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March 8, 2019

Algeria tire plant completes first test phase

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 11:00 am

Six years after the Michelin Group closed its plant there, tire production returns to Algeria. The Iris Group announced the successful completion of the first test phase of the company’s new tire factory in Setif, Algeria.

Production of 1 million passenger car radial (PCR) tires is planned for the first year, followed by 2 million units of both PCR and truck and bus (TBR) tires in the second year.

Kordsa and Continental join forces to offer eco-friendly adhesion system

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 10:04 am

Continental and Kordsa have together developed a new sustainable adhesive technology standard for bonding textile reinforcing materials with rubber compounds. Reinforcing materials of this kind are used in the tire industry, as well as in the production of mechanical rubber goods like hoses and conveyor belts. The new technology enables the bonding activation of textile reinforcing materials without the use of resorcinol and formaldehyde. Continental intends to manufacture the first series-produced tires using this technology in 2019.

The two development partners are offering the new bonding system technology to all other tire manufacturers and the supplier industry as an open source solution under the brand name ‘Cokoon’. Free licensing will be handled by the independent law firm Advinno. Continental and Kordsa have chosen to waive development or licensing fees. In return, they expect licensees to make their patents concerning the further enhancement of this technology available to the other partners free of charge via a licensing pool. Interested companies can request first lab samples now.

Read the full press release here.

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