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Continental launches new premium tire line with local production in India

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Hanover, Germany - The leading international tire manufacturer and automotive supplier Continental AG has launched the newly developed “ContiMaxContact MC5” & “ContiComfortContact CC5” premium passenger car tire lines in the Indian market. The tyre lines have been designed with German engineering and technology while keeping in view the evolving performance requirements of Indian consumers and with a focus on maximizing safety and comfort. Continental has established a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for PLT tires at its existing tire plant at Modipuram with an initial capacity of 800,000 tires p.a. with further expansion potential. “Continental is known for both its German Engineering and high technological expertise in the production of high performance tires globally which is confirmed by its significant presence in the Original Equipment business for the premium passenger cars and a high share in the replacement market, too. Investing into production capacities is part of our global strategy Vision 2025 to further improve our global manufacturing footprint and expand business in growing markets, such as India. All together Continental has invested more than two billion EUR into the construction of new production facilities like f.e. in Russia, China and the US alongside to the extension of the existing plants since 2011. Now we are more than happy to present our production facilty in India for radial car tires”, says Executive Board member Nikolai Setzer who is in charge of the Division Tires. Targeting high efficiency right from the start Continental brought experienced staff from some of its international production sites to India in order to train local staff on handling the new machinery and production techniques. Also, more than 100 local employees were sent abroad to various international production sites in Germany, Romania, China and Malaysia for comprehensive training in radial car tyre production and technology. “It is a great occasion for us to launch our new tire lines “Conti Max Contact MC5” & “Conti Comfort Contact CC5” in India which is a market with promising future growth potential. The new tire lines have been especially designed for the Asia Pacific region and are further customized for delivering the required performance to Indian car drivers. Manufactured in our Indian plant and distributed through our Indian market organization, these new tyre lines will help Continental become a partner of choice for both the tyre replacement and Original Equipment business,” states Antonio Lopes Seabra, Executive Vice-President and Head of the Business Unit Replacement Asia Pacific for PLT tyres at Continental. “The profile of passenger cars in India is changing rapidly in parallel to the continuous introduction of new models and upgraded variants by global car manufacturers. In line with that also the requirements of tyre performance characteristics are increasing. Based on our technological leadership approach we are aiming to fully meet these challenges and deliver premium products which are also delivering premium performance. The design of the new MC5 & CC5 is based on deep market study, advanced engineering and intense testing at our Global R&D Center”, remarks Edwin Goudswaard, Director Research & Development, Business Unit Replacement Asia-Pacific PLT at Continental. The annually volume of the Indian PLT tyre replacement market currently is estimated at around 14 million tyres and is expected to grow up to more than 30 million tyres by 2025 while the premium tyre segment represents a share of about 28% of the total Indian replacement market volume. Continental’s new premium tyre lines are targeting performance demanding premium customers across all passenger car and SUV segments from compact to executive vehicles. The Company has already established a strong dealer network of more than 425 dealers with around 30 aligned branded shops that spread across all major cities. The network is being further expanded to make sure its high performance products and services are available across the whole country. The ContiComfortContact CC5 is dedicated to the compact & mid-sized segment of passenger cars. The product is made by using advanced silica compound technology that lowers the rolling resistance which improves the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. The product differentiates with noise breaker from silent tread pattern groove technology, optimized compound stiffness while the tread pattern design has chamfered lateral grooves with an asymmetrical pattern rib. The product is characterized by a very low road noise, the leading braking performance on wet and dry surface, and one of the most comfortable drives in its class. The ContiMaxContact MC5 is dedicated to the high end mid-size & executive segment of passenger cars. The tyre contains German Engineering with characteristic features like an asymmetrical tread pattern, chamfered blocks, new activated silica compound technology, and an innovative design for low noise, vibration and harshness performance – the so called noise breaker. These features ensure that the tyre delivers excellent high speed handling and best braking performance under wet and dry conditions as well as a low noise level, high grip and maximum comfort. - * Email

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BKT and Univergomma showcase their agricultural tire range at EIMA 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bologna, Spain - BKT and its Italian distributor Univergomma showcase at EIMA 2014 the agriculture tire ranges for high-power tractors, reaping and harvesting equipment, sprayers and trailers. At Eima, the RIDEMAX FL 693 M and RIDEMAX FL 698 tires for trailers play their premiere in Italy. RIDEMAX FL 693 M, exhibited in the size 650/55 R 26.5, is the ideal radial tire for those who frequently travel on the road with trailers or tank trucks. Actually designed for a mainly on-the-road use, RIDEMAX FL 693 M combines excellent performance and self-cleaning features. The D speed index stands for higher speeds on the road, leading to significant time savings. Besides, the low rolling resistance contributes to lower fuel consumption. Also RIDEMAX FL 698 makes its debut at Eima. Being part of the RIDEMAX family, this All Steel radial tire has been mainly conceived for road usage achieving speeds of 80 km/h. It is the right tire for dumpers traveling from pits to sites, for tank trucks and manure spreaders. The All Steel structure provides increase of load capacity and extraordinary resistance – essential features for the intended applications. In addition to these new entries, the tire lines AGRIMAX FORCE, AGRIMAX TERIS, AGRIMAX RT 945, AGRIMAX SPARGO and MULTIMAX MP 522 are showcased. These cutting-edge products have been specially designed for the needs of today’s farmers. AGRIMAX FORCE, displayed in the size IF 900/60 R 38, is a radial tire for high-power tractors (over 250 HP). As a further development of the IF Technology, the tire combines major load capacity and lower inflation pressure compared to a standard tire of the same size. Besides, the large footprint area on the ground along with the special lug design ensures higher traction on the land. For reaping and harvesting operations, BKT has developed the radial tire AGRIMAX TERIS, which is displayed at Eima in the size 800/65 R 32. This lineup specially features excellent flotation and high load capacity, considerably reducing soil compaction. AGRIMAX TERIS also features a special sidewall protection for increased resistance – and hence a longer tire life – even under difficult circumstances such as the presence of very resistant stems and scrub. For sprayer and row crop applications, BKT displays two solutions at Eima: AGRIMAX RT 945 in the size 320/90 R 50 and Agrimax Spargo in the size 380/90 R 46. Thanks to a decreased tread width, these tires enable the equipment to easily pass between rows without damaging crops, preserving hence harvest and yield productivity. Thanks to the special VF technology, AGRIMAX SPARGO ensures a higher load capacity at the same inflation pressure compared to a standard tire. Not least for the agro-industrial segment, BKT takes also Multimax MP 522 in the size 460/70 R 24 to the show. Designed with a reinforced bead and a steel-belted casing, this tire ensures optimum resistance against punctures. The result is a longer tire life and outstanding load capacity, providing at the same time utmost stability and grip under any condition. More than products at EIMA 2014: BKT is also the sponsor of an important survey on the state and future of contract farming in Italy entitled: “Outsourcing as a key element of competitiveness for Italian agriculture”. The study is presented on Thursday, November 13 in the “Pala Green” Hall at BolognaFiere. An address by Ms. Lucia Salmaso, Managing Director of BKT Europe is foreseen. The contract farmer, a main reference for BKT, is a key figure within agricultural scenery as they own a large number of machinery, which is periodically renewed. Besides, they use large tractors requiring high-performance tires. This is the reason for BKT’s strategic choice to sponsor the event followed by a round table with the participation of the major national associations: UNIMA (National Union of Agricultural Machinery Enterprises), ENAMA (National Body for the Agro-Mechanical Industry), FEDERUNACOMA (Italian Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Federation), CONFAI (Agro-Mechanical Confederation) and UNACMA (National Union of Agricultural Machinery Dealers). - * Email

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Dow Chemical adds four new members to its board of directors

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Midland, MI - The Dow Chemical Company announced it will add four new independent directors to its Board: Mr. Richard Davis, Chairman, President and CEO of U.S. Bancorp Mr. Mark Loughridge, former Chief Financial Officer of IBM Mr. Raymond J. Milchovich, Lead Director of Nucor and former Chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler AG Mr. Robert S. (Steve) Miller, non-executive Chairman of the Board of American International Group (AIG); Former Chief Executive Officer, Hawker Beechcraft, Inc.; Former Executive Chairman, Delphi All four individuals will be included in Dow’s nominations for election at the 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Loughridge, Milchovich and Miller will join the Board effective January 1, 2015, and Davis will join the Board in May 2015, following Dow’s 2015 Annual Meeting. As a result of this announcement, Dow’s Board will increase from 10 to 13 members, as of January 1, 2015. - * Email

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Wacker introduces ultra-pure silicone film

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Munich, Germany - WACKER will be introducing ultrapure precision silicone films at Energy Harvesting & Storage USA. The film is available as roll stock in thicknesses down to 20 microns. Marketed as ELASTOSIL® Film, the product broadens the application potential of silicones significantly, making new product ideas possible, such as functional membranes and components for medical electronics or innovative technologies based on electroactive polymers such as sensors, actuators, and generators. Energy Harvesting & Storage USA will took place in Santa Clara, CA, on November 19 & 20. Precision silicone film: ELASTOSIL® Film from the Munich-based chemical group WACKER is thinner than human hair. The film is manufactured under cleanroom conditions and has excellent dielectric properties. Potential applications include functional membranes and innovative technologies based on electroactive polymers (EAPs). ELASTOSIL® Film is a precision silicone film that has not yet been made commercially available in this form. It is made entirely from silicone elastomers and is available as roll stock in thicknesses down to 20 microns. ELASTOSIL® Film is manufactured in cleanroom conditions without the use of solvents. For improved handling, it comes with an intermediate backing which can be peeled off easily without damaging the product. WACKER’s patent-registered production process provides immaculate and extremely uniform continuous-feed films with a defined thickness. It deviates from the specification by +/- 5 percent at most across the entire width and length of the film web. This particular property, together with the material’s typical silicone characteristics, permits technical applications that were previously very hard or even impossible to implement on an industrial scale. ELASTOSIL® Film is suitable as a gas-permeable packaging and protective film or as a membrane for separating or enriching gases. In this regard, silicone films exhibit a beneficial property typical of silicone elastomers: the film is permeable to water vapor and certain gases such as oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, but not to water. Silicone elastomers are electrically insulating, have good dielectric properties, and endure long-term mechanical loads with hardly any signs of fatigue. Therefore, ELASTOSIL® Film can also be used as an electroactive polymer (EAP). Under certain conditions, EAPs are able to alter their shape when electrical voltage is applied. Thus, they are able to replicate linear and natural forms of movement. Based on this principle of an artificial muscle, silicon films can be used to design novel kinds of sensors, actuators, and generators. Possible applications range from consumer electronics, electrical relays, valves and pumps to artificial limbs. In the future, silicone films may also play a pivotal role in the conversion of maritime wave power into electricity. As part of a project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), a consortium of industrial and R&D partners led by Robert Bosch GmbH is developing the basic principles underlying future wave farms. WACKER is the project member responsible for developing silicone films and the related production process. ELASTOSIL® Film provides the key to the commercialization of innovative designs and technologies. The films ensure precise functioning. Thanks to their durability, they also make sure that critical components enjoy almost maintenance-free operating. - * Email

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