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Nankang Tyre UK is the official tyre partner of the Top Gear Stunt Team Summer Series 2016 which concludes with CarFest South at Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire this weekend (26th to 28th August).

The Top Gear Stunt Team, running exclusively on Nankang tyres for the 2016 Summer Series, has already performed in front of over 85,000 people at the previous three events at CarFest North (Cheshire), Ignition Festival of Motoring (Glasgow) and Beaulieu Supercar Weekend ahead of this weekend’s finale at CarFest South, with another 35,000 attendees expected across the three days.

Cars featured within the Top Gear Stunt Team Summer Series include the Ford Focus RS, Ford Focus ST, a modified 600bhp Nissan GTR, a fleet of backwards-driving Ford Fiestas and an epic AWD ‘London Taxi’ built around a Mitsubishi Evo IX engine and running gear and which gives unsuspecting passengers a 300bhp ride of a lifetime.

Nankang Tyre UK marketing and motorsport manager Ben Lawson took a ride in the London Taxi at CarFest North…  Ben didn’t say much when he got out, though he did manage to offer a meek thumbs-up – onlookers think he was struggling to hold down his lunch.

Nankang are thrilled to be supporting the Top Gear Stunt Team again at the sell-out CarFest South, an event which raises huge sums for BBC Children in Need and which includes hundreds of cars, track driving parades and demonstrations plus two music stages featuring acts such as Will Young, Stereophonics and Ronan Keating.

CarFest South is building up to be one of the best events of the year and more information can be found via the official web site:


In support of its recent first US retail store opening in LA, Pirelli is launching the P Zero World mobile application: a digital embodiment of the Pirelli world, where consumers can enjoy a personalized, premium brand experience right at their fingertips with access to an aggregated company newsfeed, product directory and geo-targeted updates; and the ability to co-create with Pirelli and post content directly.

The unique application will pull in all of Pirelli’s rich brand assets, social platforms, news and product information resources for users, who can tailor their information streams and receive push notifications to receive the most relevant content of interest – from Motorsports, F1, Automotive, Product, Corporate, Sustainability and The Pirelli Calendar – and then like, share or comment directly from the one place.

The P Zero World app is currently available for download from iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/p-zero-world/id1049637107?mt=8. The new app will be supported by social media and digital advertising.

Volvo Trucks’ ‘The Iron Knight’ has broken two world speed records for trucks on Goodyear tyres – making them the fastest truck tyres in the world.  The special tyres developed and built by Goodyear are the result of continuous collaboration and strong OE partnership with leading truck maker Volvo Trucks.

The Goodyear ‘The Iron Knight’ tyres helped the 4.5 tonne 2,400 horsepower truck achieve an average speed of 105 mph in a time of 21.29 seconds, over 1,000 meters from a standing start.  The Iron Knight also beat the record for the 500-meter distance, at 81.6 mph in 13.71 seconds from a standing start.  If that is not impressive enough, during the record runs The Iron Knight reached a top speed of 171.5 mph.

Independent tyre dealers in the UK have seen an incredible £10m of revenue, thanks to TyreClick, the website developed by Micheldever Tyre Services to help its independent customers compete for online sales.

TyreClick supports more than 900 transactional websites, which are linked to independent tyre retailers, each with their own local URL. This means motorists can search for their local dealers and buy tyres direct from them. 

The milestone figure was reached when a motorist placed an order for four 255/40R18 Kumho KU39 tyres with Hucknall Tyre & Exhaust Centre in Nottinghamshire.

Marc Gamble, from Hucknall Tyre & Exhaust Centre, said: “Independent businesses like mine have faced a tough time in recent years, particularly when it came to competing for online sales. Having access to a resource like TyreClick is a major boost, and just goes to show that it is possible for small, independent dealers to complete with national chains and specialist internet traders.

Mitas, part of Trelleborg Group, is introducing the new 20.5R25 EMR-01 tire worldwide. Designed specifically for wheel loaders used in farming, its traction type of tread similar to that of a tractor tyre, gives it superb self-cleaning properties and outstanding traction. In addition, its 25 inch size alleviates the needs for farmers to swop to a larger wheel rim for agricultural use of the wheel loader. 

Jaroslav Musil, Product Manager for Mitas construction tyres, says: “Nowadays, wheel loaders are not only used in the construction industry but more and more in agriculture. The answer that Mitas has for this need is the EMR-01, with its unique traction tread design.”

Musil added: “Wheel loaders are usually mounted on 25 inch tyres with an industrial tread pattern. When farmers want to use the loader for agriculture work, they need to change to 26 inch rims to mount tyres with a traction tread pattern. With the Mitas 20.5 R 25 EMR-01, changing from industrial to agricultural tyres is much easier, as farmers can mount the tyres on to the wheel loaders original 25 inch rims.”

Cooper Tire Europe has announced it is the headline sponsor of Rallyday 2016, Europe’s premier rally car show.

Rallyday is an annual event held at Castle Combe Circuit, in Wiltshire, taking place this year on Saturday 24 September. With a host of star drivers and cars, the popular show is set to entertain thousands of fans in the paddocks, 4x4 Zone and on the track for the 16th year running.

Sarah McRoberts, Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire Europe, commented, “We have supported Rallyday for a number of years in the 4x4 Zone so it’s exciting to now be the headline sponsor.

“Cooper specialises in developing off-road tyres that can go from ‘the rough to the smooth’ and visitors to Rallyday will get to see Cooper tyres in action at the show. Plus, we will have an FIA World Rallycross Championship car, on Cooper’s uniquely formulated World RX tyres, for fans to see up close. 

To find out more about Rallyday 2016, visit www.rallyday.com. For more information about Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.co.uk

Cooper Tire Europe announced today it is now the official tyre partner of German Bundesliga team 1. FSV Mainz 05. The three-year partnership starts with Mainz’s first home game of the 2016/2017 season, against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, on Sunday 11 September. 

The Cooper logo will be visible to both local fans and the wider television audience in Germany via extensive broadcast coverage. Cooper branding will appear on the football club’s LED advertising boards at their home ground, the OPEL ARENA – a multi-purpose stadium multi-purpose stadium in MainzRhineland-Palatinate, which was opened in 2011.

Jeff Schumaker, Managing Director, Cooper Tire Europe, said, “Over the last few years we have shown through our association with Arsenal Football Club, in the UK’s Premier League, that football sponsorships are one of the best ways of promoting the Cooper name to a mass audience."

Bridgestone’s slick breakdown response service has been hailed as the ‘best in the business’ by one of the UK’s leading independent logistics firms, which has given the company’s service network a resounding thumbs-up.

Gloucester based CM Downton, which extended a 10-year partnership with Bridgestone until 2020 recently, declared that the world’s number one tyre and rubber company’s commitment to fleet uptime is reaping rewards – and also believes its decision to change to a pence-per-kilometre (PPK) agreement is already paying off.

The endorsement represents further good news for the Bridgestone Partner network, which assisted more than 35,000 stranded commercial vehicle operators in 2015, with an average time of 62 minutes taken from the moment the first call was made to the point at which roadside assistance arrived.

Having then arrived at the stricken vehicle it took an average of 51 minutes to complete each job last year, meaning that each vehicle was up-and-running in an average of less than two hours, from the time the first call was made.

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Yokohama is ensuring Chelsea FC make a safe away start to their 2016/17 Premier League campaign this weekend, delivering the team to Watford FC’s Vicarage Road ground with the team bus fitted with the company’s tyres.

The fitment of Yokohama’s tyres on the Chelsea team bus is yet another initiative in the partnership which saw Yokohama become the official shirt partner of the club last year. The company has also already fitted its high-performance, premium car tyres to a number of the squad’s own cars, ensuring they can perform to the highest levels on the road as well as the pitch.

"Equipping the Chelsea FC team bus with Yokohama tyres is an important step in our partnership with the club,” comments David Seward, managing director Yokohama HPT. "It's imperative that the team have a safe and comfortable journey, so it’s pleasing to know that Yokohama tyres are playing a key role in helping to achieve this.”


Over the past three decades, Southampton based wheel alignment manufacturer – Supertracker has not only established itself as one of the leading and most influential specialist in the highly competitive UK market but also continually set the pace when it comes to exploring new avenues of business for their extensive product range.

As earlier in the summer Hoole Racing and Restoration who are based in Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire took delivery of one of Supertracker's popular laser wheel aligners and became the first motor racing company to use Supertracker equipment at their busy workshop.

For further details on the complete Supertracker product portfolio and services (including training) visit www.supertracker.com

The tyre maker achieved global sales revenues of KRW 1.72 trillion and an operating profit of KRW 310.2 billion during the second quarter of 2016. The business growth was driven by a boost in UHP tyre sales in Europe and North America as well as the expansion of overseas Original Equipment sales.

Compared with the same quarter last year, the Ultra High Performance tyre (UHP) segment has significantly increased by 2.6 % and contributed to Hankook Tire's growth in the second quarter of 2016. The segment accounts for 37.7% of overall sales and continues to grow in automobile core markets, Europe and North America.


This forthcoming weekend marks the first of a series of perimeter advertising slots for the Sailun and Jinyu brands at English Premier League games.

There is an initial commitment to 10 games in the new season, and the next game is as follows:

28th  August – West Bromwich v Middlesborough, kick off 1330 BST, live on Sky Sports

There will be a number of exposures throughout the game – a 10 second advert – 5 seconds for Sailun, followed by 5 seconds for Jinyu.

The adverts consist solely of the brand logo, a few examples of product (angle shot) and the individual brand pay off strapline.

Bridgestone’s award winning DriveGuard tyre will take centre stage at a bespoke company event over the August Bank Holiday weekend, where visitors will be able to experience driving with a puncture as one of a number of memorable activities.

The world’s number one tyre and rubber company is organising all manner of exciting activities for adults and children alike, to coincide with its sponsorship of the Bridgestone Challenge golf event at Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, from August 25 to 28.

A number of opportunities to experience DriveGuard – which won the Auto Express 2016 product of the year – will be made available away from the course, in what the company hopes will be the first of its kind where all four tyres are fully deflated beforehand.

It's nearly time to change the tyres again – and so KRAIBURG Austria has brought out a new city bus de­sign, the K702 plus, for its retreaders which is available now. The drive profile boasts excellent traction and braking properties on account of its design. This is particularly noticeable in extreme weather conditions, such as on snow-covered and wet road surfaces. The use of the high-quality K_plus compound also ensures maximum mileage and optimum results, including even wear pattern and consistently cool running.

The retreading specialists have also given the K702 plus an irregular tread geo­metry which guarantees low noise emission levels. "Our new tread achieves the targets pursued in its development in every respect, which were to combine lower running costs with increased safety and improved mileage," said Christoph Priewasser, Product Manager at KRAIBURG Austria. "Because of its high qua­lity and great value for money it is very attractive for regional use." The pattern will initially be available in 240 millimetre width, followed in the autumn by 230 and 260 millimetres.

Farmers across Europe have given thumbs-up to the Firestone smartphone tyre-pressure calculator application. So far, there have been more than 43,000 downloads since the service was launched in 2011, with almost 21,000 to IOS iPhones and other Apple devices, and over 22,000 to Android smartphone users.

Firestone now expects this enthusiasm to grow even faster with the inclusion of pressure data for the new Firestone Maxi Traction 65 tyre.

Launched at the Reifen Essen show in May 2016, Maxi Traction 65 brings longer tyre life and lower operating costs to the popular 65 series for medium-sized tractors – and promises to be a Firestone top seller.

Mark Sanders, General Manager Agricultural Tyre Sales Europe, Bridgestone Europe explains: “Farmers have voted with their fingers! Instead of having to refer to tyre manufacturers’ data books – which are rarely to-hand when you need them – the Firestone app gives them the correct pressure for their tyre size, load and tractor speed in a flash.”

TyreSafe has reached another significant milestone in its tenth anniversary year having been awarded full charity status. The achievement increases the potential for TyreSafe to work with a wider range of organisations by underlining its non-commercial and not-for-profit credentials.

The recognition is a major boost to the tyre safety awareness campaign as TyreSafe works to reduce the number of tyre-related incidents on the UK’s roads by educating Britain’s motorists on the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres.

Stuart Jackson, Chairman, TyreSafe, said: “TyreSafe is delighted have been awarded charity status, which is a major step forward for tyre safety awareness. The network of supporters is a critical contributor to the campaign’s effectiveness and becoming a charity allows us to broaden the spectrum of stakeholder organisations that TyreSafe can work with. That provides us with a springboard to further increase the reach of the potentially life-saving tyre safety message which has been achieved over the past ten years.”

Truck Tyre Specialists Ltd (TTS) have further invested in their hugely popular TUFF+ specialist hot cure (bead to bead) waste and construction tyre. Initially developed and launched in 2014 the 295/80R22.5 has proven to withstand the rigours of the often arduous conditions that tyres are subjected to operating in the waste and construction industries.

The tyre with its deep tread and heavy traction pattern features a subtle kerbing band to help protect the sidewall and reduce costly premature removal through sidewall damage.

The latest investment by TTS sees delivery of an extra 295/80R22.5 TUFF+ mould and the addition of a 315/80R22.5 TUFF+ mould.

Automechanika Frankfurt in September will be the venue for the first official appearance of ECOBAT Battery Technologies (hall 4.1 stand C50), a new company that has been formed from the consolidation of three independent businesses operating within the ECOBAT Technologies Group. ECOBAT Battery Technologies is therefore an entirely new entity, which is able to offer a unique and comprehensive battery service across Europe.

The three consolidated businesses all have an enviable heritage and superb reputation within their home markets and in the case of Manbat, that heritage, which began in 1952, enabled the company to establish itself as the UK’s largest battery distributor and the country’s sole supplier of Lucas batteries, with a 12 branch network offering a truly national service. Now brought together under a single European identity these businesses are able to benefit their existing customers and influence the far wider market, in a way they would not have been able as individuals.

As a result of these combined elements and the consolidation of the successful existing businesses, ECOBAT Battery Technologies is able to offer the European aftermarket a positive and unique solution that sets new standards across a wide range of requirements and delivers quality products and a level of service that will make a genuine difference to its customers and the profitability of their businesses.

Since being launched into the UK market six years ago, Evergreen Tyres has progressively built up a solid reputation as a quality long lasting mid-range brand. Now with five new patterns being recently introduced into its Dyna range the Evergreen corporate image and design has been refreshed.

Peter Cross, Commercial Manager at Evergreen Tyres UK says, “In line with our commitment to ‘changing tyres’ and offering reliable innovative patterns through advanced manufacturing techniques. The previous tagline of ‘change is good’ has been changed to ‘Evergreen is for the everyman’ in recognition of the range appealing to all types of drivers.

“In general people need a quality tyre to get them safely to their destination in all weather conditions which is exactly what Evergreen sets out to achieve and the range is backed by our Tyre Life Guarantee which has been available since the brand was launched. Whether you are a business person driving to meetings, a van driver delivering to customers, a mum doing school runs or even a dedicated sports fan driving to away games, we have an Evergreen tyre for everyone.”

The latest wheel balancer from HOFMANN – the geodyna 7600P – brings a patented new system along with many more user-friendly benefits.

The geodyna 7600P brings to the workshop a patented power clamping system that clamps the wheel to the unit accurately and with a constant force, helping the technician and aiding the balancing operation.

Designed to work on car, light truck and motorcycle wheels, the geodyna 7600P allows technicians to split the position of weights and hide them behind wheel spokes, creating a better visual finish for the customer, while a reduced cycle time and easy-to-use touchscreen monitor streamline the balancing process even further.

TyreSafe supporters will provide expert tyre advice to motorists participating in Highways England’s Stop4T activities. They will join the emergency service and Highways England officers at 19 service stations along the M6 corridor who are providing potentially life-saving road safety advice as part of its on-going campaign to reduce the number of casualties on Britain’s roads.

A tyre’s condition should also be checked as lumps, bumps, cracking and scuffs increase the chances of a catastrophic tyre failure, in particular when driving at motorway speeds.

To help inform drivers of these risks and the importance of tyre maintenance checks, Micheldever/Protyre, GITI Tire UK, Westgate Tyres and Chris Hardy Tyres will have teams of experts on hand at all the Stop4T venues. Equipped with TyreSafe materials and a wealth of experience and knowledge, they’ll answer any questions the drivers may have and check the air pressure, condition and tread depth of motorists wishing to take part.

Football fans up and down the country who are gearing up for the season ahead following their favourite team on the road, can now show their support while on their travels by customising their car in their club’s colours.

AlloyGator’s patented alloy wheel protection system not only prevents damage to wheels caused by scuffs from kerbs or potholes, but as they’re available in a range of 13 colours, allows fans to ‘kit’ out their car in the club’s colours.

"Following Leicester’s success in the Premier League last season, we’ve seen a spike in demand for our blue AlloyGator’s from fans in the Midlands,” comments Curt Rathbone, managing director, AlloyGator. 

Fans looking to customise and protect their car with AlloyGator should visit www.alloygator.com to find out the location of their nearest approved installer.

Stringent government regulations to equip TPMS in passenger vehicles, growing adoption of automotive safety systems and rising focus on improving fuel economy and reducing property damage as a result of accidents associated with low tire pressure are key factors expected to fuel demand for automotive TPMS over the forecast period (2016-2024). 

Direct TPMS is estimated to account for leading market revenue share of 99% by the end of 2016. Global sales of direct TPMS is estimated to increase at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2016 to 2024. This high growth is due to expected implementation of legislations related to the TPMS in countries such as China, India, Japan, and Russia.

Mandatory use of TPMS in passenger vehicles in the U.S., South Korea, and the European Union is further fueling the growth of the passenger cars segment in the global automotive TPMS market.

Yokohama’s ADVAN Sport V105 tyre has once again demonstrated its performance credentials, sealing ‘an overall victory across the wet handling tests’ in EVO magazine’s 2016 ultra-high performance tyre test, published today.

The EVO test, which was carried out at a German tyre manufacturer’s proving ground in Texas, used a 247bhp Ford Focus ST. For the first time ever, EVO magazine decided to select a 19” tyre for its tyre test, opting for a 235/35 R19 fitment.

“Yokohama tyres are becoming increasingly popular with both performance enthusiasts and car manufacturers alike,” comments David Seward, managing director Yokohama HPT Ltd. “This latest test result and words of praise from EVO magazine underline some of the reasons for the growing popularity. Winning the wet test outright is incredibly pleasing and a great reflection of the hard work of our global technical and development teams."

Just in time for the 2016 upgrade season, ALLIGATOR Ventilgruppe has further optimised the application software of its sens.it programmable universal sensor.

About a year ago the company expanded the software with the 'sens.itRelearn' module. With this feature, users of the sens.it application software have online access to vehicle-specific TPMS learning processes. The descriptions, also called 'relearns' should help sens.it customers to safely and quickly learn reprogrammed sens.it sensors on their vehicles.

According to statements from the company, these product enhancements represent further important milestones towards a perfected and unique TPMS user tool for specialist tyre retailers.

Cooper Tire Europe announced it is the headline sponsor of Rallyday 2016, Europe’s premier rally car show. Rallyday is an annual event held at Castle Combe Circuit, in Wiltshire, taking place this year on Saturday 24 September. With a host of star drivers and cars, the popular show is set to entertain thousands of fans in the paddocks, 4x4 Zone and on the track for the 16th year running.

The Cooper display will be located in the main paddock, and this year features a Cooper branded Ford Fiesta ST in addition to leading SUV and 4x4 products including the Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport, STT Pro POR and the ultimate all-terrain tyre, the A/T3 Sport.

In the 4x4 Zone, fans will be treated to extreme truck demos on a specially prepared course, as well as the ‘Infield Demo’ where regular track action takes a break for the 4x4s to show off their manoeuvres and tackle challenging jumps.

After the launch of their first diagnostic tools from Ateq at Reifen 2016, Hamaton surprises again with breaking news: The H36 and H46 diagnostic tools are NOW available with FREE Updates for 5 years. What’s more, Hamaton provides their tools with a warranty of 2 years, instead of the standard 1 year.

requirements of the garage and tyre bay and together with the extended warranty and free updates, is quite unique in the market.”

Martin Blakey, Managing Director of Hamaton Limited, explains: “We are committed to providing a suitable solution for every business, from TPMS beginners to professionals. The flexibility, our TPMS diagnostic tools offer, fulfils the diverse For more information about the company and the products, meet the team at Automechanika in Frankfurt, stand 3.1 F74, or visit www.hamaton-tpms.com.

Tyresure Limited, a dedicated TPMS specialist supplying TPMS solutions to distributors across Europe, expanded their wide TPMS product range once again to offer the best solution for every business. The brand new VT36, an affordable starter TPMS diagnostic tool, is their latest addition.

Its low price makes the tool accessible to small and medium size tyre shops and garages entering into the fast growing TPMS market for the first time. Designed for tough tyre shop and garage environments, it is the ideal TPMS diagnostic starter tool.

Truck Tyre Specialist Ltd (TTS) recently announced that they have extended their Bead to Bead (Hot Cure) range with the addition of the 315/70R22.5 MED Elite.

The MED Elite was launched by TTS just over a year ago in 295/80R22.5 and 315/80R22.5 and has become a highly respected drive axle tyre, with its 22mm original tread depth (plus additional 3mm regroove) and ultra-wide square foot print, giving the MED Elite fantastic traction, mileage returns and value for money.

The 315/70R22.5 joins the 295/80R22.5 and 315/80R22.5 MED Elite ideally suited to the demands of today’s high power commercial vehicles.

Continental’s SportContact 6 has made its UK tyre test debut, taking top spot in this year’s summer tyre test from the UK's monthly title evo.

The evo summer tyre test pitted the Continental SportContact 6 against 8 competitor summer tyres in size 235/35 R19. The test win recognised the SportContact 6 across a broad spectrum, taking top spot for dry and wet braking.

The evo summer tyre test celebrates the best of the best in the summer tyre market, revealing the most inspirational products. The awards highlight exceptional performance, quality, safety, desirability and value. They are seen within the motoring industry as a stamp of approval offering motoring enthusiasts confidence when looking for their next summer tyre purchase. 

Continental expects this ultra high-performance market segment to become increasingly popular with customers and is anticipating annual market growth of just fewer than 10% for the various sizes of the new SportContact 6. The new high-technology tyre has already achieved an impressive lap record on the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring with Honda approving the tyre for the Civic Type R. 

For more information on Continental’s complete range, visit www.continental-tyres.co.uk and for the full tyre test visit http://www.evo.co.uk/

There is still room for growth for winter tyres within the tyre industry, according to a new report from Smithers Rapra. Winter tyres accounted for $19.3 billion in global tyre sales for 2015, with demand in this market is driven by seasonal wintery road conditions, and low temperatures in northern countries and regions (such as Europe, Russia, and North America).

According to Smithers Rapra’s report– The Future of Winter Tyres to 2021 [http://www.smithersrapra.com/market-reports/tyre/winter-tyre-technology-forecasts] – the winter tyre market is dynamic, both in terms of incremental improvements and potential breakthrough concepts. Some research efforts have resulted in new winter tyre categories, like all-weather and high-performance winter tyres, both of which are expected to gain share over the coming years. 

The winter tyre market is overwhelmingly (60%) a European one, particularly Scandinavia, and Central and Eastern Europe. Russia, another “emerging” economy that has stumbled of late, is often included in Europe, but when it comes to winter tyres it is large enough for separate treatment. 

The East Midlands Operational Support Service (EMOpSS) has lent its support to TyreSafe, the UK’s charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres.

With officers drawn from Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, EMOpSS conducts operations and day-to-day business across county borders, serving a population of 2.9 million people across 5,255 square miles. In addition to its role in traffic collision investigation and roads policing, EMOpSS also provides armed policing response, firearms training and specialist search skills and dog support.

EMOpSS’ support for TyreSafe underlines the importance the service places on road safety and the need for motorists to regularly carry out tyre maintenance checks to reduce the risk of an incident on the road.

A double award winning garage is celebrating as its commitment to customer safety scoops a national accolade in the same year it marks three decades in the area.

Jeff Fowkes Wheels, a family run garage leading the way in tyre safety in Leicestershire, has been crowned the 2016 TyreSafe Independent Garage of the year – the second time the garage has been recognised with a national award in three years.

Jeff said: “As a garage we always try to offer more than just a standard service with our staff always on hand to offer advice and guidance. Tyre safety is just one way we help and create awareness of the issues important to motorists.”


The Board of Directors of Apollo Tyres Ltd recently approved the company’s unaudited results for the 1st quarter of the financial year 2016-17. At the 43rd Annual General Meeting, shareholders approved the annual dividend payout of 200% per share (Rs 2.00 per equity share), for the year ended March 31, 2016.

For the quarter ending June 30, 2016, Apollo Tyres Ltd, on a consolidated level, reported a profit of Rs 315 crores on the net sales of Rs 3285 crores. While Indian Operations’ clocked a revenue growth of 6% in the first quarter of the current fiscal, as compared to the same period last fiscal, European Operations’ revenue grew 10%. Some of the new products introduced in the Indian market, including the newly launched two-wheeler tyres, have seen good demand, especially in the replacement market. Similarly, the European Operations reported increased sales of passenger vehicle tyres.

Tim Hercock, Managing Director of Vacu-Lug, told Tyre Trade News, “Last year was our best for 20 years. This is as much about the intelligent use of resources as it is to do with maintaining long term partnerships with like-minded suppliers and customers. With the common goal of maintaining high quality and value for money, we can and do make a difference together.

“Vacu-Lug has always aimed to deliver consistency. It is this objective which underpins our success. Now, with the advent of Brexit and the weaker pound, retread options can be re-examined by the market while foreign imports become less price - competitive. In so doing, businesses in the UK and Europe can now make the choice to switch to retreads and discover the cost and operational advantages of a truly stable product. Furthermore, the conditions created in the aftermath of Brexit have allowed us to galvanise our export activities in European countries such as The Netherlands and Germany. Effectively, the market is wide open for us.” 

Balance weight company Trax JH Ltd has announced it has won the contract to supply all General Motors (Vauxhall/Opel) Europe plants with steel adhesive balance weights. The new steel adhesive weights will be supplied to car manufacturing plants in Germany, Spain, UK and Poland. Adhesive balance weights now comprise some 80% of the value of all weights purchased by General Motors Europe.

Managing Director John Hallé advises, “This additional business is welcomed following investment in new technology, staff and management systems over the last few years. Already a major supplier to the aftermarket, Original Equipment business is necessary to ensure the company retains a market leading status keeping it in the forefront of the industry.”

When looking for new premises for its ever expanding wholesale operation, Grouptyre UK Ltd member ETB Ltd, looked no further than across the road from its existing site in St Austell.

The new purpose built 25,000 square foot warehouse in Bugle, St Austell will house up to 48,000 tyres and is opposite their existing warehouse.  As well as this they have also acquired the land adjacent for further expansion in the future.

Chaz Ivill, Owner and Managing Director of ETB says, “It’s a really exciting time for us at ETB with the development of the new warehouse. We hope to have the new premises fully completed by early 2017. The investment we have made in servicing this beautiful part of the country will enable ETB to offer an even better range of tyres and accessories and improved deliveries to all of our customers across Cornwall and the South West.”

ATS Euromaster has added to its impressive list of safety accolades and awards, with its service centre in Dunstable picking up an International Safety Award from the British Safety Council.

The centre was nominated by Andy Drake, Health and Safety Advisor at ATS Euromaster, following a routine assessment where the team was found to have an exceptional commitment to safety, even by the industry-leading standards of the tyre and vehicle maintenance provider.

Stan Rudowski, Group Head of Health, Safety and Technical Services at ATS Euromaster, says: “Our Dunstable centre can be very proud to receive this accolade. Once again, our company-wide commitment to safety has delivered a safe working environment that is a benchmark for the rest of the industry to follow.”

The number of commercial vehicles serviced using Goodyear’s FleetOnlineSolutions (FOS) internet-based tyre management program is about to hit 350,000.  This is a 75% increase in just three years and a new milestone for Goodyear.  This remarkable increase is testament to the value European fleet operators place on FOS, which helps to reduce Total Cost of Ownership thanks to less paperwork and reduced administration, supported by Goodyear’s premium products and the pan European TruckForce service provider network.

“The growth in the popularity of FleetOnlineSolutions continues among European fleet operators, more and more of whom are discovering the importance and value of this comprehensive program.  It is the second string to our bow; our premium truck tyres reduce costs thanks to their fuel efficiency and long life, and FleetOnlineSolutions together with our pan European TruckForce service network ensures fast, cost effective, quality service,” said Waldek Jarosz, Director Fleet Solutions Truck at Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa.  

Excellent winter tyres have to meet the highest standards, especially in terms of snow and wet performance. After two years of development and thousands of testing miles, Falken presents its latest high-performance winter tyre with an innovative new tread design thanks to 3D ‘Miura-Ori’ sipes and interlocking grooves that can handle even the toughest winter conditions. The new tyre is the latest high-tech product from Falken.

The main development objectives were excellent snow, ice and wet grip, first-rate hydroplaning resistance, as well as high levels of directional stability, no matter what the weather conditions. The new EUROWINTER HS01 offers five percent better snow and wet handling and ten percent better aquaplaning resistance versus the predecessor.

The EUROWINTER HS01 is now available in ten sizes, with an additional 74 sizes available in August 2017. The HS01 will be available in 13-20 inches, with an aspect ratio of 35-70. Falken’s newest generation EUROWINTER features a rolling resistance EU label of C-E, a wet braking label of B-C and a sound grade rating of two waves. The new HS01features speed indices of T, H, V and W.

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Michelin Corporate Foundation has today been announced as a corporate founding partner in the development of the much anticipated V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

Michelin Corporate Foundation is set to be one of the first founding corporate partners of the new museum, due for completion in 2018, supporting both its initial and ongoing development with a significant investment.

As part of the support, a gallery within V&A Dundee will take on the Michelin name for a term of 25 years, creating a space of great importance within the museum.

Philippe Legrez, Michelin Corporate Foundation Director, said: “Dundee is going through a renaissance with this huge regeneration project, and the addition of V&A Dundee will prove an important asset in transforming the area and providing jobs. It will also provide a great space for the community, attracting tourism to the city and boosting the local economy.”

The wait is finally over and the list of finalists for the 2016 NTDA Tyre Industry Awards has been announced. Over the last 3 months the NTDA has been inundated with submissions, with 57 entries across the 8 award categories now making it to the final. The finalists are:

REACT Roadside Technician of the Year, sponsored by:  Zenises

  • Adam Grimley - Central Tyre
  • Alex Iljins - Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd
  • Andy Armitage - Horndean Tyres
  • Chris Murray - Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd
  • Darren Windebank - Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd
  • Lee Emmerson - Tyre Maintenance, Washington Depot
  • Lee Hayman - ATS Euromaster Ltd
  • Mark Holloway - Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd
  • Paul Tapscott - ATS Euromaster Ltd

Truck and Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year, sponsored by: Infinity Tyres

  • ATS Euromaster Ltd
  • Kirkby Tyres Ltd
  • The Lodge Tyre Company Ltd
  • Tructyre Fleet Management Ltd 


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Chelsea FC has unveiled its brand new third kit for the 2016/17 season, following on from the recent introduction of this season’s home and away shirts. All shirts feature the ‘Yokohama Tyres’ logo of the premium Japanese tyre manufacturer. As official shirt partner to Chelsea, the Yokohama name will appear across the chest of all of the club’s shirts until at least 2020, giving the brand significant exposure and awareness around the world.

“We’re very much looking forward to the season in partnership with Chelsea FC,” comments David Seward, managing director, Yokohama HPT Ltd. “The club is one of the biggest in global football and we are extremely proud that the name Yokohama is so prominent on the new shirts.”

Chelsea, or indeed Yokohama fans, wishing to get their hands on the new kit which is now available can order it from the club’s website at www.chelseafc.com/shopping.


Truckforce, tyre manufacturer Goodyear Dunlop’s dedicated mobile service and breakdown division, has come full circle, replacing the first Mercedes-Benz Sprinters it bought five years ago with 57 new models.

The operator began using Mercedes-Benz vehicles in 2011. It has since invested in a further 60 Sprinters and, with the arrivals of its latest, now runs a fleet of 165.

Based at 15 operating centres which act as hubs for a network of satellite locations across England and Wales, the vans are allocated to technicians who repair, replace and service customers’ tyres at their premises or at the roadside.

“Our Sprinters are fantastic,” enthused Truckforce Business Manager Bob Mason. “They perform well and are popular with our drivers, as well as being extremely reliable and hard-wearing. They stand up very well to demanding work over a five-year life, unlike rival products which might look smart when they’re new but seem to deteriorate at a rapid rate.

Avon Tyres recently announced the launch of the WV7 and WT7, two new winter tyres developed to provide motorists with added peace of mind during the winter months.

The Avon WV7 is a performance winter tyre, with increased sipe density to improve traction in snow, ice, slush and wet weather. Available in 15 to 18-inch sizes to fit popular performance cars, the Avon WV7 is H and V speed rated. It features forward-facing shoulder grooves and V- slots to enhance braking, while the backward-facing centre groove improves traction. The Avon WV7 is marked with the ‘Severe Snow Conditions’ three-peak mountain snowflake symbol.

The Avon WT7 is a premium winter tyre which has been performance tested in Alpine winter conditions. Available in a broad range of 13 to 16-inch sizes to fit many car types, the Avon WT7 also meets the ’severe snow’ rating as shown by the three-peak mountain snowflake symbol and is T speed rated.

“Despite the high temperatures we are experiencing now and winter seeming a long way off, it’s important to ensure our latest winter tyres are available to distributors and customers in plenty of time before the harsh winter months are upon us,” said Jeff Schumaker, Managing Director – Cooper Europe, who has responsibilities for the Avon Tyres brand.

Falken Tyre and Team Falken will be looking for further success in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship when it heads to Ascot, Berkshire, on 13-14 August 2016.

Japanese tyre manufacturer Falken was the Official Partner of the Red Bull Air Race Chiba earlier this year and also sponsors Japanese competitor Yoshihide Muroya. The 43-year-old Team Falken pilot claimed his maiden victory last month at the Chiba event in the second year of Falken’s successful partnership.

More than 300 lucky Falken customers from the UK will attend the Ascot event, where they will witness pilots flying small high-speed planes through ‘air gates’, hitting speeds of up to 230mph as they race against the clock.

“We are thrilled to be extending our involvement with the Red Bull Air Race World Championship,” says Stephan Cimbal, Falken Tyre Europe’s Head of Marketing. “Falken is a brand that delivers high performance and technical innovation, which we also see reflected in the fantastic and exciting Red Bull Air Race. We look forward to welcoming our customers to the event, which will draw strong synergies with the Falken brand.”

The Red Bull Air Race at Ascot is the fifth round of eight in the 2016 calendar.

Dedicated to both the retreading sector and the personal development of its team, Vacu-Lug has been entering candidates for the City & Guilds examinations for Part 1 Retread Workshop Practice for many years.

The latest successful entrants for the qualification included ten candidates from Vacu-Lug.

There was great success throughout the team, in particular for Jason Humphries, who not only achieved a Distinction pass, but was awarded the highest mark nationwide. There were also two Credit passes awarded to Dave Alsop and Elaine Dable.

Tim Hercock, Vacu-Lug’s Managing Director, was delighted with the achievements of his team, commenting: “This qualification really shows the calibre of our candidates and the passion they have for the retreading sector. The investment and hard work put into their studies showed not only a determination to succeed, but also to discover as much as possible about what retreading involves and why it is a crucial part of the tyre industry. We look forward to our team now using this knowledge within their day-to-day activities.”

A Cardiff father whose son suffers from an incurable form of epilepsy is getting back on his bike with 140 other fundraisers to generate enough cash for a specially adapted bike for his boy – and thousands more pounds for the Children’s Hospital of Wales.

Craig Williams is embarking on the 56-mile charity bike ride on Sunday (August 7) from Brecon Theatre to Sophia Gardens and will be joined by First Stop employees Stuart Eagland and Dave Hull for the first time, as up to £6,000 is expected to be raised.

The Fairwater father-of-two will be pedaling in his sixth two-wheel fundraiser after his 14-year-old son Bailey was diagnosed with a severe form of drug resistant epilepsy.

Both Stuart and Dave are showing their support after joking that they’d don the lycra if Craig’s A & A Tyre Services garage decided to become a member of the First Stop network, not thinking that he would agree so soon afterwards.

TRA members are ready to lobby their constituency Members of Parliament in their effort to fight off Environment Agency plans to bring in new storage limits which could put many responsible recyclers out of business.

The association believes that the proposed new norms which it is claimed will lead to a reduction in waste fires will hit the tyre industry disproportionately.

TRA Secretary General Peter Taylor OBE said: “We are at a loss to understand the logic of actions by the Environment Agency that will drive mainstream professionals out of business while they do little or anything to stamp out the scourge of illegal operators.

“Worse still, the EA is proposing limits on stack heights up to 40% less than proposed for waste wood, paper, textiles and plastics, again we are at a loss to comprehend the logic of this. Not only do these Environment Agency proposals fly in the face of current fire science but they are just not business-facing. That is why we will be asking our MPs for help in calling the Agency to account.

“The Tyre Recovery Association and others in the UK tyre industry have now spent several years in dialogue with the EA attempting to educate officials in the nature of tyre recycling in Britain. These latest proposals simply demonstrate how little understanding there seems to be so we are determined to make this clear to Government at the highest levels.

“We owe it not just to ourselves but to the many thousands of customers in tyre retailing and vehicle dismantling who rely on TRA members for a dependable and cost-efficient service recognised across Europe as a leader in best practice.” 

Kumho’s ground-breaking ‘Smasher’ and ‘Sealant’ tyres have been honoured with 2016 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). With the world’s top three design accolades behind it – the Red Dot (Germany), iF International Forum Design (Germany) and IDEA (United States) - Kumho’s design and technological capabilities have now been recognised by the industry as a whole.

The prestigious IDEA competition is co-sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and Businessweek magazine. By triumphing with ‘Smasher’ – a futuristic concept tyre equipped with ultra-innovative technologies - and ‘Sealant’ - a product already on sale in some markets - Kumho has confirmed its ability to simultaneously encompass both the future and present of tyre design.

Davanti Tyres returned to IDIADA in June following last year’s successful testing of their DX390 and DX640 tyres.  This time the aim was to put their newest additions to the range, the DX240 and DX740, through the same rigorous testing process against competitive brands.

Sean Maddocks, Davanti Sales Director for the UK and Ireland says, It’s great to return to IDIADA for more comprehensive testing on the Davanti range and the results are exactly what we hoped for. We’ve launched a new brand that not only competes with more established mid-range brands, but actually beats them in independent testing. We have ensured that all the critical tests have been carried out, to prove that both patterns are of exceptionally high quality and therefore incredible value to our customers.”

Derby County announced today that Avon Tyres is the Rams’ back of shirt and shorts sponsor for the upcoming 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season.

The sponsorship agreement will see the Avon Tyres logo appear on the back of Derby’s first-team shirts and shorts for the entire campaign.

Avon initially teamed up with the club in February of this year to become the Rams’ Official Tyre Partner, and due to the success of the partnership, they have opted to increase their involvement for the new season.

The launch of the new sponsorship took place at the Derby County Training Centre in partnership with the University of Derby, where Avon Tyres was welcomed by Derby County’s new Manager, Nigel Pearson, and Chief Operating Officer John Vicars, along with First Team players Chris Martin and Johnny Russell.

 LR Johny Russell, Chris Martin, Nigel pearson, Jeff Schumaker, John Vicars

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