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Conference Q&A: Michael Morris, Cabot Corporation

Cabot Corporation is currently undertaking research into the influence of tire tread debris on wet traction performance, with the ultimate aim of developing a new carbon black formulation. The company's principal scientist gives an update on the project

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Data directory: Intelligent tire market forecast

The intelligent tire market – currently valued at zero, excluding pilot programs and prototypes – is forecast to grow to 414 million units worldwide by 2025, according to a recent report by Smithers Rapra

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Conference Q&A: Kamyar Alavi, Nynas

Nynas is broadening the scope of its investigations to look at the impact of individual components on a rubber compound’s properties, as the company’s senior technical advisor, Kamyar Alavi, explains

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Mesnac smart manufacturing projects

Mesnac has announced plans to raise around US$190m for the establishment of four smart manufacturing projects in China, which will be operational in the next 2-3 years

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Case Study: Michelin at the Rallye Monte-Carlo 2016

Michelin explains how tire choice was critical to mastering the 2016 Rallye Monte-Carlo

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Conference Q&A: Christopher Stevens, NGF Europe

Experts at NGF Europe believe that carbon fiber and glass carbon fiber hybrid cords hold huge potential as reinforcement materials for tires. The company’s tech director explains more

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Q&A: Scott Clark, chief operating officer, Michelin North America

TTI talks to Michelin North America COO Scott Clark about developments in the North American tire market and the company’s goals for the forthcoming year

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Profile: Cooper Discoverer STT Pro and Zeon CS8

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company recently launched two new offerings: a rugged off-road tire with improved traction and a passenger car tire that has an EU tire label A rating for wet grip

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by Rachel Evans


Conference Q&A: Arup K Chandra, Apollo Tyres

Apollo Tyres' head of global raw material and compound development reveals details of the company's research into polymer nano-filler interaction in tire tread compounds

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Interview: Tom Williams, Kenda Tires

Taiwanese tire maker Kenda Tires recently established a new tech center in the USA. We speak to Kenda’s VP of engineering who’s been tasked with developing the facility while also expanding the company’s R&D activity in Taiwan

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by Rachel Evans


Recovered carbon black R&D

Operations are now well underway at Carbon Clean Tech’s recovered carbon black R&D center in Germany, reportedly the first of its kind in the world

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Dumping of cheap tires threatens retread industry

According to the Retread Manufacturers Association (RMA), dumping of cheap tires is not only devastating the environment but also the retread industry

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Strategic Test World acquisition

Millbrook CEO Alex Burns talks exclusively to Tire Technology International about the UK proving ground's Test World acquisition and its plans for the winter test facility

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by Rachel Evans


Tire-test background to Pirelli’s 2017 F1 contract

It has been announced that Pirelli has reached a commercial agreement with Formula One Management to continue to supply race tires to Formula 1 in the 2017-19 seasons. Pirelli’s appointment should be ratified by the FIA World Council within the next couple of months

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by Graham Heeps


RFL-free dip under development

Continental is currently in the early stages of development of a new RFL-free dip

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by Rachel Evans


Bridgestone launches hiring campaign

As part of an investment plan, Bridgestone is to hire more than 30 new engineers from a range of backgrounds, at its European Technical Centre

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by Rachel Evans


Lean R&D at Goodyear

A new book entitled Lean-Driven Innovation: Powering Product Development at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, describes in detail how Goodyear has improved its R&D through learning, understanding and implementing lean product development principles and as a result, greatly increased its revenue

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Conference Q&A: Andreas Hoell, Sick AG

Sick’s technical industry manager – corporate solution center factory automation, on the Industrie 4.0 initiative and key challenges in factory automation

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by Rachel Evans


Interview: Pascal Couasnon, Michelin

Michelin’s motorsport director on developing tires for single-seater racing

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by Graham Heeps


Tire modeling in the simulator

A new software application from simulator supplier Cruden improves the feeling of road surface to tire interaction

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Nanogenerator harvests energy from rolling tires

A new nanogenerator that harvests power from rolling tires has been developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

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by Rachel Evans


Development of the iFlex

Testing for Hankook's non-pneumatic tire was conducted at its G’Trac proving ground in Korea using a Kia Ray electric vehicle

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by Rachel Evans


Coda develops its self-inflating tire technology

Coda Development has undertaken testing of its self-inflating tire (SIT) technology and has developed a retrofit and a retread SIT

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by Rachel Evans


Solvay expands in Poland

To better serve its customers in the region, Solvay has opened a new factory in Włocławek, Poland, which houses energy-saving production equipment
 

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by Rachel Evans


Goodyear and SRI end partnership

Goodyear has reached an agreement with Sumitomo Rubber Industries to dissolve the 16-year global alliance between the two companies

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by Rachel Evans


Profile: Yokohama Geolandar H/T G056

The latest SUV offering from Yokohama has a 21% improvement in wear performance and a 30% improvement in handling over its predecessor

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by Rachel Evans


Inside touring car tires with Dunlop Motorsport

Why the UK’s abrasive, high-speed Thruxton racetrack provides a unique challenge for tire management in the British Touring Car Championship

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by Graham Heeps


UK distributor Oak Tyres launches Davanti brand

New tire brand Davanti has revealed details of its first two European-focused products designed for passenger cars and SUVs

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by Rachel Evans


Indoor EU tire label research at NTRC

At the National Tire Research Center in Alton, Virginia, USA, research is being conducted into the replication of EU noise and wet grip tests on an indoor rig 

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by Graham Heeps


Arctic Falls to open indoor test facility

To help meet customer demands, Arctic Falls proving ground is now constructing an indoor winter test facility

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Marangoni invests in Rovereto plant

As part of a multi-year investment plant, Marangoni has installed a state-of-the-art Banbury mixer at its Rovereto plant in Italy

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Improved testing at Apollo

Apollo Tyres is focusing on improved test methods particularly at a virtual level in order to speed up development times and produce more competitive tires

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by Rachel Evans


EU tire label policing

David O’Donnell, Continental’s head of R&D for passenger and light truck tires, has called for better policing of the EU tire label ratings

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by Graham Heeps


Goodyear’s Geneva concepts

The fruits of two of Goodyear’s applied research and development projects were recently presented at Geneva Motor Show 2015

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by Rachel Evans


Profile: Michelin CrossClimate

Michelin this week revealed the CrossClimate, which it claims is the first summer tire with 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake) winter certification

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by Graham Heeps


Lifetime Achievement Awards 2015

The winners of this year's Tire Technology International Lifetime Achievement Awards have been honored in recognition of their careers of outstanding service to the tire industry

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by Graham Heeps


Recovered carbon black partnership

Pyrolyx is to become one of the world's largest producers of recovered carbon black from scrap rubber and tires

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Show review: 2015 a fantastic success!

Tire Technology Expo 2015 was hailed a huge success by exhibitors, visitors and organizers alike

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Compiled by Graham Heeps


Profile: Pirelli Cinturato All Season

Pirelli has decided to launch its first all-season tire for Europe, featuring a full silica mix with a new generation polymer in order to achieve a constant modulus in a wide temperature range

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by Rachel Evans


Peugeot and Michelin tackle the 2015 Dakar Rally

The Peugeot 2008 DKR will take on the 2015 Dakar Rally with an automatic tire inflation system and giant Michelin tires that combine knowledge from the US and European racing scenes

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by Graham Heeps


Buick Verano gets bespoke Continental rubber for 2015

Buick has revealed details of a tire development program in which careful tuning of the tire's design and materials have reduced noise and improved comfort

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What's new? Geneva Motor Show tire round-up

A round-up of some of the latest summer and winter tires, which were on display at Geneva Motor Show 2014

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Compiled by Rachel Evans


Michelin and Porsche in endurance race partnership

The transfer of knowledge from motorsport to road is invaluable according to Michelin

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Show review 2014: Best yet!

With record numbers of visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates (3,400 attendees in total), Tire Technology Expo 2014 has been the most successful yet

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Compiled by Rachel Evans


Norbert Behrendt to retire from HF Group

The director of HF Group's curing press business unit, Norbert Behrendt, is to retire after half a century, during which time significant milestones have been reached by the company

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Rollercoaster ride

Continental’s main European test facility is benefiting from some of the biggest upgrades in its 36-year history. We visited the Contidrom to see them for ourselves

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by Graham Heeps


What's new? Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

The new Goodyear tire features two new tread compounds and a new design package in order to achieve leading performance across the board 

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by Rachel Evans


Supplier spotlight: Lanxess

Tires that are produced using Lanxess' specialty chemicals, have beneficial properties for motorists

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Show review 2013: Best show ever!

This year's Expo proved a great success, with an even bigger and better selection of the latest developments and manufacturing technologies on show at Tire Technology Expo 2013

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Compiled by Graham Heeps


Conference speaker: Saied Taheri

The associate professor at Virginia Tech and director of the Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe) on how intelligent tires are affecting ABS and ESC systems

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by John O'Brien


Interview: Christoph Kalla, Lanxess

Labeling is set to change the tire industry at every level. Lanxess' vice president marketing and R&D explains what will be affected and how

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by John O'Brien


Cordiant's Yaroslavl Tyre Plant

Automation is taking Yaroslavl to a new level of productivity, as Cordiant Group’s plant undergoes major changes

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by Paula Ovaskainen


Tire noise inside out

Technology from Bay Systems offers a new approach to tire noise measurement

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by Alan Bennetts (Bay Systems) and Neil Crookes (Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd)


Interview: Takayoshi Omae, Yokohama

Latest moves from convention-challenging Yokohama include orange oil compounds, an aggressive runflat development program and investment in R&D capabilities.

 

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By John Challen


Carbon black contributes to a breakthrough in tire labelling

Orion Engineered Carbons will contribute to performance enhancement of tires by carbon black innovations

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by Bernhard Schwaiger


Expo interview: Stephan Koehne

Stephan Koehne, managing director, TS TestingService GmbH, gives his views on the new tire labelling legislation 

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What's new? Falken Azenis FK453CC

The new Falken tire has innovative construction and a novel tread pattern, which is designed to improve the stability, feel and noise of high-performance SUVs.

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What's new? Bridgestone tire printing

Bridgestone presented a colorful display of its brightly painted, eight unique tires at Geneva 2012, in an effort to show-off its all-new tire painting process technology

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Show review 2012

Tire Technology Expo 2012There was a wider variety than ever of hot new tire development and manufacturing technologies on show at Tire Technology Expo 2012- here are some highlights

Compiled by Graham Heeps

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Conference Q&A: Michael Morris, Cabot Corporation
Cabot Corporation is currently undertaking research into the influence of tire tread debris on wet traction performance, with the ultimate aim of developing a new carbon black formulation. The company's principal scientist gives an update on the project
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Data directory: Intelligent tire market forecast
The intelligent tire market – currently valued at zero, excluding pilot programs and prototypes – is forecast to grow to 414 million units worldwide by 2025, according to a recent report by Smithers Rapra
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Conference Q&A: Kamyar Alavi, Nynas
Nynas is broadening the scope of its investigations to look at the impact of individual components on a rubber compound’s properties, as the company’s senior technical advisor, Kamyar Alavi, explains
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Mesnac smart manufacturing projects
Mesnac has announced plans to raise around US$190m for the establishment of four smart manufacturing projects in China, which will be operational in the next 2-3 years
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Case Study: Michelin at the Rallye Monte-Carlo 2016
Michelin explains how tire choice was critical to mastering the 2016 Rallye Monte-Carlo
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