Michelin Achievements and Awards over the past few months
At the Tyre Technology Expo 2020 in Hanover, Michelin was awarded the prestigious title of Tyre Manufacturer of the Year for the second year in a row & also awarded the Tyre Technology 2020 Innovation Award for 'Uptis'. In November, the SYMBIO Joint Venture was formed.
New “Extreme E” Electric SUV Racing Series is about to Take Off
When you consider that the development of a new tyre for conventional cars generally takes three to four years, it becomes clear the immense challenges the tyre developers at Continental have to overcome. "The ODYSSEY 21 is an extraordinary vehicle which is roughly similar to commercial SUVs in length, width and weight, but, with its electrical equivalent of 550 HP, has three times the torque of the Formula E Gen 2 vehicle,"
Goodyear Partners with Lexus to Show the Future of Electric Mobility
“We are proud to have worked on this project with Lexus, a company that has been pioneering innovations in mobility for 30 years”, explained Mike Rytokoski, Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Goodyear Europe, “This collaboration demonstrates once again the critical role tyres can play in shaping the future of electric mobility.”
Imminent debut of Pirelli’s Latest Cinturato P7 as Cinturato Celebrates its 70th Birthday
In particular wet braking improves with up to four metres less needed to stop from 100kph. The innovations introduced by Pirelli’s engineers also improve acoustic comfort (courtesy of less road noise) and ride comfort, with the new tyre now able to absorb more road bumps
Goodyear reCharge Concept Makes Changing Tyres Easy with Customised Capsules that Renew your Tyres
At the core of the reCharge concept is a reloadable and biodegradable tread compound that can be recharged with individual capsules, radically simplifying the process of replacing your tyres.
Bridgestone Partnering with Over 75 Athletes on Road to Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020
“It’s fitting that we are supporting our largest and most diverse group of athlete ambassadors for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 because these Games will take place in the city we call home,” said Shu Ishibashi, Vice Chair and Representative Executive Officer, Bridgestone Corporation
Continental PremiumContact 6 Tyre shares 1st place in ADAC Test
the clubs in particular noted PremiumContact 6 for its very good performance on wet roads. “Top marks in the wet (above all for braking and handling)” they concluded. Meanwhile, in a line-up of 12 tyres from different manufacturers, the EcoContact 6 was awarded “top marks for fuel consumption and wear”
Goodyear Double podium success in Texas at FIA World Endurance Championship
This was Goodyear’s first-ever race event at COTA and the soft tyre performed strongly throughout. WEC regulations limit teams to using just 18 tyres throughout both qualifying and a six-hour race, so double-stinting (where teams don’t change tyres at fuel stops) was key to the podium result
FCAI releases February 2020 new vehicle sales figures
“The Australian new vehicle market has now seen a downturn each month for the past 23 months. In economic terms, a recession is declared after two quarters of negative growth – and this industry has now seen seven consecutive quarters of negative growth."
Hankook Tyre extends partnership with National Rugby League
“We are happy to continue our association with the NRL, being one of the biggest sporting codes of the country. Our association over the years has helped Hankook increase brand awareness and we intend to align our strategy to target brand preference for 2020 onwards.” Ted Choi, Managing Director at Hankook Australia
Goodyear Takes You Further with new EfficientGrip Performance 2 Tyre
Positioned as the successor to the widely praised EfficientGrip Performance, the tyre is aimed at motorists with 15 to 18-inch rims looking for high mileage and high levels of performance in both wet and dry condition braking
Continental and Kordsa bring the first series of tyres with Cokoon dip technology onto the road
Continental and Kordsa, the global reinforcer predominantly serving the tyre industry, have announced that the first series production of 250,000 passenger car tyres, began in 2019, featuring their new sustainable adhesive technology.
Continental Builds New Plant for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems in the USA
The purpose of the new building is to expand its capacity for the production of radar sensors. "Advanced driver assistance systems save lives. Continental is one of the world’s market leaders in this area. We are benefiting from steadily increasing fitment rates in new vehicles. And in the future, too, we are anticipating major growth opportunities,"
Goodyear First to Achieve Key Labelling Mark for Fuel Efficiency and Extreme Traction
Combining a traction level to meet the severe snow 3PMSF requirements, while also achieving A-class rolling resistance performance in a tyre is a significant achievement. The enabling of both premium traction and premium fuel efficiency, a benefit of the rolling resistance performance, is an example of Goodyear’s successful role in future mobility solution
Hankook Technology Group’s Model Solution Opens ‘CMF LAB’ to Demonstrate Industrial Design Trends
The CMF LAB consists of six different sections, including ‘Mega Trend,’ ‘Model Solution Insight,’ ‘General CMF and Unique CMF,’ ‘Colour District,’ and ‘Discovery’. Each section displays a variety of design elements related to CMF, from the latest design trends
Solarcar Team From Bochum University Of Applied Sciences Draws Conclusions From The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019
Preparing for the 3,022 kilometre route from Darwin to Adelaide was not always easy. After the static technical acceptance by the organisers, the so-called "static scrutineering", the Bochum team had problems with the engines of the thyssenkrupp SunRiser during their many test drives, and during the days before the “dynamic scrutineering”
Electrifying racing: Goodyear confirmed as official tyre supplier for Pure ETCR
Goodyear is developing a bespoke tyre for Pure ETCR, which will incorporate a combination of technologies inspired by Goodyear’s latest electric vehicle tyres and the new Eagle F1 SuperSport ultra-high-performance range
Goodyear Reports Fourth Quarter, 2019 Full-year Financials
“We continue to face a challenging global environment, including recessionary demand trends in many international markets. To address these challenges, we remain focused on further improving our cost structure and working capital management, while continuing to build our capabilities to enable mobility, today and in the future,” said Kramer
Goodyear New Brand Campaign Champions The Power Of Forward Movement
Goodyear’s campaign highlights the relationship between physical movement and unlocking human potential. To bring this to life, Goodyear debuted a new 30 second television advertisement during the FOX broadcast of the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 16.
Continental Van Tyres to Feature ContiSeal Technology in Future
“Even smaller punctures lead to vehicle downtimes or the costly and complicated business of transferring the load to another vehicle. ContiSeal technology can reliably seal around 90 percent of all potential cases of damage to the tread.”
Hankook is exclusive tyre partner of the new DTM Trophy racing series
The premium tyre maker will supply the new DTM Trophy with the high-end Ventus Race tyre and provide on-site support starting with the 2020 season. Hankook have agreed a four-year contract with the DTM umbrella organisation ITR, which will promote the new GT series
Pirelli’s new simulator to reduce tyre development time and the number physical prototypes needed
Courtesy of this cutting-edge technology, there is now a 30% reduction in average development time for new tyres, both for the road and motorsport, as virtual prototypes produced for different car models can be assessed faster
Hankook Tyre strengthens digital transformation through collaboration with Amazon Web Services
Hankook Tyre is partnering with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to incorporate more digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and big data. Hankook Tyre recently developed a Virtual Compound Design (VCD) system, which predicts the characteristics of tyre compounds and finds an optimal combination through artificial intelligence analysis
Pirelli Develops Tyres For 2021 World Rally Championship
“The GP Ice Race is an important international event for fans of motorsport and the world’s most iconic cars. The icy track provides a spectacular arena for cars from different eras to compete against each other, with Pirelli tyres designed specifically for these conditions helping to make the action even more thrilling.”
KAMAZ-master dominates 2020 Dakar Rally on standard Goodyear tyres
For many years, the Dakar has been known as the toughest rally in the world. This year however, the rally headed for new challenges in Saudi Arabia. With 7,500 kms, including 5,000 km of special stages of high speeds and close racing ahead of them, the teams did not know what to expect from this new continent
Pirelli Partners With World Tour Cycling Team Trek-Segafredo
Its first official presence, after signing the partnership, was at the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia, where the team's athletes, including the reigning UCI world champion Mads Pedersen, are riding on Pirelli's P Zero Velo Tubular tyres
“Extreme E” Racing Series to Conclude 2021 in Senegal
“Extreme E” has announced the final venue, for the spectacular new off-road racing series with electric SUVs. Following on from events in the Arctic, the Brazilian rainforest, the Saudi Arabian desert and the Himalayas, the Ocean Stage will, next year, take the teams to the banks of Lac Rose, also known as Lake Retba, not far from Dakar, the capital of Senegal
Continental ensures seating comfort at major Stadiums
“In addition to nanocoating, we use special colour pigments that reflect up to 80 percent of UV radiation in the near infrared range. The result is that the heating of the upholstery made in our Winchester, Virginia plant, is reduced by about 20 percent, and the material remains cooler than other textiles by up to 15 degrees Celsius."
CDP Confirms Pirelli to be a Leader In The Fight Against Climate Change
The “A” rating, which is given to only a few companies of the thousands participating, is the highest score that a company can receive. It takes into consideration the effectiveness of the efforts made to reduce emissions and climate risks, and to develop a low carbon emission economy, as well as the completeness and transparency of information provided
MICHELIN Pilot Sport delivers at 2020 Santiago E-Prix
Although this fell slightly short of last year’s figures, when the thermometer soared to 40°C and the circuit’s asphalt reached 62°C, the 2020 Santiago E-Prix – the third to be hosted by the city – was as punishing as ever for the drivers, their cars and their tyres.
Goodyear Unveils Life-sized Mascot Tyre Art
For the fourth consecutive year, Goodyear commissioned the unique talents of artist, and former minor league baseball player, Blake McFarland to handcraft the tyre sculptures. The artwork served as the centrepiece for many of the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic festivities
Lowest Global Light Vehicle Sales Since 2015
The global picture is not likely to change substantially in 2020. Analysis of seasonally adjusted annualised rate (SAAR) figures for the final quarter of 2019, again point to a stagnant global market, with sales around the 89 million level again looking likely.
Continental launches web portal for the automotive aftermarket
The technology company Continental is bundling information about its product and service portfolio, for the automotive aftermarket, in a new online portal. In the future, workshops and dealers will be able to see, at a glance, all the Continental products, brands and services that support the independent aftermarke
Pirelli To Supply World Rally Championship from 2021 to 2024
Mario Isola, Pirelli’s head of F1 and car racing, said: “Our return to the top level of rallying is something that we were considering for a while, and it’s particularly fitting that this appointment from the FIA comes in the year that Ott Tänak..."
Hankook Expands its Presence in Europe
Sanghoon Lee, President of Hankook Tire Europe said: “For us, developing the Swiss and Austrian markets with a new branch office is essential for Hankook's strategic expansion in Europe. Now we can offer an even better service to our customers there and locally support the demand for our premium tyres.”
2020 Hankook 24H SERIES opens in Dubai
The Dubai Autodrome circuit is 5.9 kilometres per lap, in the middle of a desert, and normally the geographical conditions mean that strong sandstorms occur with hot and dusty climatic conditions, and thus tyres need the highest levels of durability and grip. In this race, however, wet tyres were needed because of the unusual torrential rainstorms that swept Dubai over the weekend
Bridgestone’s Global Mobility Solutions at CES 2020
The world’s largest tyre company, Bridgestone, has announced it will be making its first-ever appearance at CES in Las Vegas, between Jan. 7th to 10th, 2020. CES is the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Bridgestone will be demonstrating many of their mobility solutions
Michelin files suit against importer of tyres violating BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 patents
The lawsuit states that the tyres at issue are in contravention with the patents for the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tyres. The action is being taken against Black Bear and Tri-Ace Wheel & Tire Corporation of Houston
UPTIS, the Puncture-proof Tyre Developed by Michelin,to Receive Three Prestigious Awards
Unveiled by Michelin last June, at the "Movin' On 2019" summit, dedicated to sustainable mobility, Michelin UPTIS, the airless tyre, represents a major innovation both in terms of safety and respect for the environment
Hankook to Supply Original Equipment Tyres for the Audi SQ8 TDI
Premium tyre maker Hankook now equips the new Audi SQ8 TDI with its tyres, ex works. Progressive design and pioneering technology characterises the Q family of the Ingolstadt-based car manufacturer, and, the Audi SQ8 TDI, in particular, emphasises the sportiness of the Q8 series
Goodyear Begins Intelligent Tyre Pilot With European Fleets
The fleets will benefit from continuously monitored and recorded wear rate and tyre pressures, which is paired with other vehicle data. The information is connected to Goodyear’s proprietary algorithms to enhance overall fleet operations and to predict when the tyres will need servicing or replacement.
Bridgestone announces executive management changes
“These changes reflect the company’s strong, continued focus on succession planning and developing talent capable of global leadership,” said Tsuya. “As our industry rapidly changes, I am confident we have the right team in place to accelerate our company’s transformation into a global leader in advanced mobility and sustainable solutions for a world in motion.”
Continental to Supply Tyres for Volkswagen’s new Electric Car: the ID.3
The EcoContact 6 summer tyre and the WinterContact TS 850 P winter specialist tyre have both been adapted to suit the specific requirements of the ID.3. As an electric vehicle, the ID.3 will run on tyres with low rolling resistance that save energy
Hankook Tyre present a range of high-performance tyres at Essen Motor Show
E-sports were a major feature of Hankook at the Essen Motor Show this year, as tuning and motorsport also had a strong virtual presence at the show. Visitors to the Hankook stand in the "Nürburgring e-Sports Lounge" climbed into the virtual cockpits in the race simulators to compete
Paolo Roversi presents 2020 Pirelli Calendar “Looking for Juliet”
Drawing inspiration from Shakespeare’s timeless drama, Paolo Roversi tapped into the “Juliet that exists in every woman”, with Claire Foy, Mia Goth, Chris Lee, Indya Moore, Rosalía, Stella Roversi, Yara Shahidi, Kristen Stewart and Emma Watson
FCAI releases November 2019 new vehicle sales
“The industry has been looking for a lift for some time now and has activated multiple levers to achieve some stimulation, including incentives, sales and special vehicle editions. However, the appetite for new vehicles remains suppressed.” “On the bright side, there has never been a better time to purchase a new vehicle,” Mr. Weber said.
Michelin in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s “Season 6”
The MICHELIN Pilot Sport tyres used are the third-generation of Michelin tyres developed especially for Formula E, and along with Michelin Track Connect, form a connected solution that fits perfectly with Formula E’s avant-garde positioning
Michelin and Faurecia aim to create leader in Fuel Cell technology
Symbio, created in 2010, and a subsidiary of Michelin since February 2019, is a zero-emission mobility equipment supplier. Thanks to Symbio hydrogen systems, electric vehicles gain both in terms of autonomy (at least double the range compared to a vehicle powered on battery technology alone) and in terms of "charging" time.
"TUNE IT! SAFE!" 2020 campaign: Fast and safe on Hankook tyres
Tyres are always at the top of the tuning list, which is why Hankook, as a tyre maker, has been particularly interested in the initiative since the beginning of the TUNE IT! SAFE! campaign, which this year starts with a tuned police car for the 15th time
Bridgestone Blizzak LM005 win German car magazine awards
The latest winter tyre tests carried out by Auto Bild, auto motor und sport and firmenauto, which awarded the LM005 with top marks, confirmed this. On top of this, Bridgestone was awarded "Manufacturer of the Year" Winter Tyres 2019/20 by Auto Bild for "best braking performance on snowy, dry and wet roads".
2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
" ... We saw some long stints and low degradation, but also plenty of tactical variation and raw speed, with the decade-old race lap record finally broken on quite old hard tyres. This underlines the constant increase in performance we have seen in Formula 1 this year"
Pirelli To Supply 3 Types of Tyre for the Aston Martin DBX
Nearly three years of hard work, in close collaboration with Aston Martin’s engineers, have resulted in three different tyres to showcase the capabilities of the new DBX. This latest Aston Martin is equipped exclusively with Pirelli tyres
Extreme E will stage first motor race ever in the Himalayas
Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of the Nepal Tourism Board “Driving through our magnificent scenery with Extreme E’s pioneering electric SUVs will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the competitors, adventure enthusiasts and the fans watching on,”
Pirelli Returns To Formula 3 At The Macau Grand Prix
the race got off to a dramatic start, with front-row starter Robert Shwartzman out of the running before getting to Lisboa Bend on the opening lap. As the race progressed Vips piled on the pressure, even getting next to Verschoor into Lisboa on Lap 11, but he couldn't find a way past. Verschoor held on to become the first Dutch driver to win the Macau Grand Prix
Michelin 2019 3rd quarter and 9 months sales
“In response to a market downturn that was sharper than expected, particularly in the Truck segment, the Group is continuing to improve the competitiveness of its operations, carefully manage its prices and strengthen its positions in the fastest growing segments and businesses."
2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
The solar car tyres “ECOPIA with ologic”, which were supplied to the teams competing in the race, are fuel-efficient tyres designed specifically for solar cars using fuel-efficient tyre technology from Bridgestone, “ologic.” “ECOPIA with ologic” tyres ensure the necessary durability while featuring reduced rolling resistance
Turán Frigyes wins the 2019 European Rally Championship
The event ran a total distance of 1001.7 kilometres (including the travel section) over three days, with 14 special stages (211.5 kilometres) to determine the final winner. Despite the harsh weather conditions that led to the cancellation of the final special stage and forced more than 40 percent of the 94 rally cars to deviate from the course
Continental Develops a Left-turn Assist to warn drivers
According to the statistics portal statista, there were 55 fatalities in accidents involving agricultural tractors in 2018, and the official road traffic accident statistics of the German Statistical Office tell us that 57% of road deaths in 2018 were caused by accidents on country roads
UVeye applies artificial intelligence to tyre inspection
UVeye’s key product for the tyre market is called Artemis. This advanced system gathers technical and safety-related data. In a matter of seconds, the system reads and recognises the tyre brand, markings and technical specification, as well as crucial safety-related data such as tyre condition, pressure, abrasion and scratches.
Hankook Tire Announces 2019 Q3 Financial Results
Based on its global top-tier technology and quality competitiveness, sales of high inch tyres (over 17 inches) accounted for 55% of passenger car tyres, leading to a 3% YoY increase. In particular, the steady growth of high inch tyres (over 17 inches) in major markets such as Korea, Europe, North America, and China further solidified its premium brand image.
Hankook Tire applies AI to tyre compound development
The ‘Virtual Compound Design (VCD) system’ uses technology that predicts the characteristics of compounds and chooses the optimum combination of materials through artificial intelligence analysis, based on accumulated data, without any actual testing during the tyre compound development
Pirelli Celebrates the innovative BS3, launched in 1959
Nothing like it had ever been seen before in the industry, making this a truly disruptive technology at the time. The man who signed the Pirelli BS3 patent form was an engineer called Carlo Barassi, who at the time was head of technology in Pirelli’s technical office
FCAI releases October 2019 new vehicle sales
“Year to date sales of new motor vehicles in 2019 are almost 78,000 units (eight per cent) lower than the same period in 2018. While the drought and other domestic conditions are impacting the market, our key concern is the effect that over-regulation of the financial sector is having on new vehicle sales. ..."
2019 United States Grand Prix
"The final few laps in particular were extremely tense, as we all waited to see if Lewis Hamilton could make a one-stopper work to win the race, against drivers on much fresher tyres behind him. He didn't quite make it to the top step of the podium but it was still a spectacular fight where strategy was all-important,"
Continental and 3M Intelligent Infrastructure Technology
Continental announced it has entered into a collaborative evaluation partnership with 3M to assess the infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) interface between infrastructure-related objects and technologies (including pavement markings, conspicuity film, signs and other landmarks, on or near the roadway environment)
Tailor-made Pirelli Tyres For Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo
During the 27th Ferrari Finali Mondiali at Mugello, Pirelli presented the tyre for the Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo. It’s a tyre that meets all the demands imposed by Ferrari, allowing the new racing machine to lap faster than its predecessor.
Michelin: UPTIS unveiled to the public
Michelin has been calling UPTIS a revolution in tyre design, because for the past 130 years, the company has been constantly innovating to improve all areas of tyre performance (longevity, noise, safety, fuel efficiency, etc.), but until UPTIS, none of the work had ever produced a satisfactory solution to punctures.
Sydney Olympic Park Electric Vehicle expo
Held by the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA), the annual expo, which ran over two days, gave drivers and families the chance to learn more about the growing range of EV models available in Australia, as well as helping to explain topics such as charging, range and conversions.
Michelin : pilot plant to produce bio-sourced butadiene
The BioButterfly project launched by Michelin in 2012 has just achieved another milestone: the construction of France's first industrial pilot plant capable of producing butadiene from ethanol. The goal is to replace oil-based raw materials used in the company's tyres with bio-sourced molecules
Aquaplaning: Minimum Legal Tread Depth Can Prove Fatal
The tread depth determines how much water a tyre can take up and disperse from beneath the contact patch. The less tread you have remaining, the more likely it is that a wedge of water will build up ahead of the tyre. This leads to aquaplaning as the tyre loses contact with the road surface
Continental and Spark Racing Technology Extreme E testing
Testing for the Extreme E off-road electric racing series began earlier this month at the Château de Lastours off-road proving grounds in the south of France. How well the car and tyres were working together was one of the questions looked into during the test runs
Tyre selection critical to EV performance – Kwik Fit
“Electric vehicle demand is at embryonic levels, but it is clear that company car benefit-in-kind tax changes will fuel a huge surge in fleet take-up. The infancy of the sector means that it is too early to determine exactly how real-world tyre wear will compare to internal combustion engine models. But it is business-critical that fleet operators monitor how tyre life is impacted by the unique characteristics of plug-in vehicles.”
Hankook UHP Tyres for the Porsche Cayenne
Tyre maker Hankook Tire and automobile manufacturer Porsche have expanded the brand’s original equipment with the addition of Hankook tyres on its new sports car models. Since June of this year, the Porsche Cayenne has been equipped, ex works, with Hankook’s 21 inch ultra-high-performance Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV tyres, among others