Michelin considers return to Algeria
CLERMONT-FERRAND, France-Group Michelin is seeking to re-establish tire production in Algeria after a hiatus of nearly 10 years, the company said.
However the return is subject to ongoing negotiations with the Algerian government, according to a spokeswoman for the French group, who declined to give further details of the planned project.
According to news reports in Europe, Michelin has set up a sales/trading company called Michelin Algerie that will allow the company to resume industrial activity when the time is right.
Michelin mothballed its car tire plant in Algiers in 1993 amidst a wave of anti-foreign violence at that time.
Bridgestone bolsters test center
TOKYO-Bridgestone Corp. has broadened the laboratory testing capabilities of its Tokyo test center with the addition of a high-speed flat bed test system from MTS Systems Corp.
The new piece of equipment, the MTS Flat-Trac LTR, is nearly twice as large and operates at higher loads, torques and speeds than any previous Flat-Trac design, according to Sidney W. Emery Jr., chairman and CEO of Eden Prairie, Minn.-based MTS.
The Flat-Trac system provides a flat simulated road surface by use of a revolving, continuous stainless steel belt on a robust test frame. Test results are analyzed by the latest proprietary application software, MTS said. Development of the multimillion-dollar unit for Bridgestone ``opens up new opportunities for MTS in the larger tire and higher force tire testing markets,'' Mr. Emery said.
MTS Systems is a global supplier of computer-based testing and simulation systems, modeling and testing software, and consulting services. Last year the firm reported sales of $397 million.