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    Bridgestone invests USD60 million to expand its Texas retread tire plant
    Bridgestone Americas has announced an investment of USD60 million to expand its Bridgestone Bandag, LLC manufacturing plant in Abilene, Texas, according to a press release dated 22 September. The 50,000-square-foot expansion of the Abilene plant is aimed at the growing demand for the company’s tread rubber products, driven by the rapid growth of its retread business. The expansion includes an immediate increase in operational activity by running on six- and seven-day production schedules, a...
    Bridgestone launches Firestone Firehawk AS V2 ultra-high performance tire
    Bridgestone Americas has announced the launch of the all-new Firestone Firehawk AS V2 all-season ultra-high performance tire designed to deliver sporty performance, according to a press release dated 7 September. Inspired by the INDYCAR Firestone Firehawk rain race tire, the Firestone tire is claimed to deliver high performance in inclement weather, delivering faster lap times than the tire’s predecessor, the release added. The Firestone Firehawk AS V2 tire is backed by a 50,000-mile limite...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Organizer says 83% of 2,800 exhibitors from outside Germany
    German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, who is also organizing the upcoming automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika Frankfurt from 13 to 17 September at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds, has revealed the key topics at this year’s event and announced that the exhibitor line-up continues to be international, according to a press release dated 8 September. The key topics include alternative drive systems, training and professional development, resilient su...
    US-based American Tire Distributors completes sale of Canadian subsidiary
    American Tire Distributors (ATD), a US based independent suppliers of tires to the replacement tire market., has announced the completion of the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, National Tire Distributors (NTD) to Groupe Touchette, according to a press release dated 7 September. With the sale of NTD now complete, ATD says it is moving forward as a more focused organization that is better positioned to serve its customers across the US. The company will continue supporting NTD and Groupe Touch...
    Bridgestone announces additional investments in Brazil plant
    Japanese tire manufacturing company Bridgestone Americas has announced that Bridgestone Brazil will invest an additional BRL270 million (around USD52 million) in the expansion and modernization of the tire plant in Camaçari, a city in Bahia, Brazil, according to a press release dated 6 September. This brings the company's total investments announced since 2021 to more than BRL970 million (around USD186 million) for the Bahia plant. This second phase of expansion and modernization of the Bahi...
    Bridgestone announces Amazon Web Services as its cloud-based mobility solutions partner
    Japanese tire manufacturing company Bridgestone Corporation has said that it has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to use its cloud services for the company’s mobility solutions, it said in a press release on 29 August. Bridgestone will be able to use AWS’ internet of things (IoT), machine learning, and analytics/business intelligence services to launch new customer-centric solutions and improve data analysis. “AWS has helped strengthen and modernize our Americas business fo...
    Goodyear expands EV tire portfolio under ElectricDrive brand
    US tire manufacturer, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, announced in a press release dated 1 September, that to stay ahead of growing demand in the electric vehicle (EV) market, the company has launched the all-new Goodyear ElectricDrive all-season tire and two new sizes for its ultra-high performance tire, the Goodyear ElectricDrive GT. These new introductions come with a 60,000-mile tread life limited warranty, V speed rating and is available in some of the more popular sizes, accordi...
    Hankook Tire to invest USD1.6 billion in USA plant expansion
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook Tire has announced that its board of directors have approved a USD1.6 billion investment to expand its Tennessee plant in the USA, according to a press release dated 29 August. The investment includes the previously planned Phase 2 expansion that will double production capacity of Hankook’s passenger car and light truck (PC/LT) tires and adds a Phase 3 expansion with the company’s first US production of Truck Bus and Radial (TBR) tires. This expansio...
    Automechanika Frankfurt 2022: Michelin to showcase vehicle accessories and more
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on 30 August that its subsidiary, Michelin Lifestyle Limited, will be presenting its varied range of accessories at the upcoming Automechanika Frankfurt during 13–17 September as part of its efforts to position itself as “more than just a tyre company.” An innovative range of high-pressure washers with the brand’s patented dual-tech system, new jump starters, snow chains, wipers, car mats, and portable compressors will be amon...
    Bridgestone Americas launces new brand platform
    Bridgestone Americas, Inc. today launched "What Really Matters," a new brand platform that is linked to the values of the global Bridgestone E8 Commitment and showcases the company's focus on creating a more sustainable world for future generations, according to a press release dated 24 August. The targeted activation will officially launch through multichannel content developed by creative agency Leo Burnett.  The platform marks a shift from the company's traditional product perfor...
    Nokian Tyres announces changes in operating model and leadership
    Finland-based OE and replacement tire manufacturer, Nokian Tyres, has announced changes in its operating model and leadership, via a press release dated 24 August.  The company is combining passenger car tires commercial operations under one leadership, with increasing strategic and operational synergies across the geographical areas. Anna Hyvönen, EVP North America, Nordics and Vianor and member of Nokian Tyres management team, has been appointed EVP Passenger Car Tyres and Vianor. ...
    Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp names Rob Lovi as VP of Sales
    US subsidiary of Japenese tire manufacturer, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp, has announced that Rob Lovi has been promoted to vice president of Sales via a press release dated 22 August. Previously serving as the director of Sales, National Strategic Accounts, Lovi’s promotion is a part of the company’s succession plan following the appointment of Mike Graber to president and chief executive officer earlier this year. Lovi first joined Toyo Tires as a director of Sales in July 2018 ...
    ZC Rubber Europe appoints new Deputy General Manager
    ZC Rubber, a leading tire manufacturing company, has announced the appointment of Akos Barcsik as the new Deputy General Manager of ZC Rubber Europe via a press release dated 18 August.  During his career at ZC Rubber since 2017, Akos initially served as Field Engineer Manager and later as Sales Director of ZC Rubber Europe. Akos has greatly contributed to developing and improving WESTLAKE generation II truck tires. Since he became the European Sales Director in 2021, ZC Rubber Europe ha...
    Hankook tire reports Q2 2022 net sales at USD1.61 billion, up 12.77% y/y
    South Korean tire manufacturer, Hankook tire, has reported second quarter 2022 net sales at KRW2.03 trillion (USD1.61 billion), up 12.77% year-on-year (y/y) from KRW1.80 trillion in the previous year for the second quarter of 2021, according to a filing by the company on 2 August. Operating income for the quarter was reported at KRW175.2 billion, compared to KRW187 billion from the previous year. Significance: According to Hankook Tire’s financial report, sales of 18” or hi...
    Goodyear reports Q2 2022 net sales at USD5.21 billion, up 31% from Q2 2021
    US tire manufacturer Goodyear announced Q2 2022 net sales at USD5.21 billion, up 31% year on year from USD3.97 billion in Q2 2021 for the three months ended 30 June, via a press release dated 5 August.  The highlights from the financial release are: Net income stood at USD166 million for Q2 2022. Adjusted net income was USD131 million for Q2 FY 2022. Net income was USD262 million (91 cents per share) compared with net income of USD79 million (...
    Cooper Standard reports Q2 2022 net sales at USD605.91 million, up 13.64% from Q2 2021
    Cooper Standard has reported second quarter 2022 net sales at USD605.91 million, up 13.64% year-on-year (y/y) from USD533.18 million in the previous year for the second quarter of 2021, according to a filing by the company on 4 August. Operating loss for the quarter was reported at USD8.73 million. Net loss for second quarter 2022 was reported at USD34.15 million. Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and CEO, Cooper Standard, said, “We began to see some improvement in global market conditions and...
    Michelin Group acquires road infrastructure computer vision company, Roadbotics
    Michelin Group has acquired RoadBotics, a US start-up specializing in the image analysis of road infrastructures, a press release dated 11 July read. RoadBotics’ computer vision technology transforms visual data from road infrastructures collected with cameras, mainly with smartphones, into actionable data to enable decision-making by road infrastructure managers. The company released an interview  with Lorraine Frega, member of the Group Executive responsible for D...
    Bridgestone collaborates with Microsoft on advance tire analytics
    Bridgestone via press release on 5 August has announced collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate advance tire analytics integration across global portfolio of connected tires and mobility solutions.  According to the release, Advanced and predictive maintenance analytics will deliver greater productivity and efficiency for customers. Using Azure will enable Bridgestone to create value for customers, primarily global fleet and OEM customers, by integrating advanced tire analytic...
    Apollo Tyres unveils specific tyres for electric vehicles
    “Tyre design and manufacturing have always evolved along with the automobiles. Our teams have invested years of research to understand the changing dynamics and requirements of vehicles in EV space to perfect the product that we are launching today. We are already in discussions with multiple OEMs in India to supply these tyres for the electric vehicles and will be targeting for a lion’s share in the EV space in India, in both PV and two-wheeler segments,” said Satish Sharma, President, As...
    Hankook Tire launches Dynapro HPX tire for SUVs
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook announced via press release on 18 July the launch of its new SUV tire ‘Dynapro HPX’, which claims to offer a high level of handling and ride comfort. The Hankook Dynapro HPX is a touring all-season tire designed to provide refined handling, extra comfort, and low noise throughout all seasons and with improved mileage performance, it can drive the longest distance among Hankook’s SUV products, according to the release. The HPX has been first launc...
    Bridgestone Japan adds 10 sizes for SUVs for its winter tire Blizzak
    Bridgestone Japan has announced that it has added 10 tire sizes for SUVs to its lineup of the premium studless tire Blizzak VRX3, and that the tire sizes will be released sequentially from 1 October, according to a company release dated 20 July. The company says it aims to secure winter car life from the ground up through its studless tires from its winter tire brand Blizzak, according to the release. Bridgestone already has a premium summer tire brand, ALENZA, as an SUV-exclusive product, an...
    Michelin ties up with US-based EV charging provider Volta
    Volta, a US-based electric vehicle charging network provider, has announced a partnership with Michelin North America to bring the latter’s ‘Motion For Life’ campaign to millions of EV drivers and consumers in the US, according to a press release dated 19 July. The campaign showcases Michelin’s tires designed to maximize EV performance. Volta provides public EV charging with locations at grocery stores, entertainment venues, apparel retailers, and more. The strategic location of Volta...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Nokian Tyres to exit Russian market
    Finnish tire company Nokian Tyres announced in a press release on 28 June that its Board of Directors have decided to initiate a controlled exit from the Russian market. The company said that it is no longer feasible nor sustainable for it to continue operations in Russia due to the war in Ukraine and the subsequent, tightening sanctions. According to the announcement, the exit preparations will start immediately, and the company will evaluate different options for the exit and the company sa...
    Nokian tires outlines its energy efficient and silent EV tire range
    Finnish tire company Nokian Tyres announced in a press release on 13 July that it is involving the shift to EVs in its tire development. The company says it is focusing on low tire noise and energy efficiency. The power, mass, and low noise level of EVs are among the factors guiding its development, according to the release, which added that when the car is nearly silent, low tire noise is a substantial improvement in terms of driving comfort. It noted that the tire’s structure and tread co...
    Apollo Tyres appoints marketing head for Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa
    India headquartered Apollo Tyres has announced that it has appointed Vikram Garga as Group Head, Marketing for the Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa (APMEA) region, according to a press release dated 14 July. Vikram would be spearheading the regional marketing team and would be responsible for marketing and product strategy for all product categories, dealer programs, brand positioning and monitoring performance in conjunction with sales, the release added. Vikram joins Apollo Tyres from...
    Bridgestone, Toyo Tire USA announce price hikes
    Tiremaker Bridgestone Japan has announced its decision to raise its aftermarket tire pricing from 1 September due to increasing crude oil pricing under the Russia–Ukraine conflict as well as increases in other energy related costs, according to a press release dated 24 June. The increase will be from 3–8% for summer and winter replacement tires, according to the release. This is the company’s second price increase after 1 April. In a similar move, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp also announced it...
    Mainland China based ZC Rubber showcases range at Brazilian tire show
    Zhongce Rubber Group or ZC Rubber, a mainland China-based tire manufacturer, has announced that it recently showcased its new Westlake-branded ultra-high performance (UHP) passenger car tires for the Brazilian market at Pneushow 2022 held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 22–24 June, according to a press release dated 28 June. The Pneushow is an international trade show that takes place every two years, focusing on products, machines, solutions and innovations related to tires. At the event, ZC Ru...
    Indian auto component industry body ACMA kicks off aftermarket roadshow
    The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), India’s apex auto component industry body, announced that it commenced the first edition of the Automotive Aftermarket Roadshow in Namakkal, in South India, according to a press release dated 25 June. The Aftermarket Expo serves as a platform for innovation and collaboration between the buyers and exhibitors and aims to create awareness about the latest auto components and advanced technologies for the mechanics, dealers, a...
    Continental launches VanContact Ultra tire
    German supplier of automotive components, tires, and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental, has announced the launch of its new light commercial vehicle category VanContact Ultra that has been specially developed as a summer tire for delivery services and craftsmen’s vehicles, according to a press release dated 23 June. The tire comes with important capabilities for economical driving, even in urban environments. Very high mileage, robust design, low tire/road noise and low rolling res...
    Michelin gets India’s first fuel efficiency 5 Star rating for passenger car tire
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on 22 June that it has become the first tire brand in the passenger vehicle segment in India to be accredited with the newly introduced star labeling program by Government of India with the MICHELIN Latitude Sport 3 and MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 sport utility vehicle (SUV) tires receiving a 5 Star rating. According to the release, a ‘5 Star product’, on average, consumes up to 9.5%   less fuel when compared to any other ...
    UK Garage & Bodyshop Event 2022 sees high aftermarket participation
    The UK Garage and Bodyshop Event has received widespread praise from the automotive aftermarket community, witnessing 3538 participants over two days, according to a press release on Auto Resource UK dated 20 June. The event, held from 8 to 9 June, kicked off with visitors from garages, bodyshops and the wider automotive aftermarket from all over the UK at the NEC in Birmingham to learn about the latest industry technology, tools and training, the release added. One of the key takeaways from ...
    Continental Tires made from recycled PET bottles now available throughout Europe
    German supplier of automotive components, tires, and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental, has announced that its tires containing polyester made from recycled PET bottles are now available to all dealers in Europe, according to a press release dated 20 June. Continental has brought the so-called ContiRe.Tex technology, which can completely replace the conventionally polyester in the tire carcass, into series production in April 2022. Currently, the premium tire manufacturer offers thre...
    US tiremaker TBC announces personnel changes at subsidiary Big O Tires
    TBC Corporation, a distributor of automotive replacement tires based in United States, has announced a change in leadership at its subsidiary Big O Tires, a retail tire and auto service franchisor with 460 locations in the US, according to a press release dated 17 June. According to the release, Jim Bull, VP and General Manager of Big O Tires, will retire effective 1 July following a 17-year career. Succeeding Jim will be Brian Maciak, currently EVP, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Off...
    THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022: ZC Rubber launches passenger car tires
    Zhongce Rubber Group or ZC Rubber, a mainland China-based tire manufacturer, has announced that it recently launched its new Westlake- and Goodride-branded ultra-high performance passenger car tires for the European market at Tire Cologne 2022. Global tire and wheel trade fair THE TIRE COLOGNE was held from 24 to 26 May in Germany, according to a press release dated 28 May. The Westlake ZuperAce Z-007 and Goodride Solmax 1 tires are claimed to deliver enhanced quietness, grip, and handling pe...
    Continental outlines new REDI-Sensor TPMS Sensors
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, in a release dated 8 June reiterated its focus on the brand’s new generation REDI-Sensor Multi-Application Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Sensors and said that the products now also come with a new packaging design. The company’s next generation REDI-Sensor features four multi-application TPMS sensors that can replace over 290 different OE sensors and provide coverage fo...
    THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022: Singapore-based Giti Tire showcases latest range
    Singapore-based tire company Giti Tire announced that The Tire Cologne 2022 was a very productive event for the company, according to a press release dated 13 June. The company showcased its range that included the latest Giti and GT Radial passenger car and sport utility vehicle (SUV) tires, as well as three new Giti truck and bus tires including the Giti GSR237 Combi Road, Giti GSR236 Combi Road, and Giti GDL617 Eco Road, the release added. Global tire and wheel trade fair THE TIRE COLOGN...
    Continental Aftermarket US urges technicians to keep TPMS scan tools updated
    Continental Aftermarket US, a supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket replacement parts and advanced diagnostics, in a release dated 10 May urged all automotive service technicians to make sure that their Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) scan tools are updated with their tool manufacturer’s latest software. Continental launched a national public service campaign to make sure that shops and service facilities are made aware that they need to keep their TPMS tools updated regularly so ...
    Auto Care Association forecasts US automotive aftermarket sales up 8.5% in 2022
    Auto Care Association, a US-based industry body representing independent manufacturers, distributors and repair shops, has announced in a press release dated 7 June that total US light duty automotive aftermarket sales are forecasted to increase 8.5% in 2022 to USD356.5 billion, according to the “2022 Joint Channel Forecast Model” produced by the association and the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA). An additional 5% growth is expected for 2023 and growth will average mo...
    Autopromotec 2022: Falken Tyre showcases e-mobility offering
    Sumitomo Rubber Industries-owned Japanese tire manufacturer Falken Tyre attended the recently held Autopromotec 2022 exhibition in Bologna, Italy between 25–28 May, presenting several highlights from its wide range of products for passenger cars, sport utility vehicles (SUVs), light trucks and trucks, according to an official press release. The company’s product highlights included the new winter tires, the EUROWINTER HS02 and the EUROWINTER HS02 Pro, both of which are claimed to have the...
    THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022: Linglong unveils Master range of tires
    Chinese tire manufacturer Linglong Tire announced via press release on 7 June that it debuted its Sport Master EV Tyres for electric vehicles (EVs), as well as the all-season Grip Maser 4S Tyres, alongside the full range of Master Tyres at global tire and wheel trade fair THE TIRE COLOGNE, which was held from 24 to 26 May in Germany. The company’s Master series of tire products included summer, all-season, winter, comfort, sports, and sport utility vehicle (SUV) tires catering to the increa...
    Symbio, Schaeffler establish an equal JV to produce fuel cell bipolar plates
    Symbio, a Faurecia and Michelin joint venture (JV) company, and Schaeffler have signed an agreement for establishing an equal JV company to produce fuel cell bipolar plates (BPP) for global mobility and energy solutions, Schaeffler announced on 7 June 2022. The new JV company, which will be located in Haguenau, France, will be established and become operational under the brand name Innoplate by the end of 2022. Meanwhile, start of production is planned for early 2024 at its Haguenau-based pro...
    THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022: Swiss-based RONAL GROUP showcases aftermarket wheel range
    Härkingen, Switzerland-based RONAL GROUP, a manufacturer and distributors of light alloy wheels for passenger cars and commercial vehicles, as well as producer of cast and forged wheels, showcased a range of its products at THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022 in Germany from 24 to 26 May, according to a company release dated 30 May. The passenger car aftermarket range included new wheels with innovative paint finishes such as the RONAL R10 TURBO, which will soon be available in a copper-colored variant. O...
    THE TIRE COLOGNE 2022: Global tire and wheel trade fair held in Germany
    Global tire and wheel trade fair THE TIRE COLOGNE, which was held from 24 to 26 May in Germany, is said to have seen participation from 12,000 trade visitors from 100 countries with around 300 exhibiting companies and brands from 35 countries, according to a press release dated 26 May. The event saw discussions around solutions relating to the themes of sustainability, digitalization, and the future of mobility. It presented innovations and products from the segments such as tires and wheels, au...
    Bridgestone launches integrated tire and fleet management solutions
    Bridgestone via press release on 1 June has announced the launch of Fleetcare, an integrated tire and fleet management solution for fleet owners.  Fleetcare revolutionizes the fleet market by offering both tire and fleet management solutions with integrated and connected data and reporting available under one agreement and delivered by one single partner. With combined tire and vehicle data, Fleetcare provides smarter and more predictive maintenance solutions, resulting in optimized...
    Sumitomo Rubber starts retailing its IMS repair kit at Dunlop outlets
    Japan-based Sumitomo Rubber Industries has announced that it has started retailing its temporary flat tire repair kit IMS or Instant Mobility System through its Dunlop chain of retail outlets, Tire Select and Tire Land, according to a press release dated 18 May. Claimed to eliminate the need for spare tires, the tire puncture emergency repair kit IMS comes in two sizes, one for sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and large vehicles, and one for small and medium-sized vehicles and light vehicles. ...
    Continental appoints new OEM aftersales head for tire replacement business
    German supplier of automotive components, tires, and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental, has announced the appointment of three new heads to key positions in its replacement and original equipment business, according to a press release dated 20 May. Guido Wolff is now the new Global Account Director Original Equipment. He takes over this position from Jan Oliver Götz, who is now the new head of OEM Aftersales. Previously in this role, Jobst Schwarz has now taken over Key Account Managem...
    American Tire Distributors to acquire Monro’s Tires Now
    American Tire Distributors (ATD) and Monro, Inc have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which ATD will acquire Monro’s wholesale tire distribution assets, operating under the Tires Now, according to a press release dated 19 May. Under the terms of the transaction, ATD will pay Monro USD105 million in cash for the assets under the Tires Now operations and for certain assets under Monro’s internal tire distribution operations. The transaction is expecte...
    Yokohama Rubber develops tech to estimate tire wear using a sensor
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced that it has developed a technology to detect the wear level of passenger car tires by analyzing the sensing waveform obtained from a sensor that can be pasted on the inner surface of a tire using its own signal processing technology, according to a press release dated 21 April. The sensor is being jointly developed with Alps Alpine Co, a Tokyo-based manufacturer of electronic components and automotive infotainment systems. Through a sensor affi...
    Sumitomo Rubber partners with ORIX Automobile for TPMS demonstration
    Japan-based Sumitomo Rubber Industries has announced that it has partnered with ORIX Automobile to commence a demonstration experiment of its air pressure and tire temperature monitoring service, according to an English-translated version of the press release (originally in Japanese) dated 7 April. The service remotely monitors tire pressure and temperature to prevent slow puncture which can be caused by gradual air escaping through tiny holes or cracks on tires. In the pilot stage, the devic...
    Aftermarket distributor body FIGIEFA urges members to comply with sanctions on Russia
    FIGIEFA, the international federation of independent automotive aftermarket distributors, has called on its members to comply with the sanctions imposed by the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries on Russia or Belarus, according to a statement dated 9 May. The distributor body said the safest and most effective way to ensure compliance with the sanctions is to cease all commercial activities with Russia and Belarus and it urged all operators in the automotiv...
    Bridgestone partners to codevelop end-of-life tire recycling process
    Bridgestone via press release on 13 April has announced a partnership with LanzaTech to codevelop the first dedicated end-of-life tire recycling process and create an outline toward decarbonization of new tire production. According to the Tire Industry Project operating under the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), more than one billion tires globally reach the end of their useful service life each year. Paolo Ferrari, president and CEO, Bridgestone Americas, s...
    Bridgestone Americas launches its new Bridgestone DriveGuard Plus premium touring tire
    Bridgestone Americas, a subsidiary of the Japanese auto parts manufacturer, announced the launch of the all-new Bridgestone DriveGuard Plus premium touring tire, according to a press release dated 26 April. The tire is equipped with best-in-class run-flat technology. Key performance advancements offered by the Bridgestone DriveGuard Plus tire include: Twelve percent improvement in corner hydroplane resistance when new Eight percent improvement in corner hydroplane resistance when...
    China’s Linglong Tire and Cleantire strengthen partnership for tire recycling
    Chinese tire manufacturer Linglong Tire announced via press release on 15 April that it has signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement for waste tire recycling and reuse with Cleantire, which is a technology company integrating research and development (R&D), design, production, and the sales of renewable resources. With the deepening of the concept of environmental protection, recycling, and disposing of waste tires has become a hot topic in the industry, the release sai...
    Apollo Tyres opens digital innovation hub in UK
    India headquartered Apollo Tyres has announced the launch of its digital innovation hub in London, according to a press release dated 21 April.  The innovation hub will use artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to solve complex manufacturing problems, focused on improving the efficiency, quality and sustainability of its manufacturing practices as part of the company’s digital strategy to implement Industry 4.0. The company has invested GBP5 million (USD6.1 milli...
    Continental launches volume production of tires made from recycled PET bottles
    Continental has launched volume production tires made from recycled polyester yarn obtained from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles, according to a press release published by Continental on 5 April. The new material initially will be available in selected sizes for Continental’s PremiumContact 6 and EcoContact 6 summer tires and the AllSeasonContact tire. These tires are produced with a special logo ‘Contains Recycled Material’ on the sidewall to depict ContiRe.Tex technol...
    Continental rolls out TPMS Pro for commercial vehicles and fleets
    German supplier of automotive components, tires, and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental has expanded its commercial vehicle servicing product range with TPMS Update Plus Transport for tire pressure monitoring and maintenance of tire pressure monitoring systems, according to a press release dated 24 March. The company says the TPMS Pro service unit has been used in the passenger automobile sector for many years, and with this update, commercial vehicle tire workshops and fleet operators c...
    Yokohama Rubber to expand conveyor belt production capacity in Japan
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced plans to expand the conveyor belt production capacity of its Hiratsuka Factory in Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, according to a press release dated 14 March. The company said the expansion is part of the its effort to strengthen its industrial products business. The expansion will be conducted in stages, with the initial stage amounting to a capital investment of about JPY1.6 billion (around USD 13 million). The expansion will focu...
    Goodyear launches tires to help last-mile delivery fleets
    US tire manufacturer, Goodyear, announced that it will be showcasing two new tires for the growing last-mile delivery sector: the new Endurance RSA ULT and Fuel Max RSA ULT at this year’s Technology & Maintenance Council Annual Meeting in Orlando and Work Truck Week summit in Indianapolis, according to a press release dated 8 March.  Compatible with electric vehicle (EV) and gas- or diesel-powered work vehicles, the Endurance RSA ULT is Goodyear’s premium 17.5-inch all-posit...
    Continental ties up for recycling end-of-life tires
    German parts manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 14 March that it has signed a development agreement with Pyrum Innovations, a recycling technology company based in Germany, Luxembourg, and France, to further optimize and expand the recycling of end-of-life tires through pyrolysis. Pyrolysis is the industrial process of breaking down large molecules of tire into smaller molecules of oil, gas, and carbon black. Recovered carbon black (rCB) produced in tire pyrolysis is an envi...
    Bridgestone makes minority investment in tire sensor and data management company Tyrata
    Bridgestone has made a minority investment in tire sensor and data management company Tyrata, a company press release on 3 March read. Bridgestone will make use of data and insights from IntelliTread Tyrata.io platform. It helps fleets maximize the service life of all tire assets, reduce tire-related downtime and promote sustainable tire performance best practices. “The Bridgestone investment represents a very significant milestone in the validation of Tyrata’s technology and business mod...
    ACMA Automechanika New Delhi, India to be held in February 2024
    ACMA Automechanika, New Delhi, India, the exhibition of auto parts, auto components and products for car aftersales service, is scheduled to be held from 1–3 February, 2024 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, according to a press release dated 7 March. The announcement was made by event organizers Messe Frankfurt India, the Indian arm of German trade fair, congress and event organizer Messe Frankfurt, and India’s apex component industry body Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India ...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: French tire maker Michelin suspends operations in Russia
    French tire manufacturer Michelin announced via press release on 15 March that it would be suspending its industrial activity in Russia as well as exportations to Russia from other countries. According to the press release, the company’s Davydovo plant in Russia that manufactures passenger car tires and retreaded truck tires mainly for the domestic market will stop operations in response to the continued crisis in the Ukrainian region. The company stated that it will continue supporting its...
    Russia-Ukraine conflict: Bridgestone suspends manufacturing activities and new investments in Russia
    Japanese multinational auto parts manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation announced via press release on 14 March that it would be suspending local manufacturing in and exports to Russia in response to the ongoing conflict in the Ukrainian region. According to the press release, the company, as part of its new corporate commitment “Bridgestone E8 Commitment”, will suspend all operations in its car tire plant located in Ulyanovsk, Russia, from 18 March, after communicating with its employees ...
    Yokohama adds 20- and 21-inch ADVAN Sport V107 tires for BMW M3, M4 as aftermarket option
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced that it has started delivering its high-performance tire series ADVAN Sport V107 for the BMW M3 and M4 as an aftermarket option, according to a company release dated 7 March. Yokohama Rubber is supplying 285/30ZR20 (99Y) front tires and 295/25ZR21 (96Y) rear tires. The two newly supplied sizes differ from the 18- and 19-inch ADVAN Sport V107 tires that Yokohama Rubber has been supplying as OE for the same models since November 2020. The newly s...
    Hankook launches Ventus Prime 4 tires for Europe
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook announced via press release on 2 March the launch of its new Ventus Prime 4 tire, which is said to provide a mix of performance, safety, comfort, and environmental properties. The new summer tire pattern, together with the sports utility vehicle (SUV) variant, is available in 67 sizes from 16 inches to 20 inches, in-tread widths from 195 mm to 255 mm with aspect-ratios from 40 to 65, and speed indices H to Y. The “high-mileage compound technology” of...
    Bridgestone says fiscal 2021 revenue USD28.3 billion, up 20.4% y/y
    Japanese tire manufacturing company Bridgestone Corporation announced via press release on 15 February its consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ending 31 December 2021. The company reported revenue of USD28.3 billion, up 20.4% year-on-year (y/y) and an operating profit of USD3.291 billion, a 503% y/y increase. Profit for continuing operations attributable to owners of parent stood at USD2.6 billion, basic earnings per share stood at USD4.89 and diluted earnin...
    Bridgestone, ENEOS partner to mull recycling technologies for used tires
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation announced via press release on 18 February that the company, along with Japanese oil and metals company ENEOS Corporation is launching a joint R&D project focused on producing tire raw materials from used tires. Through this project, Bridgestone and ENEOS aim to develop a recycling business that will convert used tires to raw materials. The joint project will work to develop chemical recycling technologies for used tires by merging the ad...
    Yokohama reorganizes automotive hoses and couplings production in US, Mexico
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced that it is reorganizing its production of automotive hoses and couplings in the United States and Mexico, as part of its effort to strengthen its hose and couplings business, according to a press release dated 17 February. The move aims to consolidate and optimize products produced, increase operating rates at each plant, and create a more competitive production system. The restructuring will transfer the production of air conditioning hoses an...
    Pirelli updates SUV-focused Scorpion tire range
    Italian tire manufacturer Pirelli announced via press release on 16 February that it has launched an updated range of its Scorpion-branded tires dedicated to sport utility vehicles (SUVs), a segment that it sees gaining popularity. The latest range marks a complete renewal of the family that has specialized in the SUV market for more than 35 years, tailor-made for premium models and featuring tires for different seasons. The new Scorpion has been developed specifically to cater for the heavie...
    Nexen Tire develops tire performance prediction system using AI
    South Korean tire manufacturer Nexen Tire has announced that it has developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based tire performance prediction system, according to a press release dated 15 February. The company will use a machine learning technology in the concept design stage to precisely and rapidly anticipate the primary performance indicators such as fuel efficiency, noise, handling process, etc. that are considered during the tire development process, according to the release. The abili...
    Nokian Tyres launches new non-studded winter tire Hakkapeliitta® R5
    Finnish tire company Nokian Tyres announced in a press release on 18 January its new flagship Hakkapeliitta® R5 Nordic non-studded winter tire for passenger cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). According to the press release, the Hakkapeliitta® R5 delivers an excellent degree of grip, silence, and eco-friendliness thanks to its new Double Block Grip design, Silent Touch tread design, and Green Trace natural rubber-based composition. The tire’s best-in-class ice performance...
    Renault’s aftersales brand Motrio launches new tire range
    Motrio, the aftersales brand of the Renault Group, said to offer a complete range of parts equivalent to the original parts in terms of safety and functionality, has announced the launch of a new generation of tires under the Fairway range, according to a press release dated 15 February. The Fairway range will go on sale with the release of Fairway summer in February, Fairway all-season in April and Fairway winter in June 2022. The tires will be available in the Renault, Dacia and Motrio netw...
    Falken launches new Azenis FK520 UHP tire for high-performance vehicles
    Japanese tire manufacturer Falken Tyre announced in a press release on 1 February its all-new premium Azenis FK520 ultra-high-performance (UHP) tire for performance cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs). According to the press release, the new tire features increased structural strength and stiffness thanks to aramid reinforcement, improving stability and steering behavior, a 10% lower weight thanks to new construction techniques, an optimal surface traction and driving perfor...
    2022 UK Garage and Bodyshop Event sees growing aftermarket interest
    The new UK Garage and Bodyshop Event, presented by organizers of Automechanika Birmingham, is seeing growing interest from aftermarket participants with several new additions to the exhibitor list, according to a press release from Automechanika dated 8 February. The latest exhibitors to sign-up for the event, which will take place during 8–9 June, 2022 at NEC Birmingham, include Platinum Partners, LKQ Euro Car Parts, Bilstein Group (Blue Print & febi Bilstein) and Castrol with its partner...
    Bridgestone to expand production capacity for passenger car tires in Japan
    Japanese tire manufacturer Bridgestone Corporation announced via press release on 3 February that it will expand the production capacity of premium tires for passenger cars at its Tochigi, Hikone, Hofu, and Tosu plants in Japan. The construction will start in the first quarter of 2022. Entailing a total investment of approximately JPY8.2 billion (around USD71 million), the production capacity expansions of premium passenger car tires are projected to result in an increase of approximately 6,2...
    Sensata says its TPMS solutions adopted by multiple CV makers
    Sensata Technologies, a US-based supplier of sensors and sensor-equipped solutions to the automotive industry, announced that its Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) have been selected by multiple commercial tractor and trailer manufacturers to meet new and emerging vehicle standards and regulations worldwide, according to a press release dated 9 February. According to the release, the need for TPMS on commercial tractors and trailers is on the rise as safety regulations in Europe and Chi...
    Hankook opens new test center in Idiada, Spain
    South Korean tire manufacturer Hankook has announced the official opening of a newly constructed test center in Idiada, Spain, according to a press release dated 4 February. The company says that the move is part its continuous investments into research and development as well as the expansion of its testing capacities. Hankook recently inaugurated a workshop at Nürburgring and prior to that, the Technotrac winter tire proving ground in Ivalo, Finland. The new workshop is located on the prem...
    US lawmakers introduce ‘Right to Repair’ legislation
    The automotive Right to Repair movement in the US gained further traction as US Representative Bobby Rush introduced the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act on 3 February with an aim to ensure equal access to auto repair data for independent repair shops, according to an official announcement by Rush’s office dated 3 February. This legislation would preserve consumer access to high quality, affordable vehicle repair by ensuring that, vehicle owners and indepen...
    UK aftermarket logistics provider Carousel merges with Danx
    UK-based aftermarket logistics provider Carousel has announced its merger with Denmark-based spare parts logistics provider Danx in partnership with Axcel, a Nordic-based private equity investor, to become a European specialist logistics company for aftermarket and spare parts logistics, according to a press release dated 12 January. As part of the deal, Axcel is acquiring both companies from the founders and previous investors with the aim to significantly expand the combined company across Eur...
    Bridgestone Americas’ aftermarket service arm expands EV services
    Bridgestone Retail Operations, a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, announced plans to expand its electric and hybrid vehicle services at 44 of the company’s Firestone Complete Auto Care and Wheel Works stores in Austin, Texas and San Francisco, California, according to a press release dated 25 January. The advanced services are part of the company’s broader initiative to address an increasingly electric car parc and contribute to a more sustainable society, the release added. While elec...
    Distributor group Nexus Automotive reveals North America growth strategy
    The North American arm of Nexus Automotive International, a Geneva-based alliance of independent car parts distributors, announced that the company is developing key strategies in North America to support the growth of its suppliers, according to a press release dated 26 January. The distributor body, which has six members in North America, said it will leverage its regional distribution centers to support logistic processes in local markets, creating a synergy between suppliers and distribut...
    Bendix launches enhanced e-commerce site for parts
    US-based supplier of commercial vehicle braking and safety systems, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, has announced that it has enhanced its e-commerce platform B2Bendix.com to help customers and partners provide the right parts quickly and easily, according to a press release dated 24 January. Bendix develops and manufactures active safety, air management, and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles. Its e-commerce platform is said to feature high-resolution, 360-degree vie...
    Dana showcases customized Jeep Gladiator
    Dana Inc, the US-based global supplier of drivetrain and propulsion systems as well as aftermarket solutions has showcased its newly customized Jeep Gladiator at the recent Winter X Games Aspen 2022, according to a company release dated 25 January. The vehicle is equipped with the Ultimate Dana 60 front axle and Ultimate Dana 80 prototype rear axle, along with performance 1350 driveshafts from the company’s Spicer brand. A unique feature of the Dana-modified Jeep Gladiator truck is that som...
    Aftermarket distributor AD International opens new warehouse in Russia
    Autodistribution International, also known as ADI, a Belgium-based European group of distributors of automotive replacement parts for motor vehicles has announced the opening of a new warehouse in Russia, according to a press statement dated 20 January. The new warehouse, which will store products from Belgian automotive maintenance and spare parts producer MILES, is spread across 7,000-square-meters. The storage facilities at the warehouse are claimed to meet the highest international standa...
    Valeo outlines aftermarket solutions for electrification
    French automotive supplier Valeo has showcased new aftermarket solutions in response to the sharpened focus on vehicle electrification globally, according to a press release dated 26 January. The company has added to its aftermarket portfolio the iBSG (Integrated Belt Starter Generator) 48V system for auto repair specialists. Valeo says it is aimed at making electrification more widely accessible and responds to the challenge of increasing the performance of vehicles driven by internal combus...
    LKQ Euro Car Parts adds suspension systems maker MAD to its range
    UK-based supplier of car parts, LKQ Euro Car Parts has expanded its offering for independent garages by adding auxiliary and reinforced springs from suspension systems specialist MAD to its product range, according to a release dated 21 January from the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). Customers of LKQ Euro Car Parts can now access MAD’s range of springs—designed to help facilitate vehicle suspension, safety, and control—in store and on...
    Canadian vehicle e-commerce platform Carnex to focus on EV resale and aftersales
    Carnex, a Canadian vehicle e-commerce platform, recently announced the company's official strategic transition into the electric vehicle (EV) resale market, according to a press release dated 17 January. The transition will enable Carnex to buy and sell used EVs. As part of the transition, Carnex will provide aftermarket services specifically tailored for EVs, including the test drive, charging products and services, EV accessories, and educational and technical support. The company has al...
    Asahi Kasei partners with Shell to develop sustainable synthetic rubber for tires
    Japanese chemicals company Asahi Kasei announced via press release on 24 November that it had concluded an agreement with petrochemical company Shell Eastern regarding the supply of butadiene derived from plastic waste and biomass. According to the press release, Asahi Kasei intends to use this sustainable butadiene to produce sustainable solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR) at its plant in Singapore by the end of fiscal 2021. S-SBR is a type of synthetic rubber used mainly f...
    US aftermarket filter supplier Premium Guard acquires filter brand IPC Global
    US-based Premium Guard Inc (PGI), an automotive aftermarket filter brand announced that it has completed the acquisition of IPC Global Solutions (IPC), a private label filter supplier and the creator of the ECOGARD brand of filtration products, according to a press release dated 11 January. As part of the transaction, PGI also partnered with Trive Capital, a Dallas, US-based private equity firm. PGI, which is the creator of PUREFLOW breathable air filtration technology, finalized the deal on ...
    India proposes mandatory side and curtain airbags in all cars
    India on Saturday, 15 January proposed mandating at least six airbags in all M1 category vehicles (passenger vehicles that comprise not more than eight seats inclusive of the driver) that are manufactured from 1 October, according to a Nikkei news report dated 16 January. The government wants automakers to provide two side air bags and two curtain air bags, to protect those seated in the rear seats, in addition to the already required two airbags for all vehicles. The side air bags are to "he...
    Aftermarket lobby group AFCAR meets Swedish Transport Agency on vehicle data law
    The Swedish arm of the Alliance for the Freedom of Car Repair in the EU (AFCAR), along with the trade associations SBF (Association of Swedish Wholesalers of Automotive Parts and Accessories) and SFVF (Swedish Vehicle Workshop Association), recently met with the Swedish Transport Agency to discuss the importance of a law regulating access to vehicle data for the workshops, according to a press release by SBF dated 17 January. AFCAR is a lobby group that seeks to ensure the right of independen...
    Continental partners with Danish car sharing firm for intelligent tire management
    German supplier of automotive components, tires, and aftermarket replacement parts, Continental and Denmark based car sharing firm SHARE NOW have announced the broadening of their partnership, according to a press release dated 18 January. As per the partnership, SHARE NOW Denmark will have Continental’s cloud-based tire monitoring service, Conti360° Solutions, handling the tire management for its fleet of around 700 vehicles. The move follows a successful pilot project on tread depth monitor...
    US-based CarParts.com appoints Ana Dutra to its board
    CarParts.com, a US-based e-commerce provider of automotive parts and accessories, has announced that it has appointed Ana Dutra, CEO of Mandala Global Advisors, to its board of directors, according to a press release dated 12 January. Dutra previously served as CEO of Korn/Ferry Consulting from 2007 until 2013, when she founded Mandala Global Advisors. Mandala is a provider of advisory services to boards and management to accelerate business growth through innovation, globalization, M&A, and...
    UK parts distributor Marathon strengthens delivery fleet
    Marathon Warehouse Distribution, a UK-based automotive parts distributor, has announced that it has made a significant investment in further enhancing its frequent same day logistics capability with the acquisition of a new fleet of Citroen Dispatch XL vans across its network of regional distribution service centers, according to a release dated 29 December from the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The new bigger vehicles come with an increas...
    US-based CarParts.com anticipates FY 2021 sales up 31% to USD582 million
    CarParts.com, a US-based e-commerce provider of automotive parts and accessories, has revealed preliminary 2021 results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 1 January 2022 in light of recent market volatility, according to a press release dated 6 January. The company says it expects to report fiscal year 2021 revenue of approximately USD582 million, up 31% year-on-year. The fourth quarter ending 1 January 2022 included 13 weeks versus 14 weeks in the fourth quarter ended 2 Januar...
    General Motors launches online parts marketplace
    US carmaker General Motors has announced that it is launching a new online parts marketplace, making its catalog of 45,000 repair and maintenance parts more convenient for Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, and Cadillac owners, according to a press release dated 18 January. The newly available parts catalog includes oil filters, engine and cabin air filters, batteries, brake pads, accessory belts, cooling hoses and windshield wiper blades, among other parts, the release added. GM says this move builds on...
    Continental launches UltraContact tire for end users and car fleets
    German parts manufacturer Continental announced via press release on 13 January the launch of the new UltraContact, a summer tire for fleets and end customers. The tire is claimed to have a long service life, robustness and low driving noise tailored to the needs of fleet operators and end users, and also well suited to electric vehicles. The new tire is primarily intended for markets where seasonal tires are not the norm. It will be available from spring 2022. The UltraContact is produced fo...
    Yokohama ADVAN Sport V107 approved by German tuner BRABUS
    Japanese tiremaker Yokohama Rubber has announced that the company’s ultrahigh performance ADVAN Sport V107 has been approved by German car tuner BRABUS for its 700/800/900 series off roader based on the Mercedes-AMG G 63, according to a company release dated 12 January. The V107 will be supplied with the tire size - 305/35R23 111Y XL. The car tuner approved this size in an effort to achieve a perfect balance of driving performance combined with comfort and safety characteristics, such as dr...
    Australian aftermarket distributor CoolDrive strengthens performance parts offering
    Australian automotive aftermarket parts distributor CoolDrive Auto Parts has announced that it has taken a slew of measures in the past year that have strengthened its performance parts offering, according to a press release dated 14 January. At the forefront of the push into the performance and motorsport space has been the addition of Racer Industries to CoolDrive Auto Parts, which sees the racing-focused brand’s inventory available through CoolDrive’s online platform—iShop as well as na...
    UK-based Elite Garages witnesses surge in demand for EV repairs
    Elite Garages, a UK-based independent garage network has said that it has witnessed a surge in demand for electric vehicle (EV) repairs and modifications since spring 2021 and is preparing its workforce to cater to the same, according to a release dated 11 January from the UK aftermarket industry body, Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF). The independent tire, Ministry of Transport (MOT), car service and forecourt operator with 14 sites across the south of England stated that...
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