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Ohio governor signs unsafe used tire legislation

12/13/2018 - Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) applauds Ohio Gov. John Kasich who signed legislation to prohibit the installation of unsafe used tires that pose a risk to Ohio motorists. Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) and Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) sponsored the new law, which will impose a fine on a business that installs tires that exhibit any one of several unsafe conditions such as worn-out tread, visible damage or improper repairs. Additionally, installation of an unsafe used tire would violate the Ohio Consumer Sales Practice Act (Sec. 1345.03). The new law takes effect July 1, 2019. “USTMA applauds Governor Kasich for taking this important action to protect Ohio motorists from unsafe used tires”, said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “And we thank Senator Larose and Representative Sprague for th...
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Cooper Tire announces joint venture to build truck tire factory with Sailun Vietnam

12/13/2018 - Finlay, OH - Cooper Tire & Rubber Company announced that it has agreed to form a joint venture with Sailun Vietnam Co., Ltd. to build a manufacturing plant with the capacity to produce more than 2 million truck and bus radial (TBR) tires annually. Subject to closing and government approvals, the facility will be located near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at the site of Sailun Vietnam’s existing operations. Cooper will own 35 percent of the new venture. Total investment in facility and equipment in the joint venture is expected to be in the range of $220 to $240 million USD, funded through capital contributions and debt, with Cooper being responsible for its pro rata share. Construction of the facility is expected to begin early next year with tire production commencing in the first half of 2020. “The JV is another step forward in Cooper’s st...
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Goodyear celebrates 100th anniversary of Wingfoots basketball players with reunion

12/13/2018 - Akron, OH - The 100th anniversary of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's historic roots in competitive basketball is being celebrated with a reunion of Akron Goodyear Wingfoots basketball players in Akron, Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, 2019. Goodyear began its sponsorship of the Wingfoots in 1918 when it organized an industrial team to test rubber in the soles of athletic shoes worn by the players. The Wingfoots competed over the next three decades before joining the semi-professional National Industrial Basketball League (NIBL) for its inaugural season in 1947. The league reorganized into the National AAU Basketball League (NABL) in 1961 before dissolving in 1970. Goodyear fielded a Wingfoots team through the 1969-70 season, winning its first national AAU title in 1964. "The purpose of the reunion is to bring together as many former...
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Venezuela's government says it will reopen closed Goodyear plant

12/13/2018 - Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuela's government said it would investigate Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co's local management and re-start operations at its factory, which the U.S. company closed because of deteriorating economic conditions. Goodyear said its Venezuelan tire plant had become "impossible" to maintain because of plummeting demand for consumer goods, the difficulty of importing raw materials, and U.S. sanctions restricting financial transactions. In a statement released by state television, President Nicolas Maduro's administration said it would guarantee the jobs of the factory's 1,160 workers and had started proceedings to re-start operations. The statement did not say whether the government would occupy the plant, as it has done when other foreign corporations exited the country. The government said it had asked the chief state pros...
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Cooper Standard licenses its proprietary Fortrex material platform to PolyOne

12/13/2018 - Novi, MI - Cooper Standard (CPS) has licensed its proprietary Fortrex material platform to PolyOne Corp., a provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions. With its extensive commercial resources, customer base and materials science capabilities, PolyOne can now sell Fortrex-based formulations into select markets within key consumer and industrial segments, including applications in electrical/electronics, healthcare and complex industrial products. Cooper Standard exclusively retains all rights to Fortrex in its product lines. Cooper Standard will generate revenue and profit from royalty income based on PolyOne's sale of Fortex-based polymer formulations to its customers. "We are excited to have established a relationship with PolyOne," said Jeffrey DeBest, president, Advanced Technology Group, Cooper Standard. "The ve...
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Market Reports

Off the road tiress market will register a 4 percent CAGR through 2023

12/11/2018 - Lewes, DE - OTR Tires market will register a 4.0% CAGR in terms of revenue, reach US$ 15100 million by 2023, from US$ 11900 million in 2017. OTR Tires (Off-the-road tires) are utilized for large-scale machinery at construction and mining and other sites with no roads. These tires mainly made with premium casings and durable compounds. Off-the-road tires offer substantial support for machinery used at various civil engineering sites, including ultra-large dump trucks, earth and gravel at mining and dam construction sites, bulldozers for earth removal and graders for road construction and snow removal. The production and sales volume of OTR tires is directly affected by downstream industries and global economy. Over the past six years, the market of construction and mining equipment has experienced fast growth and decline, as well as ... (read more)

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