tire industry – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Fri, 26 Feb 2021 15:49:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Cabot introduces premixed composite solutions for tires https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/cabot-introduces-premixed-composite-solutions-for-tires/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/cabot-introduces-premixed-composite-solutions-for-tires/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2020 11:17:45 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=30411 Cabot Corporation has developed a new durability series of elastomers. The first such polymer in the company’s Engineered Elastomer Composites (E²C) solutions range is its DX9730 product. The E²C solutions are premixed composite solutions which can be used by tire manufacturers to achieve greater levels of performance, in a sustainable and economical manner and come […]

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Cabot Corporation has developed a new durability series of elastomers. The first such polymer in the company’s Engineered Elastomer Composites (E²C) solutions range is its DX9730 product. The E²C solutions are premixed composite solutions which can be used by tire manufacturers to achieve greater levels of performance, in a sustainable and economical manner and come with Cabot Corporation’s proprietary technology for mixing reinforcing agents into elastomers,.

It has been proved that E²C solutions have the capability to break critical trade-offs in OTR/earthmover tire design as they can significantly extend tire life and lower operating temperatures. DX9730 specifically has been developed to offer breakthrough improvements in cut, chip and chunk resistance. Using tires made with this solution can help an average mine to increase haulage capacity, boost output and reduce annual downtime for tire changes, and can potentially lead to savings of upto USD 150 million every year.

David Reynolds, vice president and general manager, Cabot Elastomer Composites said that through the company’s collaborations with existing customers, it has shown how it can foster growth by expanding the performance triangle, shortening development cycles, and reducing operational barriers to the commercialization of new products`.

Cabot’s E²C solutions makes it easier for tire manufacturers to simplify the commercialization of high-performance products through the availability of premixed composites. These composites are delivered in a ready-to-use and easy-to-handle product form.

E²C solutions can be easily integrated into the production methods that are currently used without additional capital investment. When compared to conventional products, they need require fewer mixing stages, lower mixing temperatures and shorter mixing cycles, thus helping to significantly reduce operating costs and facilitating additional production capacity.

Bart Kalkstein, president, reinforcement materials at Cabot said that the rubber industry is poised to go through significant change with many manufacturers of tires and rubber products focusing on the designing and marketing of more sustainable products that can meet the rapidly changing consumer and regulatory requirements. He said that after spending many years refining the new technology through successful customer collaborations and field tests, as well as a period of exclusivity with a leading tire manufacturer, his company was excited to offer this product to its global customer base.

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Food Waste Excellent Substitute for Carbon Black in Tires https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/food-waste-excellent-substitute-carbon-black-tires/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/food-waste-excellent-substitute-carbon-black-tires/#respond Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:19:52 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=20859 Carbon black has long been combined with rubber to be used as a filler in the tire manufacturing process. Carbon black is sourced from petroleum and many tire manufacturers are facing supply issues. In a bid to improve sustainability and reduce the dependence on carbon black derived from petroleum, researchers have been investigating many alternatives. […]

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Carbon black has long been combined with rubber to be used as a filler in the tire manufacturing process. Carbon black is sourced from petroleum and many tire manufacturers are facing supply issues. In a bid to improve sustainability and reduce the dependence on carbon black derived from petroleum, researchers have been investigating many alternatives. Scientists at Ohio State University found that when food waste, especially eggshells and tomato peels are used as filler in making rubber tires, they not only meet but exceed industrial norms for performance. When food waste is used instead of carbon black, it kills two birds with one stone – it reduces food wastage and reduces the requirement for carbon black.

 

This approach to using more environment-friendly materials as substitutes complements the efforts by vehicle manufacturers to switch to cleaner fuels and can make the production of tires more sustainable, according to Katrina Cornish, who holds an endowed chair in biomaterials at Ohio State University.

“If we hit a real shortfall in carbon black, we’ll have to use something else,” Cornish says. “You could use some nice eggshells. Many companies would like to have a green position, and this is a good way to do that.”

Generally, 20 per cent of the waste that goes to landfills consists of food, according to the Environmental Protection agency in the United States. Making any effort to reduce this will go a long way towards fighting against climate change and saving space. When food goes into landfills, bacteria act on it to produce methane, which is a greenhouse gas.

As part of this research, Cornish sourced as many as 35 types of food waste like milk dust powder, tomato peels and eggshells. Egg shells are composed mainly of calcium carbonate which is generally used as an extender. What is needed in the case of tires, though is a reinforcer. However, eggshells have a porous design which creates a larger surface area for contact with rubber and hence proved to have good reinforcing properties. Tomato peels proved to be very stable at high temperatures, and hence can be used to generate material that performs well.

Though fillers are highly useful for making the rubber in the tires stronger, they also to some extent, limit its flexibility. Using ground eggshells and tomato peels created synergy so that rubber can retain flexibility to a greater level. It also affected the quality of the rubber, turning it reddish-brown depending on the amount of eggshells or tomato peel used. When carbon black is used, tires are black.

Conventionally, about 30 percent of a tire is comprised of carbon black and the price of carbon black varies with the price of petroleum. Both eggshells and tomato skins contribute to landfills. Tomato skilns are difficult to digest and the eggshells which are loaded with minerals do not break down easily. If instead of contributing to the immense waste problem that the world is already facing, these materials are used in tires, this is definitely an innovative solution that will be of immense benefit both to the tire industry and the environment.

Ohio State University has licensed Cornish’s technology for turning food waste into tire filler to her company, EnergyEne for further development. Provided all goes well, we will soon be using tires that are green in every sense of the word.

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Smithers Rapra Publishes Report Stating Tire industry on the Upswing https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/smithers-rapra-publishes-report-stating-tire-industry-upswing/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/smithers-rapra-publishes-report-stating-tire-industry-upswing/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:03:58 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=19659 Smithers Rapra has published a report stating that the global tire manufacturing is set to grow almost at a pace of 4% per year in the period through to 2022. The key factors driving demand are capacity expansion by tire suppliers, innovations in tire technology, continuing capital spending and increased demand. Smithers Rapra is one of […]

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Smithers Rapra has published a report stating that the global tire manufacturing is set to grow almost at a pace of 4% per year in the period through to 2022. The key factors driving demand are capacity expansion by tire suppliers, innovations in tire technology, continuing capital spending and increased demand.

Smithers Rapra is one of the world’s leading sources of information on polymers, plastics, rubber and adhesives. The company’s new report titled “The Future of Tire Manufacturing to 2022” describes the impact of several factors like changes in materials, tire designs, environmental and tire regulations, and demand for tires on the tire manufacturing market.

Many of these factors are posing a challenge to the tire industry due to the pressure to innovate the entire tire manufacturing process and the individual steps involved like mixing, tire construction and curing. The tire industry has long been considered as a conservative sector that has been slow to make changes but now is in a situation where it has to adapt quickly to cope with the new trends like minimization of use of materials, outsourcing, plant specialisation. There have been many technological innovations also like tire modelling, further automation, RFID/smart factories and tire testing.

According to the author of the report, Arthur Mayer, the tire industry is in the middle of a boom both with regard to capital spending and net capacity additions. With the current industry capacity being approximately 2.4 billion units. This is expected to grow by almost 3% per year over the forecast period. Tire companies are ramping up investment due to changes in tire materials and designs, the need for higher levels of efficiency and the development of advanced tire manufacturing machinery. Many tire manufacturers are also investing capital in setting up factories that are closer to major markets and customers, like Apollo’s greenfield facility in Hungary. In 2016, the global tire industry is spending approximately USD13.4 billion on plant and equipment in 2016, and is expected to spend similar amounts in the years up to 2022 to keep pace with technological changes in the tire industry.

Though the major players in the tire industry have not changed in recent years, there have been a number of mergers and acquisitions like the takeover of Pirelli by ChemChina and CGS/Mitas by Trelleborg. We can expect to see several similar deals in the future as companies try to optimize their manufacturing and distribution efficiencies, technologies, and improve access to key markets.

Greater focus on environmental issues, introduction of new equipment, advances in automation and the construction of new factories have spurred improvements in manufacturing processes. A lot still needs to be achieved in view of tightening environmental norms and consumer labelling requirements. Hence, tire companies will continue to focus on improvements in manufacturing efficiencies.

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SURGE IN PRICE OF NATURAL RUBBER SPARKS CRISIS IN TIRE INDUSTRY https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/surge-price-natural-rubber-sparks-crisis-tire-industry/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/surge-price-natural-rubber-sparks-crisis-tire-industry/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:09:53 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=19584 From the perspective of the small time rubber farmer, life has been a rollercoaster ride recently. After reaching a high of USD 3.982 per kilo in February 2012, the price of natural rubber declined steadily due to the global slowdown in the automotive industry and glut in the supply of natural rubber. More and more countries […]

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From the perspective of the small time rubber farmer, life has been a rollercoaster ride recently. After reaching a high of USD 3.982 per kilo in February 2012, the price of natural rubber declined steadily due to the global slowdown in the automotive industry and glut in the supply of natural rubber. More and more countries like China and Vietnam took to the cultivation of natural rubber on a large scale leading to a case of oversupply of natural rubber. With oil prices falling, the price of synthetic rubber which is made from compounds obtained from crude oil also started declining and this too contributed to the drop in demand for natural rubber. The situation has now undergone a sea change in recent months.

Thailand is one of the major producers of natural rubber, with the country accounting for almost 35 per cent of the global output of natural rubber. Massive floods which took place recently in the southern part of the country, where most of the rubber cultivation takes place, have had a severe impact on the

production of rubber. These widespread floods have affected infrastructure and transportation in as many as 12 of the country’s 27 provinces. The combination of drought and severe floods have taken a heavy toll on rubber farmers.

With demand set to outstrip supply, natural rubber prices have been zooming at an unprecedented rate. From January to January 2017, the price of natural rubber increased from USD 1.17 per kilogram to USD 2.22 per kilogram and this trend is expected to continue. With OPEC countries joining hands to cap the global supply of crude, the price of synthetic rubber has also experienced an upswing.

This is good for cultivators of natural rubber in other countries like Vietnam, Malaysia and India. However, tire manufacturers and retailers have been caught by surprise and are in a position where they are struggling to control costs without passing on the price increases to consumers. Many leading tire manufacturers like Goodyear, Michelin, Nankang, Deestone, Kenda, Zhongce Rubber Group and Kumho have had to increase tire prices in view of the price increases in the cost of raw material like natural rubber, synthetic rubber, carbon black and steel wire.

They have had to adjust their inventory levels of raw materials and finished products in light of the expectation that prices will increase even further. Obviously, no tire manufacturer would like to sell tires at a loss, but squeezed between the rising cost of raw materials on one side, and increasing competition on the other, this is definitely a moment of crisis for the tire industry.

 

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Thailand to Build New Automotive Test Center to Support Tire and NR Sectors https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/thailand-build-new-automotive-test-center-support-tire-nr-sectors/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/tires/thailand-build-new-automotive-test-center-support-tire-nr-sectors/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:04:51 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=19494 The Thailand Board of Investment has announced that it will be investing USD 100 million in building an  automotive testing center to support the country’s growing tire and natural rubber industries. The new center will be built in the Sanam Chai Khet district east of Bangkok, and will include one track for testing tires and […]

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The Thailand Board of Investment has announced that it will be investing USD 100 million in building an  automotive testing center to support the country’s growing tire and natural rubber industries.

The new center will be built in the Sanam Chai Khet district east of Bangkok, and will include one track for testing tires and six tracks for testing cars. If all goes as planned, construction is expected to start in 2018, and the center will become operational by early 2020, according to the investment board.

Speaking about the plans for the new center, Suthon Nikomkate, director of the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) said that the R&D unit for tires is one of the government’s top priorities as it wants to upgrade the country’s rubber industry and thus increase rubber prices.

Thailand is considered the top producer of natural rubber in the world and accounts for almost 35 per cent of the global supply of natural rubber, with a market value of $25 billion a year. At least 6 million farmers across the country are engaged in the cultivation of natural rubber. Growth in the production of natural rubber has kept pace with the growth in the country’s tire industry and now Thailand has as many as 20 major tire manufacturers who have factories across the country.

Some of the leading companies who have invested in Thailand by setting up factories for aircraft tires and investing a total amount of USD 312 million include Goodyear Thailand, Shandong Linglong Tire Co and Bridgestone Corp.

Korbsiri Iamsuri, director of Thailand Board of Investment New York Office, said that several factors like the availability of plenty of raw materials like natural rubber, skilled employees, investments by the Thai government in its rubber/tire industry, and competitive tax incentives have helped to draw tire and rubber companies to Thailand. The establishment of several new tire factories is expected to ramp up Thailand’s economic and industrial development. The government is expecting the tire industry in the country to double the total production of tires to 1 million metric tons a year from the current 530,000 tons.

In order to further increase the attractiveness of Thailand as an investment destination, the country’s board of investment has implemented a package of incentives which include corporate income tax exemptions for tire companies for the first eight years, exemption from import duties on machinery and raw materials for use in production of tires for export overseas, and other non-tax incentives.

The tire industry in Thailand consumes more than half of the NR produced in the country and is currently expected to grow at a CAGR of 12 per cent in the period from 2014 to 2019.

Six of the top 10 tire manufacturers in the world including Goodyear, Bridgestone, Maxxis International, Group Michelin, Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. and Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.have factories in Thailand. Three Chinese companies including Shandong LingLong Tyre Co. Ltd., Sentury Tire Co. Ltd. and Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Co. Ltd also have a manufacturing presence in Thailand. When it comes to local companies, the most well known ones are Deestone, Otani, Hihero, Siam Rubber, SR Tyres Co, Roadstone and Vee Rubber Corp.

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Reifen China https://tiresandparts.net/event/reifen-china/ Sat, 12 Nov 2016 20:00:00 +0000 http://tiresandparts.net/event/reifen-china/ REIFEN is known as the grandest and most professional tire expo in the world today after undergoing development for half a century. As the most active and fastest growing market in the world today, China is a top prospect in the rubber and tire industry. Held at Shanghai New International Expo, this year’s edition is […]

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REIFEN is known as the grandest and most professional tire expo in the world today after undergoing development for half a century. As the most active and fastest growing market in the world today, China is a top prospect in the rubber and tire industry. Held at Shanghai New International Expo, this year’s edition is anticipated to establish an ideal platform of international communication for local tire and related industries and offer a new show for tire dealers and manufacturers.

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