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    1. Prediction without verification = uncertainty

      Prediction without verification = uncertainty

      Tire development increasingly uses analytic modeling tools to evaluate choices and guide a program. Here, modeling and simulation specialist Bay Systems explains the importance of verification in this process.

      Models generate predictions where accuracy rests upon the quality of the model and the accuracy of the input data. Before a model can be used to develop a product the model itself must be developed and validated.

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    2. Continental launches high-mileage, low-consumption truck tires for regional use

      Automotive manufacturer Continental has launched its latest haulage tire range, the EcoRegional, which the company claims has the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of hauliers’ vehicles in regional transportation applications.

      According the Continental, high efficiency is achieved thanks to a new manufacturing process in combination with a new tread design for the steering axle coupled with a rubber compound optimized for rolling resistance for the drive axle.

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    3. Trelleborg unveils materials handling tire range

      Trelleborg unveils materials handling tire range

      Trelleborg Wheel Systems has announced the launch of its PS1000 materials handling tire range. According to the company, these next-generation, press-on solid forklift tires incorporate the company’s Pit Stop Line, specialized compounds and a new construction that it says will guarantee uptime, efficiency and safety for operators, while reducing total cost of ownership and environmental impact.

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    4. Bridgestone MasterCore Increased durability for mining tires

      Bridgestone has recently announced the introduction of its MasterCore off-the-road tire line, initially covering 63in tires and with additional patterns and sizes available to customers in 2021.

      “After many years of global product development that produced advances in engineering, chemistry and material science, we are excited to introduce the MasterCore brand to mining customers all over the world,” said Tomohiro Kusano, vice president and senior officer, global mining, aircraft, agriculture solutions business at Bridgestone.

      As tire requirements vary by customer, mine site and haul route, Bridgestone states that customization is at the heart of the design, enabling customers to tailor ...

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    5. Smithers identifies 20 disruptive tire technologies

      A new report from Smithers, the multinational provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services, has identified the top 20 technologies that will transform the global tire industry across the next two decades. The trends identified range from new materials to smart driving concepts.

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    6. Michelin updates North American tire lines

      Michelin updates North American tire lines

      Michelin North America recently announced two new additions to its tire range. The first, aimed at the freight market, is the X One Line Energy T2, which the company claims is the most efficient trailer tire it has produced to date.

      “The trailer-wheel position is challenging for long-haul tire design. The free-rolling wheel position is subject to variable loads, less maintenance and irregular wear,” explained Adam Murphy, vice president, B2B marketing, Michelin North America.

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    7. Orion breaks ground at Cologne logistics center

      Orion breaks ground at Cologne logistics center

      Orion Engineered Carbons has broken ground for a logistics center at its manufacturing plant in Cologne, Germany.

      The warehouse for the supplier of carbon black, which is used for various rubber products including tires, will cover 8,850 m2  and have the capacity for 12,400 pallets.

      Built by construction company Goldbeck, the building will have eight truck docks, and about 100 trucks will pass through the gates every day.

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    8. Bridgestone phases shutdowns in Japan

      Bridgestone is temporarily shutting plants in Japan due to a decline in demand.

      The plants that are being shut down cover tire production for cars, aircraft, motorcycles, trucks and buses.

      In Fukuoka, the Kurume plant will shut its aircraft tire plant from May 27-June 1, June 3-4 and June 6-7, and the section producing tires for passenger cars will be shut from May 28 -June 1.

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    9. Nokian has emissions targets approved

      Nokian Tyres has had its emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. The targets cover emissions from Nokian’s operations, and make it the first tire company to receive this approval. Commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 cover scope 1 for direct emissions and scope 2 for indirect emissions from purchased energy. By 2030, Nokian is committed to reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions by 40% per ton using 2015 as a base year.

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    10. ETRMA welcomes tire labeling revision

      The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA) has welcomed revisions to the Tyre Labelling Regulation.

      The regulation, which was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday, May 13, aims to increase consumer awareness on fuel savings, improve safety and decrease noise pollution.

      Labeling will have to include the tire’s fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise.

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    11. Hankook opens Cmf Lab for research in industrial tire design

      Hankook has launched its CMF Lab – a database dedicated to the research and categorization of current design trends relating to color, material and finish (CMF). The CMF Lab is part of Model Solution, a company in the Hankook Technology Group, which supports tire manufacturing with creative future-oriented concepts. The CMF Lab will work together with the British design studio, Chris Lefteri Design.

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    12. Apollo Vredestein to specialize in HP tires at Enschede, Netherlands factory

      To build a more sustainable business, Apollo Vredestein has plans to limit production at its plant in Enschede, the Netherlands, to focus on high-performance tires only. Within the current operating environment certain tire sizes can no longer continue being manufactured in Enschede at a profitable and competitive level. The aim is to specialize the factory in production of agricultural tires and high-value products with a short production run.

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    13. Pioneering particle beam microscope increases tire analysis accuracy

      Pioneering particle beam microscope increases tire analysis accuracy

      Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) and Ibaraki University, Japan, have pioneered a technique to accurately observe individual compounds in a tire’s structure, to help with future tire development.

      Through the use of a newly designed particle beam microscope developed at Ibaraki University, a team of researchers and engineers has been able to observe and analyze individual materials in a tire’s compound for the first time.

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    14. Tire Technology Expo 2020: Official show report

      Tire Technology Expo 2020: Official show report

      The 20th edition of Tire Technology Expo and Conference, which was staged at the Deutsche Messe, Hannover, Germany, February 25-27, 2020, once again welcomed visitors from across the global tire design, development and manufacturing communities, with more than 300 exhibitors presenting their latest innovations and solutions at the free-to-attend exhibition, while delegates at the neighbouring conference discussed the topics and themes set to shape the future of the tire industry.

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    15. The role of intelligent tires – Tire Technology Expo interview with Dr Hans Dorfi, Bridgestone

      Isn’t it time the market considered the full value proposition of intelligent tires, asks Dr Hans R. Dorfi, director, digital engineering, Americas Technical Center, Bridgestone Americas, ahead of his presentation at the Tire Technology Expo Conference in just a few weeks’ time.

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