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December 18, 2019

Michelin sets goal of zero CO2 emissions from all plants by 2050

Filed under: General, Tires — Notch @ 11:33 pm

Group Michelin has announced a new global sustainability policy that includes a pledge to reach zero CO2 emissions for all of its plants by 2050. Another goal of the new program: reduce tire-related energy consumption per kilometer traveled by 20% by 2030.

To reduce the carbon footprint of its tire manufacturing, Michelin has a developed a strategy founded on two pillars: consume less, and transition to renewable energy sources. According to the company, these strategies already are being implemented: in Europe, 85% of its plants are powered by electricity that is guaranteed to come from renewable sources. And CO2 emissions were reduced by 22% between 2010 and 2018.

In the future, the company plans to achieve these efforts by improving the energy-efficiency of industrial tools, using more renewable energy, and eliminating coal: currently, 5 out of the company’s 70 sites around the world are still coal-fired. Michelin has launched studies to evaluate the feasibility of replacing coal with another source of primary energy, such as gas or biomass. All Michelin plants will phase out the use of coal by 2030 at the latest.

More information here. 

December 16, 2019

Joint Venture planning carbon black plant in Turkey

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 4:45 pm

Turkish newspaper Sabah is reporting that Turkey’s largest occupational pension fund, OYAK, and the world’s sixth-largest carbon black manufacturer, Taiwanese company International CSRC Investment Holdings Co. Ltd., have started to work on establishing a carbon black production facility in İskenderun, Hatay Province, Turkey. The plant will have 220,000 tons of annual capacity. The plant will be equipped with advanced environmental systems as well as energy recovery. No completion date was announced. Here is the Reuters notice on the project. 

December 10, 2019

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres considering new plant in Indonesia

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 10:21 pm

Tire Business reports that Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Ltd. is evaluating the possibility of building an aircraft tire factory in Indonesia. Indonesia is under consideration as a site both for its access to natural rubber and for its growing aviation industry, according to the article. Negotiations on the plant remain ongoing. An Indonesian source recently reported that Dunlop Aircraft Tyres was planning to build retreading and production plants for aircraft tires in Karawang, West Java province. That factory would cost $70 million and become operational around mid-2021. It would be built with partner P.T. Rubberman Indonesia Bekasi, an Indonesian retreading company.

December 4, 2019

Cooper & Sailun produce first tire at new plant in Vietnam

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 12:27 am

Cooper Tire & Rubber and Sailun Vietnam Co., Ltd. recently celebrated production of a first tire at ACTR, their new joint venture facility located near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Cooper owns 35 percent of ACTR, which will produce truck and bus radial (TBR) tires for global markets. The ceremonial first tire was the centerpiece of a special event held at the facility on Nov. 18 to celebrate construction of the plant.

The plant is expected to be operational and producing tires on a commercial level by early 2020. At full capacity, production is expected to be approximately 2 million tires annually.

 

Kal Tire opens OTR tire retread plant in Mexico

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 12:07 am

Tire Business reports that Canada-based Kal Tire, one of North America’s largest commercial tire dealers, has opened an OTR tire retreading facility in Canancea, Mexico in order to supply a number of open-pit copper mines in northwest Mexico. Kal Tire operates four other earthmover tire retreading facilities located in Vernon, British Columbia; Alfreton, England; Accra, Ghana; and La Negra, Chile.

The new OTR retread plant is the company’s first to use a robot for skiving and tread grooving, improving access to custom tread designs to best suit each site’s conditions. This technology was developed in collaboration with Marangoni Group’s Tyre Retreading Machinery (TRM) business, which is based in Trento, Italy.

The 32,300-square-foot factory is designed to process tires with rim diameters up to 63 inches. Current capacity is 80 tires per month initially, but capacity can be increased to meet demand. The factory employs 40 workers. The cost of the investment was not disclosed.

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