The Michelin Group’s Aircraft Tire Division has been recognised as a Boeing Company ‘Supplier of the Year’. The tyre maker was one of 14 companies (and one university) honoured at a Ceremony held in the USA on 15 April. Michelin was awarded in the ‘Electronics/Hydraulics/Mechanical’ category. Michelin also received a Boeing Performance Excellence Award.
Qingdao Sentury Tire has already stated its intention to become a player in the aviation tyre business, and in June 2014 the tyre maker received its first airworthiness certificate from a civil aviation authority (a Chinese Technical Standard Order Authorisation issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China) ahead of the start of aviation tyre production later in the year. Now the company reports that on 29 December 2014, the AVIC (Aviation Industry Corporation of China) Fund of China invested RMB 400 million (£42.2 million) in Sentury Tire and become its strategic partner.
British aviation tyre manufacturer, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has identified a site in Mocksville, North Carolina as the preferred base for its first retreading facility in the United States. The world’s only specialist aircraft tyre manufacturer and retreader announced its decision to establish the facility in order to boost its competitiveness across the Americas.