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Orion completes Korea Carbon Black plant

Wednesday 13th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Orion Engineered Carbons has completed construction of a new carbon black production line at its plant in Yeosu, South Korea, to produce specialty products. The line started production on 23 November and has begun commercial sales.

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US tyre shipments down 0.5%

Wednesday 13th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The latest figures from the US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) show tyre shipments will fall about 0.5 per cent to 316.8 million units. The drop is attributed to an anticipated decline in OE passenger tyre shipments to 3.4 million units. Replacement tyre shipments are expected to increase by 0.8 million units over the 2016 total.

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USTMA urges NHTSA to remove UTQG, old tyre laws

Wednesday 13th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) is urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to cut what it described as “outdated, unnecessary or ineffective” federal tyre regulations.

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Drive like a woman: Hankook Tire awarded for safety campaign

Drive like a woman: Hankook Tire awarded for safety campaign

Wednesday 13th December 2017 | 0 Comments

When my mate Scotty uttered that I drove like a woman he meant it as a slur, but the joke is now on him – it turns out that this is an award-winning driving style. The award is a bronze 2017 Epica Award in the online campaigns – automotive category, and was given to Hankook Tire Sweden for a short video highlighting the over-representation of men, and younger men in particular, in Sweden’s road accident statistics. The campaign is titled Kör som en kvinna, which in English means ‘Drive like a woman’.

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Kumho Tire share price rises on acquisition speculation

Tuesday 12th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Could a conglomerate of South Korean interests be looking at acquiring Kumho Tire? According to the Financial Times, local publication the Korea Economic Daily reports that a conglomerate has shown interest in doing just that through a rights offering.

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Zenises to accept Bitcoin for all transactions

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Harjeev Kandhari, CEO of the Zenises Group, has announced that Zenises is going to accept Bitcoin for all its transactions both off line and online. The company is believed to be the first tyre firm in the world to do so. Zenises reports that it has been working to develop the technology at its newly launched technology centre in Madrid and working with several experts in the Blockchain world.

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VMI Americas appoints new sales manager

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Bill Bisson has joined VMI Americas as area sales manager. In his new role, he will oversee sales of VMI’s extruder-gear pump systems.

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Forgeline Motorsports selected as Team Dynamics’ US distributor

Forgeline Motorsports selected as Team Dynamics’ US distributor

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The Team Dynamics USA has closed its California office and appointed Forgeline Motorsports in Dayton, Ohio as its American distributor.

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Inaugural Automechanika Riyadh anticipates increased demand from women drivers

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The expected influx of Saudi drivers from 2018 will have a significant impact on the auto parts, maintenance and services industry, with manufacturers and suppliers advised to stake their claim early in a market full of new opportunities, the chief of the Kingdom’s only dedicated aftermarket trade show said.

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Official opening for Linglong’s 1st Atlas tyre centre in China

Official opening for Linglong’s 1st Atlas tyre centre in China

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The establishment of Atlas as Shandong Linglong Tire’s flagship tyre brand in China has been further reinforced by the opening of the first Atlas-branded retail outlet within the country. The centre in Guangzhou aims to meet the “highest industry standards” in regards to design, equipment, products, service, scale and professionality, comments the tyre maker.

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Michelin guide coming to Guangzhou

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Following on from its release of a publication for Shanghai last year, Michelin has announced it will extend Michelin Guide coverage to a further city in China. A Michelin guide for Guangzhou will be available in 2018, and Michelin says it will allow everyone - locals, tourists, and business travellers alike - to benefit from the inspectors' recommendations whatever their desires, tastes and budgets may be. The guide for Guangzhou will be the world’s 31st Michelin guide selection and the seventh in Asia, excluding Japan.

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Layoffs at Cooper Tire in North America

Monday 11th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Cooper Tire & Rubber reports that it has laid off around 80 salaried employees in North America. Approximately 60 of these were located at the company’s Findlay site, and the remainder in Texarkana and Tupelo. According to a statement issued by the tyre maker, these job losses come as part of a reorganisation of certain departments within the company in order to “best position” it for “long-term profitable growth.”

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Automechanika Shanghai 2017 closes with record figures

Friday 8th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The 13th edition of Automechanika Shanghai, which took place from 29 November to 2 December 2017, has posted its most successful results to date. Visitors totalled 130, 928 (2016: 120,671), a 9 per cent increase. Exhibitors were up 5 per cent to 6,051 (2016: 5,756).

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Goodyear goes all-digital at Solutrans

Friday 8th December 2017 | 0 Comments

Goodyear presented a totally digital experience at the Solutrans international exhibition of road and urban transport solutions in Lyon, France from 21 to 25 November 2017. There were no tyres on the stand. Rather, hi-tech electronic displays let visitors discover the range of tyres, services and solutions Goodyear offers fleet operators.

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ZF CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer leaves

Friday 8th December 2017 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the supervisory board of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Dr. Franz-Josef Paefgen, and CEO Dr. Stefan Sommer have agreed Dr. Sommer will step down from office with immediate effect. Until a successor is appointed, Finance Board Member and CEO Deputy Representative, Dr. Konstantin Sauer (58), will assume the role of CEO on an interim basis.

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