At the recent CAM UniSerV User Group 3 meeting held in Birmingham ahead of the NTDA Awards dinner on 1 October 2015, Bridgestone Europe’s Neil Purves, senior manager, automated inspection and systems development commercial product, called for the tyre industry to engage with e-jobsheet, the open digital tablet platform, as a way of securing efficiencies, receiving data more quickly and maximising support for customers.
Neil stated, “e-jobsheet is like a postal service, it is not a competitive advantage to use it but enables us to supply services that are, while bringing efficiencies to the dealer. It’s an open platform and everyone is welcome to participate. Rules, policies and approval by the fleet to closure and ultimately payment is all facilitated through the TiDaeX™ (tire data exchange) platform. The focus is on simplicity to use and speed to process, with faster, more accurate input of data. The result is more efficient jobsheet processes down to billing/payment. I would urge others to embrace it.”
Players and coaching staff from table-topping Burton Albion FC and Carlisle United were on hand to help kick-off a pair of tyre safety events hosted by Pirelli and Pro-Align.
The roadshows, which were held at Pirelli’s Carlisle factory and Burton headquarters, were timed to coincide with the start of October’s Tyre Safety Month and aimed to remind Pirelli staff and the wider motoring public about the importance of regular tyre tread depth checks. To help deliver the message in a fast and highly visual manner, the events utilised the new Hunter QuickTread drive over tread depth measurement system, available exclusively in the UK through Pro-Align.
Pirelli UK Managing Director Dominic Sandivasci said: “The activity with Pro-Align to kick off Tyre Safety month was a great success in both Burton and Carlisle. The state-of-the-art system from Pro-Align is very impressive, and checked so many tyres in such a short space of time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pro-Align for their support.”
Out of all the cars measured by QuickTread over the two events, only 9% had an ‘Advisory’ tread depth between 1.6mm and 3mm.
DAF is the first truck manufacturer to approve Goodyear’s brand new ULTRA GRIP MAX truck winter tyres as factory-fit options. Operators ordering new DAF trucks build from week 41 onwards for service in severe winter conditions can now specify Goodyear ULTRA GRIP MAX S steer tyres and ULTRA GRIP MAX D drive tyres in sizes 315/70R22.5 and 315/80R22.5.
“We are delighted that DAF is the first manufacturer approving our new truck winter tyre line which we launch this year. This illustrates the outstanding winter performance our new Goodyear ULTRA GRIP MAX truck winter line-up provide,” said Peter Platje, Director OE Sales Truck Tyres Goodyear Dunlop EMEA. “Mobility is a key factor for commercial vehicles, particularly during winter. Now customers can have their new DAF trucks delivered with our best tyres for the worst possible winter conditions – this is true in particular for those from the Nordic region, Russia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland but also for all others.”
Leading UK based wheel alignment manufacturer and distributor – Supertracker has been quietly publishing its own in-house quarterly Newsletter to the tyre and automotive trade since October 2011 which is emailed every third month to the company's growing customer database and an increasing number of the industry's tyre sales outlets and car dealerships.
Now, to celebrate four successful years of publishing the newsletter, Southampton based Supertracker has announced the online magazine is currently undergoing a major design and content revamp and the first edition of the all-new newsletter will be published in November.
For further information on Supertracker's product portfolio and services and to view all 16 previous company newsletters visit www.supertracker.com
Bridgestone is making extra space in its trophy cabinet for two prestigious industry awards, after being honoured in style at the National Tyre Distributors Association’s 2015 Tyre Industry Awards.
The world’s largest tyre manufacturer won the coveted Tyre Manufacturer of the Year accolade as well as the Industry Marketing Campaign of the Year award in a huge coup for the business.
The NTDA trophies represent a significant breakthrough for the business and pays tribute to the giant strides made by its senior management team over the past 12 months.
Bridgestone’s managing director Robin Shaw said the awards were testament to a ‘one team’ approach, where all elements of the business were brought together to showcase a wide range of best practice achievements.
“We all worked extremely hard as a team when compiling these award submissions back in July, and viewed the process as a very important one in showcasing our ‘one team’ approach,” he said.
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The NTDA is delighted to welcome Sailun as the newest addition to the already impressive list of organisations giving their backing to the Association’s 86th Annual Dinner and Tyre Industry Awards 2015.
Sailun was this year’s sponsor of the Tyre Industry Awards Ceremony hosted by England and British Lions rugby legend, Austin Healey.
NTDA Director Stefan Hay said: “With more than 600 of the tyre industry’s elite attending, 51 finalists across the 8 main awards categories waiting for the winners to be announced and a charity raffle to support BEN taking place, the annual dinner promises to be both entertaining and exciting. We are extremely pleased to have Sailun on board as a new sponsor and welcome its support in making the evening the industry’s key social networking event.”
Ladies and Gentleman, fellow NTDA members, industry colleagues, distinguished guests. It is my great pleasure to formally welcome you to the 86th NTDA Annual Dinner generously sponsored this year by Continental.
You will be glad to hear, that we are maintaining the format many of you approved of last year; a short speech from me followed by dinner, so don’t panic, as I don’t intend to stand between you and that flavoursome starter for long.
It is, I believe, testimony to the growth and renewed energy of our Association, that this year we are hosting our biggest Annual Dinner in recent decades, with 620 guests in attendance.
This is a clear indication not only of the value of the NTDA Annual Dinner, now the tyre industry’s premier event, but also to the value we all place on spending time together as an industry.
2015 has already been another great year for the NTDA, so in the next few minutes I would like to use this platform to review the state of the industry, to report on NTDA’s activities and to look at some of the exciting things the Association is taking forward, not only for the benefit of our members, but also for the good of the UK tyre industry as a whole.
In my opinion, we are privileged to work in an industry that so positively impacts on the lives of so many people. The UK tyre industry is truly keeping Britain on the road, but working in this industry does not come without hardships.
Bridgestone Corporation recently announced that it successfully built passenger tyres with 100 percent of its natural rubber-containing components derived from guayule, a desert shrub that grows in arid regions. Built at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Japan, the tyres are particularly unique because they were constructed using the company’s guayule natural rubber cultivated by Bridgestone at its Biorubber Process Research Center (BPRC) in Mesa, Arizona, U.S.A.
A truly global effort, Bridgestone built similar passenger tyres at its operations in Rome, Italy earlier this summer. In those tyre builds, all of the tyre’s major natural rubber components - including the tread, sidewall and bead filler - were replaced with natural rubber extracted from guayule grown and harvested by Bridgestone. (Guayule grows in the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico).
The number one tyre and rubber company in the world, Bridgestone is continuing to invest in and advance major research and development in search of new and more sustainable sources of natural rubber to alleviate the overconcentration of natural rubber production in certain regions.
Nexen Tire held a ground breaking ceremony at the site of its new plant in Zatec, Czech Republic, strengthening its efforts in targeting the European market, one of the biggest tyre markets in the world. The company invested more than €829 million to build the new plant on 650,000 square meters of land in Zatec.
Nexen Tire plans for the plant to be operational by 2018 and then to gradually increase its annual production capacity to over 12 million units, based on prevailing market conditions. It is expected that the new plant will create more than 1,000 jobs in the region.
“The new plant in the Czech Republic is our second manufacturing facility outside Korea, after the one in Qingdao, China. It will serve as significant momentum for the company to make another leap forward,” said Nexen Tire Chairman Kang Byung-Joong. “I think it will provide a great opportunity to become a global top player amongst the world’s tyre manufacturers by strengthening our presence in the European market.”
The annual NTDA Annual Dinner and Tyre Industry Awards were held at the ICC Birmingham on Thursday evening, 1st October.
Hosted by Stefan Hay, Director, a speech by the NTDA Chairman Roger Griggs and wound up (completely!) by Rugby legend Austin Healy, the room was fillled to capacity by 650 members and colleagues of the NTDA.
The awards were presented by Austin to the winners and are as follows:
Tyre Manufacturer of the Year (Sponsored by BlueSky Pensions) - Bridgestone UK Ltd
Tyre Wholesaler of the Year (Sponsored by Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK) - Stapleton's (Tyre Services) Ltd
Tyre & Aftermarket Supplier of the Year Award (Sponsored by Maritime Cargo Services) - Rema Tip Top Automotive UK Ltd
Industry Marketing Campaiign of the Year (Sponsored by Singex-ECI) - Bridgestone UK Ltd
Staff Training & Development Initiative of the Year (sponsored by Ztyre.com) - Kwik-Fit
Tyre Retail Centre of the Year (Sponsored by Pirelli Tyres Ltd) - Merityre Specialists Ltd - Sunbury on Thames
React Roadside Technician (sponsored by Zenises) - the two winners were Paul Hickling of Lodge Tyre Company Ltd and Michael Vasey of ATS Euromaster Ltd
Truck & Agricultural Tyre Supplier of the Year (Sponsored by Apollo Vredestein) - Kirkby Tyres Ltd
Outstanding Contribution to the Tyre Industry Award (Sponsored by Nankang UK) - Peter Taylor
The NTDA hosted the organisation's first Tyre industry Conference on 1st october at the stunning ICC Centre, Birmingham.
The morning and afternoon speaker captivated their audience's attention from a variety of subject from Part worn Tyres, the Computerised Car, Tyre Labelling, Zenises' Foundation helping children in third world countries to the totally brilliant Wayne Hemingway.
Workshops investing in automatic tyre tread depth measurement systems could be a vital component in helping drivers stay safe and legal on the road. The call from leading wheel servicing equipment specialist Pro-Align, comes at the start of October’s tyre safety month and just days after new Government figures revealed a rise in the number of road casualties caused in 2014 by illegal, defective or under-inflated tyres.
“Workshops have a responsibility to ensure that when cars are returned to customers they are in a safe, roadworthy condition and that any potential issues are highlighted,” comments Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. “By adopting a more proactive approach to complete wheel servicing through the use of systems such as QuickTread, workshops will be able to give more information and greater confidence to drivers that either their cars are safe or require additional work.”
Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) has signed an official sponsorship agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB) in a move to raise awareness of Falken Tyre as the new Official Tyre of Major League Baseball.
As one of SRI’s global tyre brands, Falken is synonymous with high-performance tyres around the world. With more and more automakers choosing Falken tyres as factory standard on new vehicles and with active participation in motorsport, Falken Tyre has gained a large global base of fans and supporters.
Now, SRI has signed a sponsorship agreement that makes Falken the official tyre brand of MLB. In addition to gaining global marketing rights for the 2015 Postseason, the partnership with MLB will also enable the promotion of the Falken brand with virtual signage behind the home plate, stadium signage and more at MLB games broadcast throughout the US, including the All-Star Game, the Postseason and the World Series from 2016 and for years to come.
The Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company has announced that it has dissolved its global alliance with Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. The terms and conditions of the transaction are consistent with those outlined by Goodyear when the agreement was announced on June 4, 2015.
“This successful resolution enhances our flexibility to grow profitably as we focus on delivering strong performance and sustainable economic value,” said Goodyear Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Richard J. Kramer. “Despite current challenges in the global economy, the long-term growth prospects for the tyre industry remain strong. This agreement paves the way for us to pursue our growth strategy and strengthen our presence in key global markets particularly where our technology leadership and the Goodyear brand provide us competitive advantage.”
Sava Tyres, one of southeast Europe’s leading tyre brands, is increasing the number of popular truck tyre sizes, offering cost-conscious operators a greater choice. Five new truck tyres are added to the latest generation of the Avant 4 steer, Orjak 4 drive and Cargo 4 trailer tyre ranges, covering increasingly popular low aspect ratio sizes.
Sizes 295/60R22.5 and 315/60R22.5 are now available in both the Avant 4 steer and Orjak 4 drive tyres, as well as a Cargo 4 trailer tyre in size 385/55R22.5. Like the other dimensions the new ones carry the M+S marking on the sidewall, which certifies in snow conditions a performance better than that of a normal tyre to initiate or maintain vehicle motion.
The Avant 4, Orjak 4 and Cargo 4 tyre combination has been developed for vehicles operating in long and regional haul as well as in local distribution. With the latest line extension the Avant 4 steer and the Orjak 4 drive tire are now available in the five sizes 315/80 R 22.5, 315/70 R 22.5, 295/80 R 22.5, 295/60R22.5 (NEW) and 315/60R22.5 (NEW). The last year introduced Cargo 4 trailer tyre is now available in the two sizes 385/65R22.5 and 385/55R22.5 (NEW).
The UK’s leading independent distributor for tyres and tyre accessories in the North West will celebrate its 35th anniversary this October.
Delivering to the fast fit industry, Oak Tyres started in 1980 and over the course of three and a half decades has established itself as the leading independently run tyre wholesale distributor. Oak has built its reputation on carrying an unrivalled stock of all premium brands, whilst also becoming exclusive UK agents for leading high quality import brands such as Evergreen, Landsail and Headway.
Peter Cross, Commercial Manager at Oak Tyres commented; “We’re extremely proud of what the company has achieved in the last 35 years of business and are very thankful to the many customers that have worked with us, making this anniversary possible. We’re also thankful to our staff. Oak has consistently provided great service and expert insight into the tyre industry, and we couldn’t have achieved this without a dedicated team."
Goodyear has announced that its new all season tyre, Vector 4Seasons Gen-2, wins first place in German magazine AutoBild’s latest tyre test and wins first place for braking on wet, snow and ice in the independent TÜV test ordered by Goodyear.
The Vector 4Seasons Gen-2 is an all-season tyre with a focus on winter performance and excellent summer capabilities that can meet the most challenging road conditions in Europe all year round. AutoBild put ten different tyres to the test, evaluating a wide range of criteria, including traction, handling and braking in snowy, wet and dry circumstances, with Goodyear’s all-season tyre leading in all categories against all latest competitors.
The promises of the Vector 4Seasons have also been confirmed by the independent TÜV test ordered by Goodyear. The results have shown that the tyre is a leader for braking on wet surfaces, snow and ice braking compared to all competitors tested. V4S therefore helps ensure driver safety during challenging road conditions
“We are pleased to see that these test results confirm the performance of the newest member of the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons family. Goodyear is committed to providing safety during all weather conditions, especially more challenging situations such as on wet, icy and snowy roads. These test results reinforce our 30 years of All Season leadership to contribute to road safety and give families across Europe peace of mind,” said Alexis Bortoluzzi, Goodyear Marketing Director Consumer EMEA.
The NTDA Directorate Team and Executive Officers of the Association were very sad to hear of the death of Findlay Ferguson Picken, aged 84, on Friday 25th September after a long struggle with Parkinson’s decease.
Findlay was a popular and well respected tyre industry professional who worked for companies such as Hereford Tyres and Batteries Ltd, Tyres (Scotland) Ltd, Gorrill’s Ltd, Foremost Tyre Services Ltd and National Tyres Service Ltd, to name but a few.
During his time at National Tyre Service Ltd, Findlay served on the Executive Council of the NTDA for almost 10 years and was elected as NTDA President in 1986.
In 1993 he was installed as an Honorary Life Member of the NTDA for outstanding services to the Association. "Our thoughts are with Findlay’s wife Jean and his family and friends," said Stefan Hay, NTDA Director.
Car manufacturers demand tyres that not only demonstrate top performance but are also quiet, helping to increase car comfort. Continental has introduced ContiSilent, a new technology that substantially reduces tyre noise inside the cabin by up to 9 dB.
The secret of ContiSilent is a coating that is bonded to the inside of the tread area after the tyre production process. This special layer of foam has a strong damping effect on the sound waves caused by the rolling tyre, so that no matter what surface the vehicle is driving on, the noise level reaching the cabin is substantially reduced.
BITS are looking to expand their sales force and have a position available for a business Development Manager.
For more information about this position go to the Jobs Vacancy page.
New casing technology and an assertive name are the foundations of Giti Tire’s new principle tyre for the ultra-high performance (UHP) sector – the GT Radial SportActive.
Development was led by Giti’s European R&D platform in Hannover, Germany and is the first to implement the new optimal compound technology which ensures perfect UHP tyre-to-road contact, ultimately achieving immediate grip and long term homogeneous tyre tread life.
Across the range the GT Radial SportActive has recorded B in wet grip and B to C in rolling resistance.
A super-fast Shrewsbury starlet has crowned an unforgettable year in the world of motocross with a resounding triumph in a prestigious national event, to the delight of tyre sponsors Bridgestone.
Seventeen year-old Silje Otte has put her name firmly on the motorsport map following her success in the Girls National competition at Maismore in Gloucestershire.
Bridgestone, the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, decided to support Silje’s efforts with a supply of its acclaimed BATTLECROSS X30 tyres, with sales and training development manager Mark Fereday being the first to praise the youngster for her achievement.
He said: “We knew what an amazing talent Silje is, but to win the Girls National by such a huge margin even surprised us at one point. She just kept extending and extending her lead in the races and once she hit the front in race two, there was no looking back for her.
“Considering the pressure she puts herself under and the fact that this was the pinnacle of girls’ motocross in the UK, Silje’s performance was incredible.”
Quieter tyres that minimise distraction noise and in-cabin drone have been developed by Falken Tyre. While cars are getting quieter, tyres can still generate a notable amount of drive-by noise. Air inside the cavity vibrates and resonates, causing vibrations and therefore sound to be transmitted through the vehicle and into the cabin.
Falken Tyre, together with its parent company Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), has developed a patented solution called Silent Core, which reduces noise thanks to a layer of innovative ether-polyurethane foam material that’s applied to the inside of the tyre carcass. Absorbing sound, the double-humped foam layer can achieve drive-by noise reductions of up to ten decibels compared to standard tyres and can also decrease cabin noise by up to four decibels. Testing to date has shown that tyre performance is not affected and Silent Core lasts for the duration of the tyre’s lifetime.
Kumho has been supplying all the tyres for the blue riband Formula 3 Zandvoort Masters since 2002, and was therefore very much in evidence at the 25th running of the event September 18-20
Sunday’s 25 lap grand final fell to the Italian Antonio Giovinazzi, who eventually fought off a determined challenge from fellow Carlin driver George Russell of Britain to take the chequered flag by 8.427 seconds. Said a delighted Giovinazzi: “I saw George was behind me and I did the first three laps 100 percent, after which I saved my Kumho tyres for the end of the race.”
Making the most of its long standing role in the event, Kumho invited guests from Sweden and the UK, and Dawa Däck and their customers along with representatives from commercial tyre specialists Barry Shaddick Tyres and Jetyres were treated to a weekend long mix of motorsport and excursions to Amsterdam – with Kumho’s Head of Sales for Northern Europe Sungyong Lee in attendance.
Goodyear recently announced a fitment on the all-new Renault KADJAR. The new vehicle will come fitted with the multi award winning Goodyear Vector 4Seasons tyres in size 215/60R17 96H.
This tyre is one of the market leaders in the sector of all season tyres and has been carefully chosen by Renault for this exciting addition to their portfolio of vehicles.
Izabela Bronikowska, Marketing Manager Goodyear Brand EMEA said: “We are thrilled to be part of this new vehicle release with Renault. The vehicle is very adventurous and boasts sophisticated versatility, with the ability to switch between 4x2 and 4x4 modes. Our Vector 4Seasons tyres are a good choice for a vehicle which offers such adaptability."
Sumitomo Rubber Industries has been awarded a contract from FCA US to supply tyres for the 2016 Chrysler 200 BUX (Built-Up Export) models to be sold in some international markets. “We [Falken] are extremely excited to continue building our relationship with FCA US. Being on an award-winning vehicle such as the Chrysler 200 plays a vital role in our OE expansion,” says Anthony Lee, Falken OE Technical Manager.
This Chrysler 200 fitment is Falken North America’s second contract with FCA US to supply factory standard OE tyres, namely Falken’s ZIEX ZE914 ECORUN (size: 215/55R17). The ZE914 was designed to provide excellent rolling resistance while also combining great handling and wear performance.
The new Pirelli website will contain exclusive content related to the Calendar project. The 2016 Calendar (shot by Annie Leibovitz) will be officially presented at the Roundhouse in London on November 30, 2015.
The Pirelli Calendar, together with its selection of images, interviews with the participating talent and lots of other material, some of which has never been seen before, will also live in a dedicated digital space inside the new website www.pirelli.com, which will be online from October 20. Together with a new look, the new www.pirelli.com will be based on storytelling aimed at recounting all the different 'souls' of the company: from the world of racing to products, from design to the Calendar, from the Group's artistic and cultural trove to all the other activities linked to the business.
The ladies featured in the 2016 Calendar are: Natalia Vodianova, Kathleen Kennedy, Yao Chen, Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Mellody Hobson, Fran Lebowitz, Ava Duvernay, Agnes Gund, Patti Smith, Amy Schumer, Shrin Neshat, Tavi Gevinson.
The Michelin Group has once again been commended for its commitment to sustainable development. The latest Dow Jones Sustainability World Index ranking (DJSI survey by RobecoSAM), gives Michelin a score of 87/100, up 4 points, which takes it to first place in the original equipment sector.
Michelin stands out in particular by its performance in the social sector with a significant increase in the quality of its relationships with stakeholders (up 27). In the field of the environment, for the second consecutive year, Michelin keeps the maximum score of 100 for its climate strategy. In the economic field, Michelin performs best on five of the six criteria, with the largest increase in relation to its code of ethics and compliance policy (up 15).
Voith Industrial Services is to open the UK’s most technically advanced wheels and tyres assembly plant in Coventry next year.
The new multi-million pounds facility in Torrington Avenue is being developed to meet the growing demand from premium and luxury car brands, such as Jaguar and Land Rover, as well as from other automotive manufacturers including Vauxhall.
The brand new plant will be housed in one building covering 140,000 sq. ft. and will employ more people. A wheel and tyre assembly will be completed in only 12 seconds – compared to 20 seconds on the current line.
Phillip Spencer, Voith Industrial Services’ sales and business development director, said: “The increasing demand for our expertise in wheels and tyre assembly means that we can now invest in the latest automation and computer-based technologies for this operation. This is just one area of our business that has made us a leading supplier to the UK automotive industry.”
Bridgestone Europe has announced plans to hire multiple engineers in the coming months at its European Technical Centre (TCE) near Rome. This is part of an investment plan to expand Bridgestone’s business in Europe.
The company is targeting engineers with a range of different experience levels, from recent graduates to experienced individuals. Their role will involve designing and developing innovative products which will improve tyre performance on all types of road and in all types of climate.
“Bridgestone is the number one tyre and rubber manufacturer in the world and is committed to reinforce his leadership position in the industry also for the future. One of the priority issues in our Corporate Policy in order to achieve this goal is to develop human resources capable of global management also in the R&D domain. This calls for a commitment to keep investing in talented engineers and scientists that can make the difference and help us to constantly stay ahead of the curve of the industry regarding the development of leading-edge technologies and systems to best support our business operations,”said Bridgestone Europe CEO, Franco Annunziato.
Hankook’s concept tyres, created through the collaboration with the German University of Pforzheim, were honoured both at the 2015 Red Dot Design Award and 2015 IDEA (International Design Excellence Award). Students from the University’s renowned school of Design, Engineering and Business teamed up with Hankook to create the latest cutting edge concept tyres including the well-received Boostrac followed with Alpike and hyBlade.
“We are immensely proud to be recognised by the world’s top three design awards including Red Dot and IDEA for two straight years,” said Ho-Youl Pae, Head of Hankook Tire Europe. He went on to say,“Hankook Tire will continue to improve its top-of-the-line technology and design by further investing in R&D. We believe that the advances we make will further enhance our competitiveness as a global leading tyre company.
The addition of GSF’s 75 branches brings the total number in The Parts Alliance network to well over 300, 160 under common ownership, giving the Solihull-based business group increased coverage in the UK and Ireland.
Peter Sephton, Chief Executive of The Parts Alliance, said: “This is a hugely significant acquisition which strengthens the product choice, service, value and expertise that we offer to our independent and national customers alike.
“GSF is a dynamic and successful business and I’m delighted to welcome Stan West and his 1,000 colleagues to our growing group. It’s a great match. We share the same values and both believe in building lasting relationships with customers and suppliers."
e-jobsheet.com, the new multi-language, digital tablet-driven work exchange for truck, bus and van tyres is going ‘live’ this September as a ‘standalone’ system. This entry level offering provides a cloud-based job launch and work management platform within the e-jobsheet subscription, which aims to appeal to all service providers, even those with a single fitter.
The software has been designed to improve the visibility of field and depot commercial service operations. It will allow business owners to see each stage that the fitter is at whilst work is in progress or where jobs have been rejected or put on hold. In addition, completed job details are professionally presented via a formatted electronic document.
The standalone offering supports breakdown work, vehicle inspections, scheduled work and supply/movement of tire(s) for the subscribing service provider.
Launching initially in four languages, the system is now accepting registrants online on e-jobsheet.com. Service providers can then sign up for a free 30-day trial to put the platform through its paces and experience the many time-saving and efficiency benefits it can offer their businesses.
Nokian Tyres introduces the world’s first winter tyre in the EU tyre label’s top ‘A’ category for wet grip and fuel efficiency - the Nokian WR SUV 3. Nokian Tyres also presents the world’s first winter tyre with 'A' category wet grip for passenger cars - the Nokian WR D4.
The exceptionally wide range of premium winter tyres available includes the new Nokian WR D4, Nokian WR SUV 3, Nokian WR C3 van tyre and Nokian Weatherproof All-Weather tyre as well as the Nokian WR A3 for high-performance cars and the multiple test winner Nokian WR D3.
For the past year, Firestone has bounced back to the front of the scene in Europe.
The new Firestone Multiseason tyre was the latest to join the Firestone line-up and opening up a new segment for Firestone. Made for drivers who enjoy the pleasure of the road but live in mild weather areas which may face unpredictable weather conditions, the Firestone Multiseason focuses on being safe when you need it the most. With solid wet braking capabilities and a high resistance to hydroplaning, coupled with proven traction on the snow (3 Peak and Snowflake marks), the Multiseason helps you drive safely whatever the weather brings! In addition it has excellent stability for manoeuvring in cities, but also confidently engaging a corner, make the Multiseason easy-going and forgiving all-year-round.
Dr. Enki Tan, Executive Chairman of Giti Tire, has announced that Stefan Fischer and Corrado Moglia have been appointed as Managing Directors – Europe.
The news follows the resignation of Richard Lyons, who has left the company with immediate effect.
Mr. Fischer will be the Managing Director – Europe for Product Technology, which includes R&D, OE, product planning and field engineering. He will concurrently maintain his role as Managing Director – R&D Centre Europe.
Mr. Moglia takes the role of Managing Director – Europe for Commercial,which includes operational elements including sales and marketing. He will also continue as Managing Director – Latin America.
Micheldever Tyre Services is set to develop even stronger links with independent dealers following the appointments of Rory Carlin as the company’s marketing general manager, along with Jamie Whittam as trade marketing manager.
As a senior automotive aftermarket professional, Rory’s previous industry experience includes being the marketing director of Halfords Autocentres. Meanwhile, Jamie, who is vice chair of the Birmingham & Coventry branch of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, brings with him more than 10 years of marketing experience from a number of business sectors.
Alan Baldwin, sales director at Micheldever Tyre Services, said: “I’m absolutely confident that there isn’t another wholesaler, distributor, and in many cases, manufacturer, in the UK that invests as much money, time and resources in supporting dealers as we do. The appointments of Rory and Jamie perfectly highlight our ongoing commitment to partner with dealers."
Hankook Tire’s strategic partnership with Vibram®, the premium outsole company, has enabled the development of futuristic concept tyres and shoes in a cross-industry collaboration. By combining the two companies’ significant technological strengths and authentic styles, the collaboration has pushed the boundaries of performance in both industries.
Hankook has now utilized Vibram’s hyper-functional design for its latest concept tyres, while simultaneously enabling Vibram to integrate cutting-edge tyre technologies into its footwear offerings. In total, five products are being unveiled. Hankook Tire is releasing two off-road concept tyres, the DynaMIX and DynaSYNC.
Millbrook, the leading provider of vehicle test, validation and engineering services, has announced that it signed a contract with the owners of Test World to acquire this world leading winter vehicle and tyre test business on 14 September.
Based in Ivalo, Northern Finland, Test World has unique and versatile facilities, including specialist tyre testing capabilities and a range of winter tracks. Test World has indoor facilities for both objective and subjective testing of winter tyres on real snow throughout the year, reducing time to market for tyre manufacturers. Test World's facilities are available to customers for independent testing, as well as providing test services and type approval work to its global customer base.
Only last week Hankook took over 40 journalists from around the world to experience their winter tyres in these facilities.
Tyres 500 is a new company that has been set up working alongside Asda in Colne and are looking for tyre fitters.
For more information go to the jobs vacancies page.
Fleet Managers from ‘blue light’ operations across the UK have put the first summer tyres with winter capabilities through their paces during a day of intensive tyre testing.
The demanding programme at the MIRA proving ground in Warwickshire, involved testing the tyres in dry, wet and simulated ice conditions, using a special ceramic-tiled road surface.
Michelin’s new CrossClimate fitments combine summer and winter tyre technologies to offer the same levels of grip, road holding, energy efficiency and durability expected of a Michelin summer tyre, while maintaining winter performance comparable to a Michelin winter tyre.
Michelin hosted the test day due to the large numbers of blue light fleets currently switching between summer and winter tyres, coupled with the need for crews to reach incidents quickly and safely.
Nexen Tyre, a leading global tyre manufacturer, has been recognized as an outstanding supplier by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), proving itself to be the optimal choice for global car makers and customers around the world.
Nexen Tyre received an ‘Outstanding Quality Performance’ out of FCA’s global suppliers at the ‘2014 Outstanding Supplier Quality Award’ held recently, at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, Korea by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).
“It is a great honor to be recognized by FCA again this year. These achievements are a testament to our performance-driven technology and the outstanding quality of our products,” said Nexen Tyre. “We will continue our endeavors in satisfying our customers, global car makers, and partners by ensuring high quality products and services.”
Due to global increase in demand for Landsail’s ever-growing range of car, van and high performance tyres, the company has taken the decision to expand into Thailand.
The expansion will allow for a significant increase in the capacity and output of Landsail tyres. A completely automated production line has been introduced; with Sentury investing in the VMI Exxium building machines, which are capable of producing a tyre every 38 seconds.
“The new, highly efficient production base has the capacity to produce 12 million tyre units every year. Combined with the current Chinese factory, this takes our annual production to 25 million pieces per year,” commented President of the Sentury Group Mr. Lanny Lin.
Goodyear South Africa today announced it will invest ZAR670 million to increase production of high-value-added (HVA) consumer tyres at its Uitenhage manufacturing plant to drive profitable growth and meet market demands.
The investment plan would see the introduction of state-of-the-art manufacturing technology for the plant and will enable Goodyear to meet the strong and growing market demand for HVA consumer tyres in South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa. The tyre market in South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa is expected to experience double-digit growth through 2020 led by the consumer segment.
“This is an important investment by Goodyear and is consistent with our strategy to serve the needs of our customers and the company’s focus to invest in high return projects that drive profitable growth,” said Jean-Jacques Wiroth, managing director of Goodyear South Africa.
Kumho has made impressive progress since returning to the UK truck tyre market earlier this year, and has now further improved its offering with KXS10 – a versatile new steer tyre suitable for both regional and long distance operations.
Featuring both the snowflake symbol (3PMSF) and M+S marking, it is a genuine all-season product that will provide safe driving in both wet and wintry conditions. The newcomer also offers an extended mileage capability thanks to its notably wide tread and shoulder design, while a special tread compound results in improved handling. Stone ejectors within the groove pattern increase the tyre’s retreading ability.
Audi has chosen Hankook tyres as the original fitment for the new generation of the Audi A4 and A4 Avant. The new Audi A4 models will be factory-equipped in various sizes of the company’s high-end flagship model Ventus S1 evo² in 17, 18 and 18 inches. The tyres, which are produced at the company’s cutting-edge EU manufacturing facility in Hungary, feature an especially low rolling resistance without sacrificing performance and safety.
Nexen Tyre is participating in the ‘66th International Automobile Ausstellung (IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015)’, which is Europe’s largest biennial motor show, held from September 15 to 27 at the Messe Frankfurt Trade Fair Grounds in Frankfurt, Germany.
At the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015, Nexen Tyre will showcase 13 products under the categories of summer tyres, winter tyres, technology tyres and original equipment (OE) tyres at its specially designed exhibition booth. The booth evokes the imagery of a wormhole transporting visitors to a distant future, representing the company’s innovative technologies and outstanding quality products.
“We are very excited to participate in the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015. This is a great opportunity to strengthen our presence in the global market by showcasing our performance-driven technology and outstanding quality products,” said Nexen Tyre. “We will continuously promote various marketing activities to raise brand value and increase sales in the European market.
Hankook Tire today announced that the company will supply their Ventus Prime2 SEALGUARD® tyres as Original Equipment to Volkswagen, starting with the VW Touran in size 215/55R17. The high performance Ventus Prime2 SEALGUARD, developed with an exclusive self-sealing tyre technology, is designed to increase driver safety, offering a dynamic driving experience as well as outstanding driving comfort.
Hankook was selected as the OE supplier to the Touran, fitted throughout Europe with its newly developed Ventus Prime2 SEALGUARD, having completed a rigorous series of tests to ensure the tyre meets Volkswagen’s high internal safety standards. The tyre’s bionic pattern delivers excellent grip performance on dry and wet road surfaces, improving safety for drivers.
According to a recently published Auto Express, Nokian Weatherproof tyres’ remarkable ability on snow and in deep water seals the victory compared to other brands. The new high-performance Nokian Weatherproof earned top results on snow braking, on snow traction, on snow circle, on straight aqua and on curved aqua.
“The Nokian Weatherproof achieved a clean sweep on snow, beating even our specialist winter comparison tyre – and it didn’t take long on the snow handling circuit to see why. The Weatherproof tyre served up great traction, pulling our car through turns and allowing us to get on the throttle earlier without washing wide, Auto Express evaluates. Nokian Weatherproof also starred in the deep water of the aquaplaning, particularly in the curve,” said a spokesperson for Auto Express.
The Maxxis AP2 all-season passenger car tyre has finished fourth in performance tests recently carried out by Auto Express. Maxxis scored an average of 95.4% over a total of 14 disciplines, surpassing the score of comparative tyres from the likes of other tyre manufacturers.
The Auto Express test assessed tyres performance in the snow, as well as wet and dry surfaces, with each of these then split into a number of sub tests covering traction, braking distance, handling, aquaplaning, noise, rolling resistance and price.
Commenting on the results, Maxxis UK managing director Derek McMartin said: “With the all-season tyre market gaining momentum in the UK, competition in this segment is tough. So to finish fourth overall is a great achievement for us."
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The Parts Alliance and the IFA (Independent Motor Trade Factors Associated Ltd) have agreed a market changing strategic partnership that significantly increases the business group’s national footprint.
Under the agreement the IFA becomes a Key Supply Partner working with The Parts Alliance’s own distribution network of 160 branches to increase coverage to 240 distribution locations.
Peter Sephton, Chief Executive of The Parts Alliance, said the agreement underlines The Parts Alliance’s position as a leader in the aftermarket, providing unrivalled service to national customers, with the highest quality product offer and best on-demand service throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Derek Campbell Tyres is the latest dealership to progress onto the Maxxis Centre of Excellence Programme after demonstrating its commitment to the brand, as well as high levels of customer service and a dedication to providing a good environment for customers.
Having been stocking Maxxis at its sight in Stockton-on-Tee for over twelve years, owner Win Campbell felt that becoming a Maxxis Centre of Excellence fitting centre was the next stage in its partnership with the tyre manufacturer, as she explains: “Since arriving in the UK, Maxxis has been a very important brand for us. Quickly showing itself to be a brand that is producing great quality products, Maxxis offered us an excellent alternative at a much more attractive price point when compared to the premium brands."
“The Maxxis Centre of Excellence Programme was a natural progression for us. Not only does it enhance our association with the brand, but our service and commitment to our suppliers and customers. Having our reception area and outside signage updated, courtesy of Maxxis and Stapleton’s makes the place look much more professional and helped enhance our profile around the local area considerably."
Assorted journalists from across the world assembled in Ivalo, North Finland this week to test Hankook’s Winter tyres at Test World Indoor's facility. This is the world's first indoor vehicle and tyre-testing facility designed for year-round use in actual snow. Natural snow, which is collected and stored in the winter, has been spread on the floor and used to create a snow track.
Hankook's Winter i*cept evo² and the i*Pike RS proved to be successful in handling the snowy conditions in a constant temperature of -11ºC.
The whole story will appear in the October issue of Tyre Trade News.
Bandag, the company that sets the global standard for premium-quality retreads, is raising the bar even higher with the launch of three new winter drive and trailer retreads. Promising safe, easy and efficient driving, even in tough winter conditions, Bandag’s latest top-line winter products incorporate the very latest Bridgestone pattern and compound technologies, delivering optimal grip on cold and icy roads and high mileage potential. Together, the Bandag W990+ drive tread and Bandag M852 and M788 trailer treads, cover a broad spectrum of road and weather conditions ranging from milder yet unpredictable climates to the extremes of a Nordic winter. More than ever, the latest Bandag offerings help customers extend the life of their new tyres and reduce the total cost per km. So both fleets and the businesses that depend on them, can power through winter with confidence.
Having produced startling results from the first phase, TyreSafe is asking all tyre replacement service outlets to support an even larger and more comprehensive second round of its survey of tyres at the point of replacement.
Data collation will begin on 1st October 2015 and the results will provide intelligence-led even larger and more comprehensive second round of its survey of tyres at the point of replacement. information to inform future tyre safety policy.
The new Goodyear Vector4Seasons Generation 2 tyre has ranked highly in Auto Express’ latest edition to its tyre test portfolio – the All Season Tyre Test 2015.
Receiving ‘Recommended’ status in the test, the Vector4Seasons Generation 2 performed significantly well in wet weather tests. In wet braking, wet handling and wet circle tests the tyre achieved 1st place in each test. This high level of performance is no mean feat after competing with some of the industry’s top players in the All Season market.
Tyre tester for Auto Express, Kim Adams, reports, “For many motorists, it (Vector4Seasons Generation 2) may well be the preferred choice thanks to its excellent wet road performance – the most common conditions for UK winters. It won all the shallow water tests, which are the hazards drivers face most during the colder months.
“The grip while turning inspires confidence and allows you to follow the desired line even when accelerating.”
Goodyear has announced that it has partnered with German record breaker Rainer Zietlow and his second world record attempt to drive from Cape Agulhas, South Africa to Nordkapp, Norway in less than 10 days, starting this Friday, September 11.
The team’s first attempt last fall resulted in a record time of 21 days and 10 hours. But after an unlucky accident, through no fault of their own, the team lost 13 days before they could pick up their attempt on the same, undamaged tyres. This September, Rainer Zietlow, cameraman Marius Biela and Sam Roach, CEO of Volkswagen Racing UK, will once again attempt a new world record.
Zietlow, a multiple world-record holder in extreme continent-spanning journeys, will depart from Cape Agulhas with his team on Friday, September 11 bound for Nordkapp, more than 18,000 kilometres away.
In order to cross three continents in a record-breaking time, Rainer Zietlow’s Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI will be fitted with Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather tyres for SUV and 4X4 vehicles. With the remarkable SmartTRED technology, the tyres are designed to withstand the demanding range of extreme climates and road conditions en route.
The world record attempt is expected to take around 10 days to complete.
The beauty of a Ferrari Enzo and the brawn of a ‘Hulk’ strongman pulling a Lancaster Bomber were just two of many highlights from a supremely successful Props and Pistons event in Lincolnshire.
Bush Tyres and the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre are reflecting on a success story from Bank Holiday Monday, after assembling some of the world’s most iconic planes and automobiles for a fifth annual extravaganza – featuring £20 million worth of luxury cars.
And despite typical Bank Holiday weather to contend with, more than 2,000 people attended the show, helping to raise £2,000 for chosen charity Leukemia & Lymphona Research.
Meanwhile, a series of prizes and promotions were offered by Bridgestone in a high profile display of its own, featuring a Formula One simulator, a golf simulator, a hospitality unit and a chance to win a BMW i3 car worth up to £30,000.
Bush Tyres director Tom Bush said: “There were a number of highlights from the event, which continues to go from strength-to-strength, no matter what the weather throws at us!
“It was our fifth year of running the event in conjunction with ZR Tyres, Bridgestone and the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre."
GT Radial’s long-haul portfolio has been expanded with the launch of the GTL919, a new trailer pattern available in 19.5” and 22.5” sizes.
The tyre has been developed for maximum return-on-investment ownership, with a dedicated compound formula, extra deep optimised tread and wide shoulder ribs ensuring regular wear as well as reducing fuel consumption and increase mileage potential.
Additional upper sidewall protection provides enhanced resistance to cuts and tearing, especially from curbing damage.
Tony McHugh, TBR Sales and Marketing Director UK at Giti Tire, said: “Each new tyre in the GT Radial portfolio heightens our overall product offering, as our ever-improving manufacturing technologies and research and development capabilities deliver the products needed to maintain a strong mid-tier offering."
Kumho has chosen the IAA in Frankfurt (September 17-27, 2015), to launch a range of exciting new products. Most notable among them is the Wattrun, a tyre developed for electric vehicles that is not only 25 percent lighter than existing products, but exhibits excellent braking on wet roads and a low noise level.
Also on display will be new run-flat tyres with enhanced safety features, and self-sealing-tyres that prevent air leakage in the event of a puncture – the first such product to emanate from a Korean tyre maker. Further evidence of the company’s future-orientated approach to technology is embodied in the concept tyres developed for Ssanyong’s SUV Tivoli concept vehicles – XAV and XIV. Specifically designed for off-road driving, the XAV features a tread pattern modeled on the footprint of the mountain goat and offers excellent traction, reduced noise and optimum driving ability on muddy terrain. The XIV boasts superb wet weather performance and is notably quieter than rival SUV products.
Cartwright, one of the UK’s leading commercial vehicle body and trailer manufacturers has renewed its contract with Goodyear tyres after seeing impressive performance levels from its products and services in the last 12 months.
The family business will now continue with its 100 per cent Goodyear tyre policy, fitting both new and retread products. The new two year deal is the first of its length to be handed to a tyre manufacturer by Cartwright.
Phil Rodman, Cartwright Rental managing director said: “Since we started way back in 1952 we have always had the same ethos, to provide a quality product and service that meets our customers’ requirements. Goodyear’s approach is synonymous with this, as they deliver a high end premium product which in turn delivers reliable, safe and cost effective performance to our customers. From working with them over the last 12 months, Goodyear has done nothing but prove its credentials as a premium tyre manufacturer. When you mix this with its service operation, it’s an offering that’s hard to say no to.”
Kumho Tyres heavily relies on sports sponsoring as marketing channel in Europe. Kumho supports a number of different popular sports in order to support its high brand image and acceptance especially in Sweden. Together with local distribution partners Kumho is engaged in football, handball, skiing and horse racing as well as in motorsports. All investments were undertaken with the central aim of achieving TV coverage which is regularly met by the broadness of the engagement.
The engagement covers LED ads in the Gothenburg football stadium and others, logo presence in Swedish ice hockey league and at the skiing event in Falun as well as with the national teams in handball, men and ladies’ teams alike. Further, Kumho is engaged in the popular horse racing series V75 where it became gold sponsor; thus, Kumho relies on horse power literally.
But Swedish motor sports are also supported. For example drifter Robin Larsson in Rally-Cross and Mattias Claus im Timeattack using Kumho’s V70Atyres on his BMW.
International Tyre manufacturer Global Rubber Industries (GRI) has launched a new tyre which offers increased comfort in heavy duty warehousing tasks.
The Globe Guard XT is the first pneumatic tyre in the GRI range and is manufactured for extreme conditions whilst offering better suspension and a softer ride for long distances and rough terrain.
It will be available in the UK and Ireland through its UK distributor, Wholesale Industrial Tyres.
“We knew that we needed to expand our range of products to allow us to cater for the 25% of the market in the UK which specifies pneumatic tyres,” explains Mr Prabhash Subasinghe, managing director, GRI.
Hankook has launched a new courtesy car scheme across its UK retail network which was specifically designed to incentivise supportive dealers across the country. Stylish, dual-branded Hyundai i10s with exceptionally low running costs were given to a selection of retailers across the UK over a two year period to be used as a courtesy car whilst also effectively advertising their services when out on the road in the local area.
Jon Jing Park, Managing Director at Hankook Tyre UK said, “This incentive provides the ideal opportunity to support the excellent performance of our valued retail network in the day-to-day running of their business, offering them a useful and cost-effective resource. Marketing activities such as the courtesy car scheme are an integral part of the company’s marketing strategy in the region to ensure we continue to increase our brand presence and demonstrate commitment and support to our retailers.”
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