News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

April 9, 2019

Sumitomo Rubber truck and bus tire production begins in Brazil

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 8:52 am

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd.’s Brazilian subsidiary has initiated production of radial truck and bus tires at its plant in Fazenda, Brazil following a $133 million, three-year expansion project.

SRI opened the 5.38-million-sq.-ft. plant in Brazil’s Parana State, southwest of Sao Paulo, in late 2013 after an investment of $345 million. Adding capacity for truck tires necessitated a physical expansion of the plant by about 144,000 square feet, SRI said.

Read the full press release here.

Continental adding ContiSeal, ContiSilent production to South Carolina plant

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 8:33 am

Continental Tire the Americas is expanding its plant in Sumter, South Carolina to accommodate production of the company’s ContiSeal puncture-sealing and ContiSilent noise-absorbing passenger tire lines.

The project will add about 29,0000 square feet to the approximately 2 million square feet of manufacturing space. Conti did not disclose its investment in the expansion but said the project should create up to 50 jobs dedicated to the new production lines.

Producing these tires in the U.S. will increase the supply of tires on hand and reduce the turnaround time from order to delivery to customers throughout the region. Conti produces the ContiSeal and ContiSilent tire lines at plants in Otrokovice, Czech Republic, and Lousada, Portugal.

“We have listened to the needs of our customers and are excited to offer products and solutions designed to ensure a quieter and more comfortable ride, which undoubtedly will become increasingly important as we see more electrification and autonomous vehicles in the market,” said Ahmed Boualam, Sumter plant manager.

Continental plans to begin installing equipment in September, and is targeting the start of production for May 2020. The new lines will be rated at 1 million tires a year full production in 2021, Conti said.

Referenced article found here.

April 5, 2019

Construction of Nokian’s Tennessee tire factory on schedule

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:34 am

Eighteen months after breaking ground on its first North American tire facility, Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is on schedule to begin producing tires commercially by early 2020.

“It’s amazing to see what the construction team has accomplished in such a short time,” said Nokian Tyres Dayton Factory Operations Director Peter Chia. “Our rapid progress is a result of tremendous collaboration between several important partners.”

“When we were recruiting this project, our goal was to strengthen the community and our economic base,” said Dennis Tumlin, Executive Director of the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. “It has exceeded our expectations with how quickly we have seen economic growth as a result. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

Four hundred workers at the Dayton Factory will produce approximately four million tires per year once the facility reaches full capacity. The company expects to hire as many as 200 of them by the end of the year.

Read the full press release here.

Prinx Chengshan breaks ground for Thailand factory

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 11:03 am

Chinese tire company Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co. Ltd. has broken ground for its new manufacturing plant in Thailand. Production is projected to begin in mid-2020.

The tire maker is investing nearly US$300 million in infrastructure and production equipment for the first stage of production. The plant will adopt leading tire industry design philosophy and be set up according to artificial intelligence manufacturing standards. When the facility’s first stage is completed, it will be capable of producing 4 million passenger car tires and 800,000 all-steel truck and bus radials per year.

Prinx Chengshan expects the new facility to consolidate and expand its global production capacity, boost its international competitiveness, and better meet the needs of overseas customers.

“The establishment of the first overseas production base in WHA ESIE 3 in Thailand is a major step for the expansion of Prinx Chengshan,” said Che Hong Zhi, chairman of the board of directors of Prinx Chengshan (Cayman) Holdings Co. Ltd. and chairman of the board of Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co. Ltd. He said investment in Thailand, “is an important step in forging Prinx Chengshan’s internationalized brand. It is also a favorable exploration to deepen the good-neighborly and friendly relations between China and Thailand, and promote the friendly economic exchanges between China and Thailand.”

March 21, 2019

Updated EU tire label to include snow and ice grip information

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:42 am

The EU is updating its rules on the energy performance labeling of tires and extending its scope to tires for heavy-duty vehicles. The labels will be displayed more visibly for consumers and include information on snow and ice grip.

“The new rules will benefit customers, who can make an informed choice on the safety and fuel efficiency of their tires. They will also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the road sector and thereby help the EU meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement,” said Anton Anton, Minister for Energy of Romania and chair of the Council.

Read the full press release here.

Michelin Selfseal tires OE on new Ford Explorer

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 11:34 am

Ford Motor Company will equip the new Ford Explorer with Michelin Selfseal tires. The 2020 Explorer is the first SUV to offer Michelin Selfseal tires, according to Ford.

The company claims the tires seal 90 percent of tread punctures up to a quarter-inch in diameter and help drivers avoid potentially dangerous side-of-the-road repairs, lost time, and loss of vehicle control.

Selfseal tires are standard on Explorer Platinum and Explorer Limited Hybrid four-wheel-drive models, and optional on Explorer Limited two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models.

Read the full press release here.

March 8, 2019

Algeria tire plant completes first test phase

Filed under: Tires — Tags: — Notch @ 11:00 am

Six years after the Michelin Group closed its plant there, tire production returns to Algeria. The Iris Group announced the successful completion of the first test phase of the company’s new tire factory in Setif, Algeria.

Production of 1 million passenger car radial (PCR) tires is planned for the first year, followed by 2 million units of both PCR and truck and bus (TBR) tires in the second year.

Kordsa and Continental join forces to offer eco-friendly adhesion system

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 10:04 am

Continental and Kordsa have together developed a new sustainable adhesive technology standard for bonding textile reinforcing materials with rubber compounds. Reinforcing materials of this kind are used in the tire industry, as well as in the production of mechanical rubber goods like hoses and conveyor belts. The new technology enables the bonding activation of textile reinforcing materials without the use of resorcinol and formaldehyde. Continental intends to manufacture the first series-produced tires using this technology in 2019.

The two development partners are offering the new bonding system technology to all other tire manufacturers and the supplier industry as an open source solution under the brand name ‘Cokoon’. Free licensing will be handled by the independent law firm Advinno. Continental and Kordsa have chosen to waive development or licensing fees. In return, they expect licensees to make their patents concerning the further enhancement of this technology available to the other partners free of charge via a licensing pool. Interested companies can request first lab samples now.

Read the full press release here.

February 28, 2019

Linglong touts promising results of graphene tire development

Filed under: Rubber Chemicals, Tires — Notch @ 11:02 am

Chinese authorities have audited and approved research by Linglong Tire into the “large-scale application” of graphene rubber composites in tires, according to Shandong Linglong Tire Co. Ltd.

The research was conducted jointly by Beijing Tiancheng Linglong Tire Co. Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linglong Tire, and Beijing University of Chemical Technology. An audit was conducted by Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission along with other Chinese technology institutes.

Led by South China University of Technology professor Guo Baochun, the team completed trial production of graphene-enhanced tires at Linglong’s Zhaoyuan factory. This involved a graphene ‘pre-treatment’ technology that enables tires to be made without changing existing manufacturing processes or equipment. Linglong did note, however, that the technology required some adjustments to the process to help ensure the feasibility of production.

The graphene tires, Linglong said, showed promising results in several areas including fuel-efficiency, safety and anti-static, and energy-saving. More specifically, Linglong said a fuel-efficient grade of its graphene tire was close to a grade A rating under EU tire labeling regulations.

Read the full press release here.

Nokian to begin hiring at Tennessee tire plant

Filed under: Tires — Notch @ 10:33 am

Nokian Tyres is on target to complete construction of its $360 million tire plant in Dayton, Tennessee later this year and has posted a “Help Wanted” sign. In the first phase of the hiring process, Nokian said it is seeking skilled production workers, manufacturing operations professionals, and maintenance technicians, and plans to hire up to 50 production employees during the first quarter of 2019.

“Our new team members will work in one of the most advanced tire manufacturing facilities in the world,” said Nokian Tyres Dayton Factory Operations Director Peter Chia. “We are committed to giving our workers everything they need to succeed, including in-depth training, competitive wages and a positive workplace culture.”

Nokian will begin producing tires at the Dayton factory in 2020. It will hire and train approximately 150 by year-end 2019. The plant is expected to employ around 400 at full capacity of 4 million tires per year.

Read the full press release here.

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