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Triangle Tire Chairman Ding Yuhua dies
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WEHAI/SHANDONG, China—Triangle Tire Co. Ltd. Executive Chairman Ding Yuhua died June 13 at age 69. During his 28 years with Triangle Tire, Ding spearheaded efforts to make the company and...
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WEHAI/SHANDONG, China—Triangle Tire Executive Chairman Ding Yuhua died June 13 at age 69. WEHAI/SHANDONG, China—Triangle Tire Executive Chairman Ding Yuhua died June 13 at age 69. $WEHAI/SHANDONG, China—Triangle Tire Executive Chairman Ding Yuhua died June 13 at age 69.
Autonomous legislation still a blank canvas
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WASHINGTON—The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles.What they eventually will get, however, is still up for...
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WASHINGTON—The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles. What they eventually will get, however, is still up for debate. WASHINGTON—The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles. What they eventually will get, however, is still up for debate. $WASHINGTON—The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles. What they eventually will get, however, is still up for debate.
U.S. tariffs target Chinese industrial products, including auto supplies
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. government June 15 released two lists of products covered by $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, including components purchased by suppliers for domestic...
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. government June 15 released two lists of products covered by $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, including components purchased by suppliers for domestic production of automobiles. WASHINGTON—The U.S. government June 15 released two lists of products covered by $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, including components purchased by suppliers for domestic production of automobiles. $WASHINGTON—The U.S. government June 15 released two lists of products covered by $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, including components purchased by suppliers for domestic production of automobiles.
A. Schulman shareholders approve LyondellBasell deal
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Shareholders in materials firm A. Schulman Inc. have approved a deal under which LyondellBasell Industries will acquire Schulman for $2.25 billion. The vote was June 14. The...
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Shareholders in materials firm A. Schulman have approved a deal under which LyondellBasell Industries will acquire Schulman for $2.25 billion. FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Shareholders in materials firm A. Schulman have approved a deal under which LyondellBasell Industries will acquire Schulman for $2.25 billion. $FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Shareholders in materials firm A. Schulman have approved a deal under which LyondellBasell Industries will acquire Schulman for $2.25 billion.
Tire makers must prepare for many scenarios
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HILTON HEAD, S.C.—In a time of rapid technological and market change, tire makers have to be ready to implement a number of future scenarios to ensure solid technology and business...
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HILTON HEAD, S.C.—In a time of rapid technological and market change, tire makers have to be ready to implement a number of future scenarios to ensure solid technology and business development, according to a speaker at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference. HILTON HEAD, S.C.—In a time of rapid technological and market change, tire makers have to be ready to implement a number of future scenarios to ensure solid technology and business development, according to a speaker at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference. $HILTON HEAD, S.C.—In a time of rapid technological and market change, tire makers have to be ready to implement a number of future scenarios to ensure solid technology and business development, according to a speaker at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference.
Cloud-based crimping technology taking off
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MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Andreas Gerstenberger has never been shy about spreading the message that the world is changing, and new technology should not be seen as a threat, but embraced as...
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MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Andreas Gerstenberger has never been shy about saying new technology should not be seen as a threat, but embraced as opportunity. Now, ContiTech is proving that digitalization is a concept that can be applied in a wide range of applications. MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Andreas Gerstenberger has never been shy about saying new technology should not be seen as a threat, but embraced as opportunity. Now, ContiTech is proving that digitalization is a concept that can be applied in a wide range of applications. $MARCO ISLAND, Fla.—Andreas Gerstenberger has never been shy about saying new technology should not be seen as a threat, but embraced as opportunity. Now, ContiTech is proving that digitalization is a concept that can be applied in a wide range of applications.
Industry faces significant hurdles to fully autonomous vehicles
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The dream world of autonomous vehicles offers limitless possibilities. But as manufacturers well know, reality has its limits. The technology needed to bring electrically powered autonomous...
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The dream world of autonomous vehicles offers limitless possibilities. But as manufacturers well know, reality has its limits. The dream world of autonomous vehicles offers limitless possibilities. But as manufacturers well know, reality has its limits. $The dream world of autonomous vehicles offers limitless possibilities. But as manufacturers well know, reality has its limits.
Pirelli sees growth in high-value segment
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Responding to a questionnaire sent by Tire Business, Andrea Casaluci, general manager of operations for Pirelli & C. S.p.A., said the company will continue to focus on high-value tires as the...
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Responding to a questionnaire sent by Tire Business, Andrea Casaluci, general manager of operations for Pirelli & C. S.p.A., said the company will continue to focus on high-value tires as the prestige and premium markets continue to grow. Responding to a questionnaire sent by Tire Business, Andrea Casaluci, general manager of operations for Pirelli & C. S.p.A., said the company will continue to focus on high-value tires as the prestige and premium markets continue to grow. $Responding to a questionnaire sent by Tire Business, Andrea Casaluci, general manager of operations for Pirelli & C. S.p.A., said the company will continue to focus on high-value tires as the prestige and premium markets continue to grow.
Wacky World of Rubber: Kicking around EPDM at the 2018 World Cup
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With all due respect to American football, the real thing is about to take center stage. The World Cup, arguably the biggest event in sports, kicks off June 14. And while the U.S. men's team did...
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With all due respect to American football, the real thing is about to take center stage. And EPDM rubber is going to be everywhere. With all due respect to American football, the real thing is about to take center stage. And EPDM rubber is going to be everywhere. $With all due respect to American football, the real thing is about to take center stage. And EPDM rubber is going to be everywhere.
Penn State researchers use 3D printing to enhance silicone
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa.—A team of Penn State researchers recently discovered how to improve the cell adhesion and strength of a silicone polymer with 3D printing. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) has ...
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The opening of a new Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. truck and bus tire plant in China is being delayed by nearly a year, but that hasn't curtailed a huge growth in the firm's sales in the nation.

The Suzhou Yokohama Tire Co. facility in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, was scheduled to open this month. But problems in meeting environmental regulations has put back the opening of the factory until August 2008, the company said.

When the $81 million plant does start up, it will have a first-year production target of 80,000 tires, according to Yuji Sakamoto, general manager, marketing communication department at Yokohama Rubber (China) Co. Ltd., the Japanese manufacturer's holding company in China. Annual capacity will reach 350,000 units by 2009, he said.

Yokohama's other tire plant in China-the Hangzhou Yokohama Tire Co. Ltd. operation in Hangzhou that makes passenger and light truck tires-itself is undergoing a $25.4 million expansion. Sakamoto said that project will double annual capacity at the site to more than 2 million tires by May 2008.

The projects are under way while Yokohama expects to achieve a 50-percent increase in revenue in China this year, to nearly $115 million, with a 60/40 split between replacement and original equipment market sales. In 2006, China contributed only 1.5 percent to Yokohama's global tire sales, but by 2017 that will be closer to 10 percent, Sakamoto said.

Besides its aftermarket presence in that nation, Yokohama is a major OE supplier to the Chinese assembly operations of Honda Motor Co. Ltd., Mitsubushi Motors Corp., Toyota Motor Co. Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd. Sakamoto said the firm has exclusive supply status in China for the Toyota Camry and the Honda Civic.

Being an OE supplier is quite important in China, Sakamoto said, because 70 percent of Chinese car buyers want to replace their vehicles' original tires with the same brand as the OE tires. This contrasts sharply with Japan, where fewer than 30 percent of consumers stick with the same tire.

"Chinese customers don't know they can change the tire," Sakamoto said.

Passenger tires also are exported from China for sale in the Japanese aftermarket, but for now at least, Yokohama is not exporting to the U.S. from China.

"Aftermarket sales (are) getting higher and higher," he said. "We need to ride the wave."

Hangzhou Yokohama has made a change in its source for natural rubber. Earlier this year, the company reported it began using NR in its tire production grown on China's Hainan Island. The company declined to name the supplier.

Previously all natural and synthetic rubber was imported from Japan and Southeast Asia. SR is still imported, and Sakamoto said he expects the Chinese NR to be exported to Yokohama in Japan in the future.

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