Taiwan’s Samson Machinery Inc., has enjoyed steady growth since its establishment in 1975 by Mr. Lin Kun-Te. During this time the company has acquired a high level of knowledge in the area of tyre manufacturing equipment. This knowledge, along with the experience gained through 32 years in the business, has been instrumental in facilitating the company’s expansion, especially during the last few years. In order to keep pace with customer demand Samson moved into a newer and larger premises in September 2006, and from this new location it continues to provide equipment to customers worldwide.
Today Samson supplies a full range of tyre building machinery suitable for large or small tyre manufacturers engaged in a range of market segments. The company’s main products include: Tyre building machines, band building machines, ply servicers, building drums & related accessories, tyre trimming machinery, green tyre splicing machines, curing presses, and horizontal ply auto cutting & splicing machines. Machinery that is suited to the production of most tyres, including bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, passenger car radial, light truck radial, SUV, truck & bus, industrial and OTR, even aircraft tyres and radial truck tyres can be ordered. Customers can order machinery for bias and radial, semi-steel or all-steel, small and large sizes.
Tanner Foust, driver of the Toyo Proxes R1R shod AEM/Memphis Car Audio/Toyo Tires Nissan 350Z, was crowned the 2007 Formula Drift champion this past weekend during the Formula Drift Championship Finals at Irwindale Speedway in California. Foust entered the final event leading the championship by 23 points, which meant he only needed to finish in third place or better to secure the championship, however he ended the season on a high note by taking first place on the day.
Irwindale Speedway is known to fans as “The House of Drift” and draws capacity crowds for the annual drifting finals. Foust climbed the championship ladder during the final rounds by first defeating Tony Brakahopia in the Top 16. During the Top 8, Foust defeated Ryuji Miki, and then moved on to the Top 4 to defeat Kenji Yamanaka. In the Final, Foust defeated number two ranked Chris Forsberg for both the event win and the 2007 championship.
Michelin wants the world to know that its energy saving tyres reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – and on October 30 the French tyre major launched a novel new method of getting its message across. Every evening at 7pm the company will project “Green” meters onto prominent landmarks in four major world cities. These meters will display the estimated fuel savings and reductions in CO2 emissions achieved since 1992, the year Michelin first released low rolling resistance tyres with silica used in part as a substitute for carbon black.
Featuring Bibendum, the iconic Michelin Man, the meters will be projected onto the façade of the Park Inn Hotel in Berlin, the NASDAQ and Reuters boards in New York’s Times Square, the Port de Suffren at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, and on the City Group Mansion tower, across from the Bund, in Shanghai – four cities, says Michelin, whose growth has been driven by the mobility of the goods and people who come and go every day.
Known in Europe as the market leader for small tyres, Denmark’s Starco group is currently taking steps to also secure a foothold in Asia. One such step, for example, is Starco’s first time presence at this year’s Tyrexpo Asia, explained Brian Lorentzen. Evidence that the Danish company is pursuing a strong growth strategy can be seen from even a brief look at the company’s annual reports and the development of Starco’s turnover. For example, last year Starco generated a turnover of US$100 million, this year the figure will very likely be 100 million euros. This means that the leading company in the European market for small tyres will experience about 30 per cent growth within just 12 months. Over the last ten years the Starco group has even achieved an increase in its annual turnover by a factor of ten.
New York based company Re-Tread Products Inc. (RTP) has received a patent for a new building material it has developed; this product, known as the “Tire Log”, employs recycled tyres as its core ingredient, and the inherent flexibility in the tyre scrap used to produce the Tire Log is reported to make the product an ideal material for use in earthquake proofing and other safety related building. RTP is currently researching a number of commercial applications to which the Tire Log may be suited.
The “Tire Log” is made using a method that helically wraps a tyre’s steel belted tread around a core of tyre treads. By this means a product of any length or diameter can be produced, and RTP claims its patented design provides a high level of structural integrity. Material properties tests on the Tire Log so far appear to bear out the manufacturer’s confidence that it offers architectural and construction solutions to the civil, municipal and military sectors. The product’s ‘bend not break’ characteristics and its durability make it well suited for use in regions prone to earthquakes and flooding, and it has even been suggested that it could fulfil various “homeland security” roles in the US. More mundane potential uses for the Tire Log include as a wood, rock or concrete substitute in construction and landscaping.
A Supreme Court in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia has ruled in favour of Michelin in a dispute between the tyremaker and a number of retired employees over CA$268 million (£136 million) the retirees believe to be owed to their pension plan. Between 1984 and 1988 and then between 1995 and 2001 Michelin North America (Canada) covered its required annual contribution to the fund using a surplus in the plan. The former employees wanted Michelin to place that money back in the fund, and instigated legal proceedings to force the company to do so.
Kumho’s European motorsport division has enjoyed considerable success across a range of motorsport series in 2007. Perhaps the highlight of the year was the success of the Le Mans LMP2 class-winning Lola Zytek of Binnie Motorsports. As the car was shod with Kumho Tyres, Binnie’s success represented an historic achievement for the Korean tyre manufacturer, competing at Le Mans for only the third time.
Kumho supported both the Binnie Motorsports entry, comprised of Bill Binnie (US), Allen Timpany (GB) and Chris Buncombe (GB), and the Kruse Motorsport Pescarolo Judd of Tony Burgess (Can), Jean de Pourtales (Fr) and Norbert Siedler (Aut). The Binnie Car won LMP2 outright and finished 18th overall. Sadly the Kruse car did not survive the full 24 hours.
Said Bill Binnie: “We experienced just about every type of weather during the race from dry/warm conditions to torrential rain and used Kumho’s full arsenal of tyres as a result. They all performed admirably and were a key element of our victory.”
As Pavle Krstic and Bart Kinneging approach four years of working together as Deldo’s UK sales team, the leading Belgian wholesaler is highlighting the pair’s “very successfully” performance selling tyres in Great Britain and Ireland. With almost 20 years of experience in the UK market they can support and customised advice.
The main tool they have in the very competitive (budget) market is of course the Wanli and Sunny brands. Currently Wanli offers more than 200 car, van, SUV, 4×4 and truck sizes. The new Wanli S1063 is already described as a best seller in the UK and Ireland. In addition the company can offer a wide range of premium names thanks to its unique stock of 2.5 million tyres, with weekly deliveries.
The 9th annual Challenge Bibendum is only two weeks away, and this year sees the event returning to Shanghai, host city to Challenge Bibendum 2004. The Challenge Bibendum, created by Michelin in 1998, is a concerted effort on the part of vehicle manufacturers, technical partners, energy suppliers and research institutes to provide political and economic decisions makers with insights and understanding into the latest advances in vehicle technology for creating cleaner and more fuel efficient transport options.
Twenty years on from the introduction of mousse-equipped tyres in the WRC, the technology that allows drivers to continue to the end of the stage is to be banned for 2008. However Beru F1 Systems is taking capitalising on the fact that there are no rules against early warning tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS).
“The mousse ban means drivers need reliable information about tyre condition and performance to prevent damage to the car,” says Beru F1 Systems’ managing director John Bailey. “Digi Tyre could give them warning about potential safety issues or whether changing the wheel is the best solution.”
Belgian wholesaler Deldo, who in September completed an 8,000 square metre extension of its central warehouse in the port city of Antwerp, has announced plans to further extend the facility. In January the company will begin the work of adding a further 10,000 square metres to its warehouse/storage premises, giving the company a total warehouse space of 70,000 square metres.
The company claims its facility to be the largest in Europe and intends in part to use the increased space to further its stock of winter tyres, thereby improving availability. The company reports it is now able to offer neighbouring countries, such as Germany, a 24/48 hour delivery service.
A company that is becoming one of the largest alloy wheel manufacturers amongst the countries lining the Pacific Rim is YHI International, headquartered in Singapore. Currently the company operates production capacities of 2.4 million wheels annually (in 2006 this figure was just 1.2 million) and has generated an annual turnover of more than 180 million euros through its wheel business. And if the company’s mid-term development plan becomes reality, by 2010 YHI will operate up to 24 production lines in its four alloy wheel factories in China, Taiwan and Malaysia. These lines will be able to produce about 4.3 million alloy wheels per year. “We will continue to develop YHI into a global brand”, said managing director Richard Tay in a recent company publication.
(Akron/Tire Review) Wanli Performance Tire has launched the Wanli S-2085 High Performance A/T line. The Wanli S-2085 is an H-rated, all-terrain tyre for light truck/SUV applications, said the company. “We see more truck owners wanting the best of both worlds,” said Don Mathis, sales director. “There is a demand for the low profile look and ability of a high performance tyre, plus the off road capability of an all terrain tyre. The S-2085 is a no compromise solution for a truck owner who wants great looks and performance while retaining the ability to use the truck, well, like a truck.”
(Akron/Tire Review) Yokohama Tire Corporation will unveil its new Advan ZPS run-flat at this week’s SEMA Show. The first run-flat in the Advan line-up, the Advan ZPS can be driven up to 50 miles at 55 miles per hour after the loss of air, the company said. ZPS stands for Zero Pressure System, and the Advan ZPS will be available in 2008 in 13 sizes.