Conti sees trend to faster product development

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TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan — The breakneck speed at which self-driving and connected-car technology is evolving is forcing the industry to change how products will be developed, says Tamara Snow, head of systems and technology for Continental North America’s interiors division.

“New technology is coming at a faster and faster rate, and for this reason we need to be able to harness disruption and change what we innovate and how we innovate,” Snow told an audience Monday at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars.

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TIA announce 2018 Hall of Fame and Ed Wagner leadership awardees

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The Tire Industry Association (TIA), is pleased to announce the names of the honorees for the 2018 Hall of Fame and Ed Wagner Leadership Award. The inductions will take place at the Tire Industry Honors Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 29th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

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Hankook Tire Hosts DAV Honorees at 2018 MLB All-Star Game

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Master Sergeant Jeff Johnson and Captain Jonathan Moak have at least two things in common: First, they’re avid baseball fans. Second – and more importantly – they serve in the United States military.

Hankook Tire America Corp., the Official Tire of Major League Baseball, thanked Johnson and Moak for their service by hosting them as honored guests at the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday, July 17 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

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NHTSA grants Conti’s petition regarding mismarked tires

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WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has granted Continental Tire the Americas L.L.C.’s petition for a finding of inconsequential noncompliance in the case of 111,500 mismarked tires.

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Trinseo Releases 8th Annual Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Report

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BERWYN, Pa.- Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber, today has published its 2018 Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report , which showcases how Trinseo is meeting or exceeding the highest standards of safety and environmental performance, and developing innovative solutions that benefit our world.

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Sumitomo chief says Trump tariffs could have ‘devastating’ ripple effects

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WASHINGTON – It’s not just Sumitomo Rubber North America’s Town of Tonawanda plant that could suffer under President Trump’s tariffs. It’s the entire company – and the entire American economy. That’s what Richard Smallwood, Sumitomo Rubber North America’s president and CEO, had to say in an interview with The Buffalo News on Friday, a day after he criticized the proposed tariffs at a Commerce Department hearing. Trump is pondering tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported autos and auto parts.

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SUVs, CUVs could be curtailing OE tire growth

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Akron, Ohio – The share of the US original equipment and replacement tire markets held by high-performance tires — defined as H-rated and higher — has risen for eight straight years, according to US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) data, to nearly 56% and 45%, respectively.

A closer inspection of the data, however, shows the share held by V- and Z-rated tires has plateaued at OE at roughly 20% but continues to grow steadily in the replacement…

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Bridgestone to invest $12 million in Illinois tire plant

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Bridgestone Americas is investing $12 million to expand off-the-road tire production at its plant in Bloomington, adding multiple sizes and patterns for 29-, 33- and 35-inch OTR tires.

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Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. Strengthens Sales Dept. To Support Growing Business

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Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires) announced several changes within the sales department to support the company’s growing business and dealer network.

Joining the company as director of sales, national strategic accounts, is Rob Lovi. Lovi has 14 years of tire industry experience including in management at Michelin North America. He served the past 10 years as vice president of sales and marketing for Vector Fleet Management.

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TIA, retreaders take message to Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON — The estate tax, infrastructure funding, taxation of online sales, health care, scrap tires, right-to-repair and import tariffs were among the issues discussed June 20 on Capitol Hill as more than 100 Tire Industry Association members from…

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