News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

January 22, 2019

Dates announced for Carbon Black Asia Pacific conference

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 12:23 pm

The organizing committee for Carbon Black ’19 Perspective in Asia-Pacific have announced that the conference will be held November 5-7, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The venue for the conference has not yet been decided. This conference is held every other year in Asia; the previous conference was held in November 2017 in Chennai, India.

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January 17, 2019

Recovered Carbon Black conference coming to Berlin in May

Filed under: Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 12:44 am

Smithers Rapra along with Wolfersdorff Consulting have announced a new conference, the Recovered Carbon Black Congress, to be held May 21-22, 2019 in Berlin. The new conference is an extension of Smithers Rapra’s successful Carbon Black World conference, which is held every other year (most recently in Dusseldorf, Germany in September 2018). The Recovered Carbon Black Congress will address the commercial challenges and long-term potential for recovered carbon black, which is material recovered from scrap tires.  The  conference will include a range of technical discussions to provide a platform for the recovered carbon black supply chain to identify the challenges and solutions to drive forward this process. Notch Consulting will be delivering a paper during this conference covering the long-term commercial prospects for rCB.

 

January 2, 2019

Marangoni Tread North America expanding Tennessee plant

Filed under: Rubber, Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 5:48 pm

Marangoni Tread North America is expanding tread rubber capacity at its plant in Madison, Tennessee to meet growing demand for its products.

“With unit sales up this year, production had to be increased right away. Independent retreaders’ business remains strong and we expect demand to continue to increase as we move into 2019. We will be adding additional capacity to manufacture the XP Extreme Performance wide-base Ringtread here in the US,” said Bill Sweatman, president and CEO of Marangoni Tread North America.

The new production line, expected to be in operation in the second quarter of 2019, will produce spliceless Ringtreads up to and including 500mm widths.

The project will boost the 14-year-old plant’s overall capacity by 20 percent, Marangoni said, and expand the workforce by 10 percent.

Marangoni Tread North America is a subsidiary of Rovereto, Italy-based Marangoni S.p.A., which recently disclosed plans for a global partnership with Borrachas Vipal S.A. of Brazil in what Marangoni said could become the largest global independent player in the retreading sector.

Referenced article found here.

BKT seeks site for first U.S. tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 5:27 pm

Off-highway tire manufacturer Balkrishna Industries Ltd. (BKT) announced in November 2018 that it is budgeting $100 million to build its first tire plant in the U.S.

Minoo Mehta, president of BKT USA Inc., said 40 sites in several states are being considered, including sites in Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina, states where several plants have opened recently or are under construction. Sites in Alabama, Indiana, and Kentucky also are being considered.

The site will be chosen in January, according to Rajiv Poddar, joint managing director of BKT. He expects site preparation to take three to four months from the day they select the land. The target date for the plant to open is 24 months from the groundbreaking, likely the second quarter of 2021.

Bridgestone to invest $100 million to upgrade Mexican plant

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 1:45 pm

Bridgestone de Mexico S.A. de C.V. is planning to invest $100 million over the next two years to upgrade manufacturing capabilities at its car and light truck tire plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

The investment will support innovative processes and new technologies, while also building the plant’s capacity to produce high value-added tires such as run-flat tires and reduced rolling-resistance Ecopia models.

The 38-year-old plant in Mexico’s Morelos state has an installed capacity of approximately 25,000 tires per day, serving original equipment customers and the Mexican aftermarket as well as exports, Bridgestone said.

The Cuernavaca plant is one of two Bridgestone plants in Mexico. The other plant is in Monterrey. It opened in 2007 and produces car and light truck tires, largely for export.

Referenced article found here.

Goodyear to expand Slovenian tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 12:51 pm

Goodyear plans to expand its plant in Kranj, Slovenia to increase capacity by approximately 25 percent by 2022.

“The demand for premium, larger-rim-diameter consumer tires is growing across EMEA. To ensure the sustainable growth of our business, Goodyear plans to invest €94 million ($107 million) in its plant in Kranj, Slovenia to increase its capacity in this profitable segment,” announced Henry Dumortier, Goodyear’s Vice President Consumer Europe.

The expansion will add more than 58,000 square feet to the factory that Goodyear has owned since 1998. It will boost capacity by 1.8 million units a year and create up to 160 jobs, Goodyear said. Production will focus on replacement tires with 17- to 19-inch rim diameters. Current annual capacity is listed as about 8 million units with 1600 employees.

The first phase of construction will begin in January 2019, with additional phases planned for 2020 and 2021 to reach full capacity.

Referenced article found here.

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