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    1. TIA announces 2022 OTR Tire Conference

      The Tire Industry Association will hold its 67th annual Off-the-Road Tire Conference Feb. 23-26, 2022, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa in Miramar Beach, Fla. 

      This follows the cancellation of the 2021 conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

      “We are excited to announce the return of the OTR Tire Conference in 2022,” said TIA President Dan Nothdurft. “This is the world’s premier event for the OTR tire community, and we are looking forward to an outstanding conference with a strong educational program, tabletop exhibitions and plenty of time for conducting business and networking.  

      The last OTR Tire Conference in 2020 drew more than 500 attendees from 163 companies, 40 states and 12 countries.  

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    2. Continental Recalling Some Conti, General, Barum Tires

      Continental Tire the Americas, LLC. is recalling certain Continental, General and Barum brand tires sold as original or replacement equipment.

      According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the affected tires were cured for too long during production. Over cured tires may develop a break in the sidewall resulting in sudden air loss or a belt edge separation which could lead to a tread/belt loss. Either condition can cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

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    3. Yokohama Rubber Testing a System for Tire and Road-Surface Sensing

      Tokyo—The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.; Alps Alpine Co., Ltd.; and Zenrin Co., Ltd., are conducting pilot testing with connecting data obtained from an Internet of Things (IoT) tire fitted with a road surface sensing system to map data and have begun studying new tire business.

      This pilot testing involves conducting road-surface sensing with a test vehicle equipped with an advanced tire sensor that is being developed jointly by Yokohama Rubber and Alps Alpine. Connecting the road surface sensing data possessed by the tire sensor to the abundant map data possessed by Zenrin will speed progress in analyzing and accumulating diverse road-surface data and in building a system, and the partners are eyeing the realization of tire business that will consist of proposing new value-added.

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    4. Falken Launches New Studless Winter Performance Tires

      RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA – Falken Tires, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd., and highly regarded for its multiple lines of high-performance tires in every category, has introduced the new Eurowinter HS01 and HS01 SUV Studless Winter Performance Tire, offering excellent winter traction for today’s sedans, coupes, SUVs and CUVs.
       
      Developed to perform in the harshest winter conditions, the Eurowinter HS01 offers an improved tread compound over its predecessor, the Eurowinter HS449, enabling drivers accustomed to snow on roadways to perform even more effectively, thanks to the Eurowinter tire line’s confident grip and its predictable performance in ice and snow.

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    5. CARB will regulate tire pressure starting in July 2010

      Last week, the California Air Resources Board - fresh from not banning black cars - adopted a regulation to force the 40,000 businesses in "California's automotive maintenance industry to check the tire pressure of every vehicle they service." This means that, starting in July of 2010, when you bring your car in for service in California, the shop will have to make sure that your tires filled to the manufacturer's recommended air pressure level. CARB estimates that this will save the average Californian about $12 a year.

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    6. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling certain Mastercraft Grand Touring Tires

      Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is recalling certain Cooper CS5 Grand Touring 225/55R17 and Mastercraft LSR Grand Touring 225/55R17 tires with DOT codes 2920 through 0121.

      The tires may have low tread gauge in the shoulder slot area which could cause tread separation and sidewall failure, the National Highway Traffic Association Says says.

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    7. Bridgestone, ARLANXEO and Solvay launch TECHSYN for unrivalled environmental performance

      Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, ARLANXEO, a world-leading synthetic rubber producer, and Solvay, one of the world´s top science companies and worldwide leader in Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS), both for innovation and for manufacturing, have today announced the launch of TECHSYN, a new, co-developed tyre technology platform enabling tyres to deliver unrivalled strength and environmental performance.

       

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    8. Pirelli’s intelligent tires to come as OE tire on the McLaren Artura

      Pirelli will supply intelligent tires equipped with sensors for the first time on the McLaren Artura.

      Pirelli’s Cyber Tire system, made up of a sensor in each tire, gathers vital data for safe driving, linked to software integrated into the car’s onboard computer. Cyber Tire technology offers a plethora of information to the car and driver: the tire’s ‘passport’ – the type of tire, whether it’s a winter or summer version, prescribed pressure, load index and speed rating – as well as current running information, such as temperature and pressure.

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    9. In 2050, MICHELIN tires will be 100% sustainable

      By 2050, MICHELIN tires will be made entirely from renewable, recycled, biosourced or otherwise sustainable materials.

      Inspired by the VISION concept tire introduced in 2017, an airless, connected, rechargeable and entirely sustainable solution, the Michelin Group is committed to making its tires 100% sustainable by 2050. Today, nearly 30%* of the components used in the manufacture of tires produced by the Michelin Group are already made from natural, recycled or otherwise sustainable raw materials. A Michelin tire is a high-tech product comprising more than 200 ingredients. The main one is natural rubber, but the many ingredients also include synthetic rubber, metal, fibers and components that strengthen a tire’s structure, like carbon black, silica and plasticizers (resins, etc.). Incorporated in perfect proportions, these materials interact to deliver an optimal balance of performance, driveability and safety, while steadily reducing the tire’s environmental impact.
      Source: Michelin
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    10. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

      Mon., February 22, 2021, 7:04 a.m.·22 min read
       

      Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) today reported full year 2020 net income of $143 million, or diluted earnings per share of $2.83, compared with net income of $96 million, or $1.91 diluted earnings per share, for the prior year.

      Full Year 2020 Highlights

      • Global unit volume decreased 13.0 percent compared to the prior year.

      • Net sales were $2.52 billion compared to $2.75 billion the prior year.

      • Operating profit was $231 million, or 9.2 percent of net sales, compared to $174 million, or 6.3 percent of net sales, in 2019.

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    11. Trelleborg to expand EMR radial tire range for loaders and dumpers

      Trelleborg Wheel Systems has released the newest additions to its EMR range of earthmover radial tires for critical construction applications.

      New tire sizes for the EMR 1042 and EMR 1051 ranges will be released on to the market in early 2021, offering better productivity, increased rider comfort and extended tire life.

      Marcello Mantovani, Product Manager Construction at Trelleborg Wheel Systems, says: “Much like our EMR1025 All-Season tire, the expanded EMR range showcases the cutting-edge design and engineering that goes into our specialty tires for industrial applications. As an industry leader in the specialized tire market, Trelleborg continuously seeks new solutions that enhance our customers’ productivity. Both the EMR 1042 and EMR 1051 tires offer superior traction, enhanced damage protection and durability, plus a reinforced carcass and sidewall protection to extend tire life and increase rider comfort.”

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    12. Laser processing revolutionizes prototype production of car tires

      Jenoptik's Light & Production Division announces cooperation with the 4JET Group to jointly drive the commercialization of innovative laser prototyping technology

      The technology enables rapid prototyping of vehicle tires through precise laser material processing. In this process, individual profiles and designs are laser-generated into tires with a smooth tread and neutral sidewall. The process replaces the time-consuming manual carving of tires and thus significantly shortens development cycles and prototyping costs in tire development.

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    13. Goodyear to Acquire Cooper Tire

      Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co will acquire Cooper Tire & Rubber Company for approximately $2.8 billion to double its presence in North America and China. Goodyear said the deal also broadens the distribution for Cooper replacement tires through its retail store network.

      Under the terms of the deal, Cooper shareholders will receive $41.75 per share in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.907 shares of Goodyear common stock. The implied cash and stock consideration for Cooper shareholders is $54.36 per share, representing a premium of 24% to its closing price on February 19.

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      Source: Goodyear

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    14. Yokohama Shares Development Vision for Passenger Car Tire Sensors

      Tokyo—The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., announced today the SensorTire Technology Vision medium- and long-term technological development vision for passenger car tire sensors.

      The aim of the SensorTire Technology Vision is to support mobility for people from the ground up and contribute to lasting safety and peace of mind while addressing new changes in mobility demand by providing data obtained from SensorTires (Internet of Things [IoT] tires) fitted with sensing functionality to drivers and to diverse external enterprise operators.

      Yokohama Rubber will categorize the services to be provided in reference to specific sensing functions and real-time performance. The company will build in stages sensing functions and data analysis and prediction technology suited to each service, and it will broaden the range of applicability of the sensing functions. An air-pressure alert service for individual vehicle owners and for vehicle operation management companies will be the initial trial, and a tread wear ...

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    1. BKT Obtains ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Certification

      Seregno (Italy), February 15, 2021 – The specialist Off-Highway tire Group, BKT, has obtained ISO/IEC 17025:2017 certification. 

      This recognition certifies the work of the laboratory located in the Bhuj plant, as regards tire testing and calibration. 

      The certification was recently awarded by NABL, the Indian body which regulates the accreditation of test and calibration laboratories. It is a member of the international bodies in the sector – i.e. the International Laboratory Accreditation Co-operation (ILAC) and the Asia Pacific Accreditation Co-operation (APAC) - and it follows their standards and criteria. 

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    2. Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. Announces Price Increases

      Langley, BC (February 15, 2021) Yokohama Tire (Canada) Inc. has announced price increases for its commercial, OTR and consumer tires sold in Canada.  

      Prices will increase up to 5% with variances by segment and business channel. Commercial and OTR tire price increases will be effective March 1, 2021 with consumer tire price increases effective April 1, 2021.

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