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    • DOT issues 65 new tire plant ID codes

      WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation issued 65 new DOT plant identification codes in the past year for tire factories worldwide, including five for plants in the U.S. and 35 for plants in China.

    • OUR VIEW: New JV could be the start of things to come

      AKRON — The announcement in early January that Michelin North America Inc. was taking a 50-percent stake in TBC Corp. and that the companies would be combining their wholesale businesses foreshadows what is likely to be continued structural ...

    • Toyo fiscal 2017 operating income down, sales up

      HYOGO, Japan Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd.'s fiscal 2017 operating income fell 8.1 percent from 2016 on 6.1-percent higher sales, as higher raw materials-related costs overshadowed gains in sales/mix and currency exchange rates.

    • SRI fiscal 2017: sales up 16%, operating income down 8%

      KOBE, Japan — Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. reported an 8-percent drop in operating income for fiscal 2017 despite 16-percent higher sales, as gains in pricing and volume/mix weren't enough to offset higher raw materials-related costs.

    • U.S. demand for high-performance tires continues to rise

      AKRON — Demand for high-performance tires in the U.S. increased in 2017 for the eighth straight year and now accounts for nearly 56 percent of OE and 45 percent of replacement market shipments, according to latest U.S. Tire Manufacturers...

    • Sri Lankan president attends GRI gala

      BADALGAMA, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was among the special guests who attended the gala reception held to celebrate the opening of specialty tire manufacturer Global Rubber Industries Pvt. Ltd.'s pneumatic tire...

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