News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

April 15, 2020

Cooper restarts Mexico tire plant

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 9:43 pm

Tire Business (subscription required) reports that Cooper Tire & Rubber planned to restart its plant in El Salto, Mexico on April 13. Cooper’s tire plants in the US will remain closed through at least April 24. The plants in both Mexico and the US were idled on March 21. Cooper’s plants in Europe also are idle, but plants in China have reopened. Cooper said it is taking necessary steps to ensure worker safety at the El Salto factory, including social distancing, additional cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and facilities, and restricting visitor access.

Bridgestone Russia, Spain tire plants to reopen

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Tires — Notch @ 10:51 am

Bridgestone facilities in Burgos, Bilbao and Puente San Miguel, Spain and Ulyanovsk, Russia have resumed full production after being idled on March 23 by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rubber News (subscription required.)

Bridgestone factories in Bari, Italy and Lanklaar Belgium are scheduled to restart later this month.  Plants in Poznan and Stargard, Poland and Tatabanya, Hungary are running at reduced capacity.  Factories in India, South Africa and France will remain closed for now.

After suspending operations on March 21, Bridgestone Americas Inc. and North American Firestone Industrial Products and Firestone Building Products factories restarted operation on April 13.

NY Sumitomo tire plant to idle

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 10:50 am

On April 20, Sumitomo Rubber North America Inc. will idle production at its tire plant in Tonawanda, New York in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Rubber News (subscription required). SRNA plans to resume work on May 4, but will evaluate if a third week of closure is necessary.

Bridgestone North American plants set to reopen

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 10:49 am

On April 13, Bridgestone Americas Inc. plans to reopen North American commercial tire plants, North American Firestone Industrial Products, and Firestone Building Products facilities, after suspending production due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Rubber News (subscription required.)

Bridgestone will resume operations in alignment with the latest safety CDC protocol guidance.  The company is closely monitoring volatility in demand, and is working with customers to ensure adequate supply.

North American retread rubber manufacturing plants resumed operations the week of March 29.


Kumho tire plant in Georgia to remain closed

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 10:48 am

Kumho Tire USA Inc. has extended the closure of its plant in Macon, Georgia due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The company will continue to review conditions in order to determine if production should remain idled through the end of April, according to Rubber News (subscription required.)

The plant has been closed since April 1, and South Korea and Vietnam plants have been supporting US market needs.

April 13, 2020

Recovered Carbon Black Congress rescheduled for September

Filed under: Carbon Black, Conferences, Recovered Carbon Black, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 10:20 pm

The Recovered Carbon Black Congress 2020 will be held September 8-10, 2020 at the Pullman Stuttgart Fontana Hotel in Stuttgart, Germany. The conference was originally scheduled to be held May 12-14 in Berlin but was rescheduled due to COVID-19.

April 3, 2020

Goodyear keeping tire and retread plants closed

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, Tires — Notch @ 7:56 am

Goodyear is keeping all of its tire and retread plants throughout the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions closed “until further notice,” just as it is doing with its plants in the Americas.

Goodyear said it continues to monitor inventory levels “to keep essential community services moving” as the world continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 2, 2020

Tristone halts production at eight plants due to COVID-19

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, Rubber — Notch @ 9:43 pm

Tristone Flowtech Group GmbH has temporarily closed its plants in the U.S. and Mexico due to COVID-19.  In late March, the company closed facilities in Italy, France, Spain, Poland and Slovakia, and in mid-March it closed its India plant.  The shutdowns will continue for up to four weeks, depending on customer needs and facility locations.  Both plants in China are currently running close to planned levels.

April 1, 2020

SUSN acquired by Cabot Corporation

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 9:41 pm

Cabot Corporation has completed the acquisition of Shenzhen Sanshun Nano New Materials Co., Ltd (SUSN) for integration into Cabot’s Performance Chemicals Segment.  SUSN, a leading carbon nanotube producer, was acquired by Cabot for approximately $115 million, strengthening their position in the high-growth batteries market in China, as well as their global leadership in carbon additives.

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