Mitas to start Dandelion tyre trials

With Apollo Vredestein and Bridgestone both expressing a recent interest in using dandelion derived rubber as opposed to conventional rubber in future tyre production following Continental’s initial development, Czech Republic based Mitas now also indicated its intention to evaluate the suitability of dandelion rubber in the manufacturing of its agricultural tyre range. Mitas intends to use rubber extracted from Kazakh Dandelion to produce its first prototype tyre during the course […]

Two more Mercedes fitments from Bridgestone

Bridgestone Europe has released details of a further advancement in the company’s long-standing and successful partnership with Mercedes Benz with the introduction of two new Original Equipment fitments for the Mercedes GLA and C-Class models. The all-new Bridgestone Dueler H/P will be fitted to Mercedes latest compact SUV Model – the GLA in three size options of 215/60 R17 96V for standard summer, the 235/50 R18 97H for extended all-season […]

Michelin to set up R&D team in India

French tyre maker Michelin will soon set up a team in India to research and develop truck tyres for the Asian market said a company’s top official in China recently. Michelin has a manufacturing presence plant in Tamil Nadu, which makes only truck tyres. Michelin has applauded the technical skills available in India, pointing out that India’s talent pool was one of the reasons for locating the development team in […]

A step forward for tyre safety campaigner Frances Molloy

Following on from SA Treads recent report on leading European road and tyre safety campaigner Frances Molloy’s appearance at the recent Brityrex Show in the UK last month, Frances has revealed that she has been significantly encouraged by the positive response of tyre industry representatives to her call for urgent action on the banning of tyres over the age of ten years old following the death of her son and […]

Premium tyre fitment reaches South Africa

Driven by the need to provide superior, top-notch service to discerning customers who demand the best, BestDrive brings stylish lounge amenities, superior expertise and service excellence to the tyre fitment business, claims holding company, ContiTrade (a Division of Continental AG). South Africa is the latest country to benefit from the BestDrive phenomenon, which was first developed in Europe more than eight years ago. Today, an extensive network of BestDrive fitment […]

Michelin reports tyre growth slump in Europe

From Michelin’s headquarters in France it has been announced that due the slowing up of emerging markets the company intend to lower its full-year volume growth outlook from three per cent to between one and two per cent. In a detailed statement on this decision Michelin comment that OE demand has weakened in Europe particularly for truck tyres plus growth throughout Europe for PCR and Light Commercial tyres slowed to […]

Natural rubber prices tumble in India

Natural rubber (NR) prices continue to go down following the global trend in India, the production of the NR in the country has slumped 26% despite 4% rise in consumption in August, 2014. The rubber prices have already slid 5% in August to INR 121 per kg and as Kerala, the main production hub of rubber in India enters peak production season, many growers have stopped tapping frustrated by the […]

Growing battle with Illegal Part-Worn Tyres

A prominent speaker at the Brityrex Show – TyreTalk Seminars was Stefan Hay, Director of the National Tyre Distribution Association (NTDA) who explained the current situation regarding illegal part-worn tyres in the UK market and what the NTDA is doing to combat this spiralling problem. Stefan pointed out that it is considered there are currently around 4.5 million part-worn tyres being sold in the UK every year although he is […]

Hot on the heels of tyre waste criminals

Another prominent speaker at this year’s Brityrex TyreTalk Seminars was Paul Keay, National Waste Enforcement Campaigns Manager at the Environment Agency (EA) who made a strong presentation on the enforcement and compliance of waste tyres. Concentrating on England, Paul pointed out that the EA is responsible for regulating the use of all waste in industry which includes tyres. At present waste crime is estimated to cost the country around £ […]

Continental tests first car tyres with Taraxagum dandelion-rubber tread

 PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 16 October 2014 – Continental, the world’s leading international tyre manufacturer, has reached an important milestone in its research project for the industrialisation of dandelion rubber in tyre production. As part of its recent ContiWinterRoadshow 2014, Continental presented the first test tyres made from the innovative material that the company is calling TaraxagumT, derived from the botanical name for the dandelion (taraxacum). Manufacture of the first […]