Tag: Manufacturing

Triangle’s four tyre factories in China at 90%

31st March 2020 | 0 Comments

Triangle Tyre is reporting that its four manufacturing plants in China are now back to operating at 90 per cent after the Chinese New Year and coronavirus shutdown.

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USTMA applauds support package

31st March 2020 | 0 Comments

Members of US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) have applauded the U.S. Senate’s “unprecedented work to pass the largest economic relief package in U.S. history”. Now, the group respectfully urges the U.S. House of Representatives and President Trump to “expeditiously ensure this becomes law to provide a much-needed financial boost to American workers, American businesses” and the nation’s struggling economy.

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Ferrari to re-start car manufacturing on 14 April 2020

Ferrari to re-start car manufacturing on 14 April 2020

30th March 2020 | 0 Comments

In a welcome bit of news for the original equipment business, on 27 March Ferrari N.V. announced that it plans to resume production on 14 April 2020.

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Sumitomo Rubber Industries temporarily shuts South Africa tyre plant

Sumitomo Rubber Industries temporarily shuts South Africa tyre plant

27th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the manufacturer of the global Falken tyre brand has temporarily shut down its factory in South Africa on government orders. All of its other tyre manufacturing facilities are currently operational, though staff at the Falken Tyre Europe headquarters in Germany are working remotely where possible, or following social distancing guidelines.

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Tyre industry ‘braces’ for COVID-19 impact, calls for recovery support – ETRMA

Tyre industry ‘braces’ for COVID-19 impact, calls for recovery support – ETRMA

25th March 2020 | 0 Comments

The European Tyre Manufacturers’ Association has called the response to the COVID-19 pandemic “one of the biggest challenges our industry has ever faced.” It calls for “constructive dialogue between industry, EU institutions and governments” to support the workforce of around 370,000 people while an “unprecedented” level of temporary closures and shutdowns are in place, and to smooth the transition to restart activities in the sector. Secretary-general Fazilet Cinaralp also said that the tyre sector is “vital… for the European economy at large,” adding that all stakeholders would need to find ways of supporting the sector “to avoid a permanent loss of capacity, research capability and innovation.”

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Bridgestone temporarily closes, slows tyre production at European factories

Bridgestone temporarily closes, slows tyre production at European factories

23rd March 2020 | 0 Comments

Bridgestone EMIA will either temporarily close or reduce production plants across its European manufacturing network in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its Béthune plant in France and the Bari plant in Italy will be closed until 6 April.

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Apollo Vredestein ‘scaling back’ European production

23rd March 2020 | 0 Comments

Apollo Vredestein is scaling back production at its European plants in Hungary and the Netherlands in addition to “taking measures to protect our workforce in line with government health advisory and measures” against coronavirus/Covid-19.

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British-based F1 teams helping raise ventilator capacity

23rd March 2020 | 0 Comments

Formula 1 teams based in the UK are working with the government and other groups to help address a shortage of respiratory equipment amid the coronavirus crisis. The news follows a government call for businesses to help increase the supply of ventilators to hospitals. According to an official statement, the teams have expert design, technology and production capabilities, and specialise in rapid prototyping and high value manufacturing, which is hoped can be applied to the critical needs set out by Government.

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Pirelli suspends production at Romanian plant

20th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Pirelli is suspending activity at its plant in Slatina Romania on 23-31 March. The plant, which produces car and motorsport tyres, has around 4,000 employees.

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Nokian Tyres consulting on up to 90-day factory lay-offs

Nokian Tyres consulting on up to 90-day factory lay-offs

18th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Nokian Tyres plc has entered into “employee cooperation negotiations” regarding planned temporary lay-offs affecting Nokian Tyres plc personnel based in Finland.

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Goodyear suspends European tyre production in response to Covid-19

Goodyear suspends European tyre production in response to Covid-19

18th March 2020 | 0 Comments

Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa will suspend tyre production at all its European tyre and retread plants by the end of the week, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The manufacturer states that the temporary closure, which will last until at least 3 April, is “to protect its employees and respond to the sudden decline in market demand.” The closure affects the company’s plants in France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovenia. It also includes the Dębica plant in Poland.

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SRI’s microscope analysis has potential for new breed of highly efficient tyres

SRI’s microscope analysis has potential for new breed of highly efficient tyres

17th March 2020 | 0 Comments

A new technique to observe and analyse individual materials within tyre rubber offers “enormous potential” for the development of high-performance tyres with unprecedented levels of efficiency and wear resistance, engineers at Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) and Ibaraki University claim.

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VW shuttering vehicle production in Europe

VW shuttering vehicle production in Europe

17th March 2020 | 0 Comments

With 2019 annual sales of 88.4 billion euros, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand’s figures were 4.5 per cent higher than the previous year. As a result, Dr. Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG described 2019 as “a very successful year for the Volkswagen Group”. However, he went on to describe 2020 as “a very difficult year”:

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Pirelli ‘willing to help’ with UK ventilator production

17th March 2020 | 0 Comments

In light of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has asked UK manufacturing firms to assess whether they can shift production to ventilators for the NHS on Monday 16 March 2020. A day earlier Health Minister Matt Hancock wrote: “We now need any manufacturers to transform their production lines to make ventilators. We cannot make too many”, in a Telegraph article.

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Peugeot PSA pausing European plants

16th March 2020 | 0 Comments

The PSA group’s Executive Board and crisis unit have stopped vehicle production at its European factories until 27 March 2020. The temporary closure move takes effect between 16 and 19 March, according to the following schedule:

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