Vertical nature of the tire industry is not suited to change

By David Shaw As I go around the world, talking about tires, one theme has started to come up repeatedly. It was never an issue until two or three years ago, but since then, it seems everyone is talking about how to address the vertical nature of the tire industry. By vertical, I mean that

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Global Tire Intelligence – September 2018

We have just published the September of our global tire industry newsletter, and distributed it to subscribers. Each subscriber has the right to distribute to unlimited direct employees worldwide, so if you are interested, feel free to contact us. If your employer receives it already, we can send out a free copy. We’ll need your corporate

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Linglong to build PCR, TBR, OTR factory in Serbia

Shandong Linglong Tire Co. has finally made the decision to announce it’s much-rumoured factory in Serbia. However, the project is only at the ‘intention’ stage. Linglong’s statement said it has not yet received appropriate approvals from the Chinese government and there are many risks that may lead to delays in the project. Final approvals in

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Tire Industry in 2017

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

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Readers of our Insiders Guide to the Tire Industry 2018 saw a more complete version of this analysis a couple of weeks ago. Here we have given significantly shortened version of that analysis. A subscription to our monthly Global Tire Intelligence report includes the 104-page Insiders’ Guide to all strategic and management developments in the

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What’s with the Sumitomo-Goodyear break-up?

Sumitomo has officially announced the end of its tire manufacturing and sales joint venture with Goodyear which was originally signed in 1999. Goodyear confirmed the deal, but the details are more or less as leaked to Reuters earlier this week, with the exception of the ownership of the Dunlop brand name. Dunlop brand rights According

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What Happens To A Tire Engineer?

I’ve recently been talking to a lot of people about what matters to tire engineers. There’s the day-to-day tasks of designing tires. That involves some interesting materials science on rolling resistance, wear and grip. I know that these factors play a huge part in the tire development activity at the moment. A lot of companies

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Cars, Tires and Computer Models

In April, the world’s tire modelling community met in Guildford, UK*. As the first such meeting for around 11 years, it was long over-due. And in fact everyone who knows about computer modelling of tires was there. That includes the university professors and researchers who think up models for how friction is generated, or why rubber

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How China’s Tire Sector Might Develop

I’ve spent a lot of time talking to people in China these last couple of months, and the mood is not happy. First, they are dealing with a downturn in the domestic truck market; second there is the issue of widespread tariffs against Chinese-made tires and third the question of land prices. The prospect of

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China issues draft ‘access conditions’ document – seeks comments

In what promises to trigger the biggest shake-out of tire manufacture in recent years, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has issued a draft document on the tire industry access conditions. It is seeking comment by 15 June. The Chinese language announcement can be accessed on the MIIT website: The announcement links to a

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