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    1. Continental harnesses two-phase compounds for latest winter truck tires

      Continental has released details of its newly developed Generation 3 winter tires for truck applications. Part of its Scandinavia tire family, the new generation consists of the HS3 (steer), HD3 (drive) and HT3 (trailer) tires.

      “As our customers face tougher market demands, they expect us to deliver higher-performance products,” said Hinnerk Kaiser, head of tire development at Continental. “For the Generation 3 winter tires we pooled our tire expertise and brought new technologies into play in order to push the performance envelope. We decided to use a higher natural rubber content so as to further improve rolling resistance and maximize flexibility in low temperatures.”

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    2. Yokohama expands tire mold production capacity

      Japanese tire manufacturer Yokohama Rubber’s domestic tire mold production subsidiary Yokohama Mold is to expand production capacity at its Thai production facilities (YMTC).

      The company states that the capacity expansion is aimed at strengthening the group’s supply chain in the ASEAN region. Construction of the new facilities began in January 2021, with completion planned for the end of this year.

       
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    3. Nokian targets tire made from 100% recycled and renewable materials

      Nokian Tires says it intends to develop a tire concept that uses 100% recycled materials by 2025.

      “We develop our winter tires with decades of knowledge of winter conditions. Each new generation builds on the previous, as we are continuously learning and developing new ways to safely adapt to the changing world around us,” said Anu Moisio, brand manager for Nokian Tyres. 

      “We want the drivers who choose Nokian Tyres products to know that not only can they safeguard their families’ journeys with their tire choice, but that their decision will also respect the world we all live in.”

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    4. Pirelli employs adaptive tread pattern and compounds for new all-season tire range

      Pirelli has launched its latest all-season tire, the Cinturato All Season SF2, which is designed to provide a broad performance window across both winter and summer conditions. The company says this is possible due to a new compound and tread pattern design that adapts automatically to the different temperature peaks of summer and winter.

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    5. Sumitomo Rubber opens new winter tire test facility

      Sumitomo Rubber opens new winter tire test facility

      Sumitomo Rubber Industries has opened a new testing facility at one of its main development bases for winter tires, the Nayoro Tire Proving Ground in Hokkaido, Japan.

      It states that the Nayoro Indoor Ice Field (NICE) is one of the largest indoor on-ice tire testing facilities in Japan, featuring a 100m braking test course as well as a 30 x 30m (approximate) turning test course.

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    6. Goodyear tire development program aided by second dynamic simulator

      Goodyear is to install a second DiM250 Dynamic Driving Simulator, supplied by VI-Grade, at its Innovation Center in Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg.

      Goodyear will use the simulator in conjunction with another DiM250 recently installed at the company headquarters in Ohio, USA. Both innovation sites also have previously installed VI-Grade Compact Simulators to assist with virtual tire development.

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    7. Continental pilots real-time tread depth monitoring

      Continental says it has successfully demonstrated real-time tire tread depth monitoring in a pilot using vehicles from carsharing provider Share Now Denmark.

      In cooperation with project partner and telemetry specialist Traffilog, the company merged feeds from tire sensors and telemetry data from Share Now’s fleet of cars with a proprietary algorithm in the cloud. As a result, Continental claims it can predict tire tread depth in real time to an accuracy of 1mm. It hopes that in future, smart digital tire solutions such as this will be a key driver in enabling need-based servicing of tires, instead of regular, scheduled servicing.

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    8. Michelin to connect all its car tires by 2023

      Michelin says it is working toward equipping all of its automotive tires with RFID technology by 2023 and expects to have delivered up to 1,500,000 RFID-equipped car tires as early as 2020. It notes that among other benefits, RFID enables improved tire management from the factory to end of life as well as opening up possibilities for offering predictive maintenance services to improve driver experience.

      “We are currently working with car manufacturers on the development of algorithms,” explained Michael Ewert, VP, global sales original equipment, Michelin. “Since RFID technology ensures this exact tire identification, it is conceivable in the future that drivers will see a tire status display next to their fuel gauge.”

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    9. 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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    10. Bridgestone finalizes South Africa plant closure

      Following a consultation with workers and unions, Bridgestone South Africa (BSAF) says it has finalized the process to close down its agri tire manufacturing plant in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. In August, the company announced a proposal to close the Port Elizabeth facility. The plant’s last day of operation will be November 15.

      Jacques Fourie, BSAF chief executive, explained, “The proposal to close the plant was not taken lightly and the impact on employees has been taken into account from the outset. We endeavored to treat employees with the utmost compassion and fairness to support them through the change, while adhering to all legal requirements and due diligence.”

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    11. 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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    12. Toyo restructures design and development divisions

      Toyo has announced a significant restructuring of the various divisions within the company, with several departments being dissolved and incorporated into other business areas. The company hopes that the reorganization, effective October 1, 2020, will improve its design capabilities for high-level performance tires and its product development capabilities for customer-oriented products, and will reinforce the development of technological advances it sees as being relevant in preparation for the shift in the way society views mobility.

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    13. 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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    14. Natural rubber still a strategic resource for Europe

      The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has welcomed the publication of the European Union’s 2020 Communication on Critical Raw Materials, which retains natural rubber (NR) in its list of critical raw materials. NR is the only biotic material to be included on the list, and was included in 2017.

      According to the organization, the tire industry alone absorbs about 76% of all the natural rubber produced globally. Today, there is no substitute for natural rubber from hevea trees that could be used in all current applications. ETRMA states inclusion in the critical raw materials list reconfirms NR’s priority status in EU policy, and the importance of securing fair and sustainable supply of natural rubber for European industry. It also provides further support for ongoing industry research into alternative sources of natural rubber.

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    15. Nexen Tire publishes first Sustainability Report

      Highlighting a growing drive within the tire industry toward greater environmental accountability, Nexen Tire has released its first Sustainability Report, outlining the company’s sustainable practices and environmental, social and economic performance in 2019.

      Nexen says the report has been published to provide shareholders with consistent and transparent information, highlighting the progress and long-term commitment to its sustainable practices. The report is based on standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), and has been verified by the Korea Management Registrar (KMR), a third-party assurance institution.

       

       
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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. Interview: Gianluca Abbati, VP R&D at Trelleborg Wheel Systems

      ...Gianluca Abbati, vice president of R&D at agricultural tire specialist Trelleborg, provides an overview of some of the development challenges and innovations in this market sector.

      How has the agri tires segment evolved over the last five years?

      Agriculture is undergoing a period of remarkable change. As more sustainable, ecologically friendly and productive farming systems are demanded, the agri tires industry must respond with emerging and innovative technologies which will reshape our farming operations.

      Trelleborg is committed to helping ensure a sustainable future for agriculture while at the same time increasing both the efficiency and productivity of agricultural operations with our range of innovative technologies:

       

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