Bridgestone to invest ¥10.2 billion in cutting-edge equipment at Shimonoseki plant

The equipment will be installed together with new infrastructure that will further contribute to the Group’s implementation of its Sustainability Business Framework roadmap, which entails linking its initiatives for recycling resources and contributing to the realization of a carbon neutral society with its business model. Specifically, solar power generation equipment will be installed to increase the portion of the Shimonoseki Plant’s electricity generated from renewable energy, reducing CO2 emissions and environmental impacts.

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Cooper Tire joins Alice Cooper to host nationwide “Driven to Perform” garage band contest

The “Coopers” are ready to rock as Cooper Tire kicked off Driven to Perform – a nationwide garage band contest in partnership with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Alice Cooper. Cooper Tire and Alice Cooper, credited as the “godfather of shock rock,” teamed up to scour the nation and identify three talented American garage bands. Alice Cooper, who recently released his 28th album, “Detroit Stories,” will provide advice and feedback to the bands, and call on fans to cast their votes to crown the Driven to Perform winner at www.DrivenToPerformConcert.com. The victorious band will get the opportunity of a lifetime to open for Evanescence in a livestream performance on May 13

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Nexen Tires manufactures 500 million tires without a single recall

Nexen Tire America announced since 2000, the company has manufactured more than 500 million tires without a single recall. Nexen Tire has implemented precision tire-manufacturing guidelines throughout its four tire manufacturing plants across the globe – two in the South Korean cities of Yangsan and Changnyeong, one in Qingdao, China, and its newest plant in Zatech, Czech Republic — ensuring all tires meet the company’s strict global manufacturing standards.

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Yokohama develops world’s first technology for producing butadiene from biomass

Yokohama Rubber announced that it has developed the world’s first technology capable of efficiently producing butadiene from a biomass. The breakthrough was achieved by the “Bio-monomer Production Laboratory” jointly established with the RIKEN and Zeon Corporation. Butadiene is a core raw material used to make synthetic rubber used in automobile tires and other products. Currently, industrial butadiene is produced as a by-product of naphtha pyrolysis. As such, the development of an independent butadiene production technology will help reduce dependence on petroleum and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a major cause of global warming

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Continental celebrates 150 year anniversary

Throughout this year, Continental will celebrate the company’s esteemed history with stories on how it became a driving force of technological progress. Before cars were even invented, the company began by manufacturing horse “hoof buffers” along with solid tires for carriages and bicycles. In 1904, Continental was the first company in the world to develop automobile tires with a patterned tread, and four years later invented the detachable rim. On the year of its 50th anniversary, in 1921, Continental produced its first commercial truck tires, and became the first German company to produce tires reinforced with pliable cords rather than linen fabric. Six years later, it launched the very first pneumatic tractor tire in Europe

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Marc Pignataro joins Harwick Standard

Marcus Pignataro joins Harwick Standard Distribution Corporation as Vice President – Sales and Marketing. He will also oversee Harwick’s Technical Department. Marc comes to Harwick after a combined 14 years at Hexpol/Preferred Compounding Corporation, most recently serving as Director of Sales – North. From 2008 to 2011 Marc worked in China as President and General Manager of their China joint venture. He also worked for SRC Worldwide, Ferro Corporation and B.F. Goodrich Performance Materials.

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Automotive green tires market forecast at $175 billion by 2027

Global Market Insights, Inc. has recently added a new report on the automotive green tires market which estimates the market valuation for automotive green tires will cross US$ 175 billion by 2027. Increasing regulations pertaining to vehicle emission reduction, rising popularity of sustainable & eco-friendly vehicles, and increasing global automotive demand will prosper the product demand

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Kumho Tire to increase capacity at Vietnam and Macon, Georgia facilities

Tire manufacturer Kumho is to invest $305 million into the expansion of its Vietnamese plant, with the aim of doubling its capacity by 2023, by which time it says output should be at least 9,300,000 tires per annum. The project will commence in the third quarter of this year and run until the early part of 2023, over which period an entire new facility will be created within the existing factory compound.

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Yokohama Tire to open state-of-the-art distribution facility near Dallas

Yokohama Tire to build a state-of-the-art, full-service distribution facility at Intermodal III Industrial Park. The deal secures a long-term lease agreement for the 431,630-square-foot facility in Wilmer, Texas, about 15 miles southeast of Dallas. The new facility expands Yokohama’s distribution network in the U.S. to a fourth location centrally located to meet the needs of its customers in the Southwest

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