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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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    3. Continental Tire Canada Announces Leadership Changes for Passenger and Light Truck Tire Business

      MISSISSAUGA, ON. – December 18, 2020. Continental, one of the largest automotive technology suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, today announces the appointment of Tina Alessi as the new National Sales Manager for Continental’s Passenger and Light Truck (PLT) tires business in Canada. The PLT tires segment comprises passenger car, crossover utility vehicle, sports utility vehicle, van, and light truck tires. In her new role, Alessi is the first female to join Continental Tire Canada’s PLT senior leadership team.

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    4. TRAC Announces Changes to the Board of Directors

      TRAC Announces Changes to the Board of Directors

      Cambridge, Ontario; November 26, 2020— The Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC) today announces a new board member and a new board chair, following the resignation of Tony Mougios of Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. Dr. Antoine Sautenet of Michelin was elected as a Director to complete Mr. Mougios unexpired term and elected 2nd Vice-Chair of the Board. Maureen Kline of Pirelli moves into the role as Chair of the Board, Paul Downey of Pliteq becomes 1st Vice Chair and Matt Livigni of Continental Tire remains as Treasurer.

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    5. 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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    6. TRAC's President Glenn Maidment Announces Retirement at the 100th AGM

      TRAC's President Glenn Maidment  Announces Retirement at the 100th AGM

      Cambridge, Ontario; June 11, 2020—Tire and Rubber Association of Canada’s President announces retirement after more than 50 years in the industry.

      After leading one of the industry’s preeminent associations since 2001, Glenn Maidment announced at TRAC’s Annual General Meeting of Members on June 9, 2020, that he will be stepping down and retiring at the end of 2020. He will continue to lead the Association, assist the Board in search for a new President, and ensure a smooth and seamless transition for the Association.

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    7. New Issue of Tyre Trends Out Now (April-May)

      Editor's Note

      When we planned Tyre Testing as a special focus subject for this edition, we never expected that the “Testing” part would attain a new dimension. It did and it came out of the blue. The “Testing” has now gone beyond tyres and even the tyre industry. It has brought to include the entire global economy. That is what the COVID 19 pandemic has done to the world and humanity at large.

      The corona virus havoc has changed the way everything has been rolling so far in the world, let alone tyres. Its human toll has crossed over 170,000 and is still counting. Global economy, which is used to periodic slowdowns and crashes and depressions, has not seen anything like this in recent history. Even in the past, when epidemics and pestilences spread across societies, the havoc was regional. It hardly crossed borders. This time, a virus ...

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    8. Tire market to experience significant change with move toward autonomous vehicles

      Tire market to experience significant change with move toward autonomous vehicles

      A new report from Smithers, The Impact of Autonomous Vehicles in Tires to 2029, calls for the automotive industry to shift from selling and servicing vehicles to a mobility industry that offers transportation solutions for people and goods. Electrification, autonomous vehicle technology and shared mobility are key to this shift as is the evolution of tire development.

      There are significant hurdles to be overcome before full AVs can be widely adopted. These vehicles will make up a relatively small part of new vehicle sales, and an even smaller part of the global vehicle parc by 2029. Small shuttles, delivery vans and truck platooning are possible exceptions. In relation, the number of tires supplied for AV vehicles by 2029 will be small and predominately OE. These units are forecast to reach around 389 million (AV PC /LT/LCV + T&B) at a value of over $47 billion by 2029, reaching about ...

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    9. Michelin Appoints Andrew Mutch as President of Its Canadian Operations

      Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Mutch as President of its Canadian operations. 

      With over 30 years with the company, Andrew has spent time in all three Nova Scotia manufacturing sites, as well as in Oklahoma and South Carolina. He has held roles in industrial engineering, manufacturing management, human resources, and strategic planning and investments. 

       

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    10. New Smithers report outlines global tire industry growth amid market and technology challenges

      New Smithers report outlines global tire industry growth amid market and technology challenges

      Continuing global economic growth through 2024 is supporting vehicle production, the number of vehicles in use, and the number of tires supplied for these vehicles. A new report from Smithers, The Future of Global Tires to 2024, outlines the factors that are contributing to tire industry growth as well as the evolution taking place with products and services within the industry.

      The global tire market is well positioned for further growth as it adapts to meet challenges across a complex matrix of tire type, end-use and regional markets. Estimated at over 2.36 billion units in 2019, topline volume tire growth is expected to continue at a 3.1% compound annual rate from 2019 through 2024, according to Smithers data.

      In 2024, total global industry tire volume will reach 2.75 billion units. Value will grow somewhat faster due to a firmer raw material price outlook than in the recent ...

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    11. Tire Industry Mourns the Passing of Brian James

      Tire Industry Mourns the Passing of Brian James

      Brian James, former President of the Tire and Rubber Association (1985-1996) and lifetime industry professional and executive at Dunlop, passed away on February 3, 2020 at the age of 90. His career, spanning over four decades, took him around the world and made him an influential force in the industry globally, and a key figure and dedicated champion of the tire industry in Canada and North America.

      “Brian was a mentor and a friend to me personally and to many in the industry. He had uncanny ability to bring people together and share knowledge and ideas for the betterment of our industry and he was always keen to share fascinating and interesting stories from his lifetime in the industry. Brian made a number of important contributions to the Canadian rubber industry, particularly during the original Free Trade Agreement negotiations, where he and a few other key players negotiated a ten-year ...

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    12. OTR tire market growth supported by increased activity in emerging markets

      OTR tire market growth supported by increased activity in emerging markets

      Growing mechanization and infrastructure development in emerging markets is increasing demand for agriculture, construction and mining equipment as well as off-the-road tires.

      According to a report from Smithers, The Future of Off-the-Road Tires to 2024, the global market for off-the-road (OTR) tires is estimated to be more than 4 million metric tons in 2019, corresponding to a value of $27.5 billion. A five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% to 2024 in volume and 4.8% per year in value is expected.

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    13. Firestone Destination M/T2 tires specified on new off-road edition of Jeep Wrangler Willys

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 8, 2019) – Bridgestone Americas, Inc. (Bridgestone) announced its Firestone Destination M/T2 tires are specified as original equipment on the 2020 Jeep® Wrangler Willys. Featuring an aggressive tread design and specially designed sidewall construction, the Firestone Destination M/T2 tire is built for extreme off-road traction and performance.

       

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    14. Traction Summit 2019 Agenda Focuses on Innovation in a Disruptive Market

      Traction Summit 2019 Agenda Focuses on Innovation in a Disruptive Market

      TRACTION SUMMIT 2019: The agenda for the 2019 edition of Smithers’ Traction Summit conference, taking place at historic Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California, October 16-18, 2019, has been officially released. 

      As the key U.S. conference focused on developing ideas and capitalizing on relationships in tire and automotive markets, Traction Summit is the definitive meeting place to discuss and understand future opportunities for tires.

      Returning to northern California, the hub of new tech revolution in automotive, this year's program is focused on evaluating the modern tire industry as it deals with numerous global economic headwinds and opportunities, while discussing innovations to meet a more tech-savvy market. 

      Find more information at https://www.tractionsummit.com/traction

       

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    15. Speaker Spotlight: Tire and Rubber Summit 2019

      Speaker Spotlight: Tire and Rubber Summit 2019

      TRAC's Tire & Rubber Summit speaker lineup is here. Our 2019 program brings you a list of germane industry topics delivered by high-profile executive speakers from rubber companies, non-tire manufacturers, rubber compounders, suppliers, auxiliary businesses, and regulators.

      Find out all there is to know about rubber material feedstocks, regulatory initiatives and outlook, Canadian economic outlook, and the barrage of new disruptive technologies in automotive, manufacturing and materials' development sectors.

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    16. Continental Appoints John Cox to Enhance Support for ContiLifeCycle Retread Partners Worldwide

      Continental Appoints John Cox to Enhance Support for ContiLifeCycle Retread Partners Worldwide

      FORT MILL, S.C. – April 12, 2019. Continental, one of the largest automotive suppliers and tire manufacturers in the world, has hired retread industry veteran John Cox to enhance process technologies for its ContiLifeCycle retread partners worldwide. The newly created position, Global Technical Services, emphasizes the company’s commitment to supporting partner shops producing ContiTread™ retreads.

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    17. Sustainability trends and government regulation driving green tire development

      Sustainability trends and government regulation driving green tire development

      The green tire industry, composed of low rolling resistance (LRR) tires as well as those emerging from ‘green’ (sustainable) materials, is a fast-growing part of the tire industry. The rapid growth of the sector is partly due to growth in the tire market itself, but mainly due to society’s increased interest in sustainability. 

      The global green tire market is estimated by Smithers Rapra to be $81.6 billion in 2018, which would put it at around 38% of the global tire industry as a whole. Smithers’ Future of Green Tires to 2023 market report forecasts growth of nearly 11% per year in value and volume through 2023, when value will reach $137 billion.

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    18. Increasing carbon black capacity an industry priority, latest Smithers Rapra research shows

      Increasing carbon black capacity an industry priority, latest Smithers Rapra research shows

      According to The Future of Carbon Black to 2023, a new market report from Smithers Rapra, increasing carbon black production capacity is an industry priority for the five years to 2023. More than 70% of all carbon black produced is used in the production of tires, and demand for the fossil fuel-based rubber reinforcing agent continues to grow in relation to increasing global vehicle and tire demand. Industrial and middle class growth in emerging markets is driving the need for greater carbon black supply.

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    19. Tire Industry Mourns the Loss of Mike Hennessy

      The tire industry lost another major figure in B.C. and Canada with the recent passing of Mike Hennessy. Mike was one of the original key operations staff who helped create the initial start-up of BC’s Financial Incentives for Recycling Scrap Tires (FIRST) program in the early 1990s. He and his team managed FIRST through to 2007 when he was asked to help transition the FIRST program to a producer responsibility model. He then became the first Executive Director of Tire Stewardship BC (TSBC) until his retirement in 2014. Today, TSBC is considered one of the premier tire stewardship organizations in the world.

      Mike was also instrumental through his work with the Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies (CATRA) lending his operational experience and expertise, and helping all provinces achieve better outcomes from end-of-life tire management.   

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