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New extruder supports eco-tyres

WITH the objective of supporting low rolling resistant tyres, KraussMaffei Berstorff has extended its Multiplex extrusion line tyre components by adding the new QuintoPlex line with five extruders. Tyre producers can thus, include additional conductive compounds or other components into…

Too much reclaim in tyres creates furore

Kumho, which has a capacity of 30 million tyres/year at its factories in Tianjin, Nanjing and Changchun, provides tyres to 35 car models produced by major OEMs including GM, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen and homegrown brands like Great Wall Motor and Hafei.

Tyre sector comes out tops

The OE and replacement tyre markets are expected to push the market along with OE passenger car tyre sales to grow from 290 million units in 2010 to 400 million units by 2020, while replacement car tyre sales will grow from 760 million units in 2010 to 1.2 billion units by 2020.

Michelin on track in China

FRENCH tyre maker Michelin will set up a joint venture company with Double Coin Holdings and Shanghai Huayi to produce and market Warrior brand passenger car and light truck tyres for the Chinese market. Michelin will own 40% of the…

Goodyear’s groundbreaking

American Goodyear Tire & Rubber has broken ground on its new global headquarters complex in Akron, US. The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2013 and involves the relocation of 2,000 staff. The new building will serve as…

Indian tyre company sold

GERMAN tyre company Continental has signed an agreement with India-based V K Modi Group to acquire its tyre business, Modi Tyres. Terms were not disclosed. The supplier said the completion of the transaction depends on the fulfilment of several conditions.…

Rubber exports on the rise in Vietnam

THE Indochinese country expects to make over US$3 billion from rubber exports this year because of rising global demand, says its Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. China accounts for 70% of the country’s total rubber exports, while exports to…

Update to FKM processing

CONGLOMERATE 3M says its Dynamar RA5300 process aid for fluroelastomer (FKM) compounds has been shown to perform at a higher level. It also shows potential as a replacement for conventional materials like carnauba wax. Capillary rheometry was used to compare…

Rubber device for Bluetooth users

American company Global NuTech’s joint venture partner, HIGA Corporation, has entered into an agreement with Sysna to distribute a unique foam rubber device designed to securely fit a Bluetooth earpiece in a user’s ear. The new device provides a snug…