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05 Jan 2010

Tyres Made From Weeds

Sounds like a Beatles song doesn’t it? You might be surprised to read however, that it could in fact be a reality in the near future.
If any Kuhmo Tire executives were planning on a nice relaxing read of the Wall Street Journal on their commute back to work today, they will be in for a bit of a shock.
As predicted the New Year has brought with it the news that prices on tyre exports are going to rise. Yokohama Rubber is one of the main and first companies to confirm this, with sources from within the tyre industry estimating that Yokohama’s increase is going to be in the region of 15% and above, possibly even higher in specific regions of the world.
A new year is here, but the bad weather is still the same and with weather experts telling us that the worst is still to come, driving on the roads is as bad as ever. Seems dire doesn’t it? Well there’s more!
2010 does not look like its going to be the year of the tyre. All across the world - from different sources - we’re hearing news that tyre manufacturers are set to push up their prices.
The new Formula One team Virgin Racing and Carbon Green – a company founded to support the renewable energy industry – have signed a multi-year partnership, making Carbon Green the first ‘green technology’ sponsor of Formula One.
Maxxis are confident that their new 2010 calendar will make the popularity of their 2009 one pale in comparison. Boasting a new “2-1 format”, consumers are going to have the choice of two very different, but at the same time enjoyable themes to choose from.
The success of KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) in Formula One this season has been one of the most hotly debated topics of the racing year.
The British government has, as of the 9th December 2009, confirmed its intentions to enforce the new tyre noise legislation.
Drivers of traditional family car brands such as Citroen, Vauxhall and Renault are among the hardest hit by the credit crunch, according to a study of premium tyre sales.


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