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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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STEELASTIC® 12 Station Cap Strip Machine Available for Immediate Sale

Following successful development trials and customer demonstrations in late 2018, STEELASTIC has a fully commissioned 12-station extruded textile cap strip machine available for immediate sale.  The equipment will be priced to reflect its lightly-used nature and to attract a quick sale to create floor space for other contracted machine builds in 2019.

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STEELASTIC® Introduces “Calenderless” Manufacturing Cell

Calenderless Manufacturing CellCUYAHOGA FALLS, OH – Sept.25, 2019. STEELASTIC has built a Calenderless Manufacturing Cell in its Akron area facility to enable tire manufacturers to test run their own materials to produce the full range of tire reinforcement components. STEELASTIC’s extrusion-based manufacturing processes for belt/breaker, body ply, cap strip and inner liner eliminate the need for expensive and inflexible calendering and off-line processing equipment.

The compact, single-operator machines used in this cell have been developed in response to a growing demand for more flexible, highly automated and lower capital outlay manufacturing systems. “This dedicated manufacturing cell is a key component of our drive to help manufacturers, worldwide, convert to more versatile, smaller footprint systems, necessary to profitably manufacture shorter runs of multiple tire types,” said Ian Dennis, STEELASTIC President.

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STEELASTIC® Introduces Calenderless Manufacturing Cell – Tire Review

extruded steel belt textile body ply machineSteelastic has built a calenderless manufacturing cell in its Akron-area facility to enable tire manufacturers to test run their own materials to produce the full range of tire reinforcement components.

Steelastic’s extrusion-based manufacturing processes for belt/breaker, body ply, cap strip and inner liner eliminate the need for expensive and inflexible calendering and off-line processing equipment, the company says.

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STEELASTIC® Names Dawnsun to India Sales and Service Team

Steelastic- India - Dawnsun

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH: The STEELASTIC Co., LLC, a leading manufacturer of extrusion-based machinery for producing reinforcing components for tires, has added Dawnsun Exim Corp. to their worldwide sales and service team. Dawnsun will be responsible for STEELASTIC equipment sales, machine upgrades and customer service in India, as well as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This is a rapidly growing area for tire manufacturing, and STEELASTIC President, Ian Dennis, noted Dawnsun’s excellent relationships with all the major tire manufacturers in India, and their reputation for knowledgeable and customer-attentive representation in the area. Dawnsun represented STEELASTIC equipment many years ago and works with STEELASTIC’s sister company, Bartell Machinery. With STEELASTIC introducing a new generation of extrusion-based component manufacturing machines and a variety of high-productivity machine upgrades, the time was right to renew the relationship with Dawnsun.

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STEELASTIC® Names Dawnsun Exim to India Sales Team – Rubber & Plastics News

Ian DennisCUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Steelastic Inc. has added Dawnsun Exim Corp. to its worldwide sales and service team, making it responsible for Steelastic’s equipment sales, machine upgrades and customer service in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

According to a Steelastic news release, Dawnsun has strong relationships with all major tire manufacturers in India and maintains a reputation for customer service. Additionally, the timing for the partnership was right, according to Steelastic President Ian Dennis, who added that Steelastic recently released new products and upgrades.

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STEELASTIC® Adds Tradequest to Latin American Sales and Service Team

Steelastic Tradequest PartnerCUYAHOGA FALLS, OH: Steelastic, Inc., a leading manufacturer of extrusion-based machinery for producing reinforcing components for tires, has added Tradequest, Inc. to their sales and service team in Latin America. According to Ian Dennis, Steelastic President, “Adding Tradequest is an important part of our efforts to develop long-lasting versatile solutions for tire manufacturers, world-wide, looking to increase the versatility and profitability of their manufacturing operations.”

Steelastic sought a partner in Latin America to work with manufacturers making sure their tire equipment remained as productive as possible. As Mr. Dennis stated, “Our mission is to keep Steelastic equipment in the field operating at maximum efficiency by ensuring customers know about new innovations to improve capability and operability. Tradequest’s ability to assist customers with equipment acquisitions, maintenance and upgrading was as attractive to us as our manufacturing systems are to them.”

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STEELASTIC® Completes Puzzle with New System – Rubber & Plastics News

Ian Dennis Shows Body Ply Splce

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HANOVER, Germany—Machinery maker Steelastic Co. L.L.C. has been a bit cryptic in its marketing efforts in recent weeks.

The Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based producer of equipment used in tire component preparation has been urging its customers and perspective clients to “Think Small” or “Go Calenderless.”

Steelastic, part of the Heico Tire & Rubber Group, started the campaign in conjunction with its unveiling of the firm’s Extruded Textile Body Ply System.

The company launched the system at the Tire Technology Expo, and said it is the first option on the market that can replace the textile calender and offline cutting equipment that currently is used to produce all textile body plies, according to Steelastic President Ian Dennis. He discussed the new offering during the expo, held March 5-7 in Hanover.

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