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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Thailand to release 200,000 tons of stockpiled rubber

Thailand’s Agriculture Ministry plans to release 200,000 tons of rubber stock in an effort to prevent oversupply as the new rubber tapping season is approaching. According to Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Yukol Limlaemthong, the ministry is set to unload huge stocks of rubber products, adding that it is better that the

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BRISA full-year profits up by 51%

Turkey based tire Company Brisa has recently announced its financial results of 2013. Compared to the previous year, the company’s sales revenue for 2013 was £ 1.489 billion (US$ 2.493 billion). Total sales for Brisa were up 12.6%. The increase in sales was primarily because of the rise in sales of light commercial vehicles. Net

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Tire buyers go online for research; purchasing

Research from Google dated September 2013 suggests that more people are using the web to research and make tire purchases. Time spent on research is up; average spend is up; and brand influence is up. The top reason for buying — according to the Google research — is durability followed by price. The biggest statistic

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SRI opens Thailand Agri tire factory

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

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Reliance adds Elastomers Customer Support Centre at Vadodara

Reliance India Ltd has opened a state-of-the-art Elastomers Customer Support Centre (ECSC) in India for users of elastomers in the tire and non-tire sectors. The unit is located at RIL’s Petrochemicals Complex in Vadodara. Reliance wants  to become one of India’s top suppliers of rubber. The centre aims to offer technical support to its customers

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