News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

May 31, 2017

Rubber Manufacturers Association becomes U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 7:10 pm

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S., announced a relaunch under the new banner of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA). In addition to the new banner, USTMA unveiled its newly designed and rebranded website, USTires, and released new economic impact figures detailing the industry’s impact on job creation and the U.S. economy overall.

Here’s the full press release.

As Rubber News reports, the USTMA will have a social media presence through Facebook and Twitter. “Rebranding is not just a matter of changing your name,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “By raising the industry’s profile, we can be a more influential voice.”

May 25, 2017

Orion Engineered Carbons to Increase Prices for Rubber Carbon Blacks in EMEA

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 3:44 pm

Orion Engineered Carbons GmbH announced today that effective with shipments beginning July 1, 2017, Orion is increasing prices for all Rubber Carbon Black grades sold in the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

Here’s the full press release.

May 24, 2017

Birla Carbon increasing its carbon black prices in Europe and Africa region.

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 5:04 pm

Effective July 1st, 2017, Birla Carbon will increase carbon black prices in Europe and Africa region by EUR 70/MT, net of price monthly variation.

Here’s the full press release.

Pyrolyx AG Forges Ahead

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:06 pm

Pyrolyx AG, the Munich-based global leader in the extraction of rCB (recovered carbon black) from end-of-life tires, has signed an extended multi-year supply agreement in the US with one of the world’s leading masterbatch manufacturers. Under this agreement, Pyrolyx will supply rCB for the manufacturer of colorants, special effects and additives.


Pyrolyx has also signed a ten-year feedstock supply contract for end-of-life tires in the US which is a key step for the Company’s recently announced construction of a state-of-the-art rCB plant in Terre Haute, Indiana. This end-of-life tire supply contract provides approximately 40,000 metric tons per year of input material to the Pyrolyx process, and most importantly results in some 4 million waste tires being recycled each year.

Here’s the full press release.

May 23, 2017

Goodyear’s Philippsburg plant to close by end of July

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 6:24 pm

Goodyear is planning to cease tire production at its 50-year-old plant in Philippsburg, Germany, by July 31, five months earlier than had been announced previously.

The Philippsburg plant is one of six factories Goodyear operates in Germany, all of which have passenger tire capacity.

Bridgestone plant opening in Russia

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 5:04 pm

As Tire Business reports, about a year after it was due to open, Bridgestone is planning the ceremonial opening May 25 for its first plant in Russia.

Located in the Zavolzhye industrial zone in Ulyanovosk Oblas, Russia, the plant represents a $375 million investment and its capacity is expected to reach around 12,000 units a day in 2018.

The plant is Bridgestone’s ninth tire factory in Europe and 48th worldwide.

May 18, 2017

Cabot Corporation to Increase Prices in EMEA for Rubber Carbon Black Products

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 9:03 am

Effective for all shipments made on or after June 12, 2017, or as customer contracts allow, Cabot Corporation is increasing prices on all carbon black products in its Reinforcement Materials segment sold in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Here is the full press release.

May 9, 2017

The Tire Cologne 2018

Filed under: Conferences, Tires — Notch @ 1:13 pm

In just over a year’s time, from 29 May to 1 June 2018, the tire industry meets at The Tire Cologne.

Show organizer Koelnmesse GmbH reports that the ten largest international tire manufacturers will be among the exhibitors.

May 3, 2017

Nokian announces first North American tire plant to be built in Tennessee

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 9:55 am

Nokian Tyres announced it is investing $360 million to build its first North American plant in Rhea County, Tennessee. Nokian Tyres will break ground on the Dayton, TN plant in early 2018 with production launching in 2020.

Here’s the full press release.

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Artist rendering of Nokian Tyres plant.

May 2, 2017

Apollo will relocate U.S. headquarters to Atlanta

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 9:37 am

Less than a month after inaugurating its state-of-the-art plant in Gyongyoshalasz, Hungary, Apollo Tyres Ltd. will relocate its U.S. headquarters from Metuchen, N.J. to Atlanta, Georgia. The move becomes effective June 1.

At the plant opening, Neeraj Kanwar, Apollo’s vice chairman and managing director, said his firm would turn its attention to increasing its presence in North America. As part of a five-year plan, Kanwar hopes to create a market and brand. Then the next step is “setting up a tire factory,” he said.

Apollo will use the Vredestein passenger tire brand as its main U.S. product.

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