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ContiTech unveils its updated North American headquarters in Fairlawn, OH  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Fairlawn, OH - ContiTech unveiled its new-look North American headquarters in Fairlawn, OH, and ContiTech NAFTA CEO Jim Hill pledged that the new organization would focus on informing its customers and the public about the new name and new brands created by the acquisition of Veyance Technologies. “We will continue to provide the same top-quality products and services to our existing customers and now, as a member of the Continental family, we will be able to provide world-class options in all the product lines and the industries we serve,” Hill said. “We’re basically the same organization as before, but just bigger and better!” Continental completed its acquisition of Veyance Technologies (formerly Goodyear Engineered Products) in January 2015. “Our new organization will enable us to strategically position ourselves to provide dynamic growth for all of the markets in which we compete in the NAFTA region,” said Hill. “We will continue to grow our customer network, and provide the seamless distribution of our products with our focus on the NAFTA region.” ContiTech will begin to launch a series of advertising campaigns on the new brand names and supplement them with press releases and special communications efforts to its customer and distributor base. - * Email

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U.S. Senate passes long-term federal highway bill with tire-related provisions  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Senate passed by a 65-34 vote, a long-term federal highway bill that includes tire-related provisions advocated by the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The provisions include: Minimum tire performance standards for fuel efficiency and wet traction; a requirement that tire sellers register tires at point of sale; and a requirement that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) establish a web-based tire recall lookup tool based on the Tire Identification Number (TIN). The U.S. House of Representatives has not acted upon long-term federal highway legislation yet. A short term measure to extend current highway infrastructure programs until October 31 was passed today by the House and sent to the Senate where it is expected to pass and be sent to President Obama. - * Email

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Global chloroprene rubber market to grow 5.89 percent  

Friday, July 31, 2015

London, England - The global chloroprene rubber market to grow at a CAGR of 5.89 percent and 6.36 percent on the basis of production and consumption, over the period 2014-2019, according to a new report from Companies & Markets. Chloroprene rubber (CR) is an artificial polymer, which acts as an elastomer. Elastomers can experience significantly greater elastic deformation under anxiety and recovers its previous size without permanent deformation. CR has great mechanical quality, high ozone and weather resistance, great aging resistance, low flammability, great resistance toward chemicals, moderate oil and fuel resistance and adhesion to many substrates. It plays a central role in the global economy, with major applications in the automotive, manufacturing, consumer goods, and medical industries. The automotive industry alone accounts for the majority of the share in 2014 and is the primary driver of changes in year-on-year consumption. Analysts recognize the following companies as the key players in the global chloroprene rubber (CR) market: Asahi kasei Chemicals, Chongqing Changshou Chemical, Denka, Dupont, Lanxess and Showa Denko. Other prominent vendors in the market are: China Bluestar New Chemical Materials, Chongqing Longevity Chemical, Nairit Plant and Zenith Industrial Rubber Products. In December 2014, Denka signed a definitive agreement with DuPont to sell DuPont´s Neoprene polychloroprene business to Denka Performance Elastomer, a new joint venture company owned 70 percent by Denka and 30 percent by Mitsui. Neoprene, invented by DuPont in 1931, is a synthetic rubber used for some chemical and climate-safe items, such as wet suits and orthopedic supports. It is also utilized as a base resin in cements, electrical sheathing, and coatings. DuPont is the main producer of neoprene polychloroprene in North America at its Pontchartrain Works site in Los Angeles, CA." According to the analysts, CR is used in the manufacture of tires, oil seals, and even in tire adhesive in the automotive sector. The rapid growth of the automotive sector in developing countries and increased demand for high-performance tires, oil seals, and even in tire adhesive, are contributing to the growth of the global CR market. Tires are being made from CR as it provides improved performance, safety, and fuel efficiency. APAC was the largest producer and consumer of CR in 2014, with its tire sector exhibiting substantial growth. Due to the low labor and operating costs, many manufacturers have shifted their production facilities to APAC. However, the downstream tire sector in China is operating its plants at a reduced rate because of antidumping duties on China-produced tires in the U.S. Further, analysts state that butadiene obtained from crude oil is used to manufacture chloroprene, so the fluctuations in the price of crude oil have a significant impact on the global CR market. - * Email

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BFGoodrich Tires celebrates 1 million All-Terrain T/A KO2 tire sales in North America  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Greenville, SC - BFGoodrich Tires has sold more than 1 million All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires in North America, less than eight months after launching in the market. The company's most advanced light truck tire premiered in November 2014 with 12 initial sizes, and since has expanded to 40 available sizes. A total of 61 sizes will be available to more than 20,000 BFGoodrich Tires authorized dealers when the line expansion is complete in the coming months. Engineered from BFGoodrich's incomparable championship off-road motorsports racing technology, the KO2 delivers exceptional toughness, tread life and traction for traversing the harshest conditions, including gravel, dirt, rock, mud and snow. The new KO2 provides consumers the confidence to take on the toughest challenges for work or play. Compared to its predecessor, the formidable KO tire, the new All-Terrain KO2 delivers the total performance that demanding light truck owners require in a tire every day. Key features of the KO2 include tougher sidewalls: The KO2 uses race-proven and race-winning CoreGard technology, developed in the Baja T/A KR2 for split and bruise-resistant sidewall rubber, and a thicker, extended shoulder to prevent sidewall failures. Computer modeling was used to predict object paths and create a sidewall designed to deflect protruding objects, reducing the chances of splits and snags. Compared to the current KO tire, the new KO2 is up to 20 percent stronger in this critical off-road performance area. Longer tread life: The KO2 has a new tread design and rubber formulation that helps it last twice as long on gravel and 15 percent longer on asphalt than the previous tire, allowing off-road enthusiasts to extend their adventures and working professionals to get more use out of the tire. The tread rubber has been optimally blended to reduce chips and tears on gravel. A new footprint shape and interlocking tread design provide more uniform wear over the long haul. Special stone ejectors push objects out of the tread to reduce drilling into the tire. Aggressive traction: The KO2 also has a range of tread features for better mud and snow traction. The improvements to the legendary all-terrain performance include 10 percent greater traction in the mud and 19 percent greater traction in the snow compared to the previous-generation KO tire. Side-Biter lugs in the sidewall improve traction in mud, snow and rocks. Raised bars in the shoulder help release compacted mud for better traction in soft soil. 3-D sipes create biting edges for better snow traction. The KO2 is an all-season tire that will carry the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol, indicating that it exceeds the Rubber Manufacturer Association's severe snow traction requirements. Building on BFGoodrich's long heritage as an innovative all-terrain tire maker, the KO2 incorporates technology developed and tested through the brand's legendary off-road motorsports teams that have earned 84 off-road wins at races in the Baja peninsula, by far the most by any tire brand. The KO2 fits a range of vehicles, including Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota and Nissan pick-up trucks and SUVs, as well as Plus Fitments for a wide variety of vehicles. - * Email

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport chosen as OEM for 2016 Cadillac CTS-V  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Greenville, SC - Michelin announced that it will provide specifically tuned Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires as the exclusive fitment for the next-generation 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. Working closely with the Cadillac CTS-V team and drawing upon its innovative technologies and experience in endurance racing, Michelin engineers developed specially constructed Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires that significantly enhance the world-class sports-car technology and performance offered by Cadillac V-Series. Michelin's most innovative ultra-high performance technology, including the latest advances in the tread compound, have been adapted to provide improved wet and dry grip and will also provide CTS-V owners a long tread life without sacrificing performance. Featuring an aggressive steel belt package previously reserved for Michelin racing tires, the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire's tread depth is tuned to balance everyday street wear and also provide the ultimate grip required for extreme race track performance. The three different Michelin rubber compounds are engineered and precisely located across the tire's tread surface to optimize tread life. "The Michelin Pilot Super Sport that we jointly developed for the Cadillac CTS-V strengthens the strategic engineering initiative between our companies to provide the highest-possible performance experience to Cadillac drivers," said Thom Roach, vice president of original equipment marketing for Michelin North America. "Similar to our exclusive fitment on the first-ever Cadillac ATS-V, CTS-V owners will enjoy a smoother ride, improved dry handling, excellent performance in the rain, low noise and long tread life." Designed and manufactured in the United States, the Michelin and Cadillac research and development teams held joint test sessions globally for the CTS-V at Michelin's Laurens Proving Grounds in South Carolina, General Motors' Milford Road Course, Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany, Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway. The Cadillac CTS-V will be fitted with 265/35ZR19 on the front and 295/30ZR19 on the rear. - * Email

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Hercules Tire & Rubber issues recall for 90,000 All Trac A/T tires  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Findlay, OH - Hercules Tire & Rubber Company is recalling 90,000 All Trac A/T tires, sizes 235/70R16 106T, 235/75R15 109T XL, 245/70R16 107T, 255/70R16 111T, 265/70R16 112T, 265/75R16 116T and 275/70R16 114T. The affected tires may experience a tread separation which could result in sudden air loss, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Hercules will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2015. Owners may contact Hercules customer service at 1-888-943-2402. Hercules number for this recall is 01-2015. - * Email

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Book of the day - Practical Guide to the Assessment of the Useful Life of Rubbers  

Friday, July 31, 2015

Akron, OH - The object of this publication is to provide practical guidance on assessing the useful service life of rubbers. It describes test procedures and extrapolation techniques together with the inherent limitations and problems. This guide seeks to be comprehensive, but concentrates on the most common environmental effects causing degradation of the most important mechanical properties of rubbers. The test procedures used are outlined and the relevant textbooks and international standards are referenced. By Roger P. Brown, 156 pages, $144.00 plus shipping and handling; For more information visit Rubber World's book store or click here. - * Email

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