The Southeast US has seen a wealth of tire growth as Goodyear, Michelin, Bridgestone Corp., Continental AG, Pirelli Tire LLC, Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd and Yokohama Tire Corp all operate tire manufacturing plants in the region. Michelin, Bridgestone and Continental all currently have manufacturing in South Carolina with Giti Tire preparing to open a site in the state too. Trelleborg AG also operates a speciality agriculture tire facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Hankook Tire Co. Ltd. has a Tennessee plant nearing completion and recently Continental disclosed plans construct a new plant in Mississippi.
Hans-Detlef Luginsland, vice president for the rubber silica product line, also said last year that the U.S. market is a growing economy for the firm’s core industries, specifically citing the automotive and tire markets.
He added that Evonik will produce its Ultrasil-brand of rubber silica products at the new facility – which are reinforcing fillers for the rubber industry. In addition to the tire industry, the product line is used in hoses, belts and rollers.
The firm said manufacturers using a silica-silane combination are able to produce tires that allow for fuel savings up to 8 percent because of significantly reduced rolling resistance compared to conventional passenger car tires.