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Apollo’s acquisition of Cooper demonstrates global vision

Apollo Tyres is to buy Cooper Tire and Rubber. The cash purchase price is around USD2.5 billion (USD 2,500,000,000). That’s about 60 percent of annual sales. Quite a low price for this kind of deal. Apollo statement | Cooper statement My own view is that Apollo has done well to finally negotiate this one. I

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World Rubber Summit another success

Although the theme of this year’s World Rubber Summit asked whether the road ahead is to be bleak or bright, perhaps a better theme might have been sustainability. This was the over-riding message to come out of this year’s high-level meeting in Singapore. Speaker after speaker referred to the need to move toward a more

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EU Tire Label questioned at tire conference

A conference in Berlin has crystallised an intense debate about the EU Tire Label. The event, organised by Marcus Evans Events took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (16, 17 April). It is still too early to say anything about the success or otherwise of the EU Tire Label. Early indications suggest that there

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One of the most beautiful tires I’ve seen

Trawling the web this morning, I came across this image. It is taken from the Renault website. Renault launched this concept vehicle — the Twin’z — at the Milan Triennale this week. The Triennale is a festival of outstanding design. It’s not a car show. The Triennale audience is more used to fashion and product

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Tire manufacturing in Europe

Tire manufacturing in Europe is going through something of a crisis. In January Goodyear announced the closure of its factory in Amiens-North. Last month Bridgestone announced the closure of its factory in Bari, Italy. None of this has provoked much debate Rumours that Michelin will reduce its output, however have triggered a string of comment

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Tire stories from Geneva Auto Salon

Three key stories emerged from the opening day of the Geneva Motor Show. ETRMA members met in Geneva and agreed to work together to help governments enforce the EU Labelling scheme Tire makers see the EU car tire sales downturn as structural – no recovery any time soon. BMW once again leads the OE field

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Amiens, workers and productivity

Anyone who follows the news will have seen the letter from Titan CEO, Maurice (Morry) Taylor to the French Industry Minister, Arnaud Montebourg. It suggests that French workers are lazy and unproductive. Taylor adds that he has no interest in buying the factory in Amiens from Goodyear. Rather than take on the French unions, he

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Tire company results 2012

Tire companies are reporting their results. So far Michelin, Goodyear, Yokohama, Toyo, Nokian, Hankook and Nexen have all reported for 2012. Indian companies Apollo, MRF, JK and Ceat also reported for the quarter ended December 2012, but their financial year runs from April to March, so they will not report full-year figures until May. Premium

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Rubber plantations and child labour

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

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Tire researchers over-loaded

R&D staff at tire makers around the world are over-loaded. This was one of the messages coming out of the Tire Technology event held this week in Cologne. The pressure of work from new product launches; labelling requirements and re-formulating is restricting tire makers’ ability to work with suppliers on new developments. If suppliers want

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