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Recently Kumho started negotiations on delivering OEM products to Yokohama. The two companies have already been co-developing next-generation tyres after forging a strategic R&D alliance with each other in May last year.

“Negotiations are under way on issues including specifications, volume and start of shipment. We will consider gradually expanding shipment volume depending on orders secured by our plants in China and the demand for OEM products,” said a Kumho official, “We can start delivery as early as this year if we make rapid progress on the negotiations.”

The deal, if agreed on, would help Kumho raise the utilisation rate of its plants in China. Amid concerns that this year might see global tyre makers struggling to fill idle capacity in China with U.S. authorities expected to slap anti-dumping duties on tyres made in China, Kumho could use the potential OEM deal to bolster its ties with Yokohama as well as to increase the utilisation of its Chinese factories.

Kumho recently announced plans to relocate its Nanjing factories by 2016. Armed with state-of-the-art technology and equipment, the new environment-friendly factories are expected to produce high-end tyres that meet the needs of the market. Kumho plans to use increased competitive edge of its products manufactured in China as part of its bid to respond proactively to the increasingly difficult market conditions.

Today, Dunlop Tyres is proud to announce that its Sport BluResponse tyre has won the coveted Auto Express Product Award for Best Summer Tyre 2015.

The tyre, which was pitched against ten competitors in the popular size 205/55 R16, performed best overall in tests such as dry and wet handling, dry and wet braking, wet cornering, straight and curved aquaplaning, rolling resistance and noise.

Kate Rock, Consumer and Brand PR Manager for Goodyear Dunlop said: “We are thrilled that Dunlop has performed so well in Auto Express’ tests to take the 2015 Product Award for Best Summer Tyre. We truly value endorsements like this from influential magazines such as Auto Express. And, by testing this popular tyre size in a wider range of tests than those on the tyre label, we have demonstrated that while this tyre boast strong label grades, it does not compromise on other important performance criteria.“

Trelleborg has announced that the first stop on its 2015 European Road Show for agricultural tyres will be Sissa Trecasali in Parma, Italy on June 5. The one-day event will provide two field demonstrations in which two tractors will compete over a 200 metre track, head-to-head.

Designed to showcase how farming professionals can enhance the productivity and efficiency of their operations with Trelleborg’s ProgressiveTraction™ technology, one tractor will be fitted with Trelleborg’s TM700 ProgressiveTraction™ tyres, while the other will have on standard TM700 radial tyres.

Lorenzo Ciferri, Marketing Director, Agricultural and Forestry Tyres at Trelleborg Wheel Systems, commented: “We thoroughly look forward to showcasing the power of our ProgressiveTraction™ and BlueTireTM technologies and how both can help farming professionals enhance their operations and protect the future of their business.”

With its new Kinergy 4S (4S - Four Seasons) all-season tyre, Hankook is continuing to gear its activities toward quality-conscious, ecology-minded drivers who prefer not to change their tyres every six months, but do not want to – or have to – go without balanced performance and safety. The Kinergy 4S is distinguished by its especially harmonious performance features across all seasons. This makes the tyre an attractive alternative when it comes to ensuring legally compliant year-round mobility as weather conditions in Europe become increasingly changeable. The tyre can be used all year round even in countries with seasonal winter tyre requirements, as it bears the M+S and snowflake symbols (which will be required for winter tyres in Europe, as elsewhere, starting in 2018).

“In developing our new all-season tyre, we focused on achieving a further improved combination of crucial winter and summer features in a single tyre in order to offer drivers a high-quality alternative to regular summer and winter tyre changes. With its balanced design, the Hankook Kinergy 4S can be a real alternative when it comes to staying mobile all year round – safely, legally, and without a lot of fuss. This is especially true in areas that tend to get less snow and have a more moderate climate, but also for example in urban settings,” explains Gangseung (“Tony”) Lee, Hankook’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Europe.

Continental has won a coveted award from the UK's no1 weekly selling car magazine, Auto Express, scooping ‘Best Winter Tyre’ with the Continental ContiWinterContact TS850.

On the winning performance of the ContiWinterContact TS850, Auto Express said; “A balanced approach to all disciplines delivers success. Continental has got this down to a fine art, and has tasted victory before with its ContiWinterContact TS850.  Good all-round performance with few compromises makes this a winter tyre winner.”

The winter tyre test accolade celebrates the best of the best in the winter tyre market, revealing the most inspirational products for the cold season. The tests highlight exceptional performance, quality, safety and desirability, Offering motoring enthusiasts confidence when looking for their next product purchase.

Scott Benbow, Product Marketing Manager at Continental, said; “This win for the ContiWinterContact TS850 is an excellent endorsement for our product range, continuing to underline the impressive performance of our winter tyres.”

Landsail is taking its growing range of high performance tyres to Bologna for Autopromotec 2015, the international exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket products, from Wednesday until Sunday of this week.

Landsail’s high performance and ultra high performance categories have grown over the last two years as they have become more popular with consumers. Landsail will take the opportunity to showcase their range and can be found on stand G16, Hall 15 at Autopromotec 2015.

Peter Cross, UK Brand Manager at Landsail said: "We wanted to use Autopromotec as an opportunity to showcase our two main high performance tyres, LS988 and LS588 SUV. The LS588 is the newest addition to the Landsail range, which is continually growing and now available in many low profile fitments. People will be surprised at the quality and performance of the tyres but also the sheer scale of the range."

DriveRight, leading provider of international wheel and tyre data, and TyreSafe, the UK's leading tyre safety organisations, have agreed on a co-operation aimed at increasing tyre safety in the UK.

As part of the agreement, DriveRight and TyreSafe will provide UK vehicle owners with an online tool on the TyreSafe website where they can enter the model and make of their car and receive information for all related tyre sizes for the respective vehicle. After a tyre size is chosen by the users they will get the recommended tyre pressure for that size, so drivers can easily check whether their tyre pressure is correct.

Stuart Jackson, chairman of TyreSafe, welcomes the initiative: “DriveRight has been a member of TyreSafe since 2012, but has supported our campaigns for a number of years before that. The new tool is a great piece of practical help for drivers that will not only simplify their lives but also keep them and their tyres safe."

At the launch of its new 911 GT3 RS, Porsche AG will equip all of the cars with MicheIin  Pilot Sport Cup 2 ultra-high-performance tyres in 265/35 ZR20 front and 325/30 ZR21 rear sizes.

Blurring the line between motorsport and road tyres, the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 is the latest generation of road-legal track tyres specially designed for ultra-high performance cars that are used on road and track. The trust that Porsche has in the performance of this tyre is clearly demonstrated by the fact that it is also the OE fitment on other recent models including the 918 Spyder, Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3.

Using tyre sizes that are larger than those fitted to the GT3 means that the size of the contact patch of the tyres is increased by 20% at the front and 18% at the rear. Overall this has the effect of increasing outright grip levels and contributes to the car’s more track-focused dynamic handling characteristics.

Truck Tyre Specialists have an exciting vacancy for a Sales Manager to cover South Wales, South West England and the South Coast (as far as Portsmouth), extending Northwards to the South Midlands.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page

The international success of Suffolk based Murfitts Industries, the UK’s leading manufacturer of premium rubber granules, has been recognised in the prestigious Sunday Times SME Export Track 100.

The company manufactures rubber granules for use in artificial sports pitches, children’s playgrounds, carpet underlay, modified road asphalt and many other applications.  Murfitts produces the granules from recycled vehicle tyres at its plant in Lakenheath, Suffolk, processing around 11 million car tyres each year.

Both Saracens and Newcastle Falcons rugby players run out on the company’s products at each home game, whilst London 2012 saw Murfitts rubber used for the shockpads underneath the hockey pitches.

Mark Murfitt, the founder and managing director of Murfitts Industries, said: “The recognition of our success in overseas markets is a testament to the hard work and skills of our staff in meeting the needs of customers around the world. Our business is in the rare position of being able to completely remove a waste product from the refuse chain and create something of high value from it.”

The Clarkson, Hammond & May Live tour, featuring Yokohama as Official Tyre Supplier, kicks off this weekend in Belfast at the Odyssey Arena, with shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 22, 23 and 24 May.

Rehearsals are well underway for what promises to be a thrilling display of precision driving, challenges and irreverent humour from the famous trio of Clarkson, Hammond and May and a supporting host of display drivers.

The numerous cars used in the show will be equipped with products from Yokohama's range of high-performance road tyres to deliver consistency and grip throughout each show.

There will be two further shows this season, in Sheffield at the Motorpoint Arena from 5-7 June and culminating in London, at the O2, on 28 and 29 November.

For more information, show times or to buy tickets, go to: www.Clarksonhammondandmaylive.com    

For more information about Yokohama tyres please go to: www.yokohama.co.uk

For the second year running, ATS Euromaster has been awarded the highest accolade from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the Gold Award, for its outstanding commitment to safer workplaces.

Additionally, Paul Millward, Health and Safety Advisor, ATS Euromaster, has been awarded the title of ‘Guardian Angel’ by RoSPA, for his personal commitment in ensuring safety across the business.

ATS Euromaster is the only national tyre specialist to be accredited with the RoSPA Gold Award, along with the company’s numerous other accolades and accreditations for safety, including Safecontractor and the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS). Safety is masterminded by Stan Rudowski, Group Head of Health, Safety and Technical Services, ATS Euromaster, who is one of just 200 people in Europe to hold European Occupational Safety and Health Manager (EurOSHM) accreditation.

Michelin today announces the creation of a joint-venture in Indonesia with Barito Pacific Group (BPG) for producing natural, eco-friendly rubber. According to the terms of the agreement, this new joint-venture will be owned 53% by BPG and 47% by Michelin, with Michelin's contribution to the joint-venture amounting to US$55 million.

The project involves the reforestation of three concessions, representing a total surface area of 88,000 hectares, ravaged by uncontrolled deforestation. On half of these areas, situated respectively in the provinces of Jambi (Sumatra) and North-East Kalimantan-Timur (Borneo), rubber trees will be planted to produce natural rubber (approximately 80,000 tonnes per annum). 

In the framework of promoting practices of sustainable natural rubber production, Michelin has chosen to enter into long-term cooperation with the WWF, a non-governmental organisation. This four-year partnership, signed on last month, by Jean-Dominique Senard, CEO of the Michelin Group, and Marco Lambertini, President of WWF International.

The Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a Recycling Day, by extending an invitation to the tyre industry, stakeholders and waste industries to participate. The event will be held in partnership with the Retread Manufacturers Association (RMA), and will take place at the Ardencote Manor Hotel, Warwickshire on 19th June 2015.

“We are encouraging people from across the industry to attend the upcoming Recycling Day,” explains Peter Taylor, TRA Chairman. “It will be a great opportunity to draw inspiration from some of the great tyre recovery initiatives taking place. We will celebrate the achievements of our industry in improving the quality and availability of tyre-derived materials, and explore how we can pioneer even more initiatives in the future.”

Kumho is renowned for the degree of research and development it dedicates to its tyre products, and is a regular winner of such international accolades as the German iF and Red Dot design awards. Now it has scooped the top honour (Platinum) in the Futuristic class of the much coveted Italian A’ Design Awards.

The super-low aspect ratio Maxplo is intended to demonstrate how tyres of the future could well look and operate. The ultimate all-weather product, it features tread blocks that adjust to suit all weather conditions from dry to snow-covered roads. In the wet, a clever combination of circumferential and three-dimensional grooves effectively pumps water from the contact patch. In typically slippery on/off road conditions the tread broadens to optimise traction and braking power, while spikes are unveiled to deal with the dangers of snow and ice.

Kumho's award-winning Maxplo concept tyre

The beast is back! On May 9 Dodge unveiled the latest, and without doubt greatest, Viper ACR – a hand-built street-legal race car that will be available for sale in the US from September of this year. Said Dodge’s Tim Kuniskis: “Our aim is to arm our enthusiasts with the ultimate Viper track car that will dominate road courses around the world.” To achieve this, the company has endowed the 2016 model year Dodge with significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades, new carbon ceramic brakes with six-pot calipers, and Kumho ultra-high-performance tyres complete with ACR logo embossed on the sidewall.

The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR is equipped with bespoke Kumho tyres

The starting shot for the registration phase of THE TIRE COLOGNE has been fired: Important key players from the industry have confirmed their participation at the trade fair in Cologne from 29 May to 1 June 2018. Among others, the organisers Koelnmesse have received registrations from ALCAR, Bohnenkamp, Brock Alloy Wheels, Euromaster, GDHS, Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany, Kraiburg, Kumho Tyre, Michelin, NEXEN Tire, Pirelli, point S and Yokohama. In the scope of a preview campaign, which just started under the motto 'We are on board', the logos of the companies will be implemented for advertising media and on the website of THE TIRE COLOGNE.

For the first time in 2018, THE TIRE COLOGNE, which targets tyre manufacturers, tyre retailers, car service providers, workshop outfitters and all companies involved with the tyre and car industry, is being organised by Koelnmesse and the conceptual sponsor is the German Tire Retailers and Vulcanization Trade Association e.V. (BRV). Further information is available at www.thetire-cologne.com

Outstanding third place for Porsche team running on Falken Tyres

Falken Tyres achieved its first podium at the 2015 Nürburgring 24 Hours. Drivers Peter Dumbreck, Martin Ragginger, Alex Imperatori and Wolf Henzler guided the team’s Porsche 997 GT3 R from 19th on the grid to a podium slot, improving on its fourth place finish in 2014.

“We are ecstatic with this result,” says Falken Europe’s marketing and sales director Markus Bögner. “Thanks to the performance of team, drivers and tyres, we achieved our goal of a podium.”

“After fourth place last year, there was an expectation to improve on this,” says driver Peter Dumbreck. “The changing weather, with light rain in the night, made the track very slippery with a lot of cars going off but the Falken team led by Sven Schnabl made the right tyre choices and the Falken rubber performed superbly in these tricky conditions to make the difference. Everyone did a fantastic job, the car ran smoothly with just routine stops and we could get the podium we all hoped for.”

Last weekend again saw a special highlight of the Motorsport season with the 43rd ADAC Zurich 24h race at Nürburgring, Germany. Again, it was a race to challenge drivers and their 160 machines to the limit.

Kumho and its team TwinBusch took part with an Audi R8 LMS ultra equipped with tyres to withstand the toughest challenges, achieving number 11 after one day and one night of highest concentration under unfriendly weather conditions and strong competition.  

"The tyres performed absolutely well under these difficult weather conditions," said Manfred Theisen, Manager Motorsports at Kumho Tyre. And the next race also throws its shadows with the 2nd Auto GP race taking place in Silverstone the coming weekend.

 

Nexen Tire becomes an official Sponsor of the ‘MercedesCup’, a part of the ATP World Tour 250 series, with the two year premium sponsorship for 2015 and 2016.

“By sponsoring the ‘MercedesCup’, on of the popular sports games in Europe, we are expecting to strengthen communication with customers in Europe. In particular, the energetic image of a tennis tournament would positively affect the building of a dynamic brand image of Nexen Tire in the European market,” said a spokesperson from Nexen Tire. “We are also planning on various marketing activities in addition to this sponsorship for further enhancing the brand awareness amongst the European customers.”

During the ‘MercedesCup’, Nexen Tire will place advertisements on back drops, base panels, LED banners and video spot at TV screens.

This year, the event will take place from June 6 to 14 at Tennis Club Weissenhof and is broadcasted by Eurosport, Europes No. 1 sports channel.

The manager of a tyre and vehicle maintenance centre in Waterloo Road, Manchester, is urging motorists to pay closer attention to their tyres – warning that the number of illegal tyres in circulation on local roads is posing a grave risk to safety.

Paul Duff, a Multi Site Manager for ATS Euromaster, says that nearly 90 per cent of the tyres his team have replaced this year have had less than 1.6mm of tread remaining – meaning they were illegal when customers drove onto the forecourt.

“Tyre safety has got a lot worse in this area over the last five years,” he says. “Last week a motorist came in with a vibration fault on a family car and we traced the problem to three illegal tyres. The steel cords were showing where the rubber had worn away, but when we pointed it out, she wasn’t interested in replacing them. I wish I could say it was an isolated incident, but it’s become commonplace.”

Paul warns that if the steel cords are visible, a tyre risks losing its structure with every rotation. “As the only part of a vehicle in contact with the road’s surface, it’s a ticking time bomb waiting to go off,” he says.

With the May half-term getaway fast approaching, Paul and his team are urging owners to spend a few minutes now, checking their tyres carefully, before making long journeys with their family.

Come rain or shine, Bridgestone will be reaching out to tens of millions of people, after a high profile sponsorship deal was reached with Channel Four’s weather bulletins.

Bridgestone will be communicating with around 40 million people from May 24 right up until May 2016 in an attempt to connect with a broader audience, away from more commonplace automotive sponsorships of football and motorsport.

The C4 partnership will allow Bridgestone to impart product safety messages to suit each season of the year. The adverts will run every day with each one lasting for around 10 seconds in total.

It is predicted that the branding will resonate with a greater share of female viewers than more traditional sponsorship routes pursued by competitors.

Bridgestone’s consumer sales and marketing director Farrell Dolan said: “This sponsorship is an innovative and effective way of hitting a huge audience in the UK. It is an exciting concept and not only projects the brand to millions of people, but also allows us to communicate our premium products at relevant times of the year."

 

 

 

Chesham-based Blackboots is one of the latest specialist tyre fitting centres to get a very special Maxxis makeover. The shop on the Chess Business Park offers bespoke services to customers driving anything from a Ferrari to a Fiesta, and having achieved outstanding sales of Maxxis since joining the Maxxis Centre of Excellence Programme in 2012, Maxxis has given the business a new look and redesigned and revamped everything from its external signage to the reception area.

Owner Jason Saunders confirms: “The decision to become a Maxxis Centre of Excellence was an easy one for us. The team have worked with the brand for over 3 years and everyone really likes the products and services. Plus we find it extremely easy to sell based on performance at a time when people are trying to keep as much of their money in their pockets as possible. 

“Maxxis gives us a great option at the high performance end of the mid-range, with all sizes catered for by the fittings available from Stapletons."

Every October road safety representatives work with the tyre industry for a month of public awareness events across the UK.

The campaign theme and materials for Tyre Safety Month are revealed for the first time by TyreSafe at its annual industry briefing. This year the briefing will be held on Thursday 9th July at the National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands, and anyone with an interest in road safety is encouraged to attend free of charge. 

“Tyre Safety Month 2014 was a massive success. It has become a firm fixture in anyone involved in road safety’s calendar,” said Stuart Jackson, chairman, TyreSafe. “Events were held across the length and breadth of the country last year and they had a great impact on the public awareness of tyre safety.”

With a striking visual interface and clear, user-friendly navigation, the new site reflects Sailun’s global branding while showcasing their EU line-up.

There is a wealth of technical specifications and size availability on each pattern with accompanying label data relevant to theEuropean market. In addition you will be able to watch videos of Sailun’s recent track days and marketing initiatives as well as keep up with the latest news updates.

“It’s great to see the new website up and running and we’re confident it will be an essential source of vital information for all our customers, ”said Martin West, Managing Director, Sailun Tyres (Europe). “It’s the ideal platform to support our European activities and it allows us to react faster by communicating the latest pattern releases and product updates online.”

Visitthenewsitenow:www.sailuntyre.eu

The NTDA is looking for companies to donate end of life Tractor and Truck tyres to two local community projects in Buckinghamshire, where the NTDA Directorate is also based.

The first charity is Lindengate. Lindengate is a new charity located in Wendover, Bucks which aims to provide support, to those dealing with mental health issues

Lindengate's key objective is to develop its 4 acre site near Wendover into a much needed Social and Therapeutic Horticulture facility, specifically for those dealing with a wide range of mental health issues.

The charity needs 15 tractor and 50 truck tyres to build raised flower and vegetable beds in its grounds.

As all season tyres gain popularity in Europe, Apollo Vredestein continues to consolidate its market position with the expansion of its Vredestein Quatrac 5 range with the Y-speed index as well as a special SUV version. The company has an enviable track record in this segment and had introduced its first Quatrac all season tyres in 1993 and unveiled the completely new generation of four season tyres the Vredestein Quatrac 5 in 2014.

The Vredestein Quatrac was developed as an all season tyre from the outset and integrates Apollo Vredestein’s knowledge and experience in both summer and winter tyres. Optimal performance in all weather conditions, on all road surfaces and at all temperatures was a priority in the tyre’s development. Which resulted in a unique tyre appearance consisting of a specific summer and winter design merged into one tyre. The tyres are a perfect fit for urban street use and excellent applications for the Vredestein Quatrac products are compact and mid-size cars, SUV’s and vans and is the perfect choice for people who drive relatively shorter distances in more city environments and do not wish to change their tyres twice a year. 

 

New performance tyre brand Davanti has launched a new website ahead of its debut at Autopromotec 2015 in Bologna later this month.

The website, www.davanti-tyres.com, showcases the new range and the key features of the new tyres. Davanti tyres combine expert engineering experience with the latest advanced tyre technology. The tyres’ enviable EU tyre labels show outstanding wet-grip performance and consistently low noise ratings across the range.

The website allows customers to search the new Davanti range by tyre size or registration number and features the current range. Further tyre sizes and patterns will be added later on in the year. Additional features include news and reviews, a dealer search facility, competitions and information for dealers.

Davanti tyres come with a Tyre Life Guarantee, meaning any tyre will be replaced if it is found to be defective due to the manufacturing process or materials used. Any tyre with unrepairable damage that results from normal road use will be replaced.

Bridgestone has been appointed as one of the tyre suppliers for the new Ferrari California T. The new V8 turbocharged Ferrari now can leave Maranello production line with Bridgestone Potenza S007 RFT (Run-Flat Technology) sport tyres.

“Bridgestone is extremely proud to continue its long-standing partnership with Ferrari and be selected to develop tyres for the superb new California T” says Jake Rønsholt, Managing Director, Consumer Business Unit, Bridgestone Europe. “Potenza S007 has been specially developed to handle the extreme levels of lateral force generated by high-performance sports models such as Ferrari California T.”

Maxxis is assisting relief efforts for victims of the tragic earthquake near Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu. The 7.8 quake killed, injured, and displaced over 7000 people, including families and homes of staff members from Maxxis’ Nepalese distributor. 

The company has set up a donation fund allowing its employees and distributors around the world, known within the company as the 'Maxxis family,' to contribute to those in need. Funds are targeted to affected Maxxis Nepalese staff members, along with others within the company’s network of tire dealers who have suffered losses due to the quake.

Maxxis would like to express its deepest sympathy to all those who have lost loved ones, homes and possessions due to this tragic event. The company urges everyone to do as much as possible for the victims who must live with the aftermath. 

Titan International, the world-leading manufacturer of wheels will be unveiling its extensive tyre offering to the UK market at the Plantworx construction equipment machinery exhibition in June.

Lindsay Hart, European Tyre Sales Manager for Titan explains: “Our global heritage and expertise means we know that construction tyres must live or die by their contribution to overall plant productivity. Many of the exhibitors we’ll be seeing at Plantworx will already be driving on and operating with our wheels and undercarriage components. So we’re looking forward to showcasing how we can deliver a fully integrated tyre and wheel solution to them as well as showing that like our wheels, Titan tyres are made for the tough world that our customers operate in.”

For further information about Titan, visit www.titandistributionuk.com

Dunlop announced today that the latest version of the renowned Renault Espace will be equipped with Dunlop Sport Maxx RT tyres in size 235/55R19 101W.  

The multi award winning Sport Maxx RT is a tyre developed with performance in mind.  The tyre offers short braking distances, provides exceptional grip as well as impressive stability with the use of massive outer shoulder blocks. The tyre also provides a fuel-efficient design with the use of a lightweight construction.

Nick Harley, Goodyear Dunlop’s Managing Director for Original Equipment, Consumer Tyres EMEA said “This ultra high performance tyre fitted to the Espace delivers a committed and resilient performance. Dunlop's ethos is to provide high-performance products to match a high-performance lifestyle and this fitment on the Espace allows us to give drivers of the vehicle an intuitive drive wherever they may be.”

Following unprecedented demand from switch-on enthusiasts, tyre manufacturer Toyo has released details of its range of ultra-high performance tyres for certain classic Porsche models.

Many owners of both 944 and 911 models fitted with the original 16” wheels have been searching for high performance tyres that follow the OEM sizing and specification, but are suitable for fast road and track work. Toyo offers two different models to fit the most common sizes, catering for those who want ultimate all-round road and track ability, as well as those who wish to really test the performance of their cherished Porsche out on track.

For more details, please click to www.toyo.co.uk

Falken Tyre’s endurance racing driver Peter Dumbreck made a live guest appearance on BBC Radio 2’s Drivetime show, Wednesday 6th May 2015. 

With over six million listeners nationwide, the Falken Motorsports driver headed to the Radio 2 studios in Great Portland Street, London, ahead of the tyre manufacturer’s assault on the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

“It was a fantastic experience to go behind the scenes and see the inner workings of a BBC national radio studio, something that few people get to do,” said Scottish driver Dumbreck. “It was over in just three minutes – all a bit frantic! I’d planned to tell them about dovetailing racing with Falken and my branching out into cycle racing with Canyon but it was over too soon!”

Dumbreck discussed the upcoming 24-hour endurance race in Germany, which will take place on 15-17 June on the world-famous 26km Nordschleife circuit. “It’s the ultimate testing ground for tyres and Falken will be using the opportunity to illustrate its latest technology, performance and durability,” says Dumbreck.

Along with his team-mates Alexandre Imperatori, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger, Dumbreck will face stiff competition in the Falken Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R as up to 180 cars take to the German circuit in unpredictable weather. Dumbreck adds, “With so many cars competing on one of the world’s longest circuits, you have a pretty tough race on your hands, but it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to.”

Two films by Apollo Vredestein BV have been awarded an intermedia globe Gold Award at the prestigious gala of the World Media Festival in Hamburg. The films concerned were shown during the international product launch of Vredestein’s Quatrac 5 all-season tyre and Snowtrac 5 winter tyre. They were developed for use at exhibitions, online and in shops.

The organisers of the World Media Festival received no less than 700 submissions for this international competition, including the two short films by Apollo Vredestein. These stunning productions caught the eye of the professionals present and were crowned with the high-status intermedia globe Gold Award. In addition, the two films were chosen as part of a selection of films featured in a special preview aimed at providing inspiration and cross-pollination for professionals.

Coventry Motofest is a free, family-focused motoring festival that combines live racing, demonstrations, static displays and live music. Following a successful inaugural year, performance tyre manufacturer Falken will partner the event for 2015, with significant branding across signage, the event’s online presence and marketing materials.

It’s the first time that Falken Tyre has supported the event and follows the recent announcement that it will partner with the UK’s Rugby League competition through the First Utility Super League this season, its maiden partnership outside of the motorsport and motoring industry.

At Coventry Motofest, Falken’s UK drift team will demonstrate ultimate levels of car control as they perform on Coventry’s iconic ring road, while the event’s official pace car will also feature Falken tyres.

“Having had a small yet successful presence last year, we were keen to increase our involvement with this fan-focused event and we’re delighted to confirm our partnership as Official Tyre Manufacturer of Coventry Motofest,” says Falken’s UK director Matt Smith.

A brand new automatic drive over tyre tread depth measurement system which is set to present workshops with a host of service opportunities will be unveiled at the inaugural Car Dealer Conference & Automotive Expo at Silverstone circuit on 9th June. The Hunter QuickTread will be previewed by exclusive UK supplier Pro-Align ahead of its UK launch later this year.

“As a fully automated and extremely accurate system, QuickTread is a perfect tool for workshops of all sizes, helping them to easily identify cars that require replacement tyres,” explains Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. “The extraordinary current level of demand in Hunter’s domestic US market demonstrates the true potential for QuickTread in the UK . We’ve pulled out all the stops to secure a system for the Car Dealer Expo and we look forward to showing its potential and capabilities to all of those attending.”

To support their growing network of UK stockists and dealers, Nankang Tyre UK have announced the launch of a unique Road Hazard Lifetime Tyre Warranty.

Commenting on the launch of the new warranty programme, Nankang UK Managing Director Steve Smith said, “The whole focus of Nankang UK is to develop a strong and loyal network of stockists and dealers for our brand.”

The Road Hazard Lifetime Tyre Warranty will offer cover against irreparable damage resulting from normal road use, and will be valid whilst the tyre is still legally and safely fit for use. The warranty programme will be backed up by a dealer package of customer information flyers and wall posters and will also be highlighted on the company’s UK website. 

The new warranty will be available only to UK based Nankang stockists, and will only be offered as cover against tyres purchased directly through Nankang Tyre UK. 

Tyrexpo India 2015 is now just ten weeks away and will be held between the 7th and 9th July at the Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai as India's most prominent and successful tyres, workshop equipment and tyre accessories show.

With around 2,500 industry leaders and professionals expected to attend over the three day show, Tyrexpo India 2015 will be the perfect chance for your company to connect with over 100 Indian and international suppliers of tyres, garage equipment, tools, consumables and training services. In effect, Tyrexpo India 2015 will provide exhibitors and visitors with the perfect 'platform' to maximise future business growth in India.

For further details on the show including registration, travel arrangements and accommodation, visit www.tyrexposeries.com/india.

 

Bridgestone has teamed up with road safety charity Brake to reduce speed around homes, schools and shops to 20mph, it was revealed.

Brake is calling on the government to commit to a 20mph default urban speed limit as the best way to protect children and enable them to enjoy walking and cycling without fear.

Bridgestone has backed the campaign by becoming an official sponsor of the initiative, to follow-up on a successful primary school safety partnership in 2014.

Bridgestone’s consumer sales and marketing director Farrell Dolan said: “The increase in child road casualties is alarming and the statistics are a big cause for concern. We are big supporters of Brake’s efforts to reduce these figures through their GO 20 campaign.

Apollo Tyres today inaugurated two Tyre Playgrounds near Chennai, in the southern part of India. These playgrounds have been created using worn-out or end-of-life tyres (ELT) for the kids of Senakuppam and Vallakottai villages, just outside Chennai.

Commenting on the ‘Tyre Playgrounds’, Satish Sharma, President, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, Apollo Tyres Ltd said, “As per a research commissioned by us, very soon India will have 100 million+ end-of-life tyres every year, without proper mechanisms in place to recycle or dispose of these tyres. As a responsible company, we have been working towards tackling this issue of discarded tyres. From expanding our retreading footprint, to the launch of ‘Go The Distance’ pitch in Old Trafford, UK, and now these play structures, all showcase ways we have been working towards the reuse or recycling of discarded tyres.”

 

The continuing expansion of Formual One Autocentres across the country, there are vacancies for the following positions:

Managers, Assistant Managers, MoT Testers, Technicians, Tyre and Exhaust Fitters.

For more information go to the Jobs Vacancy page

Dexel Tyre & Auto Centre are recruiting for a Group Commercial Manager with responsibilities throughout the group.

For more infiormation go to the Jobs Vacancies page.

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