News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

July 20, 2017

Sumitomo to expand China production

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 7:30 am

OSAKA — Sumitomo Rubber Industries will increase its Chinese production capacity of passenger vehicle tires by roughly 60% by 2020, anticipating brisk demand for fuel-saving tires.

The Kobe-based rubber company plans to boost capacity in China to 100,000 tires daily. To achieve this, it expects to spend about 30 billion yen ($267 million) to triple output at a plant in inland Hunan Province from around 20,000 to 60,000.

Read more here.

July 19, 2017

Double Coin Thai plant cures first tire

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 2:52 pm

Shanghai Huayi (Group)’s joint venture in Thailand has initiated trial truck tire production at its new plant in Rayong, Thailand, according to information provided by the plant’s contractor.

Located in Rayong’s LK-RICH rubber industrial zone, the new plant is designed with annual capacity for 1.5 million truck and bus tires and 50,000 industrial tires.


Sinohydro Foundation Engineering photo

According to the website of the plant’s contractor Sinohydro Foundation Engineering, the project has been on schedule and the production of the first tire “marks Huayi’s official entrance into the Thailand market.”

Read more here

July 11, 2017

Conti expanding Chinese tire plant — again

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 3:06 pm

Having only recently inaugurated phase 3 production at its Hefei, China plant, Continental A.G. is moving forward with the phase 4 expansion of the six year old plant. Company officials signed contracts in July with local officials, clearing the way for the $294 million project to begin. Phase 4 will add 6 million units of annual capacity for passenger tires

This is Continental’s fastest-expanding site, Philipp von Hirschheydt, executive vice president, passenger and light truck replacement tires, APAC, said at the contract signing.

The factory’s annual capacity will reach 20 million passenger tires and 5 million two-wheeler tires by 2022.

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July 7, 2017

Extension of tire building project announced at Michelin NA

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:11 am

Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. announced an additional two years of tire building at its Michelin Pictou County site in Nova Scotia to meet consumer demand for winter products. Initially, the Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 winter tire project was announced in March 2016 for a period of two years; it has now been extended until May 2020.

“We continue to have significant customer demand for this winter product line and are certainly pleased to extend this project at our Michelin Pictou County site until 2020 to meet this need,“ said Jeff MacLean, President, Michelin North America (Canada) Inc. “Michelin has been building tires in Nova Scotia for over 46 years and we are proud to continue to build Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 for our Canadian winters and our export markets.”

Currently, the Michelin Pictou County site is home to a high-performance car tire production shop, the current Michelin Latitude X-Ice Xi2 project, tire membrane production and a large rubber mixing operation, as well as the company’s Canadian corporate offices.

Read the full press release here.

Michelin upgrading Romanian tire, cord plants

Filed under: Tire Cord, Tires — Notch @ 10:59 am

Group Michelin is investing roughly $105 million in a pair of plants in Romania, to cover the start of production of new tire models at one and expand steel cord output at a second, according to local press reports.

The French tire maker is budgeting $37.5 million at its tire plant in Zalau for new models that will target the lower levels of the “intermediate” market segment and will include the Tigar brand.

“This new strategic project of the Michelin Zalau Anvelope plant perfectly marks its 40 years of continuous development. I am very proud that the Michelin team continues to contribute to the group’s growth strategy. The plant is now ready to deal with new challenges by setting up modern equipment, launching new brands and implementing a business model that links the plant directly to the client,” said Sean Parry, the director of the Michelin Zalău industrial platform, according to the Romania Insider.

Michelin produces some 130 tire models at the Zalau facility that are aimed for the Europe, Middle East, and African market. The facility employs 1130.

Michelin also is investing $68 million through 2019 at its steel cord plant in Zalau to boost capacity there by 50 percent to 60,000 metric tons, the company said.

The tire cord factory in Zalau is a strategic unit for Michelin as it supplies tire reinforcement components to the group’s tire factories in Europe, America, and Asia. Some 90% of the factory’s output goes to export.

Read more here and here.

June 29, 2017

Conti exec skeptical of airless tires for passenger cars

Filed under: Run-flats, Tires — Notch @ 1:33 pm

Airless tires are more of a marketing tool than a realistic offering for the passenger car tire market, according to Gerrit Bolz, head of process development and tire assembly at Continental.

The Conti executive went on to describe airless tires as being more of a publicity exercise than a potential game-changer for the car tire market.

“We are a little bit jealous about the marketing story, not about the technical performance of such tires,” he said.

Read more here.

June 27, 2017

Michelin to upgrade Scottish tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 12:41 pm

Michelin, with the backing of the Scottish government, plans to invest $21 million in its factory in Dundee to upgrade the plant for larger-sized tires and to reduce its environmental impact.

Included in the equipment upgrade will be the installation of electric curing technology, which will help make the site more efficient and expand the range of tires it is capable of manufacturing.

Read more here.

June 23, 2017

Aeolus to expand China tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 12:16 pm

A project to add 30,000 units per year of capacity for engineering tires, including jumbo tires, at Aeolus’ existing site in Jiaozuo, China was approved in May.

Read more here.

Nokian US tire plant groundbreaking set for August

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 12:10 pm

“We’ll be building the most modern tire factory in the world,” Nokian’s Tommi Heinonen said about the $360 million facility that will be the Finnish manufacturer’s first in the United States.

As the Times Free Press reports, groundbreaking for the Dayton, Tennessee site of Nokian’s tire plant is set for August, with a 135-acre building pad planned to handle the first and potential added phases.

June 14, 2017

Michelin launches new concept tire ‘Vision’

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 5:40 pm

As part of its Movin’On 2017 conference, Michelin has presented Vision, a new concept tire, which is a fusion of a number of cutting-edge technologies. The tire is airless, connected, rechargeable, customizable and organic. It is also both a wheel and a tire at the same time. The Vision concept was produced through “design thinking and in co-construction with users.”

Read more here.

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