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Northvolt raises US$1 billion for Europe’s first gigafactories

Northvolt raises US$1 billion for Europe’s first gigafactories

12th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Northvolt has raised US$1 billion of capital to build Europe’s first homegrown gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells - Northvolt Ett, in Skellefteå, Sweden. At the same time, in cooperation with the Volkswagen Group, the company also announced plans to establish a second gigafactory with an intended location in Lower Saxony, Germany. The news of both factories was announced on 12 June 2019.

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Michelin to use autonomous trucks in France

Michelin to use autonomous trucks in France

12th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Michelin has selected to use autonomous trucks made by Einride within its supply chain. According to the company, roll-out will commence in 2020, initially with the deployment of Einride’s T-pod – an autonomous, electric truck – at Michelin sites in France.

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Conti investing 100 million euros expanding OTR tyre production in Portugal

Conti investing 100 million euros expanding OTR tyre production in Portugal

11th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Continental is investing roughly 100 million euros in the expansion of its Lousado, Portugal radial earthmoving and port tyres production facilities. As a result of the investment, the newly-expanded plant, which will continue to focus on production of tyres with diameters over 24 inches, more than 100 new jobs will be created.

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Groundbreaking held for Maxion-Dongfeng aluminium wheel plant

Groundbreaking held for Maxion-Dongfeng aluminium wheel plant

11th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Maxion Wheels and new joint venture partner, Dongfeng Motor Parts and Components Group, have held a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of their 22,000 square metre aluminium wheel plant in Suizhou, China. The ceremony took place on 6 June and was attended by government officials and company dignitaries, customers, suppliers and associates.

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Restructuring within Tatneft tyre business

11th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Tatneft reports that structural changes have been implemented in its Kama Tyres tyre manufacturing business. The Russian company reports that its OOO Nizhnekamsk Truck Tyres Factory has now joined together with the OOO Nizhnekamsk SSC Tyre Factory. It says the aim of this change is to improve the efficiency of the company’s petrochemical production process management system.

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Bridgestone launches Coach-AP 001

Bridgestone launches Coach-AP 001

10th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone has launched its first tyre fully dedicated to the coach segment, the Coach-AP 001. The tyre is designed to offer cost efficiency, comfort, and safety in dry and wet, wintery conditions alike, with high labelling scores for rolling resistance and pass-by noise.

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MWheels refocuses business on wheel expertise

MWheels refocuses business on wheel expertise

10th June 2019 | 0 Comments

During the first half of 2019, Manchester-based commercial wheel services company MWheels has been implementing an evolutionary process to change its target. The company has sought to position itself differently within its markets; from a UK wheel distributor campaigning for legislative input on wheel safety, to a European provider of wheels and wheel services designed to make commercial operators more aware of the safety and business implications of fitting and maintaining the most suitable products for their fleets. “The last four months,” chief executive officer Matthew Mardle tells Tyres & Accessories, “have been a big success in following through on the strategies” implemented since the changes in leadership at the helm of the company in January – Mardle was appointed CEO, while company founder John Ellis took up a new position as chairman – and, in the longer term, since the company opened its European operation, MWheels GmbH, in Germany.

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Lucas hails GB men’s ice hockey comeback

Lucas hails GB men’s ice hockey comeback

7th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Under the new stewardship of Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE), the Lucas brand is celebrating its partnership with GB Men’s ice hockey team, after its momentous victory at the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship.

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Liqui Moly remains loyal to MercedesCup

Liqui Moly remains loyal to MercedesCup

7th June 2019 | 0 Comments

The Pentecost weekend will see the start of this year’s MercedesCup. It marks Liqui Moly’s eighth year as premium sponsor of the renowned tennis event, which will take place in Stuttgart, Germany, from 8 to 16 June. There is method behind this far-sighted approach.

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Trico Group acquires Federal-Mogul wiper business

Trico Group acquires Federal-Mogul wiper business

7th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Trico Group, LLC, the United States' leading wiper blade manufacturer, has acquired the global wiper products division of Federal-Mogul Motorparts.

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Nokian shares progress with rolling resistance reduction

7th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Nokian Tyres says the rolling resistance of its tyres is now eight per cent lower on average than in 2013. It points out that this reduction is the equivalent of exhaust fumes from 65,000 cars.

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Tyre makers honoured with GM & Ford supplier awards

Tyre makers honoured with GM & Ford supplier awards

7th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Several tyre makers have received new silverware of late, with OEM partners in the vehicle manufacturing sector handing out awards to honour their suppliers. We’ve already shared news of awards Hankook Tire received from Honda and General Motors; more recently, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Maxxis and Pirelli have commented on the accolades they’ve gained.

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Hankook Tyre UK appoints new TBR sales manager, as Thorp retires

Hankook Tyre UK appoints new TBR sales manager, as Thorp retires

6th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Hankook Tyre UK has announced the appointment of a successor to David Thorp, its UK sales manager who will retire on 30 June 2019. Paul Emery, who has a wealth of industry expertise to draw upon, will take over as sales manager of the UK truck and bus tyre segment. Thorp will retire after a long career in the tyre industry, including more than thirteen years’ service at Hankook.

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ICBA awards for Birla Carbon plants, R&D site

6th June 2019 | 0 Comments

The International Carbon Black Association (ICBA) recently awarded 12 Birla Carbon plants and a R&D centre certificates of recognition for achieving an above industry average level of safety performance. Eleven plants and the USA-based Marietta R&D Laboratory received the gold award while one plant received the bronze award. The Birla Carbon plants in North and South America, Europe and Asia were amongst 44 carbon black manufacturing facilities around the world to receive this recognition as part of the ICBA’s ‘Safety Recognition Program’.

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Japanese giant Mitsubishi invests in UAE online tyre retailer

6th June 2019 | 0 Comments

PitStopArabia.com, a UAE-based online tyre retailer, has announced that Mitsubishi Corporation has become a strategic partner and a shareholder in the company. The e-tailer described the investment as a "significant milestone" that will be used to bolster market share by expanding regionally. The value of the investment has not been disclosed.

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