On June 23rd 2010, VMI Yantai achieved ISO9001:2008 certification from Lloyd Register Company. This successful certification of the company’s Chinese operation, says the VMI Group, was accomplished in close cooperation between VMI Yantai and the company’s Netherlands based organisation. “The ISO9001:2008 certificate demonstrates the high quality level of the VMI products that are being produced by VMI in Yantai as well as in the Netherlands,” announced a company statement.
A three-year cooperation agreement recently signed between Michelin and German agricultural machinery manufacturer Claas is expected to strengthen the two company’s collaboration in several areas, such as research, development and market intelligence. According to Michelin, the agreement demonstrates the two partners’ “confidence in today’s changing farm markets and their shared commitment to developing their operations in this sector.”
For the past eighteen months Transense has worked closely with McLaren Electronic Systems developing, manufacturing and deploying its Torque sensor as part of a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) that was used with success during this season’s Formula One championship. As far as Transense is concerned, the most significant aspect of this project has been the technical performance validation and commercial application of both the SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) sensor and the company’s patented Reader Electronics equipment within the demanding operating environment of an F1 car – a procedure involving the wireless measurement of torque on a shaft rotating at up to 18,000 rpm.
Hungary has named Hankook Tire vice president Cho Hyun-Shik its honorary consul to South Korea in recognition of the company’s contribution to the country’s economic development and growth. Hungarian vice Foreign Minister Laszlo Varkonyi appointed Cho to this position on November 30 during a visit to Seoul in conjunction with Hungarian president Laszlo Solyom's four-day state visit to South Korea.
HDW Scandinavia is the new extreme winter pattern in the ContiTread range of precured tread strips, produced by Marangoni under a partnership cooperation with Continental. The line has been specifically designed for the needs of northern countries, where vehicles frequently travel on roads covered by snow or ice and where the temperatures are quite low for many months of the year.
Polymer science expert Dr. Hwi Joong Kim’s work for Hankook Tire has attracted the attention and admiration of his former university – On October 2 the University of Akron M.D. and Ph.D. graduate received the 2009 Outstanding Alumnus award from the seat of learning.
Engineering students at one German university are contributing to future tyre development through a programme with Continental. The manufacturer is cooperating with students from the University of Karlsruhe on research into passenger car tyre durability, and work so far has including the designing and construction of a test unit that was subsequently fitted and operated with different, realistic road surfaces.
Pirelli Tyre has signed a memorandum of cooperation with Romania’s Health Ministry, pledging to finance a training programme for staff at a hospital in Slatina, where the Italian company’s Romanian factory is located. Medical staff from the County Emergency Hospital’s Emergency Reception Unit will receive training at Milan’s Niguardia hospital, continuing a cooperation between the two units that began around a year and a half ago.
The document was signed in Slatina by Pirelli Tyre’s Romania director Enrico Malerba and Romanian health minister Ioan Bazac on July 23. Italy’s ambassador to Romania, Mario Cospito, also attended the signing ceremony.
A statement released by Interstate Tire and Rubber Company announces that the manufacturer has put pen to paper on an exclusive distribution deal in France with Copadex. During a recent meeting, chairman and vice president of the Dutch manufacturer, Theo de Vries and Bruno Clairay (director of Copadex) agreed a long-term cooperation deal.
Interstate’s de Vries explained that Copadex is one of the leading tyre distributors in France with a very professional organisation and an emphasis on added value in terms of service and marketing. The distributor started business in 1980 and now has more then 5,000 different sizes in stock. The complete programme of Interstate Tires will soon be available and is set to be displayed during the Equip Auto in Paris on 13-18 October, 2009.
On December 15 Cooper Tire & Rubber gave word that the United Steelworkers of America Local 752L, the chapter representing workers at the company’s Texarkana, Arkansas facility, has ratified a new three-year contract with Cooper after workers voted ‘overwhelmingly’ in favour of it on December 13.
Mitas and IBM announced on November 10 that IBM will create for the Czech Republic tyremaker a new enterprise integration platform based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The new platform will, says IBM, significantly streamline application alignment and management, shortening time necessary for change deployment. Other benefits of the new Mitas platform include cost savings through more efficient system administration.
Bridgestone Americas has kicked off a couple of promotions to support the Bridgestone brand role as the official tyre of the NHL. The Bridgestone Greatest NHL Captains promotion allows hockey fans to visit NHL.com and select the greatest NHL captains for each of the past four decades. The Nov. 11 to Dec. 21 effort will also present captains programming and content via the NHL Network and NHL.com.
The promotion will culminate with the greatest captains of each decade being announced in a special tribute during the NHL SuperSkills competition on Saturday, January 24, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal during the NHL All-Star Weekend. In cooperation with the NHL Network and NHL.com, a 20-part original series “Captains Driven By Bridgestone” will be broadcast on the NHL Network from November 2008 through April 2009. Each show will include a feature on one NHL Captain through exclusive interviews and profiles. (Tire Review/Akron)
US based manufacturer of retractable studded tyres, Q Tires Inc., has announced the signing of a cooperation framework agreement with what it calls a ‘distinguished international company’. Although it has not provided any specific details regarding this company or the deal they have signed, Q Tires says it will work with the unnamed company in the areas of product, process and information technology advancements during the ongoing development of the Q tyre.
Happy birthday Bridgestone Poznan. On September 26 staff at the company’s facility in Poland celebrated its tenth anniversary of operation. The 1,300 employees were joined in by over 140 guests to commemorate the occasion, including Japan’s ambassador to Poland, Mr. Ryuichi Tanabe, the CEO of Bridgestone Europe, Mr. Toru Tsuda, members of the press and representatives of local authorities.
Chinese tyre manufacturer Aufine Group Co., Ltd has announced that it is now developing new ranges of ultra high performance and standard passenger car radial tyres. The company’s passenger car radial manufacturing output volume is expected to total some 10 million units in 2009. According to the company, the new range will be amongst the best quality in the world due to the factory’s cooperation with a tyre company ranked “within the top seven in the world.” Aufine’s new UHP range is expected to initially include 14 sizes ranging 195/45 R15 to 225/40R18 XL. Dozen of standard passenger car sizes will be made available.