News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

March 20, 2020

Pirelli suspending production in Georgia and Romania

Filed under: Carbon Black, General, Rubber, Rubber Chemicals, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 2:17 pm

Pirelli Tire North America plans to suspend operations at its factory in Rome, Georgia due to concerns about the coronavirus. Pirelli plans to scale back production for one week beginning March 22 and then suspend production for one week beginning March 29. The factory will be cleaned and sanitized while closed. The week of curtailed production will allow the plant to meet demand while operating with fewer employees present. The reduced production also corresponds to reduced demand. Capacity at the Rome plant is 400,000 PC tires per year.

Pirelli also announced on Thursday that it as suspending production at its plant in Slatina, Romania from March 23-31.

March 19, 2020

Goodyear suspends production at European, North and South American plants

Filed under: Carbon Black, General, Rubber, Rubber Chemicals, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 1:17 pm

In an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, as well as response to related market decline, Goodyear is suspending production at its North and South American tire, retread and chemical plants through at least April 3. The decision affects 13 factories in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. Some 17,000 workers will be affected. Goodyear is also suspending operations at its European tire and retread plants beginning around March 20th and continuing through at least April 3.  Goodyear operates 11 tire plants in Europe, located in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, and Slovenia. The move affects some 12,000 workers.

March 17, 2020

Michelin idling tire plants in Italy, Spain, and France

Filed under: Carbon Black, Rubber, Rubber Chemicals, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 8:43 pm

Michelin is idling tire factories in Italy, Spain, and France beginning today for at least one week to deal with coronavirus.

Coronavirus hits European car industry

Filed under: Carbon Black, General, Rubber, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 8:32 pm

The last few days has seen a rapid escalation in the number of plant closures in Europe’s car industry. Companies announcing closures include Ford, Volkswagen, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, and PSA Group.

Techcrunch: Ford, Daimler to suspend production at European factories due to COVID-19

Automotive News Europe: Ford suspends European production

Automotive News Europe: VW Seat unit to halt all production 

Wall Street Journal (subscription): Volkswagen, Airbus Halt European Production Amid Wave of Factory Closures

The Telegraph (subscription): Europe’s car industry stalls as coronavirus shuts plans

 

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.

February 24, 2020

Notch speaking at Tire Tech Expo this week in Hannover

Filed under: Carbon Black, Conferences, Recovered Carbon Black, Rubber, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 12:09 am

Tire Tech Expo will be held this week (Feb. 25, 26, 27) at the Hannover Messe. This is one of the best and most comprehensive conferences on all aspects of tire-making, compounding materials, and equipment, with three days of talks alongside a huge exhibition floor. Here is the conference program.

Here are the details for the Notch paper:

Session: Understanding the Role of Polymer, Filler and Compound Additives (Stream 3)

Wednesday February 26, 10:15 AM.

Paper: “Carbon Black and Silica: Challenges and Opportunities”

October 7, 2019

Hankook postpones truck tire plant in Hungary

Filed under: Carbon Black, Rubber Chemicals, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 2:06 pm

Tire Business (via European Rubber Journal) reports that Hankook Tire & Technology Co. Ltd. has postponed plans to establish a $318 million truck and bus tire plant at its existing car tire factory in Rácalmás, Hungary. The project was announced in March 2018 and involved the construction of a separate plant to produce 550,000 medium and heavy truck/bus tires per year. The postponement does “not mean the cancellation of that plan,” Hankook said in a written statement to ERJ on Oct. 2.

The current economic downturn, especially in the automotive industry, was a factor behind the decision, said Felix Kinzer, head of communications at Hankook Tire Europe. The tire maker, he added, is undergoing “mediations” with various stakeholders for future execution of the plan, which would mark the site’s fourth round of expansion.

“Our company has a mid- to long-term plan for truck tire sales growth on the European continent and is reviewing various options,” Mr. Kinzer said.

October 6, 2019

Nokian’s US plant begins production

Filed under: Carbon Black, Rubber Chemicals, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 7:22 pm

On October 2, Nokian Tyres celebrated the official opening of its North American production factory in Dayton, Tennessee. The 830,000-square foot complex will produce approximately four million tires per year once it reaches full capacity. At that stage, the company will employ as many as 400 workers. The factory is currently in the trial production stage and will be ready to make tires for commercial use in early 2020. Nokian Tyres broke ground on the factory in September 2017, and the company has set a goal to double its North American sales in five years. Founded and headquartered in Finland, Nokian Tyres operates factories in Finland, Russia, and now the United States. At the Dayton factory, the company aims to fill expanding North American demand and seize on opportunities in the all-season and all-weather markets.

 

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