Bridgestone Aircraft Tire Europe (BAE) has received a ‘Factory of the Future’ award for its facility in Frameries, Belgium. BAE is one of 17 firms honoured by Digital Wallonie, the Walloon Government’s digital strategy, at a ceremony that took place in Brussels on 8 February.
Czechia-based aircraft manufacturer BRM Aero has entered into an exclusive 100 per cent OEM partnership with Michelin for global retail sales. Announcing the arrangement, Martin Bristela, the general aviation luxury light sport aircraft specialist’s chief executive officer, states that “our partnership with Michelin, a world leader in tyre technology, represents a new chapter for BRM Aero.
Airbus has bestowed a supplier award upon Bridgestone Corporation in recognition of the tyre maker’s “efforts to realise a sustainable society.” Bridgestone received this award, given in the sustainability category, during last month’s Airbus Global Supplier Conference in Toulouse, France.
German aerospace company Lilium is developing the world’s first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, and Michelin has partnered to create tyres for the aircraft. Lilium and Michelin began working together more than a year ago to develop and produce custom tyres for the Lilium Jet and have now signed a final agreement covering design, serial production, and support.
During an earnings presentation held on 8 November, China’s Sentury Tire shared its expectation of selling more than one million original equipment tyres in 2023. The company added that it is focusing on “mid- to high-end” OEMs.
The Bourges site in France is Michelin’s only aviation tyre plant in Europe, and the company reports that production has grown significantly over the past two years, leading to certain organisational issues as well as the need to recruit and train almost 240 permanent employees in 2022 and 2023. Michelin launched a collaborative project to deal with these challenges, and various stakeholders have come up with a five-year plan to ensure the Bourges plant performs better. The site is also expanding its activities to include Michelin Inflatable Solutions.
Two new sizes have joined the Michelin Pilot tyre line. Designed to be the “best tyre money can buy for general aviation aircraft,” the Michelin Pilot high-performance cross-ply tyre is now available in four sizes for the general aviation market.
Michelin North America, Inc. and Boeing have signed a renewal of the two parties’ authorised distribution agreement, extending the current agreement through December 2028. The agreement reaffirms Boeing Distribution as a global distributor for Michelin’s full line of cross-ply and radial aviation tyres, as well as tubes for the business, commercial, regional, military and general aviation markets.
Brazilian airline Azul has chosen the PresSense connected tyre and its pressure measurement system to equip its fleet of nearly 110 aircraft, which includes Airbus A320s and A321s, and Embraer 195-E1s and 195-E2s.
With the debut of the Air X Sky Light commercial aviation tyre at this week’s Paris Air Show, Michelin says it is introducing a world first. The tyre is 10-20% lighter than previous generations, and this “major weight saving” is accompanied by “better performances over the long term” such as Landing Per Tread (LPT). The manufacturer anticipates a 15-20% longer lifespan for Air X Sky Light compared to equivalent older generation products.
On 28 December 2022, the Customs Tariff Commission of China’s State Council issued an announcement stating that from 1 January 2023, import tariffs on some commodities will be adjusted. In 2023, the products that can still enjoy preferential tariffs are retreaded tyres for aircraft. As in the previous year, such products will be subject to a provisional import duty of 4 per cent. Under normal circumstances, Chinese customs should impose a 20 per cent tariff on retreaded tyres for aircraft.
Linglong Tire recently answered questions from investors via the interactive platform of the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The answers reveal details related to developments at the company’s Serbian factory and its Chinese aircraft tyre production plant.
With construction of main buildings now complete, China’s first research and development facility for aircraft tyres is expected to open early next month. Guangzhou Development District Management Committee reports that the first scientific researchers are now moving into the Aviation Tire Exhibition Center, an integral part of the Aviation Tire Science Center, and are preparing to start work.
Bridgestone Corporation has announced plans to consolidate its aircraft tyre retreading operations in Asia. At the end of June 2023, it will close the Bridgestone Aircraft Tire Company (Asia), Ltd. operation in Hong Kong and transfer production to its Bridgestone Aircraft Tire Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. facility in Chonburi, Thailand. The closure of the plant in Hong Kong will affect 102 employees.