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February 28, 2019

Linglong touts promising results of graphene tire development

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals, Tires — Notch @ 11:02 am

Chinese authorities have audited and approved research by Linglong Tire into the “large-scale application” of graphene rubber composites in tires, according to Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd.

The research was conducted jointly by Beijing Tiancheng Linglong Tire Co. Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linglong Tire, and Beijing University of Chemical Technology. An audit was conducted by Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission along with other Chinese technology institutes.

Led by South China University of Technology professor Guo Baochun, the team completed trial production of graphene-enhanced tires at Linglong’s Zhaoyuan factory. This involved a graphene ‘pre-treatment’ technology that enables tires to be made without changing existing manufacturing processes or equipment. Linglong did note, however, that the technology required some adjustments to the process to help ensure the feasibility of production.

The graphene tires, Linglong said, showed promising results in several areas including fuel-efficiency, safety and anti-static, and energy-saving. More specifically, Linglong said a fuel-efficient grade of its graphene tire was close to a grade A rating under EU tire labeling regulations.

Read the full press release here.

Nokian to begin hiring at Tennessee tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 10:33 am

Nokian Tyres is on target to complete construction of its $360 million tire plant in Dayton, Tennessee later this year and has posted a “Help Wanted” sign. In the first phase of the hiring process, Nokian said it is seeking skilled production workers, manufacturing operations professionals, and maintenance technicians, and plans to hire up to 50 production employees during the first quarter of 2019.

“Our new team members will work in one of the most advanced tire manufacturing facilities in the world,” said Nokian Tyres Dayton Factory Operations Director Peter Chia. “We are committed to giving our workers everything they need to succeed, including in-depth training, competitive wages and a positive workplace culture.”

Nokian will begin producing tires at the Dayton factory in 2020. It will hire and train approximately 150 by year-end 2019. The plant is expected to employ around 400 at full capacity of 4 million tires per year.

Read the full press release here.

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