Strengthening its product offering further in the Indian market, Apollo Tyres has introduced its premium European brand, Vredestein into India.
Vredestein brand, known for its designer and high quality tyres, is entering India with tyre sizes of 15” to 20”, primarily catering to the luxury coupes, premium luxury sedans and SUVs, with speeds upto 240 to 300 kph (speed rating of ‘V’ to ‘Y’). This, the company says, would complement the existing product range from Apollo Tyres in the passenger vehicle tyres space.
The tyres being introduced currently, under the Vredestein brand, are Ultrac Sessanta, Ultrac SUV Sessanta, Ultrac Cento and Sportrac 5, all with the signature touch of renowned automobile designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro. Vredestein’s ongoing commitment to excellence has also been ratified by some of the renowned German, Austrian, Dutch and Swiss automotive and touring publications in the recent past, who gave high ratings to these tyres.
ATS Euromaster has seen a seven-fold increase in sales of cold weather tyres since the beginning of November 2013 and is confident that the number of fitments will continue to rise now the winter weather is setting in.
The nationwide tyre and fast-fit company expects its total cold weather tyre sales to exceed £10 million in 2013.
A large share of ATS Euromaster’s cold weather tyre stock is allocated to fleets which pre-order their tyres to guarantee supply, but the tyre expert still has winter fitments available in the majority of common car and van sizes, and with a choice of premium, mid-range and budget brands.
A new technical account manager has been appointed by CAM to continue to boost the company’s IT project and systems implementation, ensuring high levels of customer satisfaction. Ian Stark joins the team at an exciting time when CAM is further expanding its software solutions linking together the entire supply chain in the tyre industry to deliver the lowest possible transaction costs to customers.
Just Tyres have an exciting vacancy for an e-Commerce Team Member at their Head Office in Milton Keynes. For more information go to the Jobs Vacancies page.
The previously humble black and round car tyre might never look the same again, after Bridgestone revealed its second generation ‘air free concept’ tyre for the first time.
The revolutionary non-pneumatic design represents a striking change of image for the product.
It features improved load-bearing capabilities, environmental design and driving performance.
The latest improvements to the ‘Air Free Concept Tyre’ brings Bridgestone one step closer to a viable, commercially available air free tyre.
Move aimed at consolidating on two global brands -- Apollo and Vredestein
Apollo Tyres today announced the closure of the transaction with Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI), where in SRI takes over Apollo Tyres South Africa (ATSA) including the Ladysmith passenger car tyre plant, and the Dunlop brand rights that Apollo had in 32 countries of Africa, for US$ 60 million. Apollo retains the Durban plant which manufactures Truck & Bus Radial (TBR) tyres and Off Highway tyres (OHT) used in the mining and construction industries.
Apollo Tyres will continue to sell Apollo, Vredestein and Regal branded tyres in Africa, and at the same time focus on creating and strengthening its sales and distribution network across the continent. As agreed, both companies will also undertake contract manufacturing of their respective brands at each other’s facility to have locally manufactured products available for the market.
A study into the financial performance and value of the UK’s Top 400 Tyre Wholesalers & Distributors highlights 5 things owners and directors must do in 2014.
- Learn from the successful
- Know the growth areas in the market
- Assess your business value and buying or selling prospects
- Go in search of higher margins
- Monitor those failing in the market and exploit their weaknesses.
David Pattison, senior, analyst, gives his views on the reasons why knowing the answers to these questions will help you improve your competitive advantage in 2014.
One year ago, tyre labelling came into force in all Europe Union Countries. At that occasion, rezulteo.com, the purchasing guide and tyre comparison website, commissioned a survey from the Ipos Institute on the awareness and perception of tyre labelling among European consumers. The results showed that, one month before its introduction, barely 20% of survey respondents had heard about labelling, but 80% were in favour once the principle was explained to them
One year later, Rezulteo.com has repeated the exercise with two objectives: see if drivers are now more familiar with tyre labelling and see if it has changed their behaviour when purchasing tyres. Like last year, the survey was conducted in early autumn among a representative sample of respondents in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK!
Do retailers care about labels?
According to a report in this week's AutoExpress, the UK's most popular motoring magazine, UK tyre sellers seem to have little idea about the impact of tyre labels.
In a snap-shot survey of four of the biggest national tyre retailers only Hi-Q and Kwik-Fit appeared to take advantage of the label as a selling aid: ATS Euromaster and Halfords Autocentres failed the mystery shopper test.
Continental Tyres, one of the world's leading suppliers to the automotive industry, has produced an update to its comprehensive guide for truck and coach operators travelling to mainland Europe this winter. Winter tyre regulations differ greatly between countries, and complying with local legislation is essential to stay safe and avoid costly fines.
The guide includes information for the winter equipment requirements of each European country. While European markets have their own legislation regarding winter tyre fitments, specific to the respective local country, there are some basic requirements all drivers should bear in mind. Tyres across all axle positions should have a minimum tread depth of at least 4mm, and if winter tyres are not fitted all round, then priority should be given first to the drive axle, then the steer axle and then to all other remaining axle positions
The Highways Agency has taken top honours at an awards ceremony after being recognised by TyreSafe for its efforts in raising public awareness of tyre safety issues.
The ‘Outstanding Contribution’ award was presented as part of the first ever TyreSafe Awards, which celebrated the activities and achievements of a wide range of businesses and organisations in encouraging better tyre care and maintenance.
"The Highways Agency is a thoroughly deserved winner of our principal award after such a fantastic couple of years supporting us, which has ensured that tyre safety is very firmly established and represented on the road safety agenda at the very highest levels,” said Stuart Jackson, Chairman.
Giti Tire has been named winner of the Tyre Manufacturer Award at the inaugural TyreSafe Awards, created to recognise excellence in raising awareness of tyre safety.
Throughout the last year the company, through its 220 GT Radial Performance Centres (GTPCs), undertook several initiatives culminating in October’s Tyre Safety Month whereby each GTPC received joint-branded customer information packs with posters, leaflets and Mr McIntyre animations.
In addition a dedicated infographic with tyre safety information for consumers was added to the GT Radial website, and the manufacturer worked with bodies such as the police and local schools to engage the public about the importance of tyre safety and demonstrate the fundamentals of safe and efficient motoring.
Jenny Leeson, Marketing Manager UK at Giti Tire, producer of GT Radial tyres, added: “Tyre safety is very much the core message of all our marketing campaigns, and to be recognised for the time, investment and results we achieve is a fantastic accomplishment.
“Rest assured we will continue to support and drive all tyre safety activity, it is a message that all good manufacturers and garage owners promote daily, and TyreSafe is doing a wonderful job in taking this to a far wider market.”