News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

November 17, 2014

Michelin opening new plant for Tweel airless tires in South Carolina

Filed under: General, Tires — Notch @ 6:00 am

Tire Business reports that Michelin North America Inc. is opening a plant in Piedmont, S.C., dedicated to the production of its Tweel non-pneumatic tire/wheel assembly. Ribbon-cutting for the new plant will be held on November 20, and Michelin did not reveal the plant’s cost, size, employment, or production capacity. The plant is Michelin’s 10th in South Carolina and 16th in the United States.

The Tweel airless tire/wheel assembly was commercially introduced in 2012 after some seven years of development work. The first OE fitments for the Tweel are with Deere & Co. for the John Deere ZTRAK zero-turn commercial lawn mowers. At present, the Tweel is aimed primarily at skid-steers and other industrial applications.

November 13, 2014

US & China reach climate accord

Filed under: General — Notch @ 6:00 am

The New York Times has details.

As part of the agreement, Mr. Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. That is double the pace of reduction it targeted for the period from 2005 to 2020.

China’s pledge to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030, if not sooner, is even more remarkable. To reach that goal, Mr. Xi pledged that so-called clean energy sources, like solar power and windmills, would account for 20 percent of China’s total energy production by 2030.

It will be interesting to see how this agreement is implemented in the United States given the mid-term election results and the Republican-controlled Congress.

August 1, 2014

Gas explosion rocks Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Filed under: General — Notch @ 12:45 am

A series of powerful gas explosions hit the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung late Thursday, killing at least 24 people and injuring up to 271. The blasts were concentrated in the Cianjhen district, and were believed to be triggered by gas (possibly propylene) leaking from underground pipelines.

Here are two early reports on the tragedy: BBC and AFP.

Update: Here is an astounding compilation of videos of the event and aftermath. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Taiwan.

February 11, 2014

This week at Tire Tech Expo in Cologne

Filed under: Conferences, General, Tires — Notch @ 1:40 am

The Tire Tech Expo takes place beginning today in Cologne, and as always this great conference is packed with papers as well as a huge trade show. Notch Consulting is presenting a paper on Tuesday entitled “Prospects for Extended Mobility Systems: Run-flats, Tire Repair Kits, and Self-Sealing Tires.” The paper is based on a new market research report coming out in March 2014 that examines the various systems that are replacing the full-size spare tires in new passenger cars.

There are many great papers and events at the show, but I wanted to draw your attention to one event in particular:
David Shaw from Tire Industry Research is holding a launch event for a new report that came out this month entitled “Sustainability in the Tire Industry 2014.” The event will be held on Wednesday, February 12, in Conference room 1 (on level 2). There is also a seminar on this topic on Wednesday beginning at 9:00.

Here is the brochure: Tire Sustainability-Brochure2.

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Filed under: General — Notch @ 2:57 pm

Here’s wishing all of you a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014! Thanks for reading!


October 7, 2013

Conti boosting capacity for high-performance tires in Germany

Filed under: General, Tires — Notch @ 4:01 pm

Continental A.G. has announced plans to invest $54 million through 2018 in its tire plant in Korbach to expand capacity for larger diameter, high-performance car and light truck tires. The expansion will focus on 19- to 22-inch rim diameter car and light truck tires, with increased capacity for these tire types scheduled to start in 2016 and expand to 400,000 units per year by 2018. The project also involves investments that will allow the plant to develop new manufacturing processes for these tire types. The project is expected to add 60 jobs at the new production line.

October 4, 2013

Tire Rubber Recycling Forum coming to Brussels

Filed under: Conferences, General, Tire Recycling — Notch @ 11:16 am

European Rubber Journal is hosting the Tire Rubber Recycling Forum to be held in Brussels from November 19-20, 2013. The conference will address the issues relating to the ‘end of life’ and disposal of rubber and tires, including the viewpoints of trade associations, academic bodies, government agencies, tire manufacturers, tire recyclers, tire suppliers, and researchers.

The Tire Rubber Recycling Forum themes include:
– Responsible recycling schemes
– Technical innovations in the recycling of rubber
– Recycled rubber products : sports surfaces/asphalt/blended products
– End of waste

Here is the conference program (PDF).

September 26, 2013

Yokohama breaks ground at Mississippi tire plant

Filed under: General, Tires — Notch @ 3:16 pm

On September 23, Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM, which was established by Yokohama Tire Corporation, a subsidiary of Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its truck and bus tire manufacturing plant at West Point, Mississippi. The new plant is slated to begin operations in October 2015. Yokohama plans to make an initial US$300 million investment in the facility and employ approximately 500 people in the first phase, with possible expansion down the road. The company also plans to construct a plant equipped with production, warehousing, and operations facilities on more than 500 acres of land and will produce up to one million tires annually. This will be Yokohama’s first tire plant in the United States.

Sumitomo breaks ground on Turkish tire plant

Filed under: General, Tires — Notch @ 2:54 pm

On September 18, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. broke ground on its new $500 million tire plant factory in Cankiri Province, Turkey. Sumitomo owns 80% of the joint venture plant, with the remaining 20% held by Abdulkadir Ozcan Lastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., a leading Turkish tire distributor and tiremaker (through Petlas Tire Industry and Trade Co.). The plant will produce radial light truck and passenger car tires with startup scheduled for July 2015 and rampup through late 2019. Capacity will reach 30,000 tires/day by 2019. The company is known as Sumitomo Rubber AKO Lastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. (SAT).

May 13, 2013

Transportation Weight Loss Diet Conference coming next month

Filed under: Conferences, General — Notch @ 11:00 am

UKIP’s Transportation Weight Loss Diet Conference will be held next month in Stuttgart. The two-day conference focuses on reducing vehicle weight and decreasing carbon footprints in transportation equipment, including the aerospace, automotive, and rail sectors. The conference will be held in Stuttgart, Germany on June 5-6, 2013. Details are here.

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