Michelin, GM to forge ahead with airless tire/wheel concept as OE option

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MONTREAL — Michelin Group, in partnership with General Motors Co., is taking its development of a maintenance-free, non-pneumatic tire to the next level with the “Uptis” prototype that the two companies said could be market ready as an OE fitment by 2024.

Michelin and GM presented the next-generation airless tire/wheel concept during the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility, under way in Montreal through June 6.

Uptis — Unique Punctureproof Tire System — is based on the fundamentals of Michelin’s Tweel tire/wheel product, introduced at the 2005 Detroit Auto Show, according to Eric Vinesse, Michelin executive vice president, research and development.

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Hankook Tire share driver tips for National Tire Safety Week

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Hankook Tire is rolling out five tips for drivers as we celebrate National Tire Safety Week from May 20-27, 2019.

Hosted by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), National Tire Safety Week is a perennial initiative that educates motorists about tire care, safety and maintenance, including the potential dangers of unsafe used tires.

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NHTSA Says Electronic Tire Registration Feasible

NHTSA Says Electronic Tire Registration Feasible Posted on Friday, Apr 12th, 2019 Category: nhtsa A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report says requiring tiremakers to electronically identify tires is feasible, but the main technologies to achieve it – Radio Frequency Identification tags or two-dimensional bar-codes – come with plusses and minuses that would need sorting out to achieve a standard format across manufacturers.

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What happens to your car when it hits a pothole? We ask an expert

Hitting a pothole while driving Michigan’s scenic byways can turn a swell day into a lousy one, sometimes requiring a costly and unexpected trip to the repair shop. We asked one expert — Jennifer Bastiaan — to weigh in on what Michigan’s unofficial state crater can do to an automobile. Bastiaan is an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at Flint’s Kettering University with a PhD in mechanical and mechatronics engineering. Her teaching and research focus is on ground vehicle systems.

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Titan International to offer training program for select tire dealers

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Titan International announced the second year of its exclusive sales training experience for tire dealers: Titan University (Titan U).

With the success of the 2018 program in training over 400 students, Titan has expanded Titan U to offer two learning levels for intermediate and advanced tire and wheel education. All sessions consist of classroom instruction, hands-on training and sales components. Registration is currently open for the remaining 2019 sessions.

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Yokohama Rubber to exhibit ‘hobby tyres’, wheels at Tokyo Auto Salon 2019

Yokohama Rubber will participate in the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 between 11 and 13 January at Makuhari Messe. The company will showcase its tyre and aluminium wheel products. Yokohama adds that it will have a special focus on its “hobby tyres” – those for motorsport or classic car applications. The booth will also introduce its motorsport activities, which it states make important contributions to its technology development for consumer tyres.

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Pirelli revives bias-ply production for its ‘Collezione’ vintage car tire range

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PADOVA, Italy — Pirelli Tyre is reviving production of bias-ply tires for classic car owners who are after the look and feel of tires used originally on their decades-old cars but built with modern materials and techniques for enhanced performance and…

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TIA Honors Hall of Fame Recipients, Ed Wagner Leadership Award Winners

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Members of the tire industry gathered at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel Monday night to recognize the industry’s top tire dealers and honor the Tire Industry Association (TIA) 2018 Hall of Fame honorees and Ed Wagner Leadership Award recipients.

Arvind Poddar, chairman and managing director of Balkrishna Industries, Ltd. (BKT), and Bob Majewski, president of Sumerel Tire Service, Inc. were inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame.

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Martins Announces Canuck Tire Puck

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Martins Industries has announced a new tire/wheel trolley to their roster of tire equipment. Dubbed the Canuck Tire Puck (#MCTP) due to its Canadian origins and resemblance to the iconic ice hockey puck, the new trolley helps to prevent common workplace injuries and accidents by reducing the need for labor-intensive tire handling.

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Smithers Rapra upgrades allow for testing of larger tires

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RAVENNA, Ohio—Polymer products testing company Smithers Rapra has upgraded the wheel-testing capabilities at its Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna to handle wheels with rim diameters up to 24 inches.

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