Michelin’s successful entry for the Tyre Industry Environment and Sustainable Solution Award 2021 “stood head and shoulders above the rest in terms of corporate ambition, vision and practical commercial initiatives across the whole field of tyre recycling, materials reuse and wider environmental campaigns,” according to the judging panel, NTDA chief executive Stefan Hay commented. The tyre manufacturer’s entry for the award highlighted its aim to create greater value at all stages within the circular economy.
Nynas has appointed Johan Andersson as vice president Group Strategy & Sustainable Development in Nynas. Johan Andersson leaves the position as CEO of the National Oil Industry Association in Sweden, Drivkraft Sverige, to take on the role. As the CEO he has since 2019 launched a roadmap for climate-neutral competitiveness for the industry, restructured the industry association and repositioned it as an organisation for innovative and sustainable mobility.
Hankook Tire and Apollo Tyres are the latest tyre manufacturers to align their natural rubber procurement policies with the framework adopted by the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) in September 2020. Indian firm Apollo has released its first natural rubber policy document, while South Korea’s Hankook has updated the policy it introduced in 2018. Earlier this week, Yokohama Rubber announced it had altered its natural rubber procurement policy to accommodate the GPSNR policy framework.
Kermit the Frog may have been amongst the first to ponder the difficulties of being green, but it’s a dilemma now shared by a transportation industry operating in an environment that places sustainability high on the agenda. Tyres have a role to play when it comes to achieving Europe’s lofty targets, and Goodyear points out that the fuel and CO2 efficiency gain achievable with low emission tyres and accurate tyre pressure management is equal to the gain by using more efficient engine technology. The tyre maker has a new truck range that it promises will deliver fuel efficiency on all manner of roads; it launched the Goodyear Fuelmax Endurance via an online presentation this morning.
Pirelli has become one of 37 companies confirmed as Global Compact LEAD of the United Nations. The tyre manufacturer is the only company in the Automobiles & Parts sector at the global level. The Global Compact LEAD gathers the groups with the greatest commitment in the world to the implementation of the Ten Principles of the Global Compact of the United Nations.
Pirelli tyres are chosen for many of the most sustainable cars from the world’s leading brands. Nearly three in ten electric cars (29 per cent) at the at the 2021 International IAA Mobility Show in Munich fit Pirelli P Zero or Scorpion tyres. Pirelli is equipping these ranges with its new Elect technology for cars with zero or low emissions, some of which are among those at the IAA show. Pirelli’s Cinturato P7 tyres are also at the show on the BMW 320e hybrid and 3 Series models.
Nokian Tyres’ board of directors has approved its revised mid-term strategy and updated financial and non-financial targets. The Finnish tyre manufacturer is targeting growth faster than the market to reach net sales of 2 billion euros, plus an increasing market share in its key markets. “Our large investment phase is completed, and we are well positioned for organic growth and strong performance,” said , Jukka Moisio, Nokian president and CEO.
The latest in our ‘Torque from the Top’ series of interviews with leading tyre industry executives features David Seward, MD of Yokohama’s UK distributor, Yokohama HPT. As you will read later, the company was established in 1988 and Seward has been with the company from the beginning, which must make him one of (if not the) longest-serving MD of any UK-based international tyre company. But first, a brief look at the history of the parent company.
Locally harvested natural rubber is the key raw material that Sri Lankan tyre maker GRI Tires utilises. It thus views natural rubber farmers as important stakeholders in the ‘GRI ecosystem’. This is an ecosystem that “focuses on sustainability and aims to inspire the farming communities by recognising their work as well as providing knowledge and skills for their development and optimising the yields from their natural rubber farms.”
Birla Carbon has announced an intent to reduce its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The carbon black manufacturer considers this goal a “natural progression in Birla Carbon’s leadership in the area of sustainability and circularity.” The company recently announced the availability of sustainable carbonaceous materials through the launch of its Continua brand.
Goodyear is inviting transport and logistics companies based in Europe to participate in its Sustainable Reality Survey and share their insights regarding more sustainable transportation. To encourage participation, the tyre maker will plant a tree for each fleet respondent completing the survey in collaboration with non-profit reforestation organisation Tree-Nation.
The GreenGT LMPH2G is making make its UK debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The hydrogen-powered MissionH24 endurance race car will contest the hillclimb and be showcased on the Michelin Supercar Paddock stage every day of the four-day event.
The global struggle to reduce global warming through greater sustainability, conservation of resources and lowering of CO2 emissions is undisputedly one of the key problems our generation must address. Kraiburg Austria stresses that “the time for empty appeals, soapbox speeches and lip service is over,” adding that “coordinated measures need to be taken or introduced immediately to ensure the living conditions of future generations.”
Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. launched its Ecorax Nature family of plant-based carbon black products. According to the company, Ecorax Nature 100, which was launched on 17 June 2021, is “the first highly reinforcing carbon black grade made from renewable feedstocks which can be used in critical tyre tread construction”. The product is currently being tested by customers and will go into high volume manufacturing in the second half of 2022. Orion further reports that Ecorax Nature is the first “renewable carbon black” to be produced for the tyre industry.
Pirelli is working with energy sector company Enel X to set up electric vehicle recharging infrastructure in selected Pirelli ‘Driver’ tyre centre outlets. The two companies signed an agreement to this effect at this year’s socially distanced version of the Milano – Monza Motor Show, which began yesterday in the centre of Milan. They will begin by setting up charging facilities at Driver centres in Italy before rolling out charging infrastructures at sites in Spain and then other countries where Pirelli is active with Driver Tyres and Service.