Nokian Inaugurates Tennessee Tire Plant – Rubber & Plastics News

Nokian Tire Plant Dayton TennesseeDAYTON, Tenn.—Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has commissioned production at its Dayton passenger/light truck tire factory two years after breaking ground on the $360 million project.

Speaking to an audience of several hundred tire dealers, state, regional and local government officials, local and trade media and other invited guests, Nokian Tyres CEO Hille Korhonen and other Nokian executives declared the factory—the company’s third overall and first outside of Europe—open for business.

Calling the opening a “key milestone” in Nokian’s growth journey, Korhonen noted the Dayton factory will provide the impetus for her company’s ambitious growth strategy—to double sales volume in North America by 2023—as well as considerable career opportunities for residents of eastern Tennessee.

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Technology: STEELASTIC® Introduces Calenderless Manufacturing Cell – European Rubber Journal

Calenderless Tire Manufacturing Cell Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio – Steelastic has built a calenderless manufacturing cell to enable tire manufacturers to test run their materials for the production of a range of tire reinforcement components.

Manufactured at Steelastic’s Akron facility, the cell’s extrusion-based manufacturing processes for belt/breaker, body ply, cap strip and inner liner are claimed to eliminate the need for calendering and off-line processing equipment.

The single-operator equipment used in the cell have been developed in response to growing demand for “more flexible, highly automated and lower capital outlay manufacturing systems,” said the extrusion machinery supplier in a 24 Sept statement.

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