News from Notch Consulting, Inc.

March 24, 2020

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.

Goodyear suspends production at European, North and South American plants

Filed under: Carbon Black, General, Rubber, Rubber Chemicals, Silica, Tires — Notch @ 1:17 pm

In an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19, as well as response to related market decline, Goodyear is suspending production at its North and South American tire, retread and chemical plants through at least April 3. The decision affects 13 factories in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the United States. Some 17,000 workers will be affected. Goodyear is also suspending operations at its European tire and retread plants beginning around March 20th and continuing through at least April 3.  Goodyear operates 11 tire plants in Europe, located in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, and Slovenia. The move affects some 12,000 workers.

March 18, 2020

Epsilon Carbon ventures into carbon black segment

Filed under: Carbon Black — Notch @ 2:22 pm

Epsilon Carbon, an Indian coal tar derivatives company, has released new details on a previously announced carbon black project located in Bellary, Karnataka, India. The plant will be 300,000 tons/year built over two stages. The first phase is expected to be commissioned by Q3 of FY 21 with an investment of Rs 425 crores.

COVID-19 impacts global NR consumption

Filed under: Rubber, Rubber Chemicals — Notch @ 2:17 pm

According to the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries, a sharp decline in demand in the first two months of the year has impacted global production and consumption figures.   The association has revised downward its figures as China’s manufacturing has been severely disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  The association also expects further downward revision in light of the anticipated economic slump due to COVID-19.

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