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    1. 2019 U.S. Traffic Deaths Lowest Since 2014, but 2020 Numbers Aren't Looking Good

      In hard numbers, 2020 looks pretty good so far compared to 2019. The number of people who have died in motor vehicle traffic crashes was down from 16,988 in 2019 to 16,650 in 2020, a decrease of 2 percent. The trouble with relying on just one number is that those deaths hide the massive societal changes the world went through this spring (and is still going through) with the coronavirus.

      When you factor in an important aspect of that change, vehicle miles traveled (VMT), you actually see that more people died this year, on average, than last year. That's because VMT was down a dramatic 16.6 percent (or 264.2 billion miles) in the first six months of 2020, which pushed up the fatality rate per 100 million VMT, a metric the NHTSA uses to more accurately compare vehicle and road safety over time. 

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    2. Nexen Tire Debuts New Podcast

      Nexen Tire Debuts New Podcast

      Nexen Tire America, Inc. is debuting a new podcast, the Nexen Tire Talk Show.John Hagan, Nexen Tire’s executive vice president of sales, will host the podcast and deliver the latest on tire- and automotive-industry news. The podcast provides listeners with the inside scoop on tire releases, company updates, motorsports involvement, tire manufacturing, tire technology and more. Seven podcast episodes are already available for streaming.

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    3. Giti Tire Plant Earns Pair of Management Certifications

      Giti Tire Manufacturing Ltd. has received two quality management certifications for ISO 9001-2015 and IATF 16949-2016. Giti and GT Radial brands are manufactured at the plant. ISO 9001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for quality management systems (QMS). Organizations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

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    4. Franco Annunziato confirmed as President of ETRMA

      The Board of Directors of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufactures’ Association gave a strong signal of commitment and continuity to face the actual macroeconomic scenario, via the confirmation of the presidency to Mr Franco Annunziato, Bridgestone Vice president and Senior Advisor. In the same meeting, Mr Joan Vicenç Durán, from Consorcio Nacional de Industriales del Caucho, was elected Vice President. Both functions are effective as of 1st January 2021 for a three-year mandate.

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    5. Continental: Interview with Alejandro Agag, CEO of Extreme E

      Hanover, Germany, September 2020. Continental is a founding partner and, as of 2021, the premium sponsor of the Extreme E series. The technology company will equip all vehicles in the races with tires for the various events, which will all prove very challenging. In this interview, Alejandro Agag, CEO of Extreme E and Formula E, talks about the special fascination of the new format. He talks about the beginnings and the social aspirations of the innovative E-SUV series, but also about the partnership with Continental and the extraordinary importance of tires.

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    6. AIA Outlook Study: Predictions for the Aftermarket

      Automotive Industries Association of Canada recently released its Outlook 2020 Study, prepared by Ernst & Young (EY). The report was designed to provide an overview of the automotive aftermarket sector in Canada, including its economic impact, specific segments, product and service offerings as well as the workforce employed in the sector.

      Based on these findings, there’s no question that the aftermarket sector plays a pivotal role in the Canadian economy. In 2019, data points to approximately 491, 800 Canadians being employed in the aftermarket, representing almost 2.9% of total employees nationwide.

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    7. World trade rebounding slowly, outlook uncertain: U.N. report

      GENEVA (Reuters) – The value of global trade is set to fall by 7% to 9% in 2020 from the previous year, despite signs of a fragile rebound led by China in the third quarter, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. No region was spared by an estimated 19% year-on-year plunge in world trade in the second quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted economies, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said. Global trade recovered somewhat in the third quarter, when it was estimated at about 4.5% less than in the same period a year ago, the agency said in its latest update.

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    8. LG Chem mulls North America, Europe expansion to meet electric car battery demand

      SEOUL -- LG Chem plans to triple production capacity for cylindrical batteries used by Tesla and others and is considering expansion in Europe and North America to meet surging demand, the supplier said on Wednesday. The South Korean company forecast a further rise in its battery sales and profit in the fourth quarter after posting record quarterly earnings thanks to growing demand for EV batteries.

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    9. Bridgestone Unveils “A Layered Journey” Sustainability Campaign

      Bridgestone Unveils “A Layered Journey” Sustainability Campaign

      Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, has announced today a new campaign inviting partners to participate in building a stronger society. In A Layered Journey, Bridgestone highlights ways the company is incorporating sustainability in its value chain with a focus on its commitment to sustainable procurement of natural rubber.

      The campaign travels from the forest where rubber trees are tapped for latex, continuing through production where recycled materials are incorporated into new tires, toward innovation that can extend product lifecycles and uncover circular uses for materials.  

       

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    10. ETRMA extends presidency of Bridgestone exec Annunziato

      ETRMA extends presidency of Bridgestone exec Annunziato

      Brussels – The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has extended the presidency of Bridgestone executive Franco Annunziato, to signal “commitment and continuity” in the face of challenges.

      ETRMA board of directors also elected Spanish rubber chief Joan Vicenç Durán, from Consorcio Nacional de Industriales del Caucho, as vice president, the association announced 20 Oct.

      Both functions are effective as of 1 Jan 2021 for a three-year term.

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    11. Yokohama to consolidate off-highway tire business under new global entity

      Yokohama to consolidate off-highway tire business under new global entity

      Yokohama Rubber announced that it will consolidate its various off-highway businesses into one single entity. This will include Alliance Tire Group (ATG), which Yokohama bought four years ago and Yokohama’s off-the-road (OTR) tire businesses across the globe. This new entity, named Yokohama Off-Highway Tires, will have a global footprint with leadership team distributed between Tokyo, Boston, Amsterdam and Mumbai.

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    12. Yokohama’s Prometeon bid: Delayed by Covid, but nearing completion

      Yokohama’s Prometeon bid: Delayed by Covid, but nearing completion

      Japanese tyre and rubber manufacturer Yokohama is planning to invest into and even buy Prometeon, the new name for the former Pirelli commercial and industrial tyre manufacturing operation, according to a range of sources. Tyres & Accessories first heard this news in July and then the Italian financial press subsequently suggested that Prometeon’s shareholders were considering restructuring Prometeon’s ownership. Yokohama is understood to be leading the suitors.

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