News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

March 26, 2020

Hankook will halt production at plants in Tennessee and Hungary

Filed under: Coronavirus/COVID-19, General, Tires — Notch @ 3:31 pm

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Hankook Tire and Technology Co., ltd. will idle production at plants in Clarksville, Tenn. and Raclamas, Hungary on March 30.  Warehouses will continue operation supported by plants in Asia.

March 24, 2020

Overview of tire industry closures

Filed under: General, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 10:05 pm

Rubber & Plastics News has published a good overview of the many plant closure announcements in the tire industry over the last few weeks.

A number of announcements were added yesterday: both Cooper Tire and Bridgestone are adjusting tire production in Europe. Not all of the news is negative, however, as Titan is keeping its plants running to support the agricultural and food sectors. Apollo Tyres is halting production of passenger car tires in Europe but will continue to produce ag tires.

Michelin North America will begin temporary and phased shutdown

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 8:20 pm

In response to COVID-19, Michelin North America, Inc. will begin a temporary and phased suspension of tire production in the US and Canada.  Based on current projections, the suspension will last at least two weeks.  Michelin plans to follow all state, local and provincial government guidelines to limit the spread of the virus.

In response to COVID-19 outbreak, Continental ‘adapting’ production

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 8:20 pm

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Continental A.G. is “adapting” tire production at some plants.  The company will implement safety measures, ramp up inventory to avoid shortages, and adapt production in coordination with customers and suppliers.  Continental emphasized that “the situation remains highly dynamic.”

Recovered Carbon Black conference postponed

Filed under: Conferences, General, Tires — Notch @ 6:58 pm

The Recovered Carbon Black conference scheduled for May 12-14 in Berlin has been postponed.  You can find updates on their website here.  Once a new plan has been confirmed, participants will be contacted.  Contact Smithers for further information.

 

WRS 2020 Conference Postponed

Filed under: Conferences, Rubber, Tires — Notch @ 6:46 pm

The World Rubber Summit scheduled for May 4-6, 2020 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast has been postponed until September, 2020.

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March 20, 2020

Bridgestone suspending production in North & South America

Filed under: Carbon Black, General, Rubber Chemicals, Tires — Notch @ 2:55 pm

Bridgestone Americas is suspending production at its 15 factories in North and South America beginning March 21. All facilities plan to resume normal operations on or before April 12. The company will continue to monitor the situation closely and adjust response plans and activities as necessary. Bridgestone said it has sufficient inventory to meet current demand. The temporary shutdown also will help to align supply to projected demand.

 

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

Tire Cologne conference postponed

Filed under: Conferences, Tires — Notch @ 1:28 pm

Due to the health threat caused by COVID-19 outbreak, the Tire Cologne conference scheduled for June 9-21, 2020 has been postponed until next year. The next Tire Cologne conference will be held May 18-20, 2021 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany.

Detroit 3 to close all North American Plants

Filed under: Auto, General, Tires — Notch @ 1:18 pm

In an effort to keep workers safe and healthy amid COVID-19 outbreak, General Motors and Ford Motor Co. will close North American plants until at least March 30, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will begin slowing production through the end of the month.

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