Michelin Earthmover adds two new sizes for XHA2

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Michelin Earthmover today announced the launch of two new sizes of the Michelin XHATM 2, a loader tire for small- and medium-sized wheel loaders used for material handling in quarries and mines, sand, gravel, logging and waste management. The 17.5R25 size is targeted for small-wheel loaders, while the 775/65R29 size is targeted for medium-wheel loaders.

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Take a look at Hankook’s concept tire for Volkswagen I.D. Crozz II

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A new concept tire from Hankook will be showcased on the new electric drive concept vehicle from Volkswagen, the I.D. Crozz II, at the IAA in Frankfurt. Following the world première of the concept car in Shanghai in April, the company is presenting a new version of the I.D. Crozz at the IAA. Like the Volkswagen I.D. and the I.D. Buzz, the latest generation from the Volkswagen Group is also equipped with Hankook tires.

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Conti introduces two tire technology concepts

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Hanover, Germany – Germany tire and technology company Continental AG has introduced two concept tires which are aimed at improving safety.

ContiAdapt combines micro-compressors integrated into the wheel to adjust the tire pressure with a variable-width rim.

The system can modify the size of the contact patch, which under different road conditions is a decisive factor for both safety and comfort.

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Tire makers commit more than $7.3B on new plants, expansions

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AKRON — The world’s leading tire makers committed more than $7.3 billion in the past year toward new plants and capacity expansions, a measurable drop from record spending of $10 billion-plus in 2015-16 but still ahead of the annualized average for the past decade.

The investment sum was buoyed by nearly $3.3 billion in spending on acquisitions, deals that involved companies with collective annual sales of more than $2.5 billion — including Qingdao Doublestar Tire Co. Ltd.’s still-pending $830 million bid to buy what amounts to a controlling interest in South Korea’s Kumho Tire Co. Inc.

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Simple Car Fixes You Shouldn’t Pay A Mechanic To Do

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As cars have become more complex and people’s schedules have become much tighter, for many it’s easy to see a mechanic as the only solution for a car in need of service. It doesn’t have to be this way. While it’s best to leave big, labor-intensive jobs like replacing a head gasket or a CV axle to the pros, there are plenty of quick, money-saving tasks that a budding shade-tree mechanic can do in his or her garage or driveway.

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Tire & Rubber Industry Rundown: European Rubber Journal

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Asia BD price drop… Nike sales… Clariant-Huntsman link-up… Michelin buys wine reviewer… Conti acquires… Eversafe Rubber… SKF sued ?… Firestone leak… UK down… Kumho limbo… Thai NR…

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A few days with Michelin at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Before I headed out to Le Mans, someone told me that it’s the Oscars of racing. I had never been to the 24 hrs of Le Mans, but I’d had the opportunity to attend the 24 hrs of Nurburgring 5 times in the last 10 years. So in a way, I knew what to expect from the event. But little I did I know just how spectacular and different from Nurburgring it would turn out to be.

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Researchers at University of Waterloo develop new approach to tire modeling

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Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have developed a new approach to tire modeling using Maplesoft’s MapleSim software.

Head researcher Dr Joydeep Banerjee explained, “The volumetric tire model developed in MapleSim offers two distinct advantages over existing tire models. As the moments are calculated using kinematic data only, the model can be easily programmed for numerical simulations.

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Summary of Latest News in the Global Rubber Industry

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Summary of Latest News and Events in the Global Rubber Industry …

June

21/6 Indonesian authorities are unfazed by a recent drop in natural rubber prices as market fundamentals remain strong, Reuters has reported. According to…

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Michelin unveils Vision for tire of the future

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Montreal, Canada – Michelin has introduced a remarkable new concept tire called Vision, which features a range of its future-oriented and sustainable mobility technologies.

The Vision tire is airless, connected, rechargeable, customisable and organic, and can function “both a wheel and a tire,” according to information released at Michelin Movin’On 2017 global sustainability conference in Montreal.

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