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    1. Goodyear Releases Power Transmission Belts

      Goodyear Releases Power Transmission Belts

      Goodyear Belts, a licensee collaboration between Adventry and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company , has produced a line of power transmission belts.

      The line of belts launched on Dec. 1 and offers belts for both industrial and transportation markets.

      Goodyear materials for both standard and specialty belts have been designed and tested to provide dependable and durable service, the company says.

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    2. Hankook picked as original equipment supplier for Fita 500 and Fiat Panda

      Hankook picked as original equipment supplier for Fita 500 and Fiat Panda

      Hankook Tire announced will equip Fiat with its original equipment tire, Kinergy Eco², expanding its ever-growing global original equipment.

      The Fiat 500 and Fiat Panda are the first FCA city cars fitted with the new gasoline Mild Hybrid technology and they are the first step towards the electrification of the Fiat brand. The two models, icons of style, design and “Made in Italy” around the world, now improves fuel efficiency, reducing CO2 emissions on average by 20% and up to 30%.

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    3. BASF to increase price for diols and derivatives in North America

      FLORHAM PARK, NJ, September 1, 2020 – Effective October 1, 2020 or as existing contracts permit, BASF Corporation will increase prices in North America for 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) and derivatives.

      Product                                                                     Price Increase

      1,4- Butanediol (BDO)                                              $0.05 / lb

      Gamma-butyrolactone (GBL)                                   $0.05 / lb

      Tetrahydrofuran (THF)                                               $0.07 / lb

      N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP)                                      $0.05 / lb

      Polytetramethylene ether glycol (PolyTHF®)             $0.07 / lb

      BDO and its derivatives are used for producing engineering plastics, polyurethanes, solvents and elastic spandex fibers.

       

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    4. Bridgestone Americas Announces Leadership Changes to Logistics & Supply Chain Group, Off-The-Road Tire Business

      Bridgestone Americas (Bridgestone) today announced leadership changes to drive operational excellence and strengthen the company’s position as a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions. The following changes take effect December 1, 2020.

      Bridget Neal, currently president of the company’s Off-the-Road (OTR) tire business in the U.S. and Canada, has been promoted to senior vice president, logistics and supply chain management (LSCM), Bridgestone Americas. In this role, Neal will oversee the company’s global supply chain, designing and implementing supply and distribution strategies that enable business growth and improve product cycle time.

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    5. Toyoda Gosei and University of Tokyo develop material crosslinking technology for tougher synthetic rubber

      Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. and the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo have developed material crosslinking technology that enhances the toughness of synthetic rubber. They will present the technology at the 29th Polymer Material Forum, to be held online on November 26 and 27.

      This new technology enhances the toughness of the synthetic rubber approximately six-fold by integrating a polyrotaxane into the chemical structure of ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber. Polyrotaxanes have a unique molecular structure that enables great material flexibility.* The company will continue to develop this technology for various practical applications.

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    6. Hankook presents futuristic tyre and mobility vision with its “Design Innovation 2020” project

      Tyre maker Hankook reveals a futuristic mobility concept with its “Design Innovation 2020” project, presenting a two-wheeled mobility device called “HPS-Cell”. The HPS-Cell serves as an autonomous driving platform, which can be connected to various passenger cabins or cargo spaces, called pods. To bring the scenario to life, concept films and prototypes have been produced and are available to view on the official Hankook Tire YouTube page.

      Premium tyre maker Hankook revealed the “Design Innovation 2020” project on its official YouTube Channel that envisions a futuristic tyre platform as a future driving and mobility innovation. Launched in 2012, the “Design Innovation” program is the tyre maker’s R&D project which is organised in collaboration with one of world’s leading design universities every two years. The joint research project puts forward futuristic concepts for driving and mobility solutions that tackle today’s challenges.

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    7. Pirelli Elect: The Tyre That Increases Autonomy, Reduces Onboard Noise and Maximises Grip

      Low rolling resistance to increase autonomy, decreased road noise for ultimate comfort, immediate grip that puts the power down for a quick getaway, and a special structure designed to support the weight of a battery-powered vehicle. These are the key characteristics of Pirelli Elect tyres, developed by Pirelli together with leading car manufacturers to meet...

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    8. Millennials are buying more cars, and sooner, but for how long?

      2020 has been a year of unintended consequences, no matter where you look. Kids were suddenly doing their learning online, many of us began working from home, and thousands had to impromptu figure out how to interior-design the backdrop behind their computer monitor, as every virtual meeting became a peek into someone’s personal world. The car industry has seen some huge changes, as well. With the initial lockdowns, sales didn’t just spiral, they crashed.

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    9. Bridgestone Illinois Plant Celebrates 55 Years

      Bridgestone Americas, Inc.‘s OTR plant in Bloomington, Illinois, is celebrating 55 years of operations this year.

      The Bloomington Tire Plant began manufacturing tires in 1965 and today employs 450 people, many of whom are the second generation of their families to work in the plant, Bridgestone says. Currently, three employees are sons of employees who worked at the Bloomington Plant in 1965.

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    10. Bridgestone Selected by Lamborghini as Tire Supplier for Huracán STO Supercar

      BRUSSELSNov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Lamborghini has chosen Bridgestone as the tire supplier for the Lamborghini Huracán STO, a new super sports car set to be released in 2021.

      Bridgestone has developed a tailor-made Potenza tire for the Huracán STO engineering a high-performance tire capable of maximizing the Huracán STO's traction, handling, control, and extreme overall performance.

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    11. Canadian Auto Dealers Seek Managed ICE Phaseout

      OTTAWA – The Canadian automobile sector has called on the country’s provinces to better coordinate efforts to increase demand for electric vehicles. This follows the Québec government announcing a ban on local sales of new combustion-driven light vehicles from 2035.

      While the ban would not apply to most commercial vehicles and used-auto sales, and hybrid sales and use might still be allowed, Brian Kingston, the new president and CEO of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Assn., fears this policy might not achieve its goal of promoting EV sales: “You need a plan, not a ban,” he tells Wards.

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    12. Pyrolyx USA Indiana files for bankruptcy

      Pyrolyx USA Indiana LLC Thursday filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy — a liquidation bankruptcy — in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Delaware.

      The company lists debt to creditors at more than $49.9 million.

      While the company lists more than $61.14 million in assets, more than $58.5 million is in machinery and equipment and land. Included in that, Pyrolyx lists the value of its plant and land at 4150 E. Steelton Drive in Terre Haute as $7,562,202, according to its bankruptcy court filing.

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    13. Phoenix Investors Acquires Former Titan Tire Plant

      MILWAUKEE , Nov. 23, An affiliate of Phoenix Investors (" Phoenix "), a national private commercial real estate firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin , announced its acquisition from Titan International, Inc. ("Titan") of its former plant in Brownsville, Texas . The plant is located at 6700 Paredes Line Road ("Property") and totals approximately 1,040,000 square feet on 108 acres. The Property was originally built in 1997.

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    14. Goodyear and TuSimple partner on autonomous freight operations

      Goodyear is to form a strategic relationship with TuSimple, a global autonomous trucking technology company, to provide tires and tire management solutions to the latter’s Autonomous Freight Network (AFN).

      As part of the collaboration, Goodyear will provide products and repair services to enhance the safety and operation of autonomous trucks.

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    1. TRAC Survey: 65 per cent of drivers outside Quebec use Winter Tires

      TRAC Survey: 65 per cent of drivers outside Quebec use Winter Tires

      Cambridge, November 9, 2020 – Eighty-one per cent of winter tire owners believe driving a vehicle equipped with winter tires has saved them from loss of control or a collision, according to a new Leger survey commissioned by the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) www.tracanada.ca.

      TRAC’s 2020 Canadian Consumer Winter Tire Study also found that outside Quebec, where winter tires are mandated by law, winter tire usage stands at 65 per cent.

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