NASHVILLE, TN – The director of Cooper Tire’s truck-related business is clearly happy with news that the U.S. Department of Commerce will not issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on tires imported from China.
ASBESTOS, QC – Manac has taken a minority stake in ABS Remorques, a Canadian manufacturer of conveyor semi-trailers, the companies have announced.
ABS designs and manufactures specialized live-bottom semi-trailers for aggregate haulers, and has a production facility located in Asbestos, Quebec. Manac produces vans, flatbeds, and specialty trailers such as dumps, low beds, grain hoppers, chassis, chip and logging trailers.
ELYRIA, OH – Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems is doubling production capacity of its manufacturing operation in Acuna, Mexico to support growing demand for its solenoid valves and assembled manifolds.
LOUISVILLE, KY — Pirelli, a tire maker that many North Americans equate with Formula 1 or Superbike racing circuits, has announced plans to launch commercial tires in North America.
“We’re coming. We’re testing,” says Clif Armstrong, who has been named president of the company’s newly formed TP Commercial Solutions. The products are to be manufactured in Brazil and available for Class 6-8 applications, with selected sizes available for Class 5 vehicles.
One thing that sets this announcement apart from traditional rollouts, however, is the lack of tires. They are not yet available through a tire dealer near you. But 40 North American fleets are involved in testing 1,800 tires in on/off-road and linehaul applications. Armstrong himself spent time in Montreal working on some of the tests.
The final results for steer and drive tires in the on/off-road segment are expected in 60 days, meaning production could begin by September. Tests of the 225 linehaul tires will take eight to 12 months. And Armstrong says there is no rush: “We’re going to do this the right tire at the right time.”
The announcement still deserves to be taken seriously. Pirelli makes 5 million commercial tires per year for markets including Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, using production facilities established in Brazil, China, Egypt and Turkey. Armstrong is familiar with the North American market, having held senior roles with Continental Tire.
HAMILTON, ON- Hamilton, Ontario-based garbage truck manufacturer Universal Handling Equipment has filed for bankruptcy earlier this month.
REDFORD, Mich. — Detroit Diesel Corporation has been recognized with a Modern Productivity Award in Warehousing/Manufacturing from Modern Materials Handling magazine.
INGERSOLL, ON – One of the brightest spots in the southeastern Ontario economy shone just a little brighter.
OTTAWA — Canadian manufacturing sales declined 0.9% in September, continuing a weakening trend observed during the past six months.
OTTAWA — While the Federation of Canadian Municipalities received its wish for permanent infrastructure funding, the manufacturing industry felt it got the short end of the stick in the federal budget.
OTTAWA — Canada’s economic growth slowed considerably in the fourth quarter of 2007 as real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.2 percent, down from 0.7 percent in the third quarter.
OTTAWA — Manufacturing sales rebounded slightly in September after a sharp drop in August, despite total numbers being minimized by decreasing product prices.
LISLE, IL – Navistar announced it’s combining the manufacturing of mid-range engines as the next step in its turnaround efforts.
VANCOUVER, BC – Natural Gas engine experts Westport Innovations and auto-parts giant Delphi are teaming up to advance natural gas technology.
November had the lowest number of unemployed people in the U.S. since five years ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment report.