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March 11, 2020

Goodyear introduces new generation of EV tires

Filed under: Silica, Tires — Notch @ 2:58 pm

Rubber News reports that Goodyear is introducing a second generation of its EfficientGrip Performance tires for electric vehicle. According to Goodyear, the new tires offer 50 percent longer life than the first generation, which launched in 2018. Goodyear had planned to launch the line at the Geneva International Motor Show, but that event was canceled due to coronavirus. Instead, Goodyear launched the tires with a video press conference from its European headquarters in Brussels.

Pirelli reduces production at Italian plant after worker diagnosed with coronavirus

Filed under: Carbon Black, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 1:25 pm

One day after reporting that its production plants in Italy were relatively unaffected by the coronavirus outbreak and quarantine, Pirelli announced that an employee at the Settimo Torinese factory tested positive for Covid-19. In response, Pirelli is slowing production at the plant and operating with a very limited number of employees.

Pirelli announces that it was informed by the family of an employee at its Settimo Torinese factory, with the subsequent confirmation of healthcare authorities, that the employee has tested positive for Covid-19. To safeguard the other employees, Pirelli has adopted all the precautionary measures as foreseen in the recommendations and requirements of the government decrees issued to date. Given this situation, the company has decided to slow down production, with a progressive recovery in the coming days. This will permit the factory to operate with a very limited number of employees and guarantee maximum safety in health conditions. In the meantime, Pirelli is proceeding with the complete sanitization of the plant and work areas. The supply to clients will continue with a suitable level of service drawing on available stock.

Pirelli has two tire factories in Italy, which account for 7.5% of its output.

Nokian begins commercial production at Dayton

Filed under: Carbon Black, insoluble sulfur, Rubber Chemicals, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 1:06 pm

This week, Nokian Tyres North America began commercial scale production of passenger car and light truck tires at its new plant in Dayton, Tennessee. Construction began 30 months ago and trial production began 8 months ago. At full capacity, the $830M factory will have a capacity of 4M PC/LT tires per year.

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