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Business Minister Anna Soubry recently visited Birmingham to hear how Dunlop Aircraft Tyres plans further investment in new production equipment to help it expand its product range and increase international sales.

Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, the world’s only specialist manufacturer and retreader of aircraft tyres, was one of four companies in the West Midlands that the minister visited during a fact-finding day in the region.

Anna Soubry said: “The Midlands is a hub of modern, high-tech firms driving things forward and creating high skilled jobs. For example, Dunlop is the only dedicated aircraft tyre manufacturer and retreader in the world - its products are exported to more than 80 countries. We have a long term plan for this region to become an Engine for Growth and companies like this will help the Midlands to lead the way.” 

Exports now account for more than 80 per cent of Dunlop’s sales, with tyres made in Birmingham being shipped to commercial and military aircraft operators around the world.

Davanti is pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Maddocks as Sales Director for UK and Ireland, who will be starting his role with immediate effect.

 

“I can’t wait to start working with Davanti, an ambitious and exciting brand who understand the demands of the market and the UK consumer. I am committed to providing an excellent service to our distribution partners and I’m looking forward to further developing the range coverage and product line by working closely with our manufacturer,” says Maddocks.

 

Peter Cross, Davanti General Manager said; “We are delighted to be working with Sean, who’s experience will be invaluable in pushing forward the Davanti brand in the UK and beyond.”

 

Maddocks’ appointment comes as Don McIntyre is promoted to the position of Group Sales Director. McIntyre started at Oak as Sales Manager in 2008 and progressed to the position of Company Sales Director three years ago. 

 

Snap-on has released on its website a series of Quick Tips training videos that will help professional technicians speed up their diagnostic capabilities.

“The short Quick Tips videos were created to provide training in an easy to watch format so technicians can use their Snap-on diagnostic tools to address a specific problem on a vehicle,” said Helen Taylor, Snap-on’s UK Marketing Manager.

“With our complete Training Solutions videos on our website, not only do we show technicians how to use our tools, but we now demonstrate how the tools can be used to solve everyday issues that they might encounter in their service bays.” 

To view the Quick Tips videos, visit http://diagnostics.snapon.co.uk then click on Training and Support before selecting a diagnostic tool and then clicking on See Training.

Hankook will present many innovations at the 66th International Motor Show (IAA) from September 15 to 27, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. Hankook is said to be the world’s fastest growing premium tyre manufacturer and counts to the five largest tyre producers by volume. Hankook delivers its products as original equipment to prestigious premium car brands such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and VW, which appreciate Hankook’s efficient, high-performance and eco-friendly tyres for their high quality and technical supremacy. 

This year, the focus of Hankook’s fair appearance in Hall 8 booth D36 / F36 will be on an entirely new developed winter tyre line-up for the European markets. The new generation of the ultra high performance winter tyre series i*cept was especially developed for central and western European winter conditions and is equipped with a new silica compound. 

Giti Tire has strengthened its Northern European operations with Åke Älmdalen appointed as Business Development Manager – Nordics and Amaury Pouzet extending his remit to General Manager – France and Benelux.

Covering the markets Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, Åke will be responsible for increasing existing business in both Passenger Car and Light Truck (PCR) and Truck and Bus (TBR) Divisions across the manufacturer’s mid-tier European brands, GT Radial, Primewell and Runway.

Amaury, who joined Giti in 2011, has had his General Manager role extended to incorporate both France and Benelux, covering Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Covering both PCR and TBR Divisions, he will concentrate on growing the replacement tyre markets.

The sale of dangerous tyres to unsuspecting motorists has led to the conviction of six retailers of part worn tyres from the Brent and Harrow area of London within the space of a week. Top Tyres & Auto Parts Ltd (Wembley); Whitchurch Road Tyres (Harrow); Pinner Road Tyres Ltd (Harrow); Quick Car Repairs Ltd (Harrow); Mr Walazedeh trading as Harrow Tyres (Harrow); and 3D Tyres Ltd (Wembley) faced 36 charges of supplying unsafe tyres, not complying with the Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994.

All six pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay a total of £18,009.40 in fines, including individual penalties for company directors, costs and victim surcharges.  The risk to road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, posed by the offenders' sale of dangerous and incorrectly labelled tyres was roundly condemned by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, TyreSafe and the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) whose cooperation led to the successful convictions. 

Nexen Tire, a leading global tyre manufacturer, announced that it will supply Volkswagen with its N’blue Premium tyre (size: 195/65 R15). The tyre will come equipped on the new Volkswagen Caddy, a compact van with global sales topping 1.5 million units over the past 11 years, which will be produced in Poznan, Poland.

The N’blue Premium is a fuel-efficient and eco-friendly tyre; it has received a Special Mention at the German Design Award 2015 for its sophisticated European styling. The tyre also recently signed to supply for the Renault ‘Twingo’ last June.

“We are happy to continue signing contracts and broadening the range of our supply of original equipment tyres to various types of vehicles from leading global car manufacturers,” said a spokesperson from Nexen Tire. “We will continuously expand the supply of our original equipment tyres to global car manufacturers in the European and North American markets.”

Chicago Pneumatic has launched a new series of CP7736 ½” metal impact wrenches, to deliver more durability, power and user comfort for tyre changing or general mechanic applications. The compact CP7736 offers 670ft-lbs (900Nm) of torque, which is 20 per cent more than its predecessor, and has the best price performance ratio of its class on the market. As such, vehicle service professionals can operate more efficiently and increase their productivity.

With a range of additional accessories including impact socket sets and filter regulators, the new impact wrenches provide users with a versatile and durable tool for a range of maintenance jobs. The CP7736 series further compliments Chicago Pneumatic’s vast range of vehicle service tools and workshop equipment, including its brand new cordless tools range.

For more information and distributor locations, please visit: http://www.cp.com

Mr Tyre Ltd has a vacancy for an office-based Business Development Manager for their Wholesale Operation in Central Birmingham.

For more information about this exciting vacancy please go to the Jobs Vacancies Page

Continental is continuing its successful range of ultra high-performance summer tyres with the introduction of the new SportContact 6. The new high-technology tyre from the development department in Hanover is now available in an initial launch range of forty-one dimensions, produced for rims with diameters of between 19 and 23 inches. The SportContact 6 is particularly suited to pure sports cars such as the Audi R8 or Porsche 911 as well as vehicles such as the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes AMG. The range also includes a suitable tyre for the electrically powered Tesla Model S.

Continental expects the new SportContact 6 to achieve good approval levels not just from motorists, but also from vehicle manufacturers. At the moment, around one third of new vehicles from European car manufacturers roll off the production line with Continental tyres. Original equipment customers expect a lot – particularly in the EU and Continental are encouraged by initial approval received even before the market launch.

For more information on Continental’s complete range, visit www.continental-tyres.co.uk

Quality is the linchpin to everything that Bandvulc do, believing that consistency in the quality they provide their customers will bring natural growth to their business.

With innovation being at the forefront of their minds, Bandvulc have now introduced a new electronic audit system comprising a web and APP based system run via a tablet. The introduction of this system will bring huge advantages to both Bandvulc and their customers.

Justin Holloway, Quality & Environmental Manager at Bandvulc said, “For us it is all about protecting the customer, whilst continuing to improve what we do to achieve the best possible service and product to an international standard.”

Taking forward its very fruitful association with Manchester United Football Club, Apollo Tyres has announced the extension of this association to the whole of Africa, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Brunei. This is in addition to the existing association spanning 67 countries in Asia, Europe and few countries of Africa.

Marco Paracciani, Chief Marketing Officer, Apollo Tyres Ltd, commenting on the extension of territories, said, “The last two years of our association with Manchester United Football Club has helped increase the awareness for the ‘Apollo’ brand across select markets. This expansion will help us in our brand building journey in the African and South East Asia regions and support our growth initiatives in various countries in the regions.” 

Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold commented, “Since becoming a partner of Manchester United in 2013, Apollo Tyres have demonstrated their commitment not only to the partnership, but also to our fans."

Hankook has launched a new courtesy car scheme across its UK retail network which was specifically designed to incentivise supportive dealers across the country.  Stylish, dual-branded Hyundai i10s with exceptionally low running costs were given to a selection of retailers across the UK over a two year period to be used as a courtesy car whilst also effectively advertising their services when out on the road in the local area.

Jon Jing Park, Managing Director at Hankook Tyre UK said, “This incentive provides the ideal opportunity to support the excellent performance of our valued retail network in the day-to-day running of their business, offering them a useful and cost-effective resource.  Marketing activities such as the courtesy car scheme are an integral part of the company’s marketing strategy in the region to ensure we continue to increase our brand presence and demonstrate commitment and support to our retailers.”

Goodyear has announced that it has launched its second generation Vector 4Seasons tyre. The new Vector 4Seasons builds on over 30 years of all-season tyre innovation, as well many years of insights delivered from all-season fitments on hundreds of original equipment (OE) vehicles including leading brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, Fiat, Jeep, Opel, Ford and Renault. 

Today the award-winning first generation Vector 4Seasons is available in all key European markets and the new generation tyre will integrally replace its predecessor in those markets over time.  

Goodyear’s Vector 4Seasons Generation 2 will be available at retail outlets as of August 2015, with additional sizes added to the range through January 2016. In total a line-up of 43 different sizes, including 3 run on flat models, will be made available on the market by early 2016.

National Express has signed up Michelin solutions to provide a five-year comprehensive tyre management system for its UK fleet – almost 2,000 vehicles – after the company’s EFFITIRES™ by Michelin solutions programme proved ideal for the public transport group’s diverse operations.

“National Express has had a mature relationship with Michelin for eight years, so following a closely evaluated competitive tender, we are delighted that Michelin has proved to be the leading tyre solution provider,” says Roy Brewer, National Express Category Manager.

He adds: “The price-per-mile structure Michelin solutions offers provides a focus on getting the maximum performance out of every casing, and ensures the safe operation of our fleet, which is paramount. It’s a model that works well.”

Something is happening in the wheel market – brand spanking new to the UK, 7Twenty has been making a noise for some time, and now with products landing with customers across Europe, the noise is only getting louder.

The 7Twenty wheel range is not for the feint hearted, featuring a selection of designs evolved from traditional styles made popular by the JDM and Drift scene in extreme widths, low offsets and eye catching finishes.

Launched in 2014 with the Style 14, the 7Twenty wheel range has now grown to include four more designs in an even more aggressive range of sizes and fitments.

The wheel range is now available on 7Twenty’s newly launched website, and stock is already shipping to a select number of specifically chosen distributors/stockists across the UK and Europe.

With precision engineered coilovers and adjustable arms also a part of their product range, 7Twenty are poised to overhaul cars across the drift/JDM scenes.  

More information on the 7Twenty product range can be found at www.7twenty.co.uk  

One of the world's top tyre manufacturers, Cooper Tire, has announced that it will be the official tyre sponsor of this year’s Dubai International Motor Show )10-14th November). The official announcement was made during a visit by the Vice President and Managing Director of Cooper Tire, Europe and the Middle East, Jeff Schumaker, to the region this week. The sponsorship will mark the tyre brand’s first move to increase its presence across the Middle East ahead of a series of new product arrivals over the coming months. 

Speaking at the regional meet and greet this week, Jeff Schumaker, said “The coming 12 months is set to be hugely important for Cooper Tire in the Middle East and partnering with the region’s leading automotive event is the perfect platform for us. We are looking forward to making our mark on the Middle East and bringing our customers some of the most cutting edge products that are designed for thousands of miles of excellent service.” 

Liverpool FC has confirmed its latest high-profile summer signing – a continuation of its successful relationship with leading tyre manufacturer Maxxis. The winning partnership is by no means new, Maxxis is one of the iconic Club’s longest standing commercial supporters. The new contract does, however, reconfirm both parties’ belief in their dynamic pairing.

The new deal will see Maxxis continue to be highly visible pitch-side at the world famous Anfield stadium, home to the Club which has won 18 league titles, seven FA Cups, eight league cups and five European cups during its illustrious history. 

 L-R Derek McMartin & Ian Rush

Technicians can ensure their Snap-on diagnostic tools remain up to date with the aid of a software subscription program – while also saving themselves money.

The service means technicians can always have the latest diagnostic coverage at their fingertips thanks to Snap-on’s twice-yearly software updates and all for a third less than the price of buying the updates individually.

“A Snap-on software subscription is an easy, low-cost way for shops and technicians to obtain their new software upgrades, like software upgrade 15.2, to keep their diagnostic tools continuously updated,” said Helen Taylor, Snap-on’s UK Marketing Manager.

Aligned to the recent development of their new Report Centre and pending launch within the Industry, Encircle Marketing is exploring how their new system can increase further Client engagement with their data and optimise return on investment for both themselves and their Customer Base.

Three new key features of this are their new ‘Cube Analysis’, ‘Promotional Ticker’ and Geodemographic analyses.

The Cube – This new feature will allow their Customers to explore/manipulate and present the Encircle data however they wish through intuitive report building and cross tabulation. Additional features allow the Client to:

  1.        Select daily, weekly or monthly pricing
  2.        Min/ Mean/ Average Pricing comparison
  3.        Multi filtering of dimensions
  4.        Re-running of data in any key market currency
  5.        Aggregation by country
  6.        Including or excluding fitment or VAT

With the ongoing aim of producing environmentally friendly and more powerful products, tyre manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) has entered into a joint research project with US biotech company Kultevat to investigate the potential of utilising Russian dandelions as an alternative source of natural rubber, which may one day replace the conventional source of natural rubber, the rubber tree.

Currently, around 90 percent of the world’s demand for natural rubber is produced in Asia. As SRI looks to expand its worldwide tyre manufacturing network, it is seeking a more eco-friendly supply due to the serious environmental consequences of the transportation of rubber. In order to achieve this, SRI is examining the potential of Russian dandelions as a new, alternative source of high-performance products on a global scale.

Unlike the rubber tree, the Russian dandelion can be grown in temperate regions, including North America and many other parts of the world. SRI believes that this joint research will promote the greater use of natural raw materials and their production will expand to other regions. Therefore, a reliable, efficient and more environmentally-friendly natural resource can be utilised in production plants around the world, allowing SRI to deliver high-performance tyres for an increasing number of customers with a lower environmental impact. 

From its range of environmentally-friendly tyres, the ENSAVE 100, which was launched in November 2013, was the world’s first tyre manufactured from 100 percent natural raw materials without the use of fossil fuels.  

PCL has welcomed Messe Frankfurt’s decision to bring its international automotive show to the UK next year. Automechanika Birmingham, in partnership with trade association SMMT, will take place at the NEC, 7th-9th June 2016, and PCL has already pledged support by confirming attendance.

PCL Marketing Manager Matthew Butters said: “This is fantastic news for the UK automotive industry and shows there is great confidence in the marketplace here. Automechanika Frankfurt is a firm fixture on our annual exhibition calendar and is a well attended global event. Bringing this leading show to the UK will provide British companies with excellent opportunities, and Birmingham NEC is well placed for transport links for visitors from across the UK and worldwide.

“As a company proud of our UK roots and “Made in Sheffield” products we are delighted to be showcasing our products there. We look forward to seeing the familiar faces of other Automechanika brand fans, as well as lots of new faces - not just this year but in years to come as this show is sure to grow rapidly.”

Automechanika Birmingham expects to welcome around 250 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors from markets including parts and components, electronics and systems, repair and maintenance, accessories and customising, management and digital solutions and car wash, care and reconditioning. Further information is available from www.automechanika-birmingham.com

Leicestershire-based Apex Plant Group is continuing to see the benefits of using Westlake Tyres, two years on from when Vacu-Lug first began supplying them with Westlake products.

As the sole UK distributor of Westlake tyres, Grantham retreading company, Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres, supplies tyres for Apex Plant’s fleet of vehicles.

To date, Apex Plant Group is delighted with the performance of Westlake’s tyres, and is continuing to see a positive result in terms of operating economy and efficiency. 

New and Exclusive to Tyre-Line Aftermarket are a new range of Wanda *Aramid* Puncture Resistant tyres designed for the professional user in mind. The new *Aramid* range brings with it Wanda’s excellent value for money ethos, along with technology normally only found in more expensive brands. With *Aramid* belting added to the tread area, the new Wanda range of tyres offer protection from the majority of tread area, puncture causing items, decreasing vehicle downtime and increasing productivity. Available in both Turf & Rib patterns, with sizes ranging from 15x6.00-6 to 26x12.00-12, the range is the most comprehensive currently available in the UK.

Desmond Simpson & Sons Ltd have vacancies for business Development Managers to cover all areas of England and Wales.

For more details of these positions go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

Quinton Tyres have an excellent opportunity for a Mobile Tyre Technician to work in the Nantwich and Manchester area.

Interested? Then go to the Jobs Vacancy page for more information.

A Business Development Manager is required by Point-S UK to cover Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk areas.

For information about this exciting poisition go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

GB Tyres UK Ltd,Tipton, West Midlands, has a position for a UK Business Development Manager. 

For more information go to the Job Vacancies page

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