Anyone wanting to learn more about carbon black and its many applications can now do so at the new Birla Carbon virtual showroom. Claimed as an industry first, the site offers a virtual reality experience that takes viewers through the intricate uses of each part of a car and employs an immersive experience to showcase how carbon black can make a difference to the solutions it is part of. Birla Carbon aims for the virtual showroom to be a “one-stop shop experience for the entire value chain of carbon black solutions.”
50% more tyres: Sumitomo Rubber USA expanding plant
Construction work to expand the Sumitomo Rubber USA plant in Tonawanda, New York is progressing following the official groundbreaking at the site on 29 March, and in the coming two to three years the tyre maker will invest US$129 million in a project that will boost production capacity by 50 per cent. After erecting a 5,100 square metre plant building this summer, Sumitomo will install new mixing machines, tyre presses and tyre building machines. Plant manager Tim Sprunger says the expanded facility will feature a high level of automation.
Davanti Vantoura 4-Seasons offers year-round versatility to van fleets
The Davanti Vantoura 4-Seasons is available in a range of light commercial vehicle fitments now, after the tyre received its public unveiling at the CV Show in 2021. The tyre is the UK tyre brand’s answer for transport operators looking for ways to ensure their fleets remain on the road and are as economical as possible. Davanti notes that the rising cost of living, and particularly fuel prices are making proper fleet maintenance even more important. One aspect that can help is checking tyres are fit for purpose. Selecting the right tyre, for the right van, for the right application, is one way to improve efficiency and reliability of commercial vehicles. With a vast range of options available to van fleets, Davanti says it is important to address the requirement of fit-for-purpose commercial tyres. Its Vantoura 4-Seasons represents the brand’s versatile solution for the segment.
Van tyre range to suit ICE, electric vans alike – Falken
Whether a van is powered by internal combustion or electricity, the demands placed on its tyres remain consistent. Therefore rather than developing specific electric light commercial tyres, Falken is improving the efficiency and durability of its van tyres to enable its range to support ongoing ICE vehicle utilisation and the transition to electric-powered models alike. Andreas Giese, senior manager, corporate and product planning, Falken Tyre Europe answered Tyres & Accessories’ questions about tyres and the electrification of the fleet.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) reports that its tyre factory in Turkey has gained ISO 50001:2018 certification for its energy management system. The Sumitomo Rubber AKO Lastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş. facility in Çankırı, which produces passenger and light commercial vehicle tyres under the Falken and Dunlop brand names, is the third factory in the Sumitomo Rubber Group to obtain ISO 50001 certification, following the previous certification of factories in China (Changshu) and Brazil.
Toyo Tires is sponsoring the fourth of five majors on the international womens golf tour 2022, the Amundi Evian Championship. The tournament begins today in Evian-les-Bains in France, overlooking Lake Geneva.
Continental AG has published its preliminary, unaudited key financial figures for Q2 2022, and these show that the company achieved consolidated sales of 9.4 billion euros, with an adjusted EBIT margin of 4.4 per cent.
Goodyear joins quest to commercialise Lunar mobility
This week marks the 53rd anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the surface of the Moon, a date of particular significance for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Goodyear supplied a number of essential components for this history-making mission and later developed non-pneumatic tyres for the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle. The tyre maker is once again looking spacewards and is developing tyres for a lunar vehicle that in future may extend commercialism to the Earth’s rocky satellite.
Aeolus and Doublestar both report sharp declines in net profit
Aeolus and Doublestar recently reported operating results for the first half of 2022. Both show sharp declines in net profits for the two companies that have controlling interests in global tyremakers Prometeon and Kumho respectively.
Nynas has received the EcoVadis Gold Sustainability rating, the top group in its category for sustainability performance. Examples of Nynas’s bio-based grades include: the Nytro Bio 300 X and Nytex Bio 6200, as well as “several other grades which contribute to lower energy consumption, improved efficiency and recyclability…”.
Autonomous driving: Bridgestone invests in Tier IV
Bridgestone is investing in Tier IV, a Japanese start-up engaged in the development of open-source software for autonomous driving. The investment is part of a funding round that also includes additional support from existing investors Yamaha Motor and Sompo Holdings. Tier IV will use these funds together with a grant to launch its $300 million Green Autonomous Driving project.
GRI completes 2nd phase of specialty tyre plant expansion
Phase 2 of a US$100 million production capacity upgrade at the GRI specialty tyre factory in Sri Lanka is now complete, and GRI reports being in a position to increase capacity by almost 100 per cent from the present level, up to a daily output of 60 tonnes. This elevated capacity will satisfy the increased demand for farm tyres that GRI has enjoyed since launching agricultural ranges across key markets such as Europe, the USA and Australia in 2018.
Groupe Touchette acquires ATD’s Canadian subsidiary
Canadian tyre distributor Groupe Touchette Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire National Tire Distributors (NTD), the Canadian subsidiary of American Tire Distributors (ATD). The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2022, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Groupe Touchette says the addition of NTD will “significantly contribute” to its ability to serve customers and business partners while increasing the choices it can offer customers.
Toyo partnering with 2022 European Athletics Championships
This year, the European Athletics Championships take place in Munich, Germany between 11 and 21 August and will host some 4,700 athletes from 50 nations. Toyo Tires is supporting the event as a partner.
CAM appoints vehicle leasing sector veteran as customer success manager
CAM has appointed Dan Mallier as its new customer success manager. The automotive servicing digital systems provider says Mallier will work closely with its customers to understand their strategic direction. He will then ensure CAM’s products will support the achievement of their objectives.