Almost 40 years to the day since the first Kama truck tyre was produced in the Nizhnekamsk Truck Tire Factory, parent company Tatneft reports that the plant has produced its 81 millionth tyre. The tyre will be presented to staff at an event held on 25 April to mark the plant’s 40th anniversary.
The Kama 385/65R 22.5 NF 202, a solid-steel cord truck tyre manufactured by the Nizhnekamsk SSC Tire Factory, is a winner in the ‘Industrial and Technology Products’ of the ‘Best goods and services of the Republic of Tatarstan’ competition. Parent company Tatneft writes that the tyre was chosen from 449 applications submitted by 207 manufacturers.
Russia’s Tatneft reports that its ‘Nizhnekamsk SSC Tire Factory’ has produced its three millionth solid-steel cord tyre. Commercial tyre production began at the plant in April 2010, and today the Nizhnekamsk facility manufactures 66 types of truck and bus tyres, including products sold under the Kama brand name and 23 tyre specifications made for Continental on an offtake basis. Nizhnekamsk SSC is Tatneft’s largest tyre plant.
Tyres manufactured by Tatneft factories have once again been named winners in the annual ‘Best Goods and Services of the Republic of Tatarstan’ awards contest. Winning products include the Kama NR 202 (size 202 315/70 R22.5) and NF 202 (315/70 R22.5) truck tyres made by the Nizhnekamsk SSC Tire Factory and the Kama Euro 236 (sizes 185/60 R15 and 185/65 R15) passenger car tyres manufactured by Nizhnekamskshina.
Retreading has begun at the facility set up by Marangoni and Russia’s Tatneft Group in Nizhnekamsk, Tartarstan. Marangoni informed Tyres & Accessories that the first all-steel truck tyres were retreaded by KaMaRetread LLC – a joint venture between Marangoni and Tatneft subsidiary Trading House Kama LLC – in March. Marangoni provided technical assistance prior to the start of production.
The eighth annual “Asian Essen”, Reifen China took place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in the first week of December, with some of the Chinese tyre industry’s major players rubbing shoulders for the last time in 2014. The European side of the Sino-German partnership behind the annual show, Messe Essen stated that it expected the presence of around 120 exhibitors in hall W1 and 15,000 trade visitors. This latter figure, unconfirmed at the time of writing, takes into account the other three-quarters of the twin exhibition; RubberTech China 2014 and the International Exhibition on Rubber & Elastomer, led by the China United Rubber Corporation, comprised around 500 exhibitors across another three halls (W2-4). Messe Essen CEO, Oliver P Kuhrt stressed the importance of the ‘Reifen’ brand’s presence in China, stating in his introduction to the show that it “stands for the success of a fair made in Essen extending across borders”. With about two thirds of the exhibitors at May’s Reifen 2014 visiting Essen from outside Germany, Messe Essen also noted the importance of Reifen China in recruiting Asian participants, whose attention the exhibition organiser has drawn in Shanghai.
Marangoni and Tatneft Group have agreed to form a retreading joint venture in Russia. Based in Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan, the joint venture to retread all steel truck tyres will operate as KaMaRetread LLC and is expected to commence operations in the first half of 2015. Trading house Kama, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tatneft, will own 65 per cent, while Marangoni SpA will own the remaining 35 per cent. Tatneft is the owner of Nizhnekamskshina, which recently reached the milestone of two million all-steel radial truck tyres produced by its Nizhnekamsk factory.
Berovich Portnoy has succeeded Anwar Fasikhovich Vakhitov as factory director of the Nizhnekamsk SSC Tire Factory in Russia’s Republic of Tartarstan following the latter’s appointment as director of the Tatneft-Neftekhim Management Company. Portnoy was previously chief engineer at the Nizhnekamsk SSC Tire Factory, a position he held since 2007. Vakhitov was appointed executive director of the newly-established Nizhnekamsk SSC Tire Factory in March 2007 and headed construction of the plant before named factory director when it entered operation in 2009.