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Kumho returns to the commercial tire market  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Leicestershire, U.K. - For some years, Kumho was an influential player in the U.K. commercial tire market before temporarily withdrawing from the segment. It is now returning with a vengeance, complete with a new sales structure and better products than ever before. The company’s newly-reformed truck tire department is headed by former Bridgestone commercial vehicle specialist Steve Miller, who brings a wealth of experience to the task of reintroducing the Kumho Tyre brand to an already crowded sector of the business. Appointed in October 2013, he has spent the last 18 months creating the foundations of an all-new direct distribution network. Says Miller: “The relaunch is providing an unrivaled chance for us to re-appraise how we promote both the tires and the company to the truck market. It is also a golden opportunity for the customers to help create a partnership in which they can dictate how they wish to be supported. We are now effectively at the end of the first of four phases of development, and I’m extremely encouraged by the progress made to date.” Continues Miller: “The product is far more competitive than ever before and, I can honestly say, now as good as any I have encountered. We have maximized casing quality, improved tread compounds and introduced some highly-effective new tread patterns. Along with keen pricing, these upgrades will ensure the lowest cost per kilometer.” The three headline offerings are: KMA12 is a heavily blocked tire featuring reinforced construction for optimum cut and damage resistance. Together with a stone ejector bar this makes the KMA12 an ideal product for the forestry and construction industries, by whom it has been enthusiastically welcomed. KRS04 is equally well received, and is a purpose-built super single steer tire, which though particularly well suited to regional work is also being deployed in longer-haul environments, as a result of its low fuel consumption and cool running properties. KRS15 is a standard regional steer tire that has been optimized for even running, which results in a low wear rate and strong grip. Kumho’s new direct distribution strategy has been made possible by the move to a major new DHL-run warehouse facility at Magna Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire. With the M1, M6 and M69 motorways all just minutes away, it is an ideal location for such a national hub, and besides housing thousands of truck, van, 4×4 and car tires, it is also home to an expanded sales and marketing operation. - * Email

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Early registration for the Rubber Division's 187th Technical Meeting ends today  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Akron, OH - The Rubber Division, ACS would like to remind you that early registration prices for the 187th Technical Meeting & Educational Symposium being held in Greenville, SC ends today, and that housing closes this Saturday. To register, visit www.rubber.org. - * Email

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Rhein Chemie to exhibit at Utech 2015 this April  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cologne, Germany - The new Rhein Chemie Additives business unit of specialty chemicals company Lanxess is exhibiting its premium products for the polyurethane industry at Utech 2015 from April 14 to 16. The comprehensive product range includes flame retardants, plasticizers, crosslinking agents, catalysts and hydrolysis stabilizer for rigid and flexible foams, coatings, elastomers, sealants and adhesives. The focus will be on innovative halogen-free flame retardants that are based in part on a newly developed type of phosphorus chemistry. These are characterized by low fogging and scorching, making them ideal for use in the furniture and automotive industries. The new Disflamoll TP LXS 51092 grade was primarily developed for PU flexible foam and elastomers while Levagard TP LXS 51114 is especially suitable for flexible foam. Both flame retardants can be used in polyester as well as in polyether flexible foams. Foams manufactured using Levagard TP LXS 51114 even meet the German Association of the Automotive Industry's strict VDA 278 standard for the characterization of non-metallic materials in cars. The established reactive flame retardant Levagard 4090 N is now available in improved quality owing to process optimizations. The lower acid number and water content ensure better processability, especially in the manufacture of rigid polyurethane foams. Lanxess will also be exhibiting its phthalate-free plasticizers from the Mesamoll range for the first time at Utech. They are ideal for the production of PU sealants or for use as cleaning agents for polyurethane processing equipment. - * Email

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Bridgestone launchs next generation fuel-efficient tire  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Americas announced the launch of the latest tire in its fuel-efficient Ecopia tire line, the Ecopia EP422 Plus tire. The Ecopia EP422 Plus tire is engineered with a combination of light and strong materials for greater fuel efficiency, giving consumers an extra 20 miles per tank. A recent online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults, commissioned by Bridgestone and conducted by Harris Poll in March 2015, indicates that 94 percent of Americans are looking for ways to stretch their dollars. This trend extends directly to their habits on the road, as 74 percent of drivers who own a vehicle made changes to their driving habits and performed vehicle maintenance in the past 12 months to increase their gas mileage. "Americans continue to look for ways to achieve better fuel efficiency because that translates to more money in their pockets," said Robert Saul, senior product manager, Bridgestone Americas. "Choosing the right fuel-efficient tire can result in savings. The Ecopia EP422 Plus tire from Bridgestone is designed to make cars more fuel-efficient, while still providing dependable all-season performance." The survey from Bridgestone revealed the top three ways drivers who own a vehicle save fuel. Half of all Americans (50 percent) combine errands, while 40 percent maintain their tires by checking air pressure and tread. More than a third of consumers (38 percent) avoid sudden acceleration and stopping. The fuel savings offered by the Ecopia EP422 Plus tire contribute to the company's global goal to improve tire rolling resistance by 25 percent by 2020. The Ecopia tire line also moves Bridgestone closer to its long-term environmental vision of achieving a 50 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by the year 2050 and beyond. The Ecopia EP422 Plus tire from Bridgestone is backed by a 70,000 mile treadwear limited warranty. It is available in 43 sizes, ranging from 15" to 18" rim diameters, and is designed to fit many of the most popular coupes, sedans and wagons on the road today. The Ecopia EP422 Plus tire also fits select minivans. - * Email

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U.S. gasoline use at lowest level in 30 years  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ann Arbor, MI - Average fuel consumption by American drivers is at its lowest level in at least 30 years, says a University of Michigan researcher. In a follow-up to a series of reports released over the past two years, Michael Sivak of the U-M Transportation Research Institute examined recent trends in fuel consumption by cars, pickup trucks, SUVs and vans in the U.S. fleet from 1984 to 2013. His findings show that gallons of gasoline consumed per person, driver, vehicle and household are below 1984 levels, the first year of the study, and down 14 percent to 19 percent from peak levels a little more than a decade ago (2003-2004). "Despite population growth of 8 percent, the absolute amount of fuel consumed by light-duty vehicles decreased by 11 percent during the period 2004—the year of maximum consumption—through 2013," said Sivak, a research professor at UMTRI and director of the Sustainable Worldwide Transportation research consortium. Sivak found that in 2013 the amount of fuel consumed was about 392 gallons per person (down 17 percent from 2004), 583 gallons per driver (down 16 percent from 2004), 524 gallons per vehicle (down 14 percent from 2003) and 1,011 gallons per household (down 19 percent from 2004). In 1984, annual fuel-consumption rates were 400 gallons per person, 608 gallons per driver, 602 gallons per vehicle and 1,106 gallons per household. In addition to examining changes in fuel consumption, the study also analyzed changes in the number of vehicles and distance driven. For both measures, rates per person, driver, vehicle and household are at their lowest levels since the 1990s. Sivak said that although economic factors likely contributed to declining rates of vehicle ownership and distance driven, other societal changes such as increased telecommuting, use of public transportation and urbanization of the population, along with changes in the age composition of drivers, have influenced the need for personal transportation. "The reductions in the fuel-consumption rates reflect, in part, the added contribution of the improvements in vehicle fuel economy," Sivak said. "Overall, the combined evidence from this and the previous studies indicates that, per person, per driver and per household, we now have fewer light-duty vehicles, we drive each of them less and we consume less fuel than in the past. There is no evidence in the 2013 data that the peaks in the rates that we experienced about 10 years ago were temporary." - * Email

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Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia, LLC receives 2015 Environmental Warrior Award  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Santa Ana, CA - Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Virginia, LLC (YTMV) has received the 2015 Environmental Warrior Award from the Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA). The award was bestowed upon the Salem, Virginia, facility as part of VWEA’s 2015 Industrial Waste and Pretreatment Environmental Excellence Awards Program. The Environmental Warrior Award, presented for the first time in 2015, recognizes the company that has made the greatest improvement in their environmental compliance program, according to the VWEA. The award was presented to Tetsuro “Tex” Murakami, YTMV president, at a ceremony held in Charlottesville, Virginia, on March 3. “It is a great honor for YTMV to be the first recipient of the VWEA’s new Environmental Warrior Award,” said Murakami. “Going forward, all of us at the company will not rest on this laurel but will relentlessly endeavor to protect and improve the local environment in our business and other activities.” The VWEA is a nonprofit organization established in 1947 to protect the water resources of the State of Virginia. Its members include citizens, environmentalists, and state government employees from across the state. YTMV earned the Environmental Warrior Award thanks to its achievement in complying with industrial water treatment regulations, as well as its environmental conservation efforts over the years. YTMV succeeded in lowering its industrial waste emissions by 45 percent from 2012 to 2014, and as of the end of December 2014, it had lowered the percent of waste sent to landfills to 2.5 percent. YTMV is targeting a zero-percent landfill ratio in 2015. Also in 2014, YTMV was accepted into the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) with an E4 status, the highest status rating awarded by the program. YTMV received ISO 14001 certification for environmental management systems in 2007 and has continued to promote environmental protection and conservation in all its activities. Murakami said YTMV will continue its efforts to improve energy efficiency, water resource management, chemical management and environmental awareness among its employees. - * Email

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Rep International keeps momentum  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Corbas, France - For the second year in a row, Rep announces a strong increase in sales and intends to proceed further with the developments initiated in 2014. During the past financial year, Rep registered strong growth in sales and has made many investments. Industrial developments were carried out, with the launch of production units in India (RPE India) and China (URP Machinery) and of new machines especially designed to better match emerging market requirements. Efforts will be pursued in 2015 towards these countries, while continuing the development of the G10 range of rubber injection molding machines which is the focus segment of the Rep brand on western markets. The figures confirm that REP presses are mainly used for producing anti-vibration systems and sealing applications, this sector alone registering a 34% increase in sales which partly explains this year very good results. - * Email

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PolyOne launches ColorMatrix Select, a cloud-based liquid color selection and supply service  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cleveland, OH - PolyOne Corporation has launched ColorMatrix Select, a cloud-based liquid color selection and supply service. The new service combines advanced liquid colorants, Web-accessed software, and automated dispensing technology to offer a complete package that enables companies and designers to take greater control of their color development and supply chain. "From creation to product delivery, this service speeds up every step of the color journey," explains John Van Hulle, president, Global Color, Additives and Inks, PolyOne Corporation. "We have customers who are taking this color development technology in-house to develop colors in minutes, allowing them to react quickly to market demands, achieve multi-regional consistency, and gain a competitive edge. These formulations can also be re-created in any quantity at any time at our facilities around the world." The ColorMatrix Select service features: Rapid Color Design and Choice: Colors can be easily created using existing standards, spectrophotometer or colorimeter inputs or the software's built-in color design tools. Customers have immediate access to a wide range of formulations with the latest pricing, performance and regulatory information all visible at the beginning of the product development process. Global Availability: Secure cloud-based software houses all customer-approved formulations. These formulations can be produced locally for customers to shorten lead times and achieve complete color consistency and brand integrity. Inventory and Purchasing Flexibility: Customers can order what they want, when they need it with no minimum order quantity, resulting in lower waste and reductions in excess inventory for smaller production runs. A number of service models are available to suit specific needs. These range from creating colors remotely through one of PolyOne's facilities, to installing this color development technology in-house for full control and maximum color development speed. - * Email

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