News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

May 23, 2017

Goodyear’s Philippsburg plant to close by end of July

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 6:24 pm

Goodyear is planning to cease tire production at its 50-year-old plant in Philippsburg, Germany, by July 31, five months earlier than had been announced previously.

The Philippsburg plant is one of six factories Goodyear operates in Germany, all of which have passenger tire capacity.

Bridgestone plant opening in Russia

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 5:04 pm

As Tire Business reports, about a year after it was due to open, Bridgestone is planning the ceremonial opening May 25 for its first plant in Russia.

Located in the Zavolzhye industrial zone in Ulyanovosk Oblas, Russia, the plant represents a $375 million investment and its capacity is expected to reach around 12,000 units a day in 2018.

The plant is Bridgestone’s ninth tire factory in Europe and 48th worldwide.

May 9, 2017

The Tire Cologne 2018

Filed under: Conferences, Tires — Notch @ 1:13 pm

In just over a year’s time, from 29 May to 1 June 2018, the tire industry meets at The Tire Cologne.

Show organizer Koelnmesse GmbH reports that the ten largest international tire manufacturers will be among the exhibitors.

May 3, 2017

Nokian announces first North American tire plant to be built in Tennessee

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 9:55 am

Nokian Tyres announced it is investing $360 million to build its first North American plant in Rhea County, Tennessee. Nokian Tyres will break ground on the Dayton, TN plant in early 2018 with production launching in 2020.

Here’s the full press release.

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Artist rendering of Nokian Tyres plant.

May 2, 2017

Apollo will relocate U.S. headquarters to Atlanta

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 9:37 am

Less than a month after inaugurating its state-of-the-art plant in Gyongyoshalasz, Hungary, Apollo Tyres Ltd. will relocate its U.S. headquarters from Metuchen, N.J. to Atlanta, Georgia. The move becomes effective June 1.

At the plant opening, Neeraj Kanwar, Apollo’s vice chairman and managing director, said his firm would turn its attention to increasing its presence in North America. As part of a five-year plan, Kanwar hopes to create a market and brand. Then the next step is “setting up a tire factory,” he said.

Apollo will use the Vredestein passenger tire brand as its main U.S. product.

April 28, 2017

Future Tire Conference 2017

Filed under: Conferences, Tires — Notch @ 6:38 am

The Future Tire Conference 2017, organized by European Rubber Journal, will take place on the 27-28 June 2017 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in Cologne, Germany.

Early bird registration closes today.

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April 26, 2017

Bridgestone airless bicycle tires by 2019

Filed under: Run-flats, Tires — Notch @ 12:25 pm

As an avid cyclist, the idea of riding without worrying about a flat tire is very appealing. Bridgestone hopes to make my dreams come true.

Bridgestone Corp., together with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd. will advance feasibility studies and hopes to offer an airless bicycle tire by 2019.

Photo: Bridgestone Corporation

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Cheng Shin to open two plants this year

Filed under: Tires, Uncategorized — Notch @ 11:52 am

Cheng Shin Rubber Industrial Co. Ltd. is ready to start production this year at its new plants in India and Indonesia. The two plants represent $720 million in investment.

Located in Gujarat province, the Indian plant has 20,000 unit daily capacity for motorcycle tires and tubes in phase one.

The Deltamas, Indonesia, plant for passenger car and motorcycle tires will begin operation later this year, as “construction was delayed due to the country’s excessive rainfall last year,” said Lo Yung Li, Cheng Shin’s assistance vice president.

The new plants bring Cheng Shin to sixteen factories, with capacity totals of over one million tires a day: six in Taiwan; eight in China; one each in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Apollo opens new plant in Hungary

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:29 am

With an inauguration ceremony on April 7, attended by more than 1,400 Apollo employees, vendors, dealers and dignitaries, including Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Apollo Tyres Ltd. officially opened one of the world’s most technologically advanced and environmentally efficient tire facilities. Once Phase I is complete, the plant in Gyongyoshalasz, Hungary, will have the capacity to produce 5.5 million passenger and light truck tires and 675,000 commercial vehicle tires per year.

“It’s the culmination of years of planning, hard work and people living the values cherished by Apollo of working as one family to make this dream happen,” said Neeraj Kanwar, vice chairman and managing director of the Gurgaon-India based Apollo.

The plant is Apollo’s sixth worldwide and second in Europe. “Given now that we have two domestic markets, which is largely Europe and India, our next stop has to be the U.S.,” Najeer Kanwar said.

April 17, 2017

Conti Expanding APAC Presence

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 5:34 pm

Continental AG recently broke ground on a $265 million tire plant in Rayong, Thailand. This will be Conti’s sixth plant in the Asia-Pacific region. The plant is scheduled to open in 2019 with an initial annual capacity of 4 million passenger and light truck tires and up to 900 employees. Future ramp up could take capacity to 25 million tires per year.

Conti has also begun expansion of its six-year-old tire plant in Hefei, China. The project is designed to boost production there by 75 percent by 2019. Conti budgeted $272 million for the expansion, which will boost annual capacity to 14 million car and light truck tires and nearly double employment to 2,700 workers.

“We regard the Asia Pacific region, especially the China market, as the company’s main growth engine for the upcoming years. This large-scale expansion once again represents our confidence and commitment to the China market,” said Nikolai Setzer, head of Conti’s Tire Division and an executive board member.

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