At the end of September, Transaid used its annual showcase event in London to celebrate two major road safety milestones met during 2022, whilst also highlighting the significant challenges facing its professional driver training projects in sub-Saharan Africa.
Continental “working at full speed” to restructure rubber supply chains
The goal at Continental is to exclusively obtain natural rubber for its tyres from responsible sources as of 2030. Confirmation of responsible sourcing is essential to natural rubber’s status as a sustainable raw material, and gaining this confirmation requires traceability within the supply chain. Although completely seamless traceability is currently technically impossible, Continental says it is “working at full speed” on a blueprint for the sustainable and responsible structuring of natural rubber supply chains.
Hankook launches iON winter line within its electric vehicle tyre range
Having introduced its iON range of electric vehicle tyres – along with the company’s philosophy of specialist tyres for electric vehicle applications – back in May, Hankook has now formally introduced its iON winter tyre line, which is available in a range of 18 to 22 inch sizes. Following on from the iON evo, Hankook’s summer tyre, the new Hankook iON winter is the second member of the new, global “iON” tyre family for premium electric vehicles.
India: Review recommends China TBR duties for 3 more years
India’s anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made TBR tyres are scheduled to expire this month, but tyre association ATMA requested a review of these on behalf of Apollo Tyres, JK Tyre & Industries and MRF. The Directorate General of Trade Remedies published the results of this Sunset Review on 16 September, recommending the government continue charging duties for a further three years.
Dandelion rubber: New partner for Taraxagum project
Continental considers the Russian dandelion an attractive alternative source of natural rubber for its tyres and has conducted research into its suitability for more than a decade. This Taraxagum project now has a new research partner, German plant breeder Kartoffelzucht Böhm.
From 1 October 2022, Apollo Tyres will stop direct sales of Vredestein tyres in Norway and transfer distribution to wholesaler Norgesdekk. The two parties have negotiated an exclusive distribution deal covering supply of Vredestein-brand passenger car, light truck and classic tyres. Apollo Tyres Nordic AB will continue to sell the company’s off-highway and truck/bus products in all Nordic markets.
To meet demand driven by the rapid growth of its retread business, Bridgestone is investing US$60 million to expand its Bridgestone Bandag manufacturing plant in Abilene, USA. The project includes new mixing operations as well as an immediate shift to six and seven-day production schedules. The mixing facility will be operational by January 2025 and, together with the revised production cycle, will increase plant output by 16%.
This month, Hercules Tire and Rubber Company celebrates its 70th anniversary. Established as a cooperative by independent tyre dealers and retreaders seeking quality products at an affordable price, the company has grown into a value segment leader that today offers a comprehensive selection of tyres under its Hercules, Ironman and Dynatrac brands.
Sri Lanka-based off-highway tyre maker GRI has opened a new corporate office in the USA. Situated in North Carolina within the Research Triangle Park (RTP), a location chosen for its close proximity to a growing customer base, the facility will take over sales operations, customer support and logistics functions. This local presence will also facilitate GRI’s endeavours to develop products specifically for the North American market.
Sustainability: ZC Rubber setting up tyre pyrolysis, recycling facilities
ZC Rubber claims to have been the first tyre company in China to recycle, reuse and repurpose its products, beginning its journey in 2005 with the establishment of its Recycling Technology and Service Center. The manufacturer is expanding its circular economy activities in 2022 with a new 5,000 tonne per annum tyre pyrolysis processing line as well as a Zhongce Recycling Technology production line that can produce 7,500 tonnes of liquid recycled rubber a year.
At the end of 2021, Sentury Tire announced that it is planning to build a half-a-billion-euro tyre factory in the Galicia region of Spain. 10 months down the line, is the Sentury Spain factory still going ahead as planned? The short answer is yes and the project is designed to be powered by wind energy. Tyres & Accessories spoke to Warren Rudman, general manager Sentury Tire (Spain) S.L. in order to find out more.
Prinx Chengshan launches A-rated truck tyre in Europe
During the recent IAA 2022 truck event in Germany, Chinese tyremaker Prinx Chengshan released its TH155 truck tyre pattern. The new trailer hybrid, OE oriented tyre is described as having “outstanding overall performance”, something that is attested by its “A” and “B” ratings for wet grip and fuel consumption on the European tyre label (in 385/65 R22.5). The tyre will be marketed under the Austone ATH155 and Fortune FTH155 brand names.
On 7 September, an administrative penalty decision issued by Xiamen’s environmental protection department showed that Cheng Shin Tire (Xiamen) Co., Ltd was fined 23,857 yuan for an exhaust gas problem.
General Tire Grabber X3-equipped Brabus exhibited at Conti Tuning Day
Everything revolved around Brabus vehicles on 20 August, when the 44th occurrence of the Conti Tuning Day was held. The vehicle tuner brought ten impressive high-performance vehicles for comprehensive testing at the event, including a brand new customised Mercedes EQS and the Brabus 900 Crawler. For its part, the Brabus 900 Crawler was equipped with the Grabber X3, General Tire’s specialist off-road tyre.
Kumho’s Ecsta tyres cover 3,174 miles, 16 countries in Euro EV Marathon
Kumho Tyre (UK) supported the Max Adventure team as it beat its original time target on the Driven To Extremes Euro EV Marathon. The team covered its 3,174 mile-route from Oslo to Portugal in just 3.75 days in the fully electric Kia EV6 ‘Air’ fitted with Kumho’s Ecsta PS71 EV tyre. The team knocked 47 minutes off the time set by Sir Stirling Moss in 1952, adding an extra country to the list of those visited. The challenge was designed to show that a standard EV and current charging infrastructure can now allow drivers to cover vast distances in a short time. The Kumho Ecsta PS71 EV is an original fitment on the Kia EV6, with the 235/55R19 size used by the challenge car throughout the trial.