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Author: ranjit

Retreading the Asian Scene

The first Asian Retread Conference (ARC 2016) cannot be better timed or better placed than now. This is for no reason other than the fact that Asia plays a vital role in the global retreading industry, throwing up a challenge many companies are trying to overcome. The current economic scenario and the way Asian infrastructural developments are happening, Asia remains one of the most potent market for tyre retreading industry. At the same time, ironically, the import of cheap Asian tyres is posing a threat to the retreading industry in the matter of pricing. One of the biggest issues...

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LRR Tyres for green future

Tyre industry plays a significant role in environment protection, thanks to increasing number of regulations as well as rising competition from within the industry. Minimising impact on environment is no more an option. One of the ways the industry is doing its part is by helping to improve vehicle fuel economy and decrease emissions through lower rolling resistance of tyres There is no doubt that consumers are willing to pay premium for tyres with more features, such as longer warranty. I am also sure that tyre manufacturers perform life cycle analyses for their product offerings, taking into account production + sales + service costs, customers’ ownership costs and tyre end-of-life considerations – such as environmental impact. Globally, billions of scrap tyres are generated every year. Fortunately, more than 90% of scrap tyres are used up, both in recycling and other beneficial uses, and less than 10% are estimated to end up in landfills. Tyre industry is doing its part, due to competitive as well as regulatory reasons, to minimise environmental impact. One of the ways the industry is doing its part is by helping to improve vehicle fuel economy and decrease emissions through lower rolling resistance of tyres. From Newton’s second law of motion, when a vehicle is coasting on a uniform road gradient and surface, factors affecting motion are rolling resistance, air resistance, and the pavement gradient angle....

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Deva passes away

R C Devakumar, 51, Head Marketing, AutoParts Asia (APA) passed away due to massive cardiac arrest on Monday ( October 2, 2017 ) morning. He hails from Muthaloor in Thiruvannamalai district in Tamil Nadu, India. Deva, as he was popularly called, was instrumental in making AutoParts Asia a big success in a very short span of time. He is well known for his acumen in marketing and taking up challenges at ease. A dedicated staff, he is a thorough professional knowing well the nuances of the publishing industry. He is survived by his wife Malathy, a school teacher and...

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Grand conclusion for ATRC 2017

ATRC 2017 has lived up to its brand reputation as the biggest tyre industry conference in the region, both in quality and in numbers. With over 200 delegates and 21speakers from across the globe, the two-day event concluded on June 17 at Hyatt Regency in Chennai. Participants were unanimous in their appreciation of the conference and its organisation. There were  high praises for ATRC Chairman Zachariah George for the quality of presentations and also the choice of speakers. Excellence in organisation and the opportunity for networking was reflected in the way they responded. ATRC 2017, themed on Breakthrough Technology...

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ATRC 2017 takes off with over 200 participants

The fourth Asian Tyre and Rubber Conference (ATRC 2017) started off on a positive thrust on sustainable growth. Over 200 delegates attended the opening day event at Hyatt Regency in Chennai, India. Satish Sharma, ATMA Chairman, and President – APMEA, Apollo Tyres, inaugurated the two-day conference. In his keynote address Sharma emphasised the need for light weight tyres that can help fuel conservation and cost saving. Increasing investments in R&D, automation and focus on tubeless tyres for CVs are positive signs of sustainable growth, he said. Eric Nesselhauf, MD & CEO, Daimler India CommercialVehicles Division, Special Invitee Speaker, also...

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