News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

July 19, 2017

Michelin unveils Tweel for mowers

Filed under: Run-flats — Notch @ 3:17 pm

Group Michelin’s Tweel Technologies has launched the airless Michelin X Tweel Turf Caster for select zero-turn commercial mowers.

The airless-radial caster tire-wheel assembly replaces the standard 13×6.5×6 front caster tire and wheel on zero-turn mowers.

“Michelin Tweel Technologies has conducted extensive field testing to optimize the product and validate the customer benefits,” said Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies.

The Tweel caster is constructed with high-strength poly-resin spokes that carry the load and create suspension-like characteristics for the front of the mower, the company said. This structure absorbs impact and reduces bounce for improved operator comfort while also maintaining a consistent height for a uniform cut. The caster’s durable, poly-resin tread also provides long wear life, Michelin said.

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Double Coin Thai plant cures first tire

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 2:52 pm

Shanghai Huayi (Group)’s joint venture in Thailand has initiated trial truck tire production at its new plant in Rayong, Thailand, according to information provided by the plant’s contractor.

Located in Rayong’s LK-RICH rubber industrial zone, the new plant is designed with annual capacity for 1.5 million truck and bus tires and 50,000 industrial tires.

Sinohydro Foundation Engineering photo

According to the website of the plant’s contractor Sinohydro Foundation Engineering, the project has been on schedule and the production of the first tire “marks Huayi’s official entrance into the Thailand market.”

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Omsk Carbon to start production at Belarus plant next year

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 1:23 pm

Russian carbon black manufacturer Omsk Carbon aims to start production at its Mogilev plant by the second quarter 2018—about 18 months behind the original schedule.

Omsk Carbon Group chairman Valeriy Kaplunat explained that the delay was in order to secure better technology for Omsk Carbon’s third production site.

“We are doing our best to make our Mogilev plant the world’s most advanced facility in terms of process equipment in our industry,” Kapulant said. “Changing the launch date has enabled the company to ensure excellent performance indicators for the future facility and compliance with 100 percent of the environmental requirements.”

The $109.9 million Mogilev site is designed to produce both tread and carcass grades of carbon black with the capacity of 160,000 metric tons per year.

The company plans to comission the first of the plant’s four production lines during the first quarter of 2018. Production is expected by second quarter of 2018 and should reach full capacity by 2020.

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