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Game Changing Technology: The tires of the future (part 2)
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To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of...
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To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design. To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design. $To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design.
Data key in developing autonomous technology
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HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Technological innovations at major tire companies, especially those dealing with "big data" and tire-vehicle connectivity, are quickly making autonomous vehicles a reality, ...
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HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Technological innovations at major tire companies, especially those dealing with "big data" and tire-vehicle connectivity, are quickly making autonomous vehicles a reality, according to speakers at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference. HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Technological innovations at major tire companies, especially those dealing with "big data" and tire-vehicle connectivity, are quickly making autonomous vehicles a reality, according to speakers at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference. $ HILTON HEAD, S.C.—Technological innovations at major tire companies, especially those dealing with "big data" and tire-vehicle connectivity, are quickly making autonomous vehicles a reality, according to speakers at the 34th Clemson University Global Tire Industry Conference.
Industry leaders wary of trade war with China
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WASHINGTON—New and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles are among the $50 billion worth of...
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WASHINGTON—New and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles are among the $50 billion worth of goods imported from China facing 25 percent tariffs from the U.S. government. WASHINGTON—New and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles are among the $50 billion worth of goods imported from China facing 25 percent tariffs from the U.S. government. $WASHINGTON—New and retreaded aircraft tires, several types of machinery for molding or processing rubber and plastics, and a long list of motor vehicles are among the $50 billion worth of goods imported from China facing 25 percent tariffs from the U.S. government.
Game Changing Technology: The tires of the future (part 1)
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The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic. Beyond that, the variables in play—new materials, new manufacturing methods, changing vehicle designs...
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The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic. To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design. The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic. To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design. $The tire of the future will be round, probably black and more than likely pneumatic. To gain insight into how the tire industry perceives the tire of tomorrow, Rubber & Plastics News surveyed a handful of major tire makers, asking about a number of game-changing aspects of tire design.
Michelin researchers win patent award for 'auto-regenerate' tire
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PARIS—A pair of Michelin researchers have earned European inventor of the year recognition by the European Patent Office (EPO) for the company's "auto-regenerate" truck tire design, which...
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PARIS—A pair of Michelin researchers have earned European inventor of the year recognition by the European Patent Office for the company's "auto-regenerate" truck tire design, which allows the tire's tread design to evolve as the tire wears. PARIS—A pair of Michelin researchers have earned European inventor of the year recognition by the European Patent Office for the company's "auto-regenerate" truck tire design, which allows the tire's tread design to evolve as the tire wears. $PARIS—A pair of Michelin researchers have earned European inventor of the year recognition by the European Patent Office for the company's "auto-regenerate" truck tire design, which allows the tire's tread design to evolve as the tire wears.
Mold makers: 'We're in uncharted territory' on tariffs
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NOVI, Mich.—Mold makers at the Amerimold trade show said tariffs on steel and aluminum are raising prices for their key raw materials, and they will fuel higher prices for molds. But by how ...
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NOVI, Mich.—Mold makers at the Amerimold trade show said tariffs on steel and aluminum are raising prices for their key raw materials, and they will fuel higher prices for molds. But by how much depends on the size and complexity of the tool. NOVI, Mich.—Mold makers at the Amerimold trade show said tariffs on steel and aluminum are raising prices for their key raw materials, and they will fuel higher prices for molds. But by how much depends on the size and complexity of the tool. $NOVI, Mich.—Mold makers at the Amerimold trade show said tariffs on steel and aluminum are raising prices for their key raw materials, and they will fuel higher prices for molds. But by how much depends on the size and complexity of the tool.
Auto makers burned as U.S.-China spat flares
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WASHINGTON—Fears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality when the U.S. delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports,...
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WASHINGTON—Fears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality when the U.S. delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, including auto parts critical to the U.S. supply chain, and China quickly retaliated with a tariff targeting an equivalent amount of U.S. goods, including autos. WASHINGTON—Fears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality when the U.S. delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, including auto parts critical to the U.S. supply chain, and China quickly retaliated with a tariff targeting an equivalent amount of U.S. goods, including autos. $WASHINGTON—Fears of a full-blown global trade war moved closer to reality when the U.S. delivered on a threat to impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, including auto parts critical to the U.S. supply chain, and China quickly retaliated with a tariff targeting an equivalent amount of U.S. goods, including autos.
Autonomous legislation still a blank canvas
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WASHINGTON—The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles.What they eventually will get, however, is still up for...
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WASHINGTON—The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles. What they eventually will get, however, is still up for debate. WASHINGTON—The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles. What they eventually will get, however, is still up for debate. $WASHINGTON—The tire and auto equipment industries have definite ideas on what they want in pending regulation of automated vehicles. What they eventually will get, however, is still up for debate.
A. Schulman shareholders approve LyondellBasell deal
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Shareholders in materials firm A. Schulman Inc. have approved a deal under which LyondellBasell Industries will acquire Schulman for $2.25 billion. The vote was June 14. The...
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FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Shareholders in materials firm A. Schulman have approved a deal under which LyondellBasell Industries will acquire Schulman for $2.25 billion. FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Shareholders in materials firm A. Schulman have approved a deal under which LyondellBasell Industries will acquire Schulman for $2.25 billion. $FAIRLAWN, Ohio—Shareholders in materials firm A. Schulman have approved a deal under which LyondellBasell Industries will acquire Schulman for $2.25 billion.
U.S. tariffs target Chinese industrial products, including auto supplies
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. government June 15 released two lists of products covered by $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, including components purchased by suppliers for domestic...
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. government June 15 released two lists of products covered by $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, including components purchased by suppliers for domestic production of automobiles. WASHINGTON—The U.S. government June 15 released two lists of products covered by $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, including components purchased by suppliers for domestic production of automobiles. $WASHINGTON—The U.S. government June 15 released two lists of products covered by $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports, including components purchased by suppliers for domestic production of automobiles.
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Published on June 6, 2018

Wacky World of Rubber: Partying rubber industry style

Bruce Meyer, Rubber & Plastics News
Sarah Lesko (left) and James Dunchuck, both of Salem-Republic Rubber Co., at Salem's hospitality night party.

As the saying goes, everybody loves a party, and the rubber industry is no different. But to my observations over the years, this is no more true than at the Manufacturers Hospitality Suites that are a big part of NAHAD's annual conventions.

For these gatherings, two well-known terms apply: "Size matters," and "It's all about location, location, location."

And when NAHAD held its recent meeting in Marco Island, Fla., the beach settings gave the makers of hose, couplings and other accessories plenty of room to be creative with their events.

Bruce Meyer, Rubber & Plastics News
ContiTech's Andreas Gerstenberger and Guy Enta headlined the firm's launch of a new cloud-based crimping technology during its NAHAD Manufacturer Hospitality Night event.

Continental's ContiTech business unit definitely went with the "size matters," approach. It was using its event to launch its new cloud-based CrimpIQ technology, and spread the word that at 8 p.m. that night, they were going to reveal a the big secret. The teaser method of spreading the word seemed to work, as ContiTech drew a large crowd for the launch.

But you don't have to be one of the large players of the industry to draw a crowd. Salem-Republic Rubber Co. teamed up with Anco International for its party, which was right as you exited onto the back area of the Marriott hotel overlooking the ocean. The location was perfect, and their party had a steady flow of people going through it.

Teaming up like those two companies did is a common approach for some of the smaller players to get the needed exposure without having to shell out the big bucks some of the larger players do. Home Rubber and Hi-Tech Duravent joined with about a half-dozen other firms—each of which had a small exhibit area—to throw one of more well-attended events of the evening, not to mention the one that had my favorite dessert.

Bruce Meyer, Rubber & Plastics News
The management team for Parker-Hannifin's hose business held its hospitality party at the hotel restaurant that was located right on the beach, making for a relaxed evening.

But the major players also made sure their customers were taken care of. Gates had a large pool-side event with a racing theme, while Eaton hosted its party on one of the large hotel balcony areas, and threw in ongoing entertainment to boot.

Parker-Hannifin definitely went with the "location" approach, renting out the Quinn's on the Beach restaurant of the Marriott. The low-key gathering had an excellent selection of food, games on the beach, and areas just to sit out on the beach and relax with nice conversation.

With total attendance of more than 1,000—split fairly evenly among manufacturers and distributors—the NAHAD convention has a busy schedule of business and networking events. But Hospitality Night remains one of the "don't miss" nights of the meeting.

Bruce Meyer is editor of Rubber & Plastics News, and he sees potential rubber-related stories nearly everywhere he goes. Follow him on Twitter @bmeyerRPN.

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