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Clean transport and road safety are everyone’s concern. While some manufacturers are lobbying for tyres to be replaced as soon as the tread depth reaches 3 or 4mm, Michelin, the world’s leading tyre company, maintains that the current legal limit of 1.6mm is perfectly suited to the challenges of modern motoring.

Michelin markets tyres that ensure optimum safety throughout the tyre’s longer life span, and save fuel due to limited rolling resistance. This is the only way of limiting excessive raw material consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, whilst allowing motorists to use their tyres longer in total safety.

For example the MICHELIN CrossClimate, a summer tyre also approved for winter use in regions where winter tyres are mandatory, guarantee maximum effectiveness right down to the statutory minimum of 1.6mm.

Four in ten new young drivers admit they are unsafe on the road and two thirds of parents agree they are at risk according to a new report released today.

With a revised driving test planned and the theory test now 20 years old, 47 per cent of drivers aged 17 to 24 think that they are not being taught enough about road safety.

Road accidents are the biggest killer of young people and new research reveals 800,000 young motoriststhink that they have an inadequate level of road safety knowledge. 

The UK research of 1,000 motorists aged 17 to 24 and 1,000 parents of young drivers as part of Continentals Vision Zero, a campaign that strives for improved road safety, found that 50 per cent of young motorists would not know where to start with basics like checking their tyres.

Less than half of young road users know what the legal tyre tread limit is and one in five have no idea what solution, such as a spare tyre, they have available in an event of a puncture.

Mark Griffiths, safety expert at Continental Tyres, said: “Every day in the UK, around nine people die or are seriously injured from a road accident that involves a young car driver. It is vital for 17 to 24 year olds to receive adequate road safety information as they learn to drive, setting them up for a lifetime of safe motoring.”

The need for the annual tyre safety campaign in October has once again been underlined by the research carried out by the TyreSafe team and the evidence they have collated.

The most significant of those is the results from the second phase of the survey of tyre tread depth at the point of replacement in partnership with Highways England. Over 340,000 tyres have now been surveyed by over 800 retailers across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales confirming the findings of the first phase, that more than one-in-four British motorists are replacing their tyres when they were already illegal. In 2016, that equates to potentially over 10 million illegal and dangerous tyres on Britain’s roads.

In combination with the MoT failure rate due to defective tyres, reports from retailers and Fire Services who’ve conducted tyre checks with the public and surveys of British motorists’ awareness of tyre safety issues, there is unquestionable evidence that attitudes need to change.

In addition to the fact that routine tyre checks would prevent many of these incidents, this evidence has been the inspiration behind this 2016’s Tyre Safety Month campaign – Don’t Chance it, Check it.

Bridgestone is demonstrating its innovative ‘Tirematics’ tyre monitoring system at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016 trade fair, which finishes 29th September.
Tirematics™ encompasses all Bridgestone’s connected tyre solutions: IT systems that use sensors to remotely monitor, transmit and analyse real-time information, such as the pressure and temperature of commercial truck and bus tyres.

The Tirematics fleet solution provides added value to fleet operators by taking a proactive approach to tyre maintenance, before serious problems arise, helping to reduce vehicle downtime and roadside breakdowns, while optimising tyre life and fuel economy.
“Bridgestone’s Tirematics is a practical, cost effective fleet oriented solution with great impact on tyre performance, fuel economy and breakdown prevention,” says Neil Purves, Senior Manager Solution Business Systems, Bridgestone Europe.

TPMS system operating since 2013
Bridgestone has been providing a TPMS-based tyre pressure monitoring service as part of its fleet service programme since 2013, via the ‘sensors and gate’ system on display at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2016.

Court cases and investigations of part worn dealers by Trading Standards, supported by the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) and expertise from TyreSafe, have revealed the wilful neglect of motorists’ safety as unscrupulous retailers continue to sell dangerous used tyres despite previous convictions and guidance.

In Grantham, a second member of the family which operates Moss Tyres has been convicted of selling illegal tyres. Leandra McKenzie’s father Luke was given a nine-month suspended sentence and fined £26,000 for similar offences in April 2015. Following complaints from local residents, Lincolnshire Trading Standards conducted a test purchase in June 2015, where they were sold two illegal part worn tyres by Ms Mckenzie, which weren't stamped correctly and one tyre with a deep cut through the tread.

Ms McKenzie was ordered to pay fines and costs of just over £8,000 when convicted in late August this year.

Andy Wright, principal trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "Two things are particularly concerning here. First, that as the tyres failed to have the correct labelling on – with no distinction whether they were part worn or not – consumers had no idea what they were buying. Secondly, the damage to the tyre, which meant its structure could have been compromised. This tyre could have had life-threatening consequences for innocent consumers and their families.

British manufacturer Avon Tyres has been developing motorcycle tyres for more than a century and offers an extensive range to suit many different bike applications. This includes road legal race and track day tyres, fitments for smaller cc commuter bikes, classic, hypersport, adventure sport, custom, touring and cruiser motorcycle products. A new line of inner tubes has also been introduced recently by Avon.

However, the latest addition to Avon’s range is the all-new TrekRider, a tyre combining superb off-road and on-road performance. The TrekRider is Avon’s first adventure tyre that offers a true 50/50 split – a tyre that works as well in mud and gravel as it does on asphalt, giving fantastic performance in both areas. TrekRider debuts at this year’s Intermot show in Cologne, Germany.

The Avon TrailRider adventure sport touring tyre is also one of Avon's most advanced tyres yet. Bikes such as the BMW R1200 GS and Triumph Adventure are amongst the best sellers in many markets, and the riders of these large-capacity, touring-adventure bikes have been demanding more and more from their tyres. They need extreme mileage – for crossing countries and continents, in pursuit of their dreams. They need stability and strength for two-up touring, with luggage and heavy fuel loads. They need grip – in all weather conditions, and on all surfaces, from gravel firebreak roads to unlimited-speed Autobahns, and they need all this in a tyre that is available in a wide range of suitable sizes, with a tread pattern that looks right on their machines.

Falken Motorsports drivers Peter Dumbreck and Martin Ragginger claimed a third-place finish at the eighth round of the 2016 VLN Endurance Championship on 25 September. Held at the legendary Nürburgring race circuit in Germany, it’s the second VLN podium finish of the season for the Falken duo.

“After changing from the previous Porsche 997 to the new Porsche 911 GT3 R (991), we had to learn a lot about the car and do detailed work on the chassis and tyres,” says Stephan Cimbal, Falken Tyre Europe’s head of marketing. “The effort of our engineers in Japan and Germany is now paying off, as this impressive result underlines.”

“The new Falken tyres are a significant step forward and work on both a lap and over distance well,” says Austrian driver Ragginger. “Now we have a few things to refine on the set-up to get ahead of this weekend’s front runners.”

The Falken Motorsports team next faces the challenge of the Nürburgring on 8 October at the ninth round of the VLN Endurance Championship, the penultimate round of the 2016 season.

Martin Ragginger (l) and Peter Dumbreck (r) 

Phase 2 of Encircle Marketing’s new Report Centre, was due for release on October 10th and with it, a new raft of features available to its Client Base.

Speaking with TTN, Co-Founder Jason Cunningham, he commented, “The way our Customers interact with the data we produce has constantly evolved over the last 9 years and with the significant increased focus placed upon Online Channel pricing, we too have had to work hard to ensure that we not only report vast amounts of data as quickly as possible but also have tools that enable our Customers to weed out key price movements/ trends without the need for intensive investigation.”

Coupled to this, Encircle, also monitor Retailer Recommendation within the marketplace and how various promotions and retailer brand policy, effect the product offered to their mystery shoppers.

This data is extremely enlightening in terms of showing the differing brands offered across the retail spectrum as well as monitoring change in distribution or how a strong promotional campaign in one month can have a significant affect across the rest of the marketplace.

Leading battery brand VARTA has defended its title as “Best PROFI Workshop Brand” in Germany. Automotive trade magazine PROFI Werkstatt along with Automechanika awarded VARTA the top prize based on a magazine survey of 7.500 contacts from truck workshops, fleet managers and truck drivers. This is the second award for VARTA this year after receiving the best brand award in the category ‘starter batteries for 24 volt systems’ from the ETM publisher in cooperation with DEKRA in July.

“We are very pleased and honored about this display of confidence from our end consumers,” said Peter Szutta, Country Manager Germany at Johnson Controls. “We work hard to constantly improve our performance as a service and solution provider. These awards recognize the technological advantage VARTA provides.” 

A history of superb service and top-notch tyre technology has seen UK transport company Go-Ahead renew a 20-year relationship with Michelin, after agreeing a three-year contract for the continued support of Michelin solutions’ EFFITIRES™ comprehensive tyre management programme.

 

“Go-Ahead has built a strong relationship with Michelin solutions since the company first signed up to the EFFITIRES programme in 1997. After a review of our tyre strategy, it was the right decision to agree to extend our current EFFITIRES contract,” says Jim Collins, Go-Ahead’s Group Chief Engineer (Bus).

 

He adds: “We believe that a managed price-per-mile solution is the correct strategy for our business, and it is clear that Michelin solutions’ programme fits our needs as a large national fleet operation. Our experience of Michelin solutions and the economies of scale the managed service brings means we are happy to have reached an agreement to extend our current contract.”

 

Obo Tyres BV in Hardenberg (NL) has appointed Peter Schrijver as its new Commercial Manager to further stimulate the growth of the company.

Peter Schrijver will start his new position at Obo Tyres BV on October 1, 2016. Previously he was employed by Apollo Vredestein for 29 years as Product Manager Agricultural & Industrial Tyres and Manager of the Tyre Information Centre.  Agricultural and Industrial tyres have always been his mainpursuit in the tyre industry.

"I understand the needs of the professional user are most important and at Obo, we do exactly that what the user wants. We extend the life of their own tyres by giving them a second and third life and reducing the total investment costs. Our mission is to make the tyre world a lot greener and I am excited to contribute in that mission," says Peter Schrijver.

 

Nokian Tyres’ President and CEO Ari Lehtoranta has resigned his position in order to pursue new opportunities outside of Nokian Tyres. He continues in his present position until the end of 2016. Company’s Board of Directors will start the recruitment process to select a new President and CEO for the company.

"I want to thank Ari Lehtoranta for his contribution in leading and developing the Company. Nokian Tyres’ position in the market is strong and the outlook positive. Several significant strategic development projects are under way in the Company. Most important among these has been the increase in sales in the Company’s growth markets Central Europe and North America. Company’s management and personnel are highly skilled, and now we will select a new and best possible CEO for the Company," says Petteri Walldén, Nokian Tyres’ Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Owners of the new Alfa Romeo Giulia will leave European showrooms with an extra bonus this summer…they’ll drive out on Bridgestone’s Potenza S001 sport tyre with the added reassurance of run-flat technology!

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) signed up Bridgestone more than a year ago, looking for world-class original equipment for the company’s new flagship sports sedan.

“Potenza S001 is a big favourite with sporty drivers everywhere; they love its responsive handling and precision. Add on the peace of mind of run-flat and it’s the perfect fit for the new Giulia,” says Christophe de Valroger, Vice President Original Equipment, Bridgestone Europe.

Alfa Romeo has selected Bridgestone premium tyres as original equipment many times in the past. The list includes Turanza and Potenza tyres for Alfa Romeo 147, 156, 159 models, and most recently Giulietta and the MiTo 3-door supermini vehicle.

 

ATS Euromaster, in partnership with Blackcircles, has opened its second quick tyre change facility at the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Essex, following the success of the first Pit Stop location in Cambridge.

 

Via Blackcircles.com, customers purchase competitively priced tyres prior to booking their car into the Pit Stop site for fitting. Upon arrival, all they have to do is leave their vehicle in the hands of ATS Euromaster technicians, head to the shops or for a bite to eat, and then return to the expertly completed job before heading home.

 

Peter Tye, Group Operations Manager at ATS Euromaster, says: “Pit Stops make it even easier for customers to have quality tyres fitted by ATS Euromaster. The model enhances our excellent relationship with Blackcircles, as well as expanding our presence in areas where we currently don’t have full retail centres.”

 

 

Although ECOBAT Battery Technologies, formally Manbat has several long standing relationships with battery manufacturers and therefore represents a number of premium quality brands, Automechanika Frankfurt was the perfect platform for it to announce the elevation of Lucas to become the company’s ‘signature brand’ across the European markets that it already serves and in the process, endorse the truly pan-European nature of the new organisation.

Although originating in the UK, the awareness of the Lucas brand is not confined to the UK, because historically it has been active in both the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors and across many other industries, on a global scale. It is therefore an extremely prominent brand that commands great influence and possesses a level of recognition that is able to transcend national borders.

It is important to state that the addition of Lucas in no way undermines the company’s existing brands, which include VMF and Numax. On the contrary, Lucas complements these brands as it provides a unifying signature brand that is excellent to offer alongside these existing options.

Nokian Tyres, the Nordic premium tyre producer, offers exclusive winter tyres for UK drivers for the coming winter season.

Do you want to enjoy absolute safety and comfort regardless of winter's whims of the weather? Then go for Nokian Tyres with their perfect driving properties for frequently changing weather conditions during UK winters – be it slush, snowstorm, downpour or dry roads. With Nokian Tyres premium tyres, you can literally forget about any pitfalls of this year's winter.

Extreme testing at a unique testing centre north of the Arctic Circle

"Our winter tyres are tested in the most demanding ways at our special Nokian Tyres testing centre "White Hell" in Ivalo, Lapland – far behind the Arctic Circle. They have extraordinary grip and significantly shorter braking distance on both wet and snow surfaces. The state-of-the-art winter tyres are a result of more than 80 years of development and innovations, ensuring the unique properties of our products and a high added value for our clients," said Hannu Liitsola, Managing Director of Nokian Tyres CE. 

For the last 15 years, Kumho has supplied all the tyres for the legendary Zandvoort Masters of F3 event, and this year some 100 members of the company’s European dealer network were not only treated to hospitality throughout the race weekend, but reunited at the circuit the following Monday in order to sample the company’s range of high-performance road products for themselves.

The dealer party comprised delegates from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Romania.

Said Kumho manager Steve Miller: “This was a notably successful dealer trip that combined the best of hospitality, motorsport and product testing, and we have received many positive reports from those attending.”

Continental paved the way for intelligent tyres in 2013 with the release of the ContiPressureCheck tyre pressure monitoring system and now with its iTyre range, the premium tyre manufacturer is unveiling an even more user-friendly digital tyre check solution.

ContiPressureCheck sensors, used for measuring tyre pressure and temperature, are pre-installed in the tyres at the factory which saves fleet operators valuable installation time and mounting costs. Continental ensures that the sensors are correctly installed and positioned within the tyres. Currently, 22 of the major tyre sizes – especially those in the Conti Hybrid and Conti EcoPlus tyre lines – are available as iTyre tyres.

The ContiPressureCheck system also helps to reduce fuel consumption and tyre wear, thereby increasing mileage. The increased fuel efficiency of trucks and the longer service life of their tyres reduces fleet operating costs. ContiPressureCheck also helps to improve sustainability thanks to reduced CO2 emissions, while optimum tyre pressure enhances the safety of all road users.

The iTyre portfolio is growing all the time. ContiPressureCheck sensors can also be purchased separately and installed in the tyres by customers.

 

Bartec Auto ID Limited (Bartec) declared its Automechanika Frankfurt 2016 debut a ‘fantastic success’, as the TPMS experts welcomed visitors and invited guests to its stylish stand.

The family-owned British Manufacturer, with a market share of 80% of car plant installations in Europe and North America, displayed its tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) prowess at the international show by demonstrating its diverse and award-winning tools and sensors.

Managing Director, Colin Webb, and experienced members of his team, extended a warm welcome – despite the scorching temperatures – to customers keen to witness the tools in action, such as the TECH500 – the only TPMS scan tool in the world that boast features, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, inductive charging and keyless ignition testing.

Colin Webb said: “I am delighted in the interest shown in our TPMS and tread depth readers at this show. The technicians, who joined in with the hands-on demonstrations, commented on how easy-to-use they found them, and we were able to talk to management about all aspects of their strategy for making money out of TPMS service.” 

Bartec will exhibiting once again in 2018.

 

 

On the occasion of the European Day Without A Road Death, the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) is informing drivers on the importance of tyre choice and service conditions to improve road safety across Europe.

For this reason, ETRMA signed the EDWARD's road safety pledge, which also includes the importance of performing safety checks on tyres. In signing the Pledge, Ms Cinaralp, stated, "As Secretary General of the Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association, I strongly support this initiative and its pledge. Road safety starts with us, road users, as it is our chief responsibility to do our best to ensure that we are well equipped to take the road, especially with regard to tyres.” 

The tyre industry's commitment to tyre safety has again been demonstrated by the launch of the pan-European campaign, TyreAWARE. The campaign was designed to raise awareness of best practices and procedures on tyre maintenance, storage conditions and service for dealers, authorities and consumers.  

TyreAWARE has been developed in collaboration with the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA) and its members. The materials have been consolidated and translated into 13 European languages and are available to download for free on an interactive microsite (www.tyreaware.org).

At the 66th IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, the premium tyre maker Hankook presented its complete ultra efficient fuel-saving truck tyre line for long haul duty called e-cube Blue. The already available trailer tyre e-cube Blue TL20 is teamed up now with new steering (e-cube Blue AL20) and drive axle (e-cube Blue DL20) treads and Hankook is thus exhibiting for the first time a complete solution for long-haul traffic which has A-label marking for rolling resistance on all axle positions. The new e-cube Blue line enables fleet customers to profit from an additional eight percent tyre related fuel efficiency and provides up to 55 percent more durability (less irregular wear, higher mileage) compared with current products.

The tread design, which is tailored for each particular axle position also helps to further reduce fuel consumption and increase mileage without affecting dynamic characteristics such as braking and traction performance.

Both central rib tread blocks of the e-cube Blue AL20 steering axle tyres support each other through their interlocking design, which increases tread block rigidity and helps to reduce rolling resistance. The stepped main tread groove design gives extra support for each tread block side. Moreover, they provide for excellent straight stability and good steering response. The largely closed tread design in the shoulder rib area ensures particularly uniform tyre wear.

The revolutionary new handheld diagnostic tool from Snap-on – VERUS Edge – puts everything you need to get the job done right in your hands.

Housed in a thin, tablet-inspired body for less bulk and more style, VERUS Edge has the power and speed for maximum efficiency in the workshop with its combination of a large hard drive and plenty of memory for running the applications you need and saving all of your vital data.

VERUS Edge’s built-in web browser and Wi-Fi connectivity give you access to technical forums, parts suppliers, manufacturers, your repair information system and other online resources whenever the job requires. With factory installed anti-virus security essentials you don’t need to worry about vulnerabilities.

Visit diagnostics.snapon.co.uk or speak to your local Snap-on Franchisee for full details.

Tructyre are independent tyre management specialists servicing commercial vehicle fleets of all shapes and sizes.

With over 110 employed technicians and service vehicles, operating from 25 depots throughout the southern half of England, Tructyre aim to maximise vehicle uptime through an emphasis on proactive prevention.

Steve Shingleton, General Manager of Strategic Sales for Tructyre, is delighted to announce they were appointed sole provider to Rye based John Jempson & Son in July 2016; Mark Chamberlain, Managing Director said: “We were in the market for a tyre service provider who could deliver high levels of service. Tructyre came highly recommended from other Transport Association members, and after trialling them for 6 months, their service-levels exceeded our expectations.”

The central theme at the world's largest showcase for the independent aftermarket in 2016 was ‘Tomorrow's Service & Mobility’. A record 4,820 exhibitors from 76 countries took part, including leading players from industry, workshops and retail, and they offered an impressive demonstration of the ways in which the industry is changing as connected cars come to the fore.

Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH: “With these impressive figures, Automechanika is continuing to build on its position as the world's leading platform for the automotive aftermarket. In addition to countless impressive smart vehicles that are already connected, the struggle for data was one of the hottest topics of discussion at the trade fair.” As a result, Messe Frankfurt launched a new format, “Connected Mobility”, an international road show that began on 15 September and which will soon be making stops in Shanghai and in Austin, Texas."

The world’s northernmost tyre manufacturer is boosting its year-round product development by opening a new, versatile technology center for summer and winter tyres in Santa Cruz de la Zarza, Spain during 2017. This modern development center will be located south of Madrid and it will span approximately 300 hectares. In the future, it will be especially used for testing summer tyres with high speed ratings as well as the characteristics of winter tyres.

The final construction of the center will be finished in late 2019, but the first stage will be completed already during 2017. This new technology center allows for year-round product development and testing on demanding and varying tracks. The benefits will also trickle down to ordinary drivers, as their tyres will be safer and offer excellent handling.

The UK’s appetite for on-demand services continues to gather pace as AA Tyres, the AA’s mobile tyre fitting service, has grown its fleet of vans by 40% in response to escalating demand.

The ten new Volkswagen Crafter vans will allow AA Tyres to push into the West Country, where the demand for mobile tyre fitting in Bristol, Bath and the surrounding areas has surged.

Mark Shankland, co-founder of the AA’s mobile tyre fitting service, AA Tyres, comments: “We’re still in the grip of the on-demand revolution, and it’s showing no sign of slowing.

“People have come to expect almost universal convenience offered by on-demand delivery from so many aspects of their daily routine, so shouldn’t it be the same with tyres?

“Our research indicates that people are still leaving it too late to get their tyres changed, simply because they can’t spare the time to drive to a depot and wait for the work to be carried out."

 

Making its debut at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hannover, the ever expanding Z tyre programme now includes commercial tyres in its line-up. The new range of Z truck tyres consists of 26 dimensions and includes in-demand replacement tyre sizes ranging from 17.5 to 22.5 inch fitments.

The new Z tyre is intended as an economical and reliable alternative for the truck and bus market. Produced by one of Asia’s leading truck tyre manufacturers, following significant investment in tyre building technology and testing, Z commercial tyres are now set to launch on European roads. Not only designed for regional use, the Z range includes long haul applications, which provide excellent tyre longevity and reliable handling.

More first-hand information on Z Tyre can be discovered by visiting the Commercial Vehicle IAA Show (Hall 25 Stand 71) this month.

GB Tyres UK are having an exciting time and are looking for a Business Development Manager to join them! The areas to be covered are South East, North East and South Wales.

Go to the Job Vacancies page for contact details and more information.

Compilator has acquired TEAM Systems Ltd. The combined company will have a revenue of approximately £3 million, 1500 customers and 34 employees. Both Compilator and TEAM Systems develop and sell specialist software for tyre trade resellers and wholesales. Compilator is the market leader in the Nordic countries while TeamSystems has a strong position in Great Britain and is the market leader in Ireland. Together, the two companies will be a strong player on the European market.

“Compilator has succeeded in attracting both garages as well as nationwide tyre/car dealers such as Euromaster Nordic and Volvo Cars. We are also strong in areas such as cloud based solutions and EDI,” says Anders Paulcén, CEO at Compilator. “The UK market has a more integrated view of tyre and exhaust services that is now getting introduced in the Nordics. We will transfer the best from both worlds into the combined company.”

TEAM Systems will get access to shared services through Compilator but will continue to serve its customers just as today. Steve Greatrex will continue to work for TEAM Systems to assist with the transition. 

The Fred Sherwood Group reports significant improvements in vehicle downtime since selecting Vacu-Lug to manage its fleet tyre requirements.

Starting from June 2016 the contract covers tyre supply and tyre management for all the transport companies within The Fred Sherwood Group, including Bulk Freight (Midlands), F. Sherwood & Sons (Shepshed), George Varney (Bulk Services) and KJ Transport.

“In just four months we have seen improvements in incident response and job turn-around times,” says Director Justin Sherwood.  "And in turn, this has increased fleet mobility.” 

The web-based VMS (Vacu-Lug Management System) from Vacu-Lug provides The Fred Sherwood Group with full, uninterrupted access to all tyre-related activities across each of its transport businesses.

The company is also supported by Vacu-Lug’s fleet operations department which provides assistance on all aspects of tyre management from compliancy through to fitment queries.

West Midlands-based Prospect Coaches has switched its fleet to a Michelin tyre policy after receiving “above and beyond” support from the Michelin technical team.

Prior to adopting the new policy, the company fitted trial sets of Michelin X MultiWay 3D regional tyres, but was so impressed with the Michelin team’s excellent customer service that it switched manufacturers before performance data had even been recorded.

Frontline vehicles in Prospect Coaches’ fleet cover up to 60,000 miles each year travelling across the UK and Europe, while its local contracts coaches average almost 35,000 miles annually.

The firm plans to regroove tyres under the policy, extending tyre life by as much as 25 per cent, and taking advantage of the additional layers of rubber built into all new Michelin commercial vehicle tyres. Regrooving is carried out by Michelin-trained in-house technicians, while the local ATS Euromaster centre supplies and fits new tyres.

Dunlop is pleased to announce a new fitment on the Mini Clubman. The latest model of the six-door vehicle will come fitted with the new Dunlop Ultra-High Performance (UHP) summer tyre, the Sport Maxx RT2* in size 225/45R17 94W XL. This tyre is marked with a * to indicate that it is approved by Mini as Original Equipment on its vehicles.

Matched with the new Mini Clubman, Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2* is set to maintain grip and performance in both wet and dry conditions, enhancing driving pleasure in a wide variety of situations, without any compromises in the quality of driving experience. These results can be attributed to the Evolutionary Tread compound, providing enhanced grip and steering precision.

Nick Harley, Goodyear Dunlop’s Managing Director for Original Equipment, Consumer Tyres EMEA, comments: “We are excited to be chosen by Mini for this trendy and unconventional vehicle. Our Dunlop Sport Maxx RT2 is the perfect fit for a car that combines everyday practicality with driving pleasure."

The restructuring of Kings Road Tyres’ (KRT) wholesale operation has taken a major step towards completion with the opening of a central Superhub on a prestigious logistics park in Burton-on-Trent.

The company is now operating out of a 92,000 sq ft office and warehouse complex on a five acre (two hectare) site known as Centrum One Hundred.

“Investing in a new wholesale distribution structure was a major financial and strategic decision for the company, so this is a really exciting moment that starts to deliver against that vision,” said KRT managing director, Adrian Bader.

“With Burton-on-Trent now established as our central logistics centre, we are equipped to radically improve the efficiency of our business. That will be good news for our customers as we seek to build on our long-established and hard-won reputation for quality service.”

Up to £450,000 has been spent on a new autocentre in Retford for car and van drivers to benefit from, which will immediately create two new jobs and further positions in future.

Kingsway Tyres, which boasts 16 depots across the east of England, will boast full MOT testing facilities, four-wheel Bluetooth geometry alignment, air-conditioning offering along with the very best in tyre repairs.

It replaces Kingsway’s old depot in Victoria Road, which the company had outgrown after more than 40 years at the site.

Centre manager Dave Spooner said: “This is an exciting new chapter for Kingsway and the Retford team. To be able to boast these facilities at a brand new centre is such a boost for us. We hope that motorists will benefit from an even better service and we look forward to welcoming them onto the forecourt."

AlloyGator has introduced two striking new colour variations to its award-winning wheel protection range.

The distinctive new gold and bronze options are perfect for drivers who want to add an extra dimension to their vehicle, guaranteeing that they capture the admiring attention of other road users. The range, which is now available in 15 stylish colours, continues to be the world’s leading alloy wheel protection system, offering drivers’ alloy wheels protection from unsightly damage caused by kerbing and potholes.

Made from super-tough nylon, the AlloyGator wheel protection system is compatible with most wheel and tyre combinations and can be fitted to wheels 13 to 21 inches in size, with a larger size to fit wheels 12 inches to 24 inches to be introduced very soon.

Yuasa have launched a brand new upgraded version of their industry leading online battery lookup system fit.yuasa.co.uk at Automechanika 2016. The fully updated, mobile optimised website which boasts a ground-breaking photo number plate lookup feature and live technical support was made live across Europe at the event in Frankfurt today.

Designed to help mechanics and technicians save valuable time and money, Yuasa’s powerful system has been remodelled to make it even more user friendly and ultra-fast. The system is completely free to use and can be accessed online at fit.yuasa.co.uk or by pushing a Yuasa USB Smart Button.

The SEAT LEON Eurocup, which has Japanese premium Tyre manufacturer YOKOHAMA as exclusive tyre supplier, visited the Red Bull Ring in Austria at the weekend, offering plenty of action and changes at the top. The Dutch driver Niels Langeveld managed to recover the championship lead after a solid performance in Race 1. Although Langenveld did not cross the chequered flag first, he took benefit from a Race Direction decision to penalise Mikel Azcona who had dominated from the start. Azkona had exceeded the track limits and was given a 3-second penalty which allowed the Dutchman Niels Langeveld to take the victory.

After the two races in Austria, Langeveld leads the table again with 171 points, Stian Paulsen closely follows with 163 and Mikel Azcona now within reach of both leaders in third with 155. The SEAT León Eurocup is back next week at the Nürburgring, in Germany.

Leading agricultural fertiliser producer, CF Fertilisers UK, has opted to switch its tyre policy to Continental Tyres for the heavy-duty forklifts and on-site trailers at its Cheshire headquarters and manufacturing site.

The company runs a fleet of 14 heavy-duty Kalmar DCE 10 forklifts and some 12 two-axle A-frame trailers at its Ince plant. These tackle the heavy-lifting and movement of 600kg and 1000kg bags of fertiliser from the point of production to storage and dispatch facilities elsewhere on site. The site itself, at Ince in Cheshire, sits on 124 acres of land next to the Manchester Ship Canal and includes one Ammonia and three 3 Nitric Acid plants, a further Nitrogen fertiliser plant and 3 compound lines. 

Nation Tyres, the local dealer to CF Fertilisers, had a major part to play in the success of the Continental Tyres trial and take-up. Managing director, Tony Glennon, said, “For a site this size, with the variety and significance of the vehicles we are talking about here, having a local dealership of our size and capability was an important part of reassuring CF Fertilisers in their switch to Continental Tyres. We understood their need for a genuine 24/7/365 support service and were both prepared and able to bring this to the mix, with 17 staff and nine mobile site-service vehicles. They demand a 60-90 minute callout response in the event of a tyre needing any sort of attention, and we deliver.”

An iconic, ice-cool setting combined with a Swedish NHL hockey star and Bridgestone’s all-new studded Noranza tyre to leave a lasting impression with the country’s leading automotive writers.

The world’s number one tyre and rubber company officially unveiled St Louis Blues star Alexander Steen as its Swedish product ambassador at a press event in The Ice Bar in Stockholm, to coincide with the showcasing of its Noranza 001 product, Bridgestone’s most advanced studded tyre to date.

Alexander, who runs a hockey camp for youngsters in Sundsvall - where Bridgestone’s head offices are located - said he was thrilled to work with the company.

 “It means a lot to me to be able to work with such a huge brand as Bridgestone. I do know a lot abo.ut the company’s products and it will be great to be able to promote them in the future,” he said.

After a successful completion of 3-years of regional association with Manchester United Football Club, which helped Apollo Tyres increase its brand visibility across geographies, the two organisations recently announced a global sponsorship agreement for the next 3 years. Apollo Tyres would now be the official ‘Global Tyre Partner’ for the world’s leading football club. 

Commenting on the extension of the partnership to a global one, Marco Paracciani, Chief Marketing Officer, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “The three-year association with Manchester United has supported our business expansion plans especially in India, Middle East, South East Asia and Africa. Our various campaigns have helped in connecting with the young people, increasing awareness of the brand Apollo and customer acquisitions in these regions. We believe that the global partnership will further help us position our brand and the products in the minds of the consumers across geographies, in addition to being visible to the 659 million fans of the club.” 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney

Goodyear proudly announces that the new Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 and the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance tyres are accredited with original equipment fitments on the new and eagerly awaited Alfa Romeo Giulia.

The new Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 Ultra High Performance summer tyre, developed to meet the needs of powerful sedan and sports car drivers, will be fitted with an all-round fitment (225/45 R18 91 Y) or with a mixed set up, (225/45 R18 91 Y at the front and 255/40 R18 95Y at the rear) according to market specifics.

Both sizes will be equipped with Goodyear’s RunOnFlat technology, which incorporates reinforced sidewalls that can carry the weight of a car for up to 80 km after a puncture with complete loss of air pressure.

Giti Tire has launched a flagship Giti branded passenger car and SUV summer portfolio into the German market, consisting of four premium performance tyres.

The new range, which has been developed and tested exclusively throughout Europe by the company’s Hannover-based R&D Centre, is designed to complement its existing GT Radial, Primewell and Runway brands by offering selected sizes aimed at specific vehicle segments.

Stefan Fischer, Managing Director - Europe for Product Technology and R&D Centre Europe at Giti Tire, said: “The Giti brand represents an exceptional achievement, being designed and engineered over three years by a hugely experienced European team utilising the latest technologies and best materials available.

“All track tests were undertaken at our MIRA facility in the UK, Idiada in Spain and ATP in Germany, with thousands of miles completed on roads in literally every country to fine tune each tyre’s performance credentials. This exhaustive process has ensured that the products are a perfect match for European road conditions.”

Stefan Fischer

It has been already been a year of exciting new product developments for Tech TPMS, with the launch of the T-Pro1™ in January and the TECH OE-R sensor and ATEQ VT36 diagnostic tool at the Reifen exhibition in May, and this is set to continue in the autumn with the addition of Hamaton H36 and H46 diagnostic tools into the programme.  

The TECH OE-R sensoroffers a direct replacement for OE sensors and offers users a cost-effective, efficient solution which requires no additional programming.  The TECH OE-R sensor can simply be fitted, the relearn procedure applied, and then is fully functional.  It fits all alloy wheels, is equipped with the latest NXP chipset and seven-year Maxell battery and comes with a 3 year (40000km) sensor warranty.

 

Trelleborg’s ProgressiveTractionTM have been selected as a unique factory-fit tyre option on the new Massey Ferguson 6718 S, the world’s first 200hp four-cylinder tractor. Finalist to the Tractor of the Year 2017 Award in the open field category, the new model has been presented in a dedicated press event on September 5th and introduced to the wider public at Innov-Agri, Outarville, France on 6th to 8th September.

Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson Director Marketing Services, says: “The exclusive Trelleborg TM700 ProgressiveTractionTM and TM800 ProgressiveTractionTM tyre options further improves performance by efficiently transferring the MF 6700 S tractor’s power and torque to the ground. Tested to the extreme in the Antarctica2 expedition, which took a standard MF 5610 wheeled tractor to the South Pole, these tyres are proven to improve driver comfort, boost output, reduce soil compaction and cut fuel consumption.”

 

Nexen Tire will be supplying the Porsche Cayenne with the N’FERA RU1 255/55R18 109Y XL as original equipment (OE) tyres. This is the first time that Nexen is to supply OE tyres to any of the Porsche car models.

In terms of the vehicle’s sport driving experience the N’FERA RU1 has unparalleled cornering stability and sports handling for high-speed driving. It has received grade A in the EU labelling for its excellent wet grip and also obtained Noise Level 1, the lowest noise level, as well.

“We are thrilled to supply OE tyres for Porsche for the first time, said Travis Kang, CEO of Nexen Tire. “As Porsche is a representative luxury carmaker with prestigious design and performance, this approval for the Porsche Cayenne proves the superior quality and advanced-technology of our products.”

The new generation of Membat’s winter high performance tyre is now out. This time the Mediterranean tyre brand has developed the Membat Flake range with 20 new sizes.

Membat Flake is now available in over 46 sizes that cover 13 to 18-inch rim diameters, 165 to 245 tread widths and aspect ratios from 40 to 80 series, with T, H and V speed ratings. The tyre’s technology provide a best-in-class winter performance for cars ranging from small city vehicles, popular sports utility cars to medium-sized family sedans.

Optimizing the sequence of the blocks was a priority along with increasing braking and steering safety on icy roads. “Snow and wet weather characteristics were a focus during development and we are really proud of the result. With these size extensions we think we are confident to cover most of PCR and UHP winter market needs, thus 2016 is on course for a very successful year for our customers,” stated Natan Banyeres, CEO of the company.

Czech automotive and engine manufacturer Skoda, part of the VW Group since 1991, has chosen the Falken brand’s successful ECORUN tyres for its Superb saloon model. The most popular mid-size car is now fitted with Falken‘s ZIEX ZE914 ECORUN tyres as standard.

In production since May, the third generation of the Superb delivers higher performance than ever before, thanks to its new EU 6 engine models – yet is up to 30 per cent more economical on fuel. In addition, the Superb represents outstanding value for money overall. This philosophy is an excellent fit for Skoda’s new choice of ZIEX ECORUN as its OEM tyres, supplied by Falken Tyre Europe to the production facility at Kvasiny in the Czech Republic in size 215/55R17 94W ZE914 A EC. The ZIEX ZE914 ECORUN is part of FALKEN’s range of sporty, comfortable tyres. It offers outstanding grip in wet and dry conditions, an exceptionally comfortable ride plus lower rolling resistance, which cuts fuel consumption.

 

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Davanti Tyres took over 50 dealers and UK tyre media to the Autódromo Internacional Algarve circuit in Portugal last week. 

The tyres used were the Davanti DX740 for the off road disipline and the DX390 for the Moose, Drifting, Power Stage and Track exercises. 

Against a backdrop of a raging fire that started the day before, the event took place in the morning but by the middle of the afternoon due to the fire nearing the circuit the event had to be cancelled before some of the diciplines were completed - however 4 out of 5 diciplines were achieved. However, the Davanti team were able to take the dealers to the Kartódromo circuit nearby where they were able to enjoy racing against each other in teams. Afraid to says that TTN's competitor magazine was one of the 4 winners!

This didn't detract for the dealers having nothing but praise for the tyres.

Tyre-Line’s dedicated Aftermarket division, based in Somerset, is proud to announce their newly
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RH Claydon Ltd are pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Gooch as Business Development Manager for East Anglia and the South East.

Neil’s extensive industry experience combined with both customer and territory knowledge make him an ideal fit for his new role as Business Development Manager.

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