Redflow Ltd establishes a factory in Thailand to manufacture its batteries

Redflow’s CEO Simon Hackett

Australian battery company Redflow Limited has today announced it has established a company in Thailand to manage production of its zinc-bromine flow batteries in South East Asia.

In May, the ASX-listed company (ASX:RFX) announced its decision to move its battery manufacturing from North America to South East Asia, to be closer to its most lucrative markets, in Australia, Oceania and southern Africa, and to reduce production costs.

In a statement to the ASX this morning, Redflow reported that it has established Redflow (Thailand) Limited, which is negotiating a lease on premises in a Thai free trade zone. It is also seeking Thai licensing and regulatory approvals.

As well as its location, close to Redflow’s supply chain and marketplaces, Thailand offers good manufacturing expertise, competitive logistics, an attractive labour cost and effective tax treatment for international manufacturers within its free trade zone structure.

Redflow CEO Simon Hackett said the final North American production batch of ZBM2 batteries was now in transit to Australia. “I’m pleased to report that our stack manufacturing equipment from North America has arrived in Thailand ahead of schedule,” he said.

”We remain on track to commence production with our new manufacturing partner MPTS as planned.”

Redflow also reported that its integration partners have sold its ZCell batteries for residential and commercial properties in Queensland, NSW, ACT, Tasmania, Victoria and SA.

Mr Hackett said most ZCell batteries were deployed in scalable configurations using multiple parallel batteries, which leverage the key technical and economic advantages of Redflow’s unique technology. “Popular configurations include 2-6 battery off-grid residential systems and 3-6 battery on-grid residential and commercial systems,” he said.

The ASX update stated that Redflow has now delivered all the batteries for its largest order to date, to New Zealand-based telecommunication systems integrator Hitech Solutions.

Hitech Solutions has commenced construction of the first of its modular energy systems to include the use of Redflow batteries. These energy systems are sized to suit the requirements of each destination site and will be deployed progressively across multiple locations in a Pacific Island nation.

Redflow also reported it is confident that the performance issues reported earlier this year are now resolved. The company has successfully tested and proved the process to remediate battery electrolyte in cases where battery quality testing indicates that this is desirable. Redflow is now progressively applying this remediation to those batteries that require it.

About Redflow (www.redflow.com)

Redflow’s unique zinc-bromine flow batteries are designed for stationary energy storage applications ranging from its ZCell residential battery to its scalable ZBM2 batteries for industrial, commercial, telecommunications and grid-scale deployment. Redflow Limited, a publicly-listed company (ASX: RFX), produces high energy density batteries that are sold, installed and maintained by an international network of system integrators. Redflow batteries offer unique advantages including 100 per cent depth of discharge, tolerance of ambient temperatures as hot as 50 degrees Celsius and sustained energy storage of 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) throughout its operating life.

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Queensland Govt launches Queensland Electric Super Highway to encourage EV adoption across the state

Queensland Super Electric Highway
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Thursday, July 27, 2017 – Environment Minister and Acting Main Roads Minister Steven Miles officially kick-started the EV revolution in the State with the launch of the Queensland Electric Super Highway – the world’s longest in one State.

Mr Miles said the super highway will be a series of fast-charging electric vehicle stations which will be rolled out at locations right up the Queensland coast from the Gold Coast to Cairns to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles in Queensland.

“This project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board the electric vehicle revolution, as part of our transition to a low emissions future,” Mr Miles said.

“Today I’m announcing the first 18 towns and cities that make up phase one of the Electric Super Highway and will, once operational in the next six months, make it possible to drive an electric vehicle from the state’s southern border to the Far North.

“They will be available for use at no cost for the initial phase of the super highway so we can encourage as many people as possible to start using them.”

Mr Miles said what made the announcement even more exciting was the fact that the energy supplied in the fast-charging stations would be green energy purchased through green energy credits or offsets.

“EVs can provide not only a reduced fuel cost for Queenslanders, but an environmentally-friendly transport option, particularly when charged from renewable energy,” he said.

“The Queensland Electric Super Highway has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel around Queensland in the future.”

Mr Miles said electric vehicle ownership rates around the world were increasing, largely due to significant advances in battery technology and continued cost reductions in EVs.

“The most recent Queensland Household Energy Survey showed that 50% of Queenslanders will consider an electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid or regenerative braking hybrid, when purchasing a new car in the next two years and that majority said improvements to public fast-charging infrastructure would further tempt them into purchasing an EV,” he said.

Behyad Jafari, Electric Vehicle Council CEO said the Queensland Government was to be commended for its national leadership in support of the electric vehicle industry.

“This initial support from government serves as a signal to the market that Queensland is serious about electric vehicles and provides certainty to unlock investment to grow our economy and create new, high skilled jobs,” he said.

“I encourage all governments across Australia to follow suit, particularly as this support will help to provide motorists with increased choice of cars that are cheaper and healthier to operate.”

“The future truly is electric,” Minister Miles said.

The 18 fast-charging station locations
Cairns, Tully, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay, Carmila, Marlborough, Rockhampton, Miriam Vale, Childers, Maryborough, Cooroy, Brisbane, Helensvale, Coolangatta, Springfield, Gatton and Toowoomba.

Auto industry responses:

Audi Australia: Paul Sansom, Managing Director
“Fast-charging infrastructure is of paramount importance to the future success of Electric Vehicles in Australia.”

“By 2020, Audi will have three fully electric vehicles available to the Australian market, and we want to bring this leading-edge technology to our consumers as part of an ownership proposition that gives them confidence in its suitability to our national road network.

“With the vast distances in between our capital cities, consumers need to have confidence that they will be able to find a charging station when they need it, even if they’re driving in an unfamiliar region. This is the current expectation around frequency of petrol stations, and it’s – rightly – what consumers will demand as EVs become more prevalent.

“The Queensland Government should be applauded for their show of leadership, and we look forward to similar initiatives from other states and territories.”

BMW Group Australia: Marc Werner, Chief Executive Officer
“The BMW Group is a global leader in innovative personal mobility and we currently offer seven pure electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles in the Australian market.  We have the product and the customers – now all we need is the infrastructure.”

“And that’s why it is so heartening to see the Queensland Government showing such strong leadership with strategic policy direction and action on infrastructure.  This progressive initiative sets the benchmark for other Australian governments to follow.”

Hyundai Motor Company Australia: Scott Grant, Chief Operating Officer
“Hyundai Motor Company Australia (HMCA) is proud to support the Qld Government in its zero emission initiatives and the rollout of an Electric Super Highway network. We look forward to the other states following Queensland’s lead in developing infrastructure to support low and zero emission vehicles in Australia.

As one of the global automotive leaders in green vehicle technology, Hyundai Motor will continue to work with the Queensland Government to move towards a sustainable transport future.”

Jaguar Land Rover: Matthew Wiesner, Managing Director
“We are shaping the future at JLR. Up to half of Jaguar Land Rover’s line-up will be plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles by 2020.”

“JLR Australia applauds the Queensland government’s plans for its support of the electric vehicle industry, and in particular their plans for the Electric Super Highway and the planned roll-out of the Type 2 DC charger network, and we would encourage other states and territories to follow in the same direction.”

“Further incentives and rebates are required to expedite the take-up of electric vehicles by Australian consumers, and we encourage all governments to look at reducing Stamp Duty, Registration and Luxury Car Tax on electric and hybrid vehicles as this support will help to provide motorists with increased choice of cars that are cheaper and healthier to operate.”

Mercedes-Benz: David McCarthy, Senior Manager Public Relations
“A prime objective of Mercedes-Benz is emission free driving. We already have produced Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles for consumers and these will be added to in the near future. We currently have introduced a range of PHEV’s and we will follow these with a range of pure EV’s in Australia in 2019. We have invested in our own unique design solar charging station with battery capture at our Melbourne Head Office that powers our Company fleet of PHEVs.”

Mitsubishi Motors Australia: John Signoriello, Chief Executive Officer
“We are very pleased with the Queensland Government’s proactive approach with their investment in the EV Superhighway. This is very positive step forward and has the potential to shift the way consumers view electric vehicles in Australia and reduce any reluctance to adopting electric vehicle technology.”

Via QLD Govt Media Statement and EVC

Tata Motors and MAHLE partnered to develop Secondary Loop Mobile AC System (SL-MAC)

Secondary Loop Mobile Air Conditioning System
A secondary refrigerant used in a secondary loop

13 July 2017– Tata Motors Limited and MAHLE, one of the world’s 20 largest suppliers to the automotive industry, have signed a joint development agreement for designing and developing a Secondary Loop Mobile Air Conditioning System (SL–MAC), under the aegis of United Nations Environment. MAHLE and Tata Motors, along with the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), which is coordinating the project, received funding for developing the SL-MAC system from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), a global initiative to support fast action and make a difference in the areas of climate, public health, and food and energy security. This project envisages use and trial of environment friendly, low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants HF01234yf (ASHRAE A2L) and HFC-152a (ASHRAE A2).

A team comprising of representatives of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide (MACS), the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), MAHLE, Tata Motors, and IGSD reviewed the newly constructed SL-MAC system and the prototype at the MAHLE Behr facility in Lockport, New York, USA, on 7 April 2017.

A Tata vehicle based on a new generation platform for utility vehicles, consisting of a more complex architecture with front and rear air conditioning system, has been selected for this joint development program. The SL–MAC system will first be installed in the Tata utility vehicle as a prototype. In the SL-MAC system, the alternative refrigerants first cool a secondary fluid/coolant, which in turn cools the air to comfortable temperatures inside the vehicle cabin. This process allows the safe use of slightly flammable refrigerants that have a low GWP and in turn achieves high cooling capacity, minimizing the losses and achieving an optimized overall thermodynamic efficiency in the process. This is in contrast to the conventional mobile AC system, where the cabin air is directly cooled by the refrigerant HFC-134a, which is ozone safe but has a high GWP.

According to Dr. Tim Leverton, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors – “Tata Motors has been at the forefront of innovation and is constantly working towards shaping the future of mobility. As a part of our R &D efforts, we are committed to pioneering and inventing solutions to a greener future in the auto industry and this initiative is a step in that direction. We are the first OEM in India who is developing and evaluating an SL-MAC system on a car, using environmentally friendly refrigerants. We are delighted to work with class leading global suppliers like MAHLE and institutions like IGSD to contribute to the United Nations Environment initiative.”

The new SL-MAC system, which is testing the low-GWP refrigerants, is expected to increase vehicle energy efficiency through engineering. This system will turn off the compressor during acceleration and will retain coolness when the compressor is inactive or the engine is turned off for a short duration, allowing rapid cool-down at re-start. In addition to the expected energy efficiency benefits (fuel saving of up to 3%), the SL-MAC system allows the use of refrigerants that should avoid flow into the vehicle cabin. The refrigerant never enters the passenger compartment and instead stays in the engine area. Only the coolant circulates through the interior air conditioning unit.

According to Dr. Stephen O. Andersen, PhD, Director of Research for IGSD – “The Secondary Loop System will permit the use of alternative refrigerants like HFC-152a (GWP of 138) and HFO-1234yf (GWP<1) which have much lower GWPs than the current most-commonly used refrigerant, HFC-134a (GWP of 1300). We will be comparing the life-cycle carbon footprint of HFC-152a – with a higher GWP offset by higher energy efficiency – to the carbon footprint of HFO-1234yf and we will be estimating the cost of manufacture and ownership for each system.”

The SL-MAC project is on schedule, as expected, with anticipated environmental and cost advantages to be determined in the next stages. The prototype will be tested on the Indian roads later in the third quarter of 2017, where long seasons of hot and humid weather and stop-start driving conditions make a secondary loop air conditioning system highly advantageous.

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Via: IGSD Press Release

WARBURG PINCUS TO INVEST $360 MILLION TO ACQUIRE A SIGNIFICANT MINORITY STAKE IN TATA TECHNOLOGIES FROM TATA MOTORS AND TATA CAPITAL

Mumbai, June 15, 2017: An affiliate of Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing, has committed to invest around US$360 million for approximately 43% equity stake in Tata Technologies Limited (the “Company” or “Tata Technologies”), a global leader in engineering outsourcing and product development IT services. Warburg Pincus will purchase approximately 30% from Tata Motors Limited (“Tata Motors”) and its subsidiary Sheba Properties Limited, as well as the entire 13% stake held by Tata Capital (8.7% from Alpha TC Holdings Pte Ltd and 4.3% from Tata Capital Growth Fund I). Post the transaction, Tata Motors and affiliates of the Tata Group will continue to retain a significant minority interest of approximately 43% in Tata Technologies, with the remaining ownership held by the management team and other shareholders.

Tata Technologies is a global engineering services and product development IT company with more than 8,500 employees located in 23 countries. Tata Technologies helps the world to drive, fly, build and farm by enabling blue-chip automotive, aerospace and industrial machinery manufacturers realize better products. Leveraging its balanced onshore–offshore delivery model, Tata Technologies has recently delivered multiple fully outsourced vehicle programs for automotive clients, a capability that is unique amongst India-based engineering services companies. The Tata Technologies services portfolio combines engineering, research and development (ER&D); product lifecycle management (PLM) and connected enterprise IT (CEIT) solutions.

“Tata Technologies has developed significant engineering capabilities over the years. The partial divestment is part of Tata Motors’ plan to strategically monetize part of the value created while also inducting a valuable partner, together with whom the Company can excel in its next phase of growth”, said Mr. C. Ramakrishnan, Group CFO, Tata Motors. Mr. Ramakrishnan added, “We look forward to partnering with Warburg Pincus and achieving greater heights for the Company and all its stakeholders.”

“Tata Technologies is widely acknowledged for its superior service offerings and its industry leading engineering capabilities. The Company has demonstrated the ability to scale accounts in a competitive industry by becoming embedded in the manufacturing and product development process of its customers. We are delighted to be partnering with the Tata Group to support the continued growth and development of the Company. We look forward to backing the strong management team at Tata Technologies and leveraging Warburg Pincus’ global network and prior experience in the engineering services space to help grow the business, organically and inorganically, and create value for all stakeholders”, said Vishal Mahadevia, Managing Director and Co-Head of Warburg Pincus India.

“This investment is a testament to our achievements to date and, more importantly, of our great potential moving forward,” said Tata Technologies CEO and MD Warren Harris“As the engineering services outsourcing (ESO) market has matured from cost arbitrage and staff augmentation to increasingly high-end, strategic work, Tata Technologies has been there leading the charge. With the perspective and insights that Warburg Pincus offers as a premier global private equity firm, we are confident we will not only continue moving up the value chain, but materially accelerate our growth journey.”

“Tata Technologies has demonstrated over the past six years of our investment, a high quality engineering services solution appreciated by its marquee client base. The Company has scaled as per our expectations and will deliver an industry leading return profile for the Fund,” said Akhil Awasthi, Managing Partner, Tata Capital Growth Fund I.

Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited acted as the sole financial advisor to Tata Motors and Tata Capital Investment Banking acted as the sole financial advisor to Tata Capital. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

About Tata Technologies:
Tata Technologies makes product development dreams a reality by designing, engineering and validating the products of tomorrow for the world’s leading manufacturers. With more than 8,500 employees serving clients worldwide, Tata Technologies is the manufacturing industry’s premier partner for advanced engineering, research and development, product lifecycle management consultancy and software, and connected enterprise IT solutions. For more information please visit www.tatatechnologies.com

About Warburg Pincus:
Warburg Pincus is a leading global private equity firm focused on growth investing. The firm has more than US$40 billion in private equity assets under management. Its active portfolio of more than 140 companies is highly diversified by stage, sector and geography. Founded in 1966, Warburg Pincus has raised 16 private equity funds, which have invested over US$60 billion in over 780 companies in more than 40 countries. Affiliates of private equity funds raised by Warburg Pincus have invested approximately US$4 billion in over 50 Indian companies. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Mumbai, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore. For more information please visit www.warburgpincus.com

About Tata Motors:
Tata Motors Limited is India’s largest automobile company, with consolidated revenues of INR 269,850 crores in 2016-17. Through its subsidiaries and associate companies, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa and Indonesia. Among them is Jaguar Land Rover, the business comprising the two iconic British brands. It also has an industrial joint venture with Fiat in India. With over 9 million Tata vehicles plying in India, Tata Motors is the country’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles. Tata cars, buses and trucks are being marketed in several countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS and Russia. (www.tatamotors.com; also follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TataMotors)

About Tata Capital Growth Fund (TCGF):
Tata Capital Growth Fund, a sector agnostic US$240 Million fund was raised in 2011 with participation from global and Indian institutional investors. TCGF is fully committed across nine portfolio companies. TCGF leverages the strength of the Tata Group across all four facets of private equity, i.e. deal sourcing, deal evaluation, value add and exit. For more information please visit www.tatacapital.com

About Sheba Properties Limited (Sheba):
Sheba is a subsidiary of Tata Motors Finance Limited (TMF). TMF and its subsidiaries are having Assets under Management of over USD 3.7 Billion and are engaged in the business of financing entire range of Tata Motors manufactured commercial vehicles, passenger cars and used vehicles. TMF has a presence over 250 branches spread across India to cater the needs of every customer who dreams of owning any of Tata Motors products. TMF group is the largest financier of Tata Motors vehicles and also offers customized product offerings to Tata Motors dealers, vendors and end customers. For more information, please visit www.tmf.co.in

For further information, please contact
Tata Technologies:

Vinay Rawat Tel. 024 77717877

FTI Consulting: 
Andrew Todd Tel. 020 3727 1000

Via: Tata Technologies Press Release

Toyota Mobility Foundation begins Bus Service, and Park & Ride System to promote multi modal transportation in Vietnam

Danang, Vietnam (June 30, 2017)―Today, the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and Danang People’s Committee (DPC) started the operations of the TMF Bus Service and associated TMF Park & Ride system, marking the occasion with an opening ceremony.

The city of Danang, resting at the center of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, is the entrance of the Indochina East-West Economic Corridor that commercially connects the countries of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Because of this location and the vision of the city officials, the population of Danang is increasing, with rapid and sustained economic growth. With this growth come concerns regarding future traffic congestion and the changing mobility needs of the public.

Anticipating these potential issues, TMF offered to support the DPC in developing a more robust public transportation network through the Project on Urban Transit Corridor Improvement. This project uniquely aims to prevent a future congestion problem by promoting the behavior change of citizens. The project encourages the people of Danang to shift from singular, private modes of mobility to multiple transportation modes integrating private and public transportation. The DPC is the grantee of the project that runs from July 2015 to March 2019, with a budget of 320 million Japanese Yen (about 2.9 million USD) sponsored by TMF.

TMF Bus Service

This feeder bus service links to the larger Danang city bus route. The TMF Bus Service has two routes: a shorter route covering the urban center, and a longer route connecting a residential area to the urban center. To present the bus as an efficient solution and promote its usage, the service has the following features

  • First year free travel
  • Comfortable and clean facilities
  • Hospitality and professionalism in service
  • Punctuality per a fixed timetable
  • Safety as the fundamental priority

TMF Park & Ride System

Located at the TMF bus terminal at the intersection of Bui Duong Lich and Tran Thanh Tong Streets, the Park & Ride facilitates easy access to the bus services. It is equipped with an auto-gate, camera surveillance system, and an IC card to ensure the security and safety for the bus passenger. In addition, there is no charge for parking when the service is launched.

On-Road Parking Management Pilot on Bach Dang Street

Most developing countries face parking crises as a result of rapid, dense urbanization and motorization, making parking policy an important component for sustainable transport management. This pilot model of mobile parking management on Bach Dang Street applies advanced technology such as time-based parking, fee collection software, and parking vacancy advisories, in order to reduce traffic congestion. This pilot model intends to illustrate the benefits of parking management, and help formulate an ideal transport management policy.

Mr. Dzung, the Vice Chairman of the DPC, said “It is important to establish a multi-modal transportation system in Danang in order to improve the quality of life of our citizens in the mid- to long-term. The TMF Bus, Park & Ride System and the on-road parking management pilot are significant steps forward for our city. The TMF Bus and Park & Ride Services, which are linked to our city bus services that were initiated last year, help improve the mobility options for citizens. We thank TMF for this great contribution to the current and future development of Danang.”

Osamu Nagata, President of the TMF Secretariat and Executive Vice President, Member of the Board of Directors of Toyota Motor Corporation, said “This project could only be initiated with the great support from the DPC and many other stakeholders, including Hai Chau District, Almec, and Toyota Motor Vietnam. TMF seeks to find mobility solutions by using our experience and know-how and partnering with the ownership and skills of local communities across the world. We would like to learn from Danang’s citizens and continuously improve service based on actual customer experiences, ultimately leading to a more mobile society with opportunities for all.”

Mr. Toru Kinoshita, President of Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) said “Participating in this project to promote multi-modal transportation is a significant opportunity for us to contribute to the city of Danang in addition to the traffic safety programs we conduct across the country. For this project, we donated two 28-seater vans to serve as the TMF buses, and we will also provide maintenance to ensure their safe operation. We hope Danang’s citizens experience our vehicles and recognize them as their transportation solution. We are happy to extend our support to supplement the activities of TMF and the DPC.”

About Toyota Mobility Foundation

TMF was established in August 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to support strong mobility systems while eliminating disparities in mobility. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working in partnership with universities, governments, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world. Programs include resolving urban transportation problems, expanding the utilization of personal mobility, and developing solutions for next generation mobility.

Via: Toyota Global Newsroom

Toyota Motor Corporation announces executive and personnel changes

Toyota City, Japan, June 30, 2017―On July 1, Toyota Motor Corporation will make changes to executives’ areas of responsibility, as well as personnel changes at the sub-executive managerial level.

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  1. Managing Officers’ Areas of Responsibility
Name Current New
Hiroaki Okuchi
  • Frontier Research Center
  • Advanced R&D and Engineering Company
    (Executive Vice President, in charge of Model Based Development and Battery)
  • Frontier Research Center
  • Advanced R&D and Engineering Company
    (Executive Vice President, in charge of Model Based Development and Battery)

    • Electronics Control System Development Div. (concurrent General Manager)
Yoichi Miyazaki
  • BR Product・Cost Planning Reform Promotion Dept.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Corporate Strategy Div.
  • Business & Operation Planning Div.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Marketing Div.
  • East Asia & Oceania Region (CEO)
  • BR Product・Cost Planning Reform Promotion Dept.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Corporate Strategy Div.
  • Business & Operation Planning Div.
    (concurrent General Manager)
  • Marketing Div.
  • East Asia & Oceania Region (CEO)
    • East Asia & Oceania Div.
      (concurrent General Manager)
  1. Personnel changes at the sub-executive managerial level effective
Name Current New
Koichi Shirozu Electronics Control System Development Div. (General Manager), Advanced R&D and Engineering Company Strategic Top Executive Meeting Office (Project General Manager)
Masakazu Yoshimura East Asia & Oceania Div. (General Manager) Strategic Top Executive Meeting Office (Project General Manager)
Naoaki Nunogaki
  • Corporate Citizenship Div.
    (General Manager)
  • Community Relations Dept. (General Manager), Corporate Citizenship Div.
Corporate Citizenship Div.
(General Manager)
Jun Wakabayashi Temporary External Transfer to Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. TPS Promotion Center (Project General Manager)
Shoji Kimura
  • Vehicle Logistics Div. (General Manager), Logistics Field
  • Strategy Planning & Administration Dept. (General Manager), Vehicle Logistics Div., Logistics Field
Vehicle Logistics Div. (General Manager), Logistics Field
Shinya Kono Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div. (General Manager)
  • Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div. (General Manager)
  • Sales Promoting Dept. (General Manager), Japan Rental & Leasing Business Div.
Akihiko Ootuka MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div.
(General Manager),
Mid-size Vehicle Company
  • MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div.
    (General Manager),
    Mid-size Vehicle Company
  • Vehicle Dynamics Development Dept. (General Manager), MS Vehicle Evaluation & Engineering Div., Mid-size Vehicle Company
Tetsu Yamada
  • Engine Design & Engineering Div. (General Manager), Powertrain Company
  • Engine Development Management Dept. (General Manager), Engine Design & Engineering Div., Powertrain Company
Engine Design & Engineering Div. (General Manager), Powertrain Company

Via: Toyota Newsroom

US Tire Manufacturers Association asks Department of Commerce(DOC) to exclude certain types of steel from tariff investigations

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The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) is investigating the national security implications of steel imports, and the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has testified consumers, as well as the U.S. military, depend on tires and the availability of certain imported steel is critical.

The USTMA, the new name for the Rubber Manufacturers Association, has asked that specific types of tire cord-quality steel wire rod, tire cord and bead wire be excluded from the DOC tariff investigation since domestic suppliers cannot meet volume and quality needs for this vital tire component.

“Tire manufacturing is vital to the U.S. economy,” testified Tracey Norberg, USTMA senior vice president and general counsel. “Tires manufactured by USTMA members safely transport millions of Americans and millions of tons of goods each day throughout the United States. In addition, the U.S. military depends on the tire manufacturing industry to supply tires to protect our national security.”

Virtually all of the steel wire rod used to manufacture high tensile tire cord and bead wire that is consumed in U.S. tire manufacturing plants is sourced from foreign suppliers due to the stringent performance and quality requirements of tire manufacturing, as well as quality and supply limitations of domestic steel wire rod suppliers.

“A disruption in tire manufacturing in the U.S. would harm the U.S. economy, since consistent tire supply is critical to the nation’s shipping and commerce needs, and (it would) threaten national security, since the U.S. military relies on the tire industry to provide high performing and durable tires to aid in our national defense,” Norberg said.

President Donald Trump in April ordered the DOC to investigate whether steel imports were a threat to U.S. national security. While anti-dumping and countervailing investigations are common, The Washington Post reported that investigations studying the connection to national security are quite rare.

Norberg said the production process used by domestic steel mills is unable to manufacture tire cord-quality steel wire rod necessary to make tires for military and civilian applications by domestic tire producers. Tire manufacturers use this steel wire in a tire’s steel belts and in the bead.

“Tariffs or quotas on these products would significantly disrupt the production of tires in the United States, due to quality and supply limitations in domestically producing tire cord-quality steel wire rod to replace imported products,” Norberg said.

Read her complete testimony here.

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