On 8 February a team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, announced that they have invented a new technology to produce automobile tyres from trees and grasses. According to reports, the University of Minnesota’s Office for Technology Commercialization, has applied for a patent on the renewable rubber technology and plans to license the technology to companies interested in commercializing it.
Following the US International Trade Commission (ITC)’s decision not to place import tariffs on China truck tyres, Chinese officials have welcomed the news. The ITC determination was made on 22 February 2017 on the basis that tyres from China “did not materially injure or threaten to damage the US industry”, and that no anti-dumping or countervailing duties would be imposed on those products.
The West European Trailer Market had the third highest level of new trailer registrations ever, surpassed only by the figures for 2007 and 2008 before the GFC. However, there, there was a distinct weakening of the market in the second half of the year and Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Spain were all less buoyant markets at the end of the year than they were in mid-2016.
In a 3-2 vote, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) yesterday determined that the US tyre industry hasn’t been materially injured by imports of truck and bus tyres from China, nor is it threatened by these imports. The US Department of Commerce previously determined that these imported tyres are subsidised and are sold in the United States at less than fair value.
According to a study published by environmental network the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), tiny plastic particles from tyres and other products such as synthetic clothing could contribute up to 31 per cent of the 9.5 million tonnes of plastic released into the ocean each year. The report suggests that tyre waste generated by abrasion during use accounts for 28.3 per cent of these primary microplastics. Tyre particles and other waste reach the ocean through road runoff, the path that 66 per cent of microplastics are said to take on their journey to the ocean.
DriveRightData CEO Richard Bailey will be attending Tyre Expo Asia in Singapore between 21st and 23rd March and is inviting existing and prospective clients to meet with him in person at what he called the “must attend event” in Asia.
Indian manufacturer Ceat Tyres is establishing a tyre factory in Bangladesh, according to local news source BDNews24. The Mumbai-based parent company of Ceat, RPG Group, has reportedly signed a joint venture agreement with AK Khan to set up the plant with an initial investment of $67 million.
Kraiburg Austria has subjected seven more winter patterns to a 3PMSF test in order to enhance the competitiveness of truck retreads. Now the "3PMSF" (Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake) tyre symbol is linked under ECE-109 R Annex 10 to retreads, this measurement is said to say “far more than the classic "M+S" based on classifications devised by the manufacturers” about a retread’s winter performance.
Magna Tyres Group states that it has found the “ideal partner” for expanding its OTR tyre activities in Germany. Yesterday the company entered into a strategic partnership with Reifen Kiefer. The new partner will distribute both the Magna and MTP tyre brands.
Tyrexpo Asia’s organisers have welcomed China Rubber Industry Association (CRIA) as its official supporting association. Established in 1985, CRIA has over 1,200 existing members in the Chinese tyre and rubber sector. CRIA describes itself as “an industrial organization that is trans-regional, trans-department and trans-ownership.
The Commercial Vehicle Show will see The Tyre Equipment Company (TEC) return to the NEC in Birmingham in order to showcase a selection of commercial tyre changing tools and equipment from Ken-Tool, as well as other products from the TEC range between 25 and 27 April 2017.
January proved a positive start to the year for new car registrations in the European Union, with the market growing 10.2 per cent year on year. A total of 1,170,220 cars were registered in the EU last month; among the major markets, Spain (+10.7%), France (+10.6%), Germany (+10.5%) and Italy (+10.1%) recorded very strong performances in January, while the UK passenger car market also grew, albeit at more modest rate, increasing 2.9 per cent year-on-year to 174,564 units.
Heuver Tyrewholesale has called 2016 a particularly successful one. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the company increased turnover by five per cent over 2015, despite a difficult market with considerable pressure on prices. It also invested in people, online tools and its warehouse to expedite dealing with customer requirements, all of which resulted in what Heuver terms an intensification of customer contact.
A plan announced by Hankook Tire and Schmitz Cargobull last year to develop aftermarket trailer tyre business has been extended by a new agreement that makes Profile Tyrecenter Corporation the trailer manufacturer’s tyre service partner in the Benelux region.