GM gets serious about de-forestation and tires

This article was first published in the July edition of our monthly Tire industry Intelligence report It was accompanied by a series of other articles on sustainable natural rubber and how the tire industry can do more to limit deforestation in the Mekong basin and elsewhere. GM gets serious about de-forestation and tires In May

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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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Where do you get your information?

By David Shaw This column builds on some of my previous columns about ongoing changes in our industry. This time, I want to discuss news, opinion and analysis; the relations with tire makers and how that is changing. It’s written in the context of tires, but is also relevant to other industry sectors. Changing business models

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Brexit and the tire industry

Let me first say that I don’t like discussing politics in public. I think that in general, business tries to do its best, irrespective of the interference of politicians, many of whom are only in post for a few years and cannot take a long term view. And even more of whom have little idea

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World’s top tire makers – 2015

Today we are announcing the top 25 tire makers in the world. All figures in US$ Company Tire sales 2015 Percentage of corporate Corporate sales 2015 Bridgestone $26,262m 83.50% $31,452m Michelin $23,160m 100% $23,160m Goodyear $16,443m 100% $16,443m Continental Co $11,349m 26.50% $42,826m Pirelli $6893m 100% $6893m Sumitomo $6050m 86.30% $7010m Hankook $5466m 100% $5466m

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A bit of fun in the tire industry for the mid-Winter break

Many cultures regard this period as the end of one year and the beginning of the next. I’m using that as an excuse to adopt a slightly more frivolous approach to this column. With no more pre-amble, let me look back at 2015 and make some predictions for 2016. The themes of 2015 were pretty

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Pirelli’s Calendar enters 21st century

After three or four years of struggling with image problems, Pirelli has found a way to produce a calendar which celebrates women without objectifying them. Three years ago I wrote a blog congratulating Pirelli on its decision to reduce the number of naked images in its 2013 calendar. At the time I wrote, “It is

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Tire makers and character

Last week I spent a lot of time with the VDI at their meeting in Hanover. For those who don’t know, the VDI – The German Association of Engineers – is a highly prestigious organisation which links many industries. For our industry, it was one of the few forums in 2015 where tire engineers employed

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Online selling; premium tire makers and retailers

As many of you know, I’ve been talking to many people in the global tire industry but last week at the excellent Latin American Tire show in Panama, organized by Gustavo Lima and his team, I had a bit of a revelation. I’d like to share it with you. We all know there are hundreds

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How China’s Tire sector might develop – Part 2

In the previous article, I addressed how the international tire makers’ profitability in China might be threatened by greater availability of consumer data on tires. This article looks at the situation of China’s tire makers and how that might change in the coming decade or so. Falling prices China’s tire industry is probably the most

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