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Bridgestone Europe has released details of a further advancement in the company's long-standing and successful partnership with Mercedes Benz with the introduction of two new Original Equipment fitments for the Mercedes GLA and C-Class models. The all-new Bridgestone Dueler H/P will be fitted to Mercedes latest compact SUV Model – the GLA in three size options of 215/60 R17 96V for standard summer, the 235/50 R18 97H for extended all-season plus the 235/45 R19 95V for extended summer for 17, 18 and 19 inch rims. At the same time the the Bridgestone Turanza T001 has been specifically tailored for fitment on the Mercedes C-Class to give true sports driving performance. Source: SATREADS
French tire maker Michelin will soon set up a team in India to research and develop truck tires for the Asian market said a company's top official in China recently. Michelin has a manufacturing presence plant in Tamil Nadu, which makes only truck tires. Michelin has applauded the technical skills available in India, pointing out that India's talent pool was one of the reasons for locating the development team in India. The team is likely to be built up at Michelin's development centre in Gurgaon near Capital Delhi. Michelin said that the focus will remain on truck tires in India, where the tiremaker sees "huge" scope in converting the largely conventional-technology, cross-ply truck tire market into a radial tire market. The top official was speaking at Michelin Challenge Bibendum, a bi-annual meet of players in the automotive and mobility sectors, policy makers and researchers on the theme of sustainable mobility. Source: SA Treads
Following on from SA Treads recent report on leading European road and tire safety campaigner Frances Molloy's appearance at the recent Britirex Show in the UK last month, Frances has revealed that she has been significantly encouraged by the positive response of tire industry representatives to her call for urgent action on the banning of tires over the age of ten years old following the death of her son and recently had a meeting in the UK Parliament in Westminster accompanied by her local MP Steve Rotheram.
Another prominent speaker at this year's Britirex TireTalk Seminars was Paul Keay, National Waste Enforcement Campaigns Manager at the Environment Agency (EA) who made a strong presentation on the enforcement and compliance of waste tires. Concentrating on England, Paul pointed out that the EA is responsible for regulating the use of all waste in industry which includes tires. At present waste crime is estimated to cost the country around £ 800 million a year apart from being an obvious health risk and tires do feature heavily in this crime scenario. Paul adds, "It is quite common for people in the tire industry to get caught up in waste crime without actually being aware of it. Many tire crimes committed are what the EA call 'Accidental Offences' whereby dealers and retailers do not always realise that what they are doing is illegal albeit indirectly through a third party. "We recommend that they endeavour to find out where their waste tires are ultimately
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 16 October 2014 - Continental, the world's leading international tire manufacturer, has reached an important milestone in its research project for the industrialisation of dandelion rubber in tire production. As part of its recent ContiWinterRoadshow 2014, Continental presented the first test tires made from the innovative material that the company is calling TaraxagumT, derived from the botanical name for the dandelion (taraxacum). Manufacture of the first WinterContact TS 850 P with natural rubber from dandelion roots has taken Continental an important step closer to reaching its long-term goal of making tire production more sustainable and less dependent on traditional raw materials. "After several years of intensive development work in conjunction with the Fraunhofer Institute, we are excited to be taking the first dandelion tires onto the road," said Nikolai Setzer, Member of the Executive Board of Continental responsible for the Tires Division. "To get the most meaningful test results from the crop yield produced by our research
New Dunlop Truck & Bus range announced Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA) is excited to announce the rejuvenation of its Truck Bus Radial tire range into the African market, which they say shows the company's commitment and effort to promote advanced fleet management services and increase the variety of top-quality product from its stable. SRSA is part of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd (SRI), which is headquartered in Japan and is the world's fifth largest tire manufacturing company, renowned for producing superior quality tires in a number of leading brands, including the iconic Dunlop brand, from its 11 state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities located in Asia, Europe and Africa. The company is also a global leader in Original Equipment (OE) supplies, used by prominent car manufacturers as a tire specification benchmark. The TBR range has been researched, designed and engineered in Japan and exhaustively tested, in all road conditions, to deliver unparalleled performance for fleet services in all wheel positions – steer,