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October 12, 2018

Cooper Tire to consider ceasing light vehicle tire production at England site

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 9:37 am

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Limited, a subsidiary of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., has announced that it will enter a ten month consultation period to explore ceasing light vehicle tire production at its Melksham site in Wiltshire, England.

According to Jaap van Wessum, General Manager, Cooper Tire Europe,
“It is essential for Cooper to be globally competitive in the tire industry. To deliver on our strategic growth objectives, we must produce quality light vehicle tires in high volumes and at a competitive cost. Unfortunately, the Melksham site is an older, smaller facility that does not offer economies of scale and it is the highest cost facility in the global Cooper network. Due to facility age and location in the center of town, it is our current view, subject to consultation, that it is not economically feasible to modernize or expand there for light vehicle tire production.”

Read the full press release here.

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October 9, 2018

SRI doubles plant expansion in Brazil; launches plant in South Africa

Filed under: Tires — Tags: , — Notch @ 11:21 am

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. is doubling the scale of an ongoing expansion project at its tire plant in Fazenda Rio Grande, Brazil, to 1,000 truck tires a day to meet “steadily growing” demand for truck/bus tires in the country.

Meanwhile, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (PTY) LTD (SRSA), manufacturer of Dunlop, Sumitomo, and Falken tire brands, officially launched its new, state-of-the-art truck and bus radial (TBR) factory in Ladysmith, Kwazulu-Natal on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd (SRI), has tire manufacturing plants in Japan, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Turkey, USA, and South Africa.

Read the Brazil press release here.

Read the South Africa press release here.

China’s JGST to build tire plant in Thailand

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 10:19 am

Jiangsu General Science Technology Co. Ltd., reacting to increasing international trade barriers, plans to build a passenger and truck/bus tire plant in Thailand’s Rayong Industrial Zone and is committing up to $300 million for the project. JGST first proposed building an overseas plant in April, in Cambodia, but has decided to change its location.

The plant is designed with capacities of 6 million passenger tires and 1 million truck/bus tires annually, the company said. Construction is slated to take 15 months, and the plant is expected to generate $36 million annual net profit on $320 million in revenue when on full stream upon the third year of its operation.

Among tire makers already manufacturing in Thailand are Bridgestone Corp., Michelin, Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd. and Qingdao Linglong Tire Co. Ltd., JGST said.

Sourced article found here.

September 11, 2018

Pirelli sells Venezuelan tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 4:32 pm

Tire Business reports that Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has “disposed” its tire plant in Guacara, Venezuela, to a consortium of South American entrepreneurs and a company called Sommers International. Pirelli ceased operations at the plant in late August. Pirelli deconsolidated its operations in Venezuela in 2015. The plant produces passenger car and light truck tires.

August 30, 2018

Michelin restarts production of OTR tires at Starr, SC plant

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 4:00 pm

The Anderson Observer reports that Michelin is restarting production of large OTR tires at its facility in Starr, South Carolina. The company held an event at the plant today, Thursday, August 30, to officially reopen manufacturing. The factory began production in January 2014 but production was idled in 2015 due to a downturn in global demand for large OTR and mining tires. The factory produces Michelin’s largest tires, including “the Earthmover,” which can stand up to 13 feet tall and weigh up to 5.5 tons. Roughly 80% of plant output is exported.

July 27, 2018

Bridgestone to invest $12 million in Illinois tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 3:52 pm

Bridgestone is investing $12 million to expand off-the-road production at its plant in Bloomington, Ill. The plant will produce multiple sizes and patterns in 29, 33 and 35-inch OTR tires, which until now have only been produced by Bridgestone in Japan.

This investment also includes increasing the workforce at the Bloomington plant by 30 employees. The last major investment in the plant was $48 million for a radial and giant loader expansion in 2011 and 2014.

“This investment is about increasing our flexibility to produce high-quality radial or bias tires — whatever our customers demand,” said Monty Greutman, plant manager at Bloomington. “It will allow us to deliver on our global commitment to develop innovative new products that will meet our customers’ needs, but it wouldn’t be possible without the outstanding teammates we have here today— some of whom have worked here for decades.”

Read the full press release here.

July 12, 2018

Linglong breaks ground on 4th tire plant in China

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 11:22 am

China’s Shandong Linglong Tire recently held a ground breaking ceremony for its fourth facility at its Hubei Linglong Tire 247-acre site in China.

Its projected production capacities are 12 million passenger tires, 2.4 million truck/bus tires and 60,000 OTR tires.

Yantai, China-based Linglong announced its plans for the $875 million project last March.

According to Linglong, the plant will integrate intelligent manufacturing, product lifecycle management, industrial big data application and a high-end brand. The company wants to “break through regional restriction” and serve customers at zero distance, while improving market share and reducing logistics costs.

Referenced article found here.

July 4, 2018

Wanli puts U.S. plant plans on hold

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 12:58 pm

China’s Guangzhou Vanlead Group Co. Ltd. has put on hold indefinitely plans it announced a year ago to invest $1 billion in a tire plant in South Carolina.

Guangzhou Vanlead, a China state-owned entity that controls Wanli Tire Group, had proposed building a tire plant in Orangeburg County, S.C., capable of producing 6 million consumer tires annually in the eight-year project’s first phase.

Sources at the Orangeburg County Development Commission (OCDC) confirmed recently that the project is in “neutral,” although the OCDC hasn’t ruled out completely that it may still come to fruition. The commission has begun showing other prospective clients the as-yet unidentified plot of land that the Wanli plant was supposed to occupy.

A Wanli source in China confirmed the project’s status, saying the company is evaluating alternative locations in Southeast Asia and Middle/Eastern Europe.

Referenced article found here.

Bridgestone announces hybrid-polymer breakthrough

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals, Tires — Notch @ 12:04 pm

Bridgestone Corp. has announced it has developed a way to bond rubber and resins at the molecular level into a hybrid polymer, a development that shows promise for reducing the amount of polymeric materials needed in tires.

The new polymer, “high strength rubber” (HSR), is described as a hybrid material: bonding synthetic-rubber components such as butadiene and isoprene with resin components such as ethylene at the molecular level. Bridgestone claims it offers “unprecedented durability” with crack-resistance of over five times greater, abrasion resistance over 2.5 times greater, and tensile strength more than 1.5 times greater than natural rubber.

The production process uses Bridgestone’s proprietary gadolinium (Gd) catalyst via copolymerization. The company said it developed the polymer by “further evolving” Gd catalyst technologies used to synthesize polyisoprene rubber.

Target applications, noted Bridgestone, include tires with higher performance and less material than current-generation tires.

The company also anticipates that HSR will help it meet its goal of converting to 100-percent sustainable materials set for 2050.

Read the full press release here.

July 3, 2018

Sustainable materials key to vehicle, tire industry growth

Filed under: Tire Recycling, Tires — Notch @ 3:22 pm

Finding new, sustainable materials for automobiles and auto parts is a crucial part of developing breakthrough solutions for future mobility, Group Michelin and Ford Motor Co. executives said at the recent Movin’On 2018 conference in Montreal.

With the increase in consumers numbering in the billions in the coming decade, there will also be a “tremendous increase in demand for raw materials in the automotive sector, but traditional materials such as natural rubber, steel and petroleum feedstocks for synthetic rubber are in finite supply,” said Francois Masson, leader of Michelin’s recycling program.

“The traditional production model is very linear,” he said. “You make products, you use them, and you dispose of them. We must reconsider that model.”

“The goal is to discover how to increase the uptake of sustainable materials,” he said. “In the design of new mobility products, we need a more sustainable, circular economic model with shorter-loop recycling.”

According to Deborah Mielewski, senior technical leader, materials sustainability at Ford, Ford has always been in the vanguard of researching sustainable materials, beginning with Henry Ford himself.

“Henry Ford believed that agriculture and industry should work together in the development of plant-based materials,” she said. “Once a great idea, always a great idea.”

Historically, Ford has used soybeans in car parts and agricultural byproducts such as wheat straw for steering wheels. Soybeans and wheat straw are far from the only plant-based products Ford uses today, the Ford exec said. The auto maker uses coconut hulls for truck mats, cellulose from tree fiber, pulp from the lumber industry, flax fiber, and rice hulls for parts in the F-150 pickup, she said. “There’s a huge excess of tomato seeds and peels from the tomato processing industry,” she said. “We’re drying that material and using it as a reinforcing fiber in plastics.”

Ford is also collaborating with companies in other industries, such as Coca-Cola Co. and Nike Inc., and Tequila Cuervo La Rojeña, S.A. de C.V, Ms. Mielewski said.

Referenced article found here.

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