Nokian to focus on sustainability at new test facility

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Santa Cruz De La Zarza, Spain — Nokian Tyres PLC has said stepped up its focus on sustainability with the construction of a new technology centre in the Spanish town of Santa Cruz De La Zarza.

In addition to allowing for year-round testing of summer, all-season and winter tires, the tech centre—Nokian’s third globally—will focus on the cultivation of the guayule plant and its and utilization in the manufacturing of tires that demonstration environmentally friendly characteristics.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

To save on cost, can I keep my winter tires on during the summer?

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Is it okay to keep your winter tires on in the summer? I’d rather not spend the money for two sets of tires. − Jennifer Winter tires are designed and built to perform a single task, which is to offer a superior, safer driving experience during the frosty months. While short-term use for a trip down south or slightly delayed seasonal removal is not going to cause any significant tire deterioration, keeping them on year-round is not recommended.

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Your Corner Wrench: Winter tires are no good for warmer weather

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It’s a common occurrence this time of year – you pull out your summer tires, getting ready for the seasonal change-over and find that they’re pretty well shot. Your plastic is still maxed out from Christmas shopping and there’s no great tax return in your future. The winter boots on your ride still have lots of tread left on them, so you decide to let them ride for a while – and maybe even the entire summer. What’s wrong with that idea?

Read the source article at driving.ca

Cooper adds new winter tire in its Mastercraft tire range

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Cooper Tire’s newest addition to its Mastercraft line – the Mastercraft Glacier Trex is a winter tire designed for passenger cars and crossover vehicles.

The Mastercraft Glacier Trex is severe weather rated and offers superior braking and handling on snow and ice. The Glacier Trex is defined by its aggressive directional tread pattern that improves acceleration and braking on snow, while evacuating water to resist hydroplaning.

Read the source article at Traction News

Think of winter tires as year-long business

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For those in Snow Belt areas, the winter tire season represents a time where the advent of November begins the silly season as winter preparation and new tire sales keep technicians and cash registers happy.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Kuraray’s liquid rubber enhances ice grip

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TOKYO — Specialty chemicals producer Kuraray Co. Ltd. has developed a reactive liquid rubber that it claims can be used in tread compounds to enhance the ice-grip performance of winter tires.

Read the source article at Tire Business

Solvay advances “promising” silica technology

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Lyon, France – Solvay has reported “promising results” from tests of its Premium SW silica product in truck, agricultural and winter tires.

The product “confirms its breakthrough results in truck tires and its solution status regarding the upcoming regulations in this market,” said Dr Thomas Chaussée, global tire R&I manager in a 14 Feb Solvay press statement.

Read the source article at European Rubber Journal

Hankook Winter i*Pike RS: Balancing Price and Performance

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In a previous article, we talked about the Hankook Winter i*Pike RS, a tire that we’ve been testing all winter to see what it’s capable of. Good for both SUVs and touring cars, this tire strikes a good balance between price and performance. Hankook does offer higher-performance products, but they cost more. The smallest of the Winter i*Pike RS tires sells for less than $100 each, making it both effective and affordable.

Read the source article at Guide Auto

Why You Absolutely Need Winter Tires, Even If You Have All-Wheel Drive

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Short of a conspiracy theory by tire companies, I couldn’t imagine a scenario where a seasonal set of tires would do the job an all-wheel drive system couldn’t. Of course, I was much younger then, and much less sensible. Yet I hear that same excuse — that power to more wheels means you don’t need winter tires — from people much older than me, not to mention far wiser.

Read the source article at Car Reviews

Winter tires rule: 5 reasons to ditch your all-season tires | Car News

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Every year when winter comes, it’s the same thing all over again. Millions of Canadians rush to prepare their vehicle for the snow, the ice, the slush and the cold weather. Some consider winter tires to be essential to their survival. And although it has been proven that the use of tires especially designed for winter reduces the number of collision injuries, others think they’re a waste of money.

Read the source article at Auto123