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ExxonMobil begins Shanghai centre construction

Monday 27th February 2017 | 0 Comments

ExxonMobil has started construction on a multi-million dollar expansion of its Shanghai technology centre in China. The expansion is expected to be complete in early 2018 and will include a new R&D facility.

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University of Minnesota scientists develop natural synthetic rubber

University of Minnesota scientists develop natural synthetic rubber

Monday 27th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Chinese officials welcome US duty decision

Monday 27th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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West European trailer demand hits high

Friday 24th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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USA: No antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese truck & bus tyres

Thursday 23rd February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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IUCN study: Micro tyre waste a major source of ocean pollution

IUCN study: Micro tyre waste a major source of ocean pollution

Thursday 23rd February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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DriveRightData: Tyre Expo Asia a “must attend event”

Tuesday 21st February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Ceat Bangladesh project confirmed

Friday 17th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Kraiburg range gains 3PMSF

Friday 17th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Magna Tyres signs new partner in Germany

Friday 17th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Tyrexpo Asia partners CRIA as supporting association

Thursday 16th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Tyre Equipment Company exhibiting at Commercial Vehicle Show

Tyre Equipment Company exhibiting at Commercial Vehicle Show

Thursday 16th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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New car registrations: EU up 10.2%, UK 2.9%

Thursday 16th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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‘Successful’ anniversary year for Heuver Tyrewholesale despite turbulent market

‘Successful’ anniversary year for Heuver Tyrewholesale despite turbulent market

Wednesday 15th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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Profile Tyrecenter becomes Schmitz Cargobull’s Benelux tyre service partner

Profile Tyrecenter becomes Schmitz Cargobull’s Benelux tyre service partner

Wednesday 15th February 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

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