YOKOHAMA has announced that it will launch a new highway terrain tyre for 4X4 and SUV under the “GEOLANDAR” brand. The “GEOLANDAR H/T G056” will be successively rolled out in Europe this summer.
The new compound of the “GEOLANDAR H/T G056” features orange oil which improves wet grip and shortens wet braking distance,significant for European weather conditions. Also, reduced low rolling resistance and pass by noise are improved to meet the European standard.
Micheldever Protyre has signed up to CAM’s UniSerV software technology to manage its sustained planned growth through the platform, as it has continued to generate additional substantial truck business over the past four years. The introduction will enable Micheldever’s truck business to integrate into e-jobsheet, the digital tablet-based service work platform for truck, bus and van, allowing the company to capture job data accurately, increase its business development opportunities and process transactions speedily and accurately.
Kate Neill, UniSerV product manager for CAM
In previous years, Sailun have shared the Kirkby Tyres stand at the CV Show. At this year’s show, there will be a dedicated Sailun stand – manned by both Sailun and Kirkby staff. The stand (Hall 3A, stand 3C70) will prominently feature the whole range of Sailun TBR patterns.
Martin West, Managing Director, Sailun Tyres Europe commented: “We have a really effective partnership with Kirkby Tyres in the UK, and we are happy to support them in exhibiting at this prominent commercial vehicle show. We look forward to a successful few days.”
Maxxis has recently helped Macmillan Cancer Support take a big step towards the construction of a new Chemotherapy and Oncology Unit at Ipswich Hospital. The new unit will help provide much needed support to people affected by cancer, and will be part funded through the sales of this year’s motorsport and Maxxis Babes calendars at Autosport International.
A grand total of £2,350 raised by Maxxis will help Macmillan provide local cancer sufferers with a purpose-built centre large enough to treat more than double the number of patients than the current facility does. It will also improve the privacy and dignity of patients during treatment and enable loved ones to remain with them during treatment.
242 UK’s Top 400 Tyre Wholesalers & Distributors companies have been named as strong in a new report from industry analysts Plimsoll Publishing.
Plimsoll has analysed all of the major players within the market and has found that over a quarter of companies are going from strength to strength.
David Pattison, senior analyst on the project, said: “Much like how your doctor would check your blood pressure and recommend action, we have done the same with each of the UK’s top 400 Tyre Wholesalers & Distributors."
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First Signs of Price Recovery - Relative to the Significant Declines posted in 2014
2014 was a year of significant price erosion across many sectors, with prices falling, on average 7.5% from the January 2014 starting position.
All sectors felt the decline with WYZ tyres perhaps the sector with the deepest wounds to heal in 2015 having seen prices drop by 9.4% over the same period.
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Yokohama and the Chelsea Football Club have announced signing a sponsorship agreement. The contract period is for five years from July 2015 and the agreement will enable the display and the wear of the YOKOHAMA logo on the official football shirt, YOKOHAMA branding at the stadium, etc., use of logo and players and coach of Chelsea FC to tyre-related various advertising and promotional materials. With this agreement, YOKOHAMA aims to improve its brand awareness and reach out to society as it continues its expansion on a global scale.
The Club's achievement through history has seen it crowned Champions of England 4 times. As well as being the proud winner of 7 FA Cups. Internationally the Club was the winner of the UEFA Champions League in the 2011-2012 season. Chelsea FC is a world leading football team that also won the UEFA Europa League in the 2012-2013 season. Currently in the 2014-2015 season Chelsea FC is also at the top of the Premier League and it has advanced to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League.
Tyre and vehicle maintenance specialist ATS Euromaster will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the CV Show 2015 with the launch of a guidebook for fleet managers summarising its five decades of industry expertise.
Dubbed the ‘Little Gold Book’, it will be packed full of essential need-to-know information to help van and truck fleet operators target improvements in cost control, uptime and productivity. The booklet will be available free of charge from ATS Euromaster’s stand (4D10), along with celebratory 50th birthday cupcakes
Two lucky drivers were rubbing shoulders with the stars – after buying new Firestone tyres and bagging VIP tickets to the Brit Awards.
Firestone launched the ‘Roll On Then Rock Out’ free prize draw for motorists purchasing two new tyres, with more than £100,000 in iTunes vouchers or top prizes of a pair of VIP tickets to the Brit Awards worth £3,000.
Bridgestone is hoping to build on a hugely beneficial presence at last year’s CV Show with another high profile appearance at the NEC in 2015, where its new service network will be exclusively revealed for the first time.
The world’s largest tyre manufacturer will use an impressively sized exhibition space to officially launch ‘Bridgestone Partner’.
The launch, from April 14 to 16, is not just a rebranding of the existing Truck Point network, but an opportunity to change the focus of the European network to meet the evolving needs of tyre service.
Innovation, efficiency and sustainability will be the Bridgestone buzzwords at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
A range of tyres and technologies focused on the industry’s most important needs will be revealed, with the revolutionary Ecopia EP500 ologic tyre taking centre stage.
The Bridgestone booth (Hall 6, stand 6253) gives visitors a close-up view of the product, which is an exclusive fitment on the BMW i3 electric car.
Falken Tyre Europe, the European affiliate of Japanese tyre manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd., has appointed Shingo Sakashita (46) to its board of directors in Offenbach am Main (Germany). Sakashita will be part of the management team and also assumes the position of finance director alongside Isamu Ishida, Koji Fukuhara and Hidekazu Nishiguchi.
"I am looking forward to my new role at Falken Tyre Europe,” states Shingo Sakashita. “Together with my team, I would like to continue our expansion in Europe and build upon our growing aftermarket and OE business."
The GT Radial Maxmiler Pro, which is aimed primarily at the growing heavy duty, high speed van market, has proven its credentials in a solid performance review for Leeds City Council.
Four 225/65R16C tyres were fitted to a Renault Master mini-bus on February 16th 2014, and during a December 2nd 2014 inspection, between which dates the vehicle had covered 29,456 miles, the tread depths were measured. Near side front read 5/5/6mm, while the off side front, near side rear and off side rear equalled 6/6/6mm.
Andy Smith at Wakefield-based GW Tyres, who organised the performance review, said: “The tyre wall has stood up well to the constant contact with the kerb edges, which is a common hazard for this type of vehicle, plus we have seen a significant reduction in punctures, reducing downtime for the operator.
“The Maxmiler Pro is definitely a very good tyre, as the mileage and performance results clearly demonstrate.”
The second CAM UniSerV User Group (UUG) meeting, chaired by Anne Sherwood, group business support manager of Tructyre Fleet Management, has been set for Monday, 13 April to coincide with the CV Show taking place at the NEC Birmingham between 14-16 April.
Anne Sherwood,group business support manager, says, “UUG¹ was positive in every way and we’re looking forward to reviewing the status of the priorities and timelines we drew up and to enjoying further constructive, interactive discussions at UUG². It’s a privilege to be chairing such a dynamic forum to align all our objectives which will be delivered by CAM through its UniSerV software, enabling truck tyre operators to continue to improve our businesses and drive forward efficiencies to sustain our long term success.”
International tyre manufacturer Apollo Tyres Ltd. today announced its recruitment drive in Hungary for its soon to be built Greenfield facility at Gyöngyöshalász. In the first round, 100 technicians and fresh graduate engineers will be appointed. This will be followed by a second recruitment drive in second half of this year where 150 additional people will be selected. Although production will only start at the beginning of 2017, the first batch of employees for the Hungarian factory will be contracted in the beginning of July 2015. Besides technicians and engineers, the company is also seeking applications for various functional areas including administration and logistics.
Announcing the recruitment drive, Kannan Prabhakar, Managing Director, Apollo Tyres Hungary Kft said, “An exciting task is awaiting us in the next two years as Apollo Tyres looks to work with talented people in Hungary. We have started the recruitment of technicians in several educational institutes in Heves County, with whom we will sign a scholarship agreement in March 2015. These students will receive support from Apollo in their last semester. Also, we are expecting applications for almost all functional areas including maintenance, finance and logistics. ”
Women drivers throughout the UK are set to receive a tyre safety boost with the news that FOXY Lady Drivers Club has become the latest motor group to join tyre safety organisation, TyreSafe.
Members of the UK's only everyday motoring club for women, which operates on a not for profit basis and is supported by a network of female friendly approved businesses, will now have access to a wealth of tyre safety resources and information designed to help keep them safe on the road.
Bridgestone knows a thing or two about driving further, which is why it has opted to sponsor one of thegame’s most exciting young golfers in his breakthrough professional season.
Bridgestone will be partnering with Worcester’s Oliver Farr as he embarks on his debut year on the coveted European Tour, where he is competing with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els.
The 26 year-old, whose home course is the Worcester Golf and Country Club, can now look ahead with an added element of confidence, having the support of such a huge brand.
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Toyo has announced that it will once again be the choice of control rubber for the hugely popular Toyota MR2 Championship. The move sees the company’s proven and trusted R888 road-legal semi-slick tyre being used on all competitor’s cars throughout a packed season of racing at the UK’s most famous and popular circuits .
Commenting on the continuing relationship, Toyo Tires’ Technical and Motorsport Director Alan Meaker said, “The Toyota MR2 Championship has always been popular, but the field for 2015 looks to be the most exciting line-up yet. This is a fantastic championship, with superb driving standards and wonderful camaraderie, so to continue as the control tyre is fantastic news for us. The Proxes R888 also works very well on these chassis’ set-ups, allowing drivers to really make the most of the MR2’s surprising abilities on the track.”
Desmond Simpson & Sons Ltd in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, have positions for Business Development Managers to promote Sales and Brand awarement across to UK for Nordexx Car, SUV and Light Truck Tyres, as well as Advance Truck Tyres.
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Michelin solutions is to introduce a new generation of ‘Pence Per Kilometre’ (PPK) tyre management contracts offering customers a contractual fuel saving commitment, to help make their fleets even more efficient.
Due for launch at the CV Show on 14 April 2015, the fuel saving commitment will be available on EFFITIRES™ contracts when fitting premium low rolling resistance tyres.
Michelin solutions will also use the CV Show to promote its separate EFFIFUEL™ offer to fleets – a solution which brings together an array of fuel-saving levers, including eco-driver training, fitment of on-board telematics and tyre management, to improve fleet efficiency and profit margins over periods of up to four years.
The Michelin solutions stand (5J40) will be situated in Hall 5, adjacent to the Michelin Tyre plc stand (5H40).
First Utility Super League and Falken Tyre Europe have entered into an exciting new partnership that will see the Japanese tyre manufacturer become an official partner of the UK’s elite Rugby League competition.
Falken Tyre Europe’s first association with Rugby League will initially see their branding at all major games with further exposure set to be announced during season.
Falken’s Director Matt Smith said: “Rugby League offers Falken a chance to reach a broad range of enthusiastic fans relevant to our product range.
“We wanted a trusted sport whose values such as passion matched our own and in conjunction with Elonex Sports PLC, Rugby League was the perfect fit. The sport is renowned for being an approachable, friendly, team game and we look forward to being part of this family sport.”
At Bandvulc the product & services range continues to grow which, combined with the delivery of services across the Group, means Bandvulc have an industry-leading offering which theybelieve will give even greater value for its clients throughout 2015.
Bandvulc knows that the customer can be many people in the supply chain and it is equally important that they deliver the ‘Bandvulc Experience’ at every level, from the supply channel to the end-user. The company never stops evolving and they have to continue delivering quality in everything they do in order to remain successful.
Bandvulc has a long and proud history of evolving and growing with clients to offer personalised tyre, fleet & call management solutions for commercial logistic operations. Innovation and investment, both in people and technology, has made them a key partner and supplier for small, privately owned companies right through to national blue chip fleets.
So please feel free to come along and have a coffee with them at Hall 4 / Stand 4J90 to find out more.
Tradition-rich U.S. tyre brand General Tire is celebrating its centenary. The company traces its origins to Akron, Ohio, where William F. O’Neill and his partner Winfred E. Fouse had the idea of producing superior quality tyres. At the time, there were more than 300 companies making tyres in the USA. But unlike their competitors, from the outset the two partners put their faith in high quality, initially focusing on the truck market. Here they pioneered an oversized pneumatic tyre called the General Jumbo. Back in those days, trucks ran on solid rubber tyres and the pneumatic tyre was an innovation that soon caught on. A nationwide team of loyal, competent and independent dealers helped ensure that the brand rapidly proved a success.
General Tire innovations also made inroads into the automobile market. In the mid-1920s the company released General Balloon Jumbo tyres for cars. These required much lower air pressure and provided a far more comfortable ride than conventional tyres. As a brand, General Tire rapidly expanded its range which soon included the high-mileage, puncture-proof Dual Balloon.
BMW has chosen the MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport as the sole 21-inch fitment for its new high-performance X5 M and X6 M models.
From its market launch in early 2015, the BMW X5 M and X6 M fitted with the optional 21-inch forged alloy wheels, will be equipped exclusively with MICHELIN Pilot Super Sport tyres. The 285/35ZR21 105Y front and 325/30ZR21 108Y rear ultra-high-performance tyres feature a number of Michelin technologies including multi-compound tread and Variable Contact Patch 2.0.
Michelin has a long and successful relationship with BMW M and has designed tyres for many of the manufacturer’s previous models*. These tyres are the result of a two-year co-development between BMW M and Michelin. During this development phase around 1,400 prototype tyres and 500 pre-production tyres were produced and tested to ensure the tyres delivered the performance characteristics demanded by the BMW engineers.
Furrows Group is changing its approach to market by developing a more robust internet ordering system, based on CAM’s MIDaS B2B and Cameo platforms, which will help expand the wholesaler’s tyre operation and provide a more efficient and bespoke service to its customers.
The investment follows significant market research which identified that Furrows’ traditional parts system was not fit for purpose in the tyre wholesale division of its operation. By working closely with CAM’s B2B solutions and introducing other systems including Integrated Ledgers, Online Tyre Catalogue and POD Barcode Scanning, the wholesaler will be able to structure its operation to cater more specifically to individual customers’ requirements.
Kings Road Tyres Wholesale are looking for Sales Professionals to fill the following positions:
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Sales Executive - Boston Branch
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Fitted as Original Equipment and aftermarket replacements on many of today’s biggest brand names in GM like John Deere, Toro, Countax and Ransomes, Carlisle’s history of quality and excellence in the Lawn, Garden and Golf markets is easy to see and is also why most people know the brand and trust them to turn to for independent replacements. Their portfolio of tyres in this field include popular and well known tread patterns like Multi Trac, Turf Pro, Links, Turf Master, Turf Trac Field Trax and All Trail, all designed to offer maximum traction whilst generating the minimum amount of ground disturbance possible.
Adding to their already extensive line-up, Carlisle and Tyre-Line are pleased to announce the brand new Turf Smart range of tyres. “The new Turf Smart range have been engineered to offer increased slope grip, better self-cleaning / less clogging and extended tread life thanks to a new rubber compound” said Tyre-Line’s Richard Cook.
The BRSCC Teekay Couplings Production Mk2 GTI Championship has announced that it will continue to work with Toyo Tires as its exclusive control tyre supplier for the 2015 season. The move sees the TOYO R888 used as control tyre for all competitors in this championship, as well as the all-new Mk5 GTI sister race package which will run alongside the Mk2s at all race meetings during the season.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Championship Organiser Rob Sadler said, ‘We’re delighted to continue with our friends at TOYO as control rubber for the 2015 season."
Alan Meaker, Motorsport and Technical Director for Toyo Tires UK also commented, “We are so pleased to be working with the Production GTi team once again. The Mk2 grid looks to be huge this year, but the Mk5 has been simply astounding during testing. It’s going to be a fantastic season.”
The first round of the championship will be at Snetterton circuit on the 19th April.
Pirelli will return to the largest and most comprehensive road freight transport, distribution and logistics event staged in Britain: The Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show.
The CV Show, which showcases everything from truck, van and trailer manufacturers through to forklift trucks, insurers, tyre, telematics and training providers, as well as fuel and lubricant suppliers, will be held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from April 14-16, 2015.
Chris Evans, Director of Truck at Pirelli UK, said: “The Commercial Vehicle Show is the most diverse road transport and logistics event staged in Britain. I’m delighted that we are returning to it this year, as it gives us a great platform to showcase our continuing expansion within the truck market.”
For further information about Pirelli please visit www.pirelli.co.uk
A Lincolnshire part worn tyre retailer faces up to 12 months in prison along with a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of supplying unsafe part worn tyres to the public.
After just one hour’s deliberation, the jury at Lincoln Crown Court unanimously found defendant Luke McKenzie, trading as Moss Tyres in Grantham, guilty on 16 accounts of being in possession to supply dangerous products, namely unsafe part worn tyres, to consumers.
Mr McKenzie also pleaded guilty on two other accounts – one account of supplying a spare tyre of the incorrect size during a Trading Standards test purchase operation; and one account of providing false information stating that that tyres fitted by the business had been balanced when they had not.
The Maxxis Centre of Excellence programme is moving ahead quicker than ever, with yet another dedicated dealer now benefiting from stocking Maxxis.
Having been fitting tyres at its site in Bakewell, Derbyshire, since 2009, Tyre Specialists company director, David Slater, felt that it was an easy decision to sign up to the reward programme as he explains: “Having stocked Maxxis tyres for nearly two years now, and seen the brand’s reputation and recognition increase, the decision to enrol onto the Maxxis Centre of Excellence programme was extremely easy for me. We have had a complete office revamp, fresh paintwork, marketing materials and new signage throughout, all of which has received an endless amount of compliments from both our staff and customers.”
Continental Tyres will once again be exhibiting at this year’s CV Show, running from the 14-16 April 2015, showcasing a whole host of new products and services which demonstrate how the right tyres can help operators to achieve lowest overall driving cost.
The Continental Specialty team will be available in Hall 5, Stand G120at the show to discuss cost-effective tyre solutions for materials handling and forklift operations as well as promoting the services of the new Conti Industrial Network – a national network of IMI-trained, quality tyre service providers specialising in industrial vehicle tyres.
As partner in excellence at Mercedes-Benz World, Continental Tyres has successfully offered over three hundred motorists the chance to experience the difference in performance between summer and winter tyres, with free tests running between October and December at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge.
UK drivers are six times more likely to have an accident during the winter months, with the numbers rising further when snow and ice add an extra hazard. With this in mind Mercedes-Benz World and partner in excellence Continental provided a free driving experience in two cars through a slalom on a simulated icy track. One fitted with Continental summer tyres and the other with Continental winter tyres, providing first-hand experience with the notable difference in stopping distance.
Michelin is planning its largest ever display of 17.5” and 19.5” tyres at this year’s CV Show, following the roll-out of additional sizes and tread patterns in its all-new X Multi range.
Six of the new tyres will feature on Michelin’s 144m² stand in Hall 5, including three multi-position and three drive patterns – each safer, more fuel-efficient, quieter and longer-lasting than the ten year old XDE2s they replace. The new range is purpose-designed for small and medium trucks from 7.5 to 16 tonnes, as well as midi-coaches.
Chris Smith, Head of Truck Marketing at Michelin Tyre plc, explains: “The introduction of the new X Multi range gained real traction at the end of 2014 with an influx of new sizes – and there’s more on the way in March."
Giti Tire will use CV Show 2015 to launch its latest GT Radial next generation drive-axle tyre, as well as highlight the strength and depth of the ever-expanding portfolio.
With 21 patterns on show from a range consisting of 28, the stand will be split into road, combi, urban, mixed and winter to allow for a far more defined customer experience.
Tony McHugh, TBR Sales and Marketing Director UK at Giti Tire, said: “The company has an ongoing product development programme for GT Radial, hence every 12 months we have new and next generation tyres making their debuts at literally every show we attend.
“With every new tyre we see a marked increase in quality, as proven by research and development criteria and on-the-road trials prior to launch. This objective forms the basis of the brand’s goal, to produce premium quality tyres at mid-market prices.”
Compliance is one of the biggest issues for road transport operators and one of the main reasons why Workshop has become an essential part of the Commercial Vehicle Show, to be held 14-16 April at the NEC. The need for regular maintenance is vital and for operators of light or heavy commercial vehicles, high maintenance standards are critical to the success or failure of the business.
Visitors to Workshop have an all-encompassing shop window displaying hundreds of exhibitors spanning the whole automotive aftermarket and CV maintenance sector. From original equipment components and replacement parts to the very latest in maintenance management systems, garage and bodyshop equipment, Workshop has it all.
Workshop at the CV Show has grown considerably this year and includes stands from leading garage equipment suppliers Blitz Rotary, Bradbury, CTEK, Eclipse, Gemco, Maha, Somers Totalkare, Sykes-Pickavant, Tecalemit and Thermobile. Making their CV Show debut will be vehicle lift manufacturer Maxima and specialist in spray booths and paint finishing, Junair. Major parts suppliers Delphi, Hella and Valeo will display their latest equipment and Stertil UK will show its commercial vehicle lifts. Texa will demonstrate its diagnostic tools and CV Show debutant Pro-Align will launch the new Hunter vehicle alignment system.
The Workshop sector at the CV Show is supported by both the Garage Equipment Association (GEA) and the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).
The Commercial Vehicle Show takes place in Halls 3a, 4 and 5 at the NEC in Birmingham from 14-16 April 2015 and has been accredited with international status from the automotive industry’s global body, OICA, the Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles.
Motor Wheel Service Distribution (MWSD) has welcomed the Department for Transport's report into wheel safety and the Government's classification of CV wheels as 'safety critical', however the company remains sceptical of the findings and industry awareness of the issue.
The document, entitled Heavy Vehicle Wheel Fatigue Study, was compiled after a survey was sent to over 11,000 members of three principle UK haulage associations, however just 107 businesses (0.89%) responded. The author states that these companies cover 7% of annual HGV mileage in the country per annum.
Leading findings from the report reaffirms that ‘wheel defects' are not catastrophic in nature and are typically identified during routine maintenance procedures’, and that the survey results did not prove that fatigue life is shortened by the use of variable shaped hubs.
Hankook Tyre UK will once again be exhibiting at Britain’s largest three day commercial vehicle show, The Commercial Vehicle Show. An extensive commercial tyre portfolio will be on display at the Birmingham based show including the SmartFlex AH31 with recently increased load index designed specifically for the new Euro5 and Euro6 vehicles. Hankook’s TL02 trailer tyre can also be seen which has been adapted for use in the car transporter industry.
Hankook will present its extensive commercial tyre portfolio together with many new developments for various ranges to meet the increasingly important demands of their valued customer base.
Mr Jong Jin Park, Managing Director of Hankook Tyre UK said “Here at Hankook we pride ourselves on ensuring we maintain very close relationships with our customers which enables us to understand the various needs they face within the industry. This in turn allows us to develop innovative and tailored tyre solutions."
T&C Site Services Ltd, one of the largest independent OTR tyre specialists and service provider in the UK, has a position available for an Area Sales Representative for the south West UK.
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