We have just published the September issue of our global tire industry newsletter. This 36-page publication brings you unique insights into: Changes in the tire industry uncovered at the Frankfurt IAA A unique analysis of Pirelli’s IPO and prospects for the future Japan’s tire industry (in numbers) India’s tire industry (in numbers) India’s tariffs on TBR
Some of the top issues affecting the global tire industry today include: Price changes New mobility models Tariffs Developments in China’s tire industry Sustainability Management of change Our newest Annual report “” takes a deep dive into these critical subjects. Pricing and financial performance Our looks at the volatile history over the last 12 crazy
Historically, the tire industry’s focus on sustainability has been driven by energy consumption and CO2 emissions. I know, because I just published a report on the whole subject of tire industry sustainability. Sustainability focussed on energy footprint It is drilled into tire engineers that around 80% of the total energy footprint of a tire depends
Sumitomo rubber has officially opened its new agricultural tire factory at Amata City Industrial Estate, Rayong Province. This is the firm’s first factory outside Japan for agricultural tires. The rise in global food demand has pushed the requirement of agricultural equipment tires in Thailand. Approximately 13 billion yen has been invested in the new 130000
Evonik has expanded its precipitated silica production to Rayong, Thailand. The company said the investment will increase the company’s responsiveness to changing market conditions. With this new plant, Evonik reaches a global capacity of 500,000 metric tons per annum of precipitated, fumed silica, and matting agents. Press release from Evonik
Sumitomo Chemical Asia Pte Ltd held an opening ceremony on 10 March for its new styrene butadiene rubber (S-SBR) plant in Singapore. The plant has capacity for 40,000 tonnes per year and is located on Jurong Island. Sumitomo said the location is close to the growing Asian market and maintains a constant supply of butadiene.
Hankook is the latest tire maker to produce a concept tire which relies on mechanical strength of plastic materials to carry load, rather than pneumatic pressure. The iFlex was shown at the Frankfurt IAA. I chatted with the engineers and their story was a little different from that which has been trumpeted by other publications.
Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia have announced that they are seeking tenders to create a regional rubber market. These three countries currently produce 65% of the world’s natural rubber but do not have a futures market. They have had to rely on exchanges such as the Shanghai Future’s Exchange (SHFE), the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the
A report from Denmark says child labour is being used to tap rubber. As part of their CSR policies, tire companies are asking their suppliers to provide a 100% guarantee that no child labour is used in the production of rubber. Such guarantees are all but impossible. Most rubber is produced by smallholdings. These can