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Tire tech keeps eye on distance and pressure
Automotive News
Under pressure to help automakers hit higher fuel economy targets, tire companies are championing new technologies. Bridgestone has begun supplying BMW's new i-series electric cars with what it markets as its "ologic" technology. Some observers believe those tires will begin to change car styling everywhere — especially if BMW expands their application. At the same time, Goodyear is developing a technology that tackles fuel savings from a different direction. Goodyear is working on "air maintenance" tire systems for future applications, says Steve Rohweder, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. technology director for North America.
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2 companies explain why tire tariffs are wrong
Modern Tire Dealer
In the wake of the preliminary determination by the United States Department of Commerce to impose additional tariffs on consumer tire imports from China, two companies have openly expressed their disappointment in the decision. In separate official statements, Sentury Tire Americas and GITI Tire Ltd., the marketing arms of Chinese companies Qingdao Sentury Tire Co. Ltd. and Giti Tire Group, respectively, outlined why they believe the recent decision was ill-advised.
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Industry looks to plant DNA to solve scrap metal theft
Autobody News
The thievery of aluminum, copper and other scrap metals continues to haunt all corners of the international auto industry, despite a steady decline in prices since its peak in 2008. However, an alternative to stopping scrap metal theft has "taken off" in the U.K. and other parts of Europe, and is making its way to America’s shores. Applied DNA Sciences, a biotech company in Stony Brook, New York, has found a way to synthesize plant DNA into, well, anything, and then track the object from there.
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Toyo recalls tires under 2 brands
Orange County Business Journal
Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 175,000 tires for light trucks, SUVs and vans manufactured under its Toyo Tires and Nitto brands, due to potential tread or belt separation.
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2 Japanese auto parts executives to get US jail for price fixing
Reuters
Two executives, from Japan-based auto parts-makers T.RAD Co. Ltd. and Mitsuba Corp., have agreed to plead guilty and serve U.S. prison terms for conspiring to fix the prices of auto parts, the Justice Department said on Monday. The Justice Department, along with antitrust enforcers globally, have been investigating price fixing of more than 30 car parts, including seat belts, air-conditioning systems, power window motors and power steering components.
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GM recalls more than 300,000 SUVs, sedans for headlamps that go dark
Automotive News
General Motors is recalling 316,357 older-model SUVs and sedans for a problem with malfunctioning headlamps. The recall covers 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy SUVs; 2006 TrailBlazer EXT and Envoy XL; 2006-07 Buick Rainier SUVs; 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse sedans; 2006-08 Saab 9-7X SUVs; and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascender SUVs.
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Michelin stays innovative with US investments
RubberNews.com
The Michelin brand is one of the most recognizable in the world, but the tire-maker knows it can't relax. At least not if it wants to continue as one of the most innovative in its field. Pete Selleck's job is to ensure the North American arm of the tire giant does its part. The president and chairman of Michelin North America Inc. has been busy in 2014, with two major investments in South Carolina to expand the firm's earthmover agricultural tire capacity, to expand its performance passenger tire car capacity, to produce more of its X-1 tire and to convert the plant to make higher technology grades of synthetic rubber.
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Why your employees may need voluntary insurance
Small Business Trends
The United States is known as the land of plenty and, indeed, we’re fortunate to live in our great nation. For many Americans, however, the word "plenty" also refers to the number of bills they receive each month. Our economy is slowly bouncing back but raises and bonuses are still hard to come by, making it hard for workers to set aside funds for inevitable rainy days. All of this financial turmoil has turned voluntary insurance, which once seemed like a "nice-to-have," into a "must-have," much like auto and homeowners insurance.
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I-CAR works to redevelop curriculum alongside collision repairers
BodyShop Business
I-CAR has announced that it will redevelop its curriculum from the ground up — using real-time information from current technicians — in order to "provide rigorous, efficient role-based training that makes sense for today's specialized repair professional." "When we launched our Professional Development Program (PDP) in 2010, we worked directly with the industry and defined the structure of the different roles in each shop as well as the required knowledge areas for those roles," said Josh McFarlin, director, curriculum and product development for I-CAR.
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