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Briton James Walker puts Dunlop mindset to test on return to Nordschleife

18th September 2017 | 0 Comments

British racing driver James Walker will return to the gruelling Nürburgring after a four-year hiatus, driving a Dunlop-shod BMW 235i in the ultra-competitive VLN series. After a successful 15-year career spanning single seaters and sportscars, Walker moved his family back to Jersey and gave up racing, until being tempted back to racing in Germany on 22-23 September.

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ChemChina signs Industry 4.0 MOU with Fraunhofer

4th September 2017 | 0 Comments

On August 1, 2017 China National Chemical Equipment (CNCE; also known as ChemChian) and Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (Fraunhofer) under Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft signed a strategic cooperation memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Munich. According to the MOU, the two sides will cooperate with each other in the fields of new chemical materials, intelligent manufacturing, automation and information technology.

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‘Hybrid’ rubber offers hope of self-healing tyres

‘Hybrid’ rubber offers hope of self-healing tyres

24th August 2017 | 0 Comments

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) encourages us to “imagine a tyre that could heal after being punctured,” and a team from the school has done more than just imagine – according to SEAS, its researchers have “developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.”

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Two thirds of drivers unaware of tyre labelling

2nd August 2017 | 0 Comments

New research from Milton Keynes-based Just Tyres reveals drivers’ awareness of 2012’s EU tyre label legislation is low. More than two thirds (67 per cent) of drivers are unaware of EU legislation and only just under a sixth of drivers (15.5 per cent) even knew that the legislation existed. Back in 2012, the tyre industry experienced a major shake up when EU tyre labelling for all UK tyre manufacturers, distributors and retailers was introduced. From then on, every tyre needed to be tested and measured for three specific ratings; fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise levels.

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Computer simulations shed light on fine particles from tyres and brakes

Computer simulations shed light on fine particles from tyres and brakes

11th July 2017 | 0 Comments

A study based on collaboration between Swiss technical university Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Cornell University has examined the fine particles produced by adhesive wear, using computer simulations to identify how these particles form. Researchers hope that their work – which they call a “breakthrough” – may lead to cost savings and environmental benefits.

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Valeo launches AI global research centre

26th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Valeo has launched the first global research centre in artificial intelligence and deep learning dedicated to automotive applications.

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[Tyre] cost of ownership

3rd April 2017 | 0 Comments

As we transition into spring, many think of new-born lambs and flowering bulbs as symbols of the new life of the year ahead. However, for accountants and many others working in the finance side of things, the beginning of April marks the end of the tax year. Along with the end of the tax year come a reasonably regular slew of motorist spending analyses. Two such surveys caught Tyres & Accessories’ eye because they offer insights into what the tyre-related “cost of ownership” is in practical terms.

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University of Minnesota scientists develop natural synthetic rubber

University of Minnesota scientists develop natural synthetic rubber

27th February 2017 | 0 Comments

On 8 February a team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, announced that they have invented a new technology to produce automobile tyres from trees and grasses. According to reports, the University of Minnesota’s Office for Technology Commercialization, has applied for a patent on the renewable rubber technology and plans to license the technology to companies interested in commercializing it.

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Lords committee visit driverless vehicle research project

6th December 2016 | 0 Comments

As part of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into autonomous vehicles, the Committee have today visited the GATEway Project in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, one of the research development programmes for self-driving vehicles in the UK.

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Results of Sumitomo Rubber’s natural rubber research published

22nd November 2016 | 0 Comments

Open access scientific journal eLife has published the result of joint research into Hevea brasiliensis rubber particles conducted by Sumitomo Rubber Industries and the Graduate School of Engineering at Japan’s Tohoku University. In addition to their publication in eLife, the results were also presented at the International Rubber Conference (IRC 2016 Kitakyushu) in Japan on 26 October.

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Pirelli and Milan Bicocca University continue eco tyre development partnership

Pirelli and Milan Bicocca University continue eco tyre development partnership

26th October 2016 | 0 Comments

Pirelli and Milan Bicocca University’s CORIMAV eco-tyre cooperation agreements has resulted in one patent a year, 44 student scholarships and 36 doctoral scholarships since it began in 2001. These results and all the advanced materials research resulting from the recently renewed partnership between Pirelli and Milan Bicocca University, was celebrated at an event attended by Pirelli’s CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera and the rector of the university, Cristina Messa.

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Kal Tire partners with University Of British Columbia

25th October 2016 | 0 Comments

Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group and the University of British Columbia have formed a research partnership that will allow the two organizations to collaborate in developing technology and solutions for the mining tyre industry. In the recently-signed memorandum of understanding (MOU), both parties agree to pursue research and innovation as part of a partnership that matches expertise from UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering with the innovation goals of Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group.

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UK drivers have most reservations about autonomous vehicles, says research

19th October 2016 | 0 Comments

Whilst driverless technology may be on its way, hesitation remains amongst UK drivers, according to extensive research released today. The new study, from Goodyear and the London School of Economics, found that 55 per cent of the UK drivers surveyed would feel uncomfortable driving on roads alongside autonomous vehicles, significantly above the 39 per cent average in 10 other European countries. However, 28 per cent of respondents said they would be comfortable driving alongside AVs, similar to the 30 per cent in the other 10 countries.

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Michelin opening new R&D facility

Michelin opening new R&D facility

14th September 2016 | 0 Comments

On Friday, Michelin will officially inaugurate its new research and development centre in Ladoux, France. The tyre maker laid the foundation stone for the facility in December 2013 and is investing approximately €280 million in erecting a state-of-the-art, 67,000 square metre building and, from 2018, employing 1,700 new engineers and technicians.

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Kwik Fit: many drivers fail to read the road

Kwik Fit: many drivers fail to read the road

10th August 2016 | 0 Comments

New research for Kwik Fit, the UK’s largest automotive servicing and repair company, has revealed that the average driver knows only 79 per cent of UK road sign meanings, with one in five road signs a mystery. The research even reports that the majority of adults think drivers should retake their driving test periodically.

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