USTMA Innovation Awards: Michelin And Goodyear Honored for Injury Prevention Efforts

WASHINGTON— April 8, 2021 — The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) today awarded Michelin North America, Inc.  and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company  with 2021 Innovation Awards, part of USTMA’s Sustainability Awards for Workplace Safety and Health. In the technology category, USTMA honored Goodyear for its Goodyear motion capture app that performs ergonomic risk assessments. USTMA recognized Michelin for its “Bib Bowl stretching initiative in the culture category. USTMA’s Innovation Award recognizes companies that implement proactive programs, technologies or systems that improve workplace health systems and cultures.

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USTMA shares economic outlook analysis and impact trends

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2021) – As President Biden prepares to lay out a broad infrastructure vision for the nation, the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) today released key findings from an economic outlook analysis to identify trends and strategic opportunities for the U.S. tire manufacturing industry over the next five years and relevant issues influencing transportation. The analysis, conducted in late 2020 by a top economist, provides insights into four focus areas—economic impact and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, digital transformation, changing societal views on mobility and environmental stewardship.   

“There is a natural connection between priorities of the tire manufacturing industry and revitalizing infrastructure. The safety and sustainability of the life cycle of our products depends on having safe bridges and roads to travel, and even exploring how recycled tires can help create longer-lasting roads,” said Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of USTMA. “And as we are grateful for the signs of recovery our sector has experienced in recent months, including better-than-expected results for tire shipments in 2020, we are also encouraged that some of the key report findings align with strategic initiatives already underway within the tire manufacturing sector.”

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USTMA Announces National Tire Safety Week

WASHINGTON, Mar. 16, 2021 – The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) today announced it will launch its yearly consumer tire safety awareness campaign, National Tire Safety Week, from June 28 through July 4, 2021. This year’s theme, “Do Your Part, Know Your Roll,” will educate motorists about proper tire care and maintenance as an important part of road safety 

“Safety has always been a priority for USTMA and its partners, and the lens through which we view safety has expanded as a result of the pandemic,” said Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of USTMA. “National Tire Safety Week aims to educate drivers about the vital yet practical steps they can take to properly maintain and care for their tires. Tires are the only part of a vehicle that touches the road, so you want to keep them in top shape to help you stay safe on the road.”  

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USTMA joins leaders of 50 associations in support of H.R. 5, The Equality Act

USTMA is proud to join leaders of 50 associations in support of H.R. 5, The Equality Act, affirming protections for LGBTQ Americans in the workplace and community.

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USTMA Predicts 315.7 Million Tires Will Ship This Year

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) projects that 315.7 million total tires will ship in the United States this year versus 303.2 million units during 2020 and 332.7 million units shipped during the previous year.

Specifically, the USTMA expects that original equipment passenger tire shipments will increase by 10.7% in 2021 and that light truck tire shipments will grow 3.6% during the year.

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Natural rubber prices are rising

If you’ve read this column for any length of time, then you know I am obsessed with the fact that tires are agricultural products. Natural rubber is a key component in every tire, some more important than others. Without it, tires will not be able to perform at the same level. I’m not a chemist or an engineer, so my knowledge of rubber compounding is rudimentary at best, but I know enough to know that nothing is more effective than natural rubber for certain performance characteristics. According to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), natural rubber comprises 34% of a truck tire, which is the most of any raw material or component. Passenger and light truck tires are 19% natural rubber, so the price of tires can be linked to the price of rubber.

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USTMA, The Ray, and University of Missouri Announce Research Partnership Project to Assess Knowledge on Environmental Impact, Benefits of Rubber Modified Asphalt

WASHINGTON – December 2, 2020 – The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), in partnership with The Ray, a nonprofit proving ground for sustainable transportation technologies, today announced a research project to assess and compile existing research on the performance, environmental impacts and benefits of using ground tire rubber (GTR) in asphalt. The compiled research will result in a state of knowledge report that outlines existing research and identifies data gaps in the use of ground tire rubber in rubber modified asphalt. 

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USTMA expects 2020 tire shipment to improve from July 2020 projection

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The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) projects U.S. tire shipments will total 298.3 million units by the end of 2020, compared to 332.7 million units in 2019. This forecast represents a significant improvement of nearly 19 million units from the 2020 volume USTMA forecasted in July, reflecting industry resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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USTMA finds that recycling of end-of-life tires has stalled

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While tires remain one of the most recycled products in the U.S., end-of-life markets are not keeping pace with the annual generation of scrap tires, a new report released by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) reveals.

The 2019 Scrap Tire Management Report – USTMA’s 14th – reveals that almost 76% of scrap tires were recycled in products such as rubber modified asphalt, the manufacturing of automotive products and mulch for landscaping and other products, and tire-derived fuel in 2019. This is down from 96% in 2013, when scrap tire recycling peaked.

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Giti, Yokohama, Cooper Support National Tire Safety Week

Giti Tire USA, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and Yokohama join the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) to launch campaigns supporting National Tire Safety Week 2020, which will run through Sept. 6.

The 2020 campaign, “Know Your Roll,” is designed to educate consumers about the importance of proper tire care and maintenance, especially during a time when safety has never been more top-of-mind among Americans.

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