India’s Rubber Board foresees production falling in FY22

Natural rubber production in India may fall below target in FY22, thanks to a decline in demand in the last few weeks.
“We had targeted a production of 8 lakh tonne this year. It may fall slightly short. But it will be higher than the previous year,’’ said KN Raghavan, executive director of Rubber Board. In 2020-21, rubber production stood at 7.15 lakh tonne, a notch higher than the previous year.

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Davis-Standard appoints Ken Vargas regional sales manager

Davis-Standard announced that Ken Vargas has joined the Aftermarket team as Regional Sales Manager – Aftermarket, representing the states of Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Mexico. Vargas will focus on supporting existing installations and new opportunities within this territory, including developing and marketing aftermarket products and services for all Davis-Standard brands.

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Bridgestone and Blink IQ to deploy EV charging stations at tire and vehicle service centers

Blink Charging Co. announced a cooperation with Bridgestone Retail Operations (“BSRO”), a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, to deploy 50 Blink IQ 200 charging stations at 25 Firestone Complete Auto Care and Wheel Works tire and automotive service centers. These deployments are the first Blink chargers at Bridgestone service centers and are part of the company’s broader initiative to address the needs of electric vehicle consumers.

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General Motors to invest $7 billion with four new factories in Michigan

General Motors Co announced an investment of more than $7 billion in four Michigan manufacturing sites, creating 4,000 new jobs and retaining 1,000, and significantly increasing battery cell and electric truck manufacturing capacity. This is the single largest investment announcement in GM history. The investment includes construction of a new Ultium Cells battery cell plant in Lansing and the conversion of GM’s assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan for production of the Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, GM’s second assembly plant scheduled to build full-size electric pickups.

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Sumitomo Rubber transitions two factories to 100 percent renewable energy

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. announced that, as part of their ongoing efforts to contribute to the realization of a carbon-free society, the Sumitomo Rubber Group’s two tire factories in the People’s Republic of China (Changshu Factory and Hunan Factory) completed the transition to purchasing 100% of their electric power from renewable energy sources in January of 2022.
In addition, with further plans to install solar power generators from the second half of the year, these two factories are now slated to reduce their total annual (2022) CO2 emissions from tire manufacturing processes by an estimated 70% compared to their 2021 emissions levels.

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