Omni United is moving towards a more sustainable future via sustainable driving and carbon neutral manufacturing which it began in 2013 with its Radar Tyre brand. Now, the company is introducing a two-pronged electric vehicle (EV) tyre strategy. The first phase will see the development of EV-compatible tyre ranges while the second phase will result in a dedicated speciality EV tyre line-up.
Michelin: 16 November is “international check your wipers day”
Last year, Michelin North America, Inc. and the registrar at the National Day Calendar introduced National Check Your Wipers Day, reminding US drivers to regularly check their windscreen wipers. This year, the concept has gone international, with Michelin expanding the annual reminder date to Canada and Europe.
Cheng Shin Rubber increased capital in Indonesia factory
On 10 November, Cheng Shin Rubber Ind., Co., Ltd. announced that it is preparing to increase the capital of PT. Maxxis International Indonesia by US$30 million (about £25.53 million pounds; 29.01 million euros). Cheng Shin Rubber said that the capital increase meets the operation’s needs.
US oil company reports successful Enviro oil tests
Scandinavian Enviro Systems (publ) received an order for its tyre-derived pyrolysis oil from the subsidiary of a leading US oil company for production tests in February 2022. The oil was delivered in June following its approval in accordance with the EU REACH directive, a condition for a final deal.
China’s moves to relax zero Covid policies good news for the tyre industry
On 11 November 2022, Chinese authorities issued a notice on how to proceed with the next phase of COVID-19 prevention and management. The statement’s content shows that the Chinese government is still adhering to the policy of “dynamic clearing”, but it has relaxed controls to a certain extent. And that’s good news for the tyre industry as one practitioner told us: “The fight against COVID-19 may not end in a short period in China. However, if the anti-epidemic policies in the next stage can reduce the negative impact on the economy, it will undoubtedly benefit China’s tyre industry.”
ETRMA supports “holistic approach” to tyre-inclusive Euro 7 proposals
The ETRMA has spoken in support of the European Union’s (EU) goal of delivering cleaner mobility via its recently proposed Euro 7 emissions rules. However, the association which represents tyre manufacturers across Europe, also suggested that future rules on tyres should be based on “robust scientific evidence of their real-world impact on emissions”. Specifically, ETRMA supports the use of a UN-validated test method, which is currently being developed, to establish future EU tyre abrasion limits.
Proposed Euro 7 standards include tyre and brake particle emissions
The European Commission published details of the new Euro 7 standards on 10 November 2022. According to the commission, Euro 7 will “ensure cleaner vehicles on our roads and improved air quality, protecting the health of our citizens and the environment.” The transport industry has become familiar with the increasingly demanding Euro series of standards over the years. Up till now, they have focused on vehicle exhaust emissions, something that tyres can only indirectly affect through reduced rolling resistance and its impact on fuel consumption and therefore emissions. This time round however, Euro 7 brings with it standards relating to particle emissions from tyres and brakes.
Australia to tyre industry: If you don’t act on recycling, we will
Australia’s government has included tyres in the list of products that industry must ensure are handled and ultimately disposed of in an environmentally appropriate manner. Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek added tyres to the Minister’s product stewardship priority list for 2022–23. This list was published on 8 November.
Indian tyre makers investing to boost local rubber production
According to Dr Sawar Dhanania, chairman of the Government of India’s Rubber Board, natural rubber production within the country “will not be sufficient to meet the consumer industry’s demands” in coming years. He thus sees an “urgent need” to increase the area under rubber cultivation, something that tyre makers are helping to achieve via the NE-MITRA project.
The expansion project of Kumho’s Vietnam plant has entered the final stage. It is reported that all administrative procedures related to the trial operation of the expansion project have been completed.
Linglong: Serbia plant will be officially put into production soon
On November 2, Linglong held a performance presentation on the operation of the third quarter of 2022. Linglong chairman Wang Feng, board secretary Sun Songtao and heads of relevant departments attended the performance presentation and interacted with investors on Linglong’s business situation.
Yanchang rubber reduces weight of some TBR products
From January to October, Yanchang Rubber sold 3.759 million tyres. It is reported that the tyre company has undergone several reforms in 2022 and established three new departments in April, the all-steel radial tyre business department, the semi-steel radial tyre business department and the marketing centre.
In addition to producing tyres and automotive components, Continental has busied itself of late making upholstery fabrics from coffee grounds. This makes the substance remaining after Europeans brew more than 33 billion cups of coffee each year a potentially valuable raw material.
Goodyear exploring mobility solutions with Drive TLV & Israeli start-ups
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announces that it is “teaming up” with Israel-based mobility incubator Drive TLV, with Drive facilitating collaboration opportunities between its network of start-ups and Goodyear. Drive will also connect the Goodyear Ventures capital fund with potential investment opportunities in this start-up network.
Tyre pyrolysis project Wastefront AS and Hulteberg Chemistry & Engineering AB have been awarded a 2 million-euro grant from the Eureka Eurostars funding programme and the Norwegian Research Council as well as the Swedish Innovation Agency. Total project-funding amounts to 2.076 million euros – half from Eurostars and half from the other project partners.