Goodyear Marks 75 Years at Proving Grounds with Facility Expansion

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As it celebrates its 75th year of tire testing operations in San Angelo, Texas, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is planning two new expansion projects at the facility.

Goodyear has added a second vehicle dynamics area – a 324,000 square foot paved pad – and is currently building an additional evaluation facility for off-the-road products that will include equipment for testing earthmover tires.

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Nokian inaugurates US tire plant

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Dayton, Tennessee – Nokian Tyres plc has commissioned production at its Dayton passenger/light truck tire factory two years after breaking ground on the $360 million (€330 million) project.

Nokian Tyres CEO Hille Korhonen and other Nokian executives attended the opening ceremony for the factory, the company’s third overall and first outside of Europe, on 2 Oct.

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Sales of 17-inch and larger tires grow to half of U.S. replacement market — Npd

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Demand for larger rim-diameter passenger/light truck tires has grown sufficiently the past three years to the point where 17-inch and larger tires now account for nearly half of all consumer tires sold in the U.S., according to NDP Group Inc. research.

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Orion expands roles for executive team

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HOUSTON—Orion Engineered Carbons has made changes to the roles of three members of its executive management team.

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Cooper Tire unveils ‘Uncle Cooper’ ad campaign

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FINDLAY, Ohio — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has unveiled a new national ad campaign introducing “drivers everywhere to a trusted source of tire advice — Uncle Cooper.”

“Personifying a no-nonsense relative who is expert in all things automotive, Uncle Cooper will never steer drivers wrong about the right tires,” Cooper said.

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Bridgestone, Nashville Predators Extend Naming Rights Agreement for Bridgestone Arena Through 2030

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) and the Nashville Predators today jointly celebrated the beginning of a new hockey season by announcing an extension to their naming rights agreement for Bridgestone Arena through 2030. The agreement…

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Traction Summit 2019 Agenda Focuses on Innovation in a Disruptive Market

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TRACTION SUMMIT 2019: The agenda for the 2019 edition of Smithers’ Traction Summit conference, taking place at historic Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California, October 16-18, 2019, has been officially released. 

As the key U.S. conference focused on developing ideas and capitalizing on relationships in tire and automotive markets, Traction Summit is the definitive meeting place to discuss and understand future opportunities for tires.

Returning to northern California, the hub of new tech revolution in automotive, this year’s program is focused on evaluating the modern tire industry as it deals with numerous global economic headwinds and opportunities, while discussing innovations to meet a more tech-savvy market. 

The 2019 program features top tire and automotive industry experts from throughout the supply chain, including Local Motors, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Goodyear Innovation Lab, Wards Auto, BYTON, ExxonMobil, Consumer Reports, BKT Tires, REACH, Tyrata, Wards Intelligence, and many more.

Event sessions include: The Future of the Auto Industry, Tires as Part of the Connected World, Voice of the Customer, The Future Facility, Regulations and Legislation, and A New generation of Vehicles, which focuses on advancements in electric vehicles, the growth of subscription services with the passenger market, autonomy, and how autonomous vehicles are changing fleets, trucks, and OTR vehicles.

The keynote presentation, given by Elizabeth Laderman, Economist at The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will discuss how the changing global economy will impact the tire and auto industry in the short and long term. Laderman will delve into tariffs, trade wars, and the potential retrenching of the Chinese economy and how it can create friction and challenges for the U.S. tire and auto industry.

Smithers’ Dr. James Popio, Vice President of Operations – North America, will detail a complete analytical look at the tire industry.

Haig Stoddard, Senior Industry Analyst with Wards Intelligence, will present an examination of production demand, both in the United States and globally, and discuss the status of the autonomous vehicle market and the growth of the electric vehicles.

John Culliton, BYTON’s Senior Engineer of Chasis Attribute Delivery, will discuss the concept of A Living Room on Wheels, balancing consumer comfort demands with range considerations, packaging opportunities, load constraints, and how to balance with full-vehicle ride, handling, and NVH attributes.

Paul Burgoyne, Founder and CEO of REACH, will look at how sensors and 21st century communication devices can benefit the transportation sector.

Traction Summit’s co-location with Smithers’ Image Sensors Auto conference, the premier event focusing on the latest technology, applications, and advancements that are helping move the industry toward autonomous and connected vehicles, opens endless opportunities for attendees to network and build key relationships.

Smithers is a global leader in rubber, tire, industrial, automotive, and consumer industries. Utilizing a unique mix of academic and market intelligence, comprehensive testing, analysis, and information facilities, on-site expertise, and leading industry experts, Smithers offers rubber, plastics, and polymer laboratory testingconsulting services and support, industry-leading conferencestraining courses, and webinars, and market reports.

Reach out to the program producer, Dan Sandoval, at DSandoval@smithers.com with any questions about the Traction Summit program.

Cooper Tire Marks 5 Years of Connecting With Students For Manufacturing Day

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Marking its fifth year as a member of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) and Manufacturing Institute’s (MI) “Dream It. Do It.” program, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will again connect with more than 10,000 students – primarily eighth graders – for Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) events this year. National MFG Day 2019 is officially Oct. 4, yet Cooper’s involvement begins later this month and will run throughout October.

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Tireshop.com to make e-commerce debut in October 2019

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Tireshop.com has announced it will be making its e-commerce debut in October 2019. Tireshop.com is a concept and vision created by brothers Jason and Joshua Crook. The two have successfully operated their independent tire shop, Jack Calhoun Tire out of Lithia Springs, Georgia with their mother Sandra Mclarty for over three decades. The entire tireshop.com team have created a vision and business plan to be the #1 go to online tire shopping solution.

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Goodyear offering contract buyouts at US tire plant

Akron, Ohio — Goodyear has begun offering voluntary buyouts to certain employees at its Gadsden, Alabama, tire plant as part of the company’s strategy to strengthen its US competitiveness.

Goodyear disclosed the plan in a 8K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, stating that the move aimed to curtail the production of tires for less profitable segments of the tire market.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal