industry over the years has grown by leaps and bounds. Changing with the times, the region continues to be a major force in terms of rubber and tyre consumption apart from being a major producer and consumer of synthetic rubber (SR), a host of speciality rubber chemicals and home to a booming US$130 billion medical devices market, the largest in the world. The region is also fiercely competitive in all aspects of the wider tyre market — passenger car tyres, truck and bus tyres, agricultural tyres and OTR tyres.

The United States’ rubber industry has an eventful past, a pulsating present and a challenging future. During the late 19th century, Ohio emerged as the leader of rubber production in the United States. Numerous rubber companies 

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ETRMA reports flat sales in 2017

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BRUSSELS—Tire sales in Europe were largely flat in 2017, with a strong increase in original equipment truck tire sales but a sharp drop in replacement agricultural tires, according to the latest figures from the European Tyre and Rubber…

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Smithers Rapra expert to speak at Tire Technology Expo 2018

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AKRON — Bruce Lambillotte, vice president of technical consulting at Smithers Rapra, will deliver a presentation on the present and future landscape of lightweighting in truck tires at the Tire Technology Expo 2018 in Hanover, Germany, Feb. 20-22.

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Hercules Expands Ironman I-Series for Medium Trucks

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Hercules Tire & Rubber Co. has added two new Ironman brand I-Series medium truck tires in response to demand in its  Canadian market.

The I-302 and the I-933 are now available to order exclusively in Canada through National Tire Distributors (NTD).

“The Canadian market has very specific needs due to harsh winters and the industries prospering in the country,” said Jedd Emans, vice president of marketing for Hercules Tire.

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Nokian adding aramid technology to van, cargo tires

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COLCHESTER, Vt.—Nokian is adapting its aramid sidewall technology, using aramid fiber, to its lines of van and cargo tires, which typically are used on heavier vehicles navigating poor roads, gravel and over curbs.

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Detroit ditches more cars for trucks, SUVs

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DETROIT — With lucrative SUV and truck sales on the ascent, Detroit automakers are racing to ditch slow-selling cars in favor of the big rigs that mint them money. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne started it off by killing the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 to reorient the automaker around Jeep SUVs and Ram pickups. The profit boom that’s followed has emboldened Detroit’s other CEOs to consider snuffing out sedans such as the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Impala.

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One in five truck tires fail German surveillance test

Frankfurt, Germany –  Almost 20% of truck tires have failed to meet the rolling resistance efficiency class specified by the manufacturer or importer, according to the WDK.

The finding is based on tests carried out under a joint investigation by the Frankfurt-based rubber industry association and German market surveillance authorities.

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