News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

June 29, 2017

Conti exec skeptical of airless tires for passenger cars

Filed under: Run-flats, Tires — Notch @ 1:33 pm

Airless tires are more of a marketing tool than a realistic offering for the passenger car tire market, according to Gerrit Bolz, head of process development and tire assembly at Continental.

The Conti executive went on to describe airless tires as being more of a publicity exercise than a potential game-changer for the car tire market.

“We are a little bit jealous about the marketing story, not about the technical performance of such tires,” he said.

Read more here.

Russia’s Yaroslavl Carbon Black announces carbon black price increase

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:56 pm

Russia’s Yaroslavl Carbon Black (JSC Yaroslavskiy Tekhnicheskiy Uglerod), announced changes to its prices for all grades of carbon black starting 1 July.

In a letter to customers, Yaroslavl explained that the company’s pricing policy is affected by low oil prices and external pressure on carbon black feedstock prices:

“The price pressure has clearly shown that carbon black pricing formulas based solely on 1% fuel oil index are no longer valid and do not cover both fixed and variable costs of production in the long term.”

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