Michelin gets interested in tire recycling with Lehigh acquisition

Michelin has bought tire recycler Lehigh Technologies for an undisclosed sum. The deal was completed on 13 October, and means that Lehigh is becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Michelin. No financial details were revealed. Although neither party gave any indication of the value of the company, Lehigh said in early 2017 that it was expecting

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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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Tire industry needs to move on

I think the tire industry is going through another major transformation. Since I started analysing this industry in the late 1980s I’ve seen only two or maybe three such large-scale transformations. To give you an idea of the scale of transformation I am talking about, think of the switch from bias-ply to radial construction in

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Why deforestation matters to the tire industry

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

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Tire labelling in China and Europe: part 3

In the last month there have been some significant developments in the tire industry with respect to labelling. First, China has developed its own label. It was shown at a press conference in Beijing on 22 April 2016. Second the EU has published a major study on tire labelling Third, the EU has begun a

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Tire labelling in China and Europe: part 1

In the last month there have been some significant developments in the tire industry with respect to labelling. First, China has developed its own label. It was shown at a press conference in Beijing on 22 April 2016. Second the EU has published a major study on tire labelling Third, the EU has begun a

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Future of Rubber Machinery

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Prasanth Warrier of Rubber Machinery World last week in his Know a Rubber Leader series. The interview is in full on his website, but I thought I’d re-print two of the ten questions he asked me here, as a bit of a teaser for his full article.

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Natural Rubber risks drive strategic realignments

Here in Guatemala, the fantastic Rubber days meeting has just finished. Measured by volumes, Guatemala is barely even on the map of Natural Rubber (NR) producing nations. But measured by creativity and energy it is up there among the leaders. Guatemala has the first (and I think only) FSC-accredited rubber plantation anywhere in the world.

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China’s Tire industry – the fog begins to clear

China’s tire industry is in melt-down. The question now is, how long can the current situation last? I’ve just come back from Shandong Province and the mood is not good. When things are not going well, Chinese people will rarely tell you the real situation. When they tell you things are bad, you know the

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