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Trelleborg and Tractor of the Year 2018: Let the Challenge Begin


Trelleborg and the Tractor of the Year® awards came together once again for the co-marketed event, “Tractor of the Year 2018: Let the challenge begin”.

The widely anticipated “Tractor of the Year 2018: Let the challenge begin” took place at Palazzo Arzaga on Lake Garda, Italy, on May 15 to 16. The kick-off to the Tractor of the Year® awards was attended by representatives from 15 leading tractor manufacturers, along with an international judging panel of 24 journalists from across the European agricultural industry’s most influential publications.

The event provided leading tractor manufacturers with a platform to showcase their candidates for the esteemed awards ‘Tractor of the Year 2018’,  ‘Best of Specialized 2018’, ‘Best Utility 2018’, and‘Best Design 2018’ categories.

Fabio Zammaretti, Chairman of the Tractor of The Year Awards, said: "Tractor of the Year is the only award in Europe where all the participants are strongly involved in all the phases of the awarding process. Let the challenge Begin event is the beginning and a very unique occasion for the manufacturers to present their product innovation to the international jury.”

Lorenzo Ciferri, Marketing Director for Trelleborg’s agricultural and forestry tyres, said: “The popularity of the Tractor of the Year® awards has grown significantly over the years, and this is confirmed by the increasing number of brands that participate in this event and compete for becoming the new Tractor of the Year.”

The short list of finalists for the 2018 awards will be announced by the end of June. This will follow a stringent performance assessment of nominees based on criteria such as tractor transmission, electronics, hydraulics, cab comfort, innovative technical features, options and design.

The final awards ceremony will take place at the leading agricultural exhibition, AGRITECHNICA, in Hannover, Germany, on November 12th

For more information on the Tractor of the Year® awards, visit: www.tractoroftheyear.org and on Trelleborg, visit www.trelleborg.com/wheels.

What may presently be the world’s fastest fully-electric racing car will shortly make its debut at the Zandvoort motorsport circuit in Holland, shod with Kumho tyres. During the track’s annual Pinksterraces meeting (June 3-4), the young Dutch racing team InMotion, that primarily comprises students from Eindhoven University of Technology and Fontys University of Applied Sciences, will attempt to break the circuit’ s existing electric car record of 2:04.52 minutes. However, the general public will have the opportunity to preview InMotion and its IM/e at the same circuit during this weekend’s (May 20-21) annual Family Days. The team will be in good company, as the main attraction of the event will be none other than the Dutch F1 sensation Max Verstappen and his Red Bull Grand Prix car.

 Based on their previous Formula Bio bio-ethanol racecar, InMotion’s IM/e features a powertrain consisting of a pair of high power electric motors that generate a mighty impressive 550bhp, while retaining the car’s total weight as low as 650kg. Of higher specification than a Formula E single-seater, it will sprint from 0-100kph within 3 seconds and reach speeds of up to 280kph. However, this is only stage one for the young entrepreneurs, as it will serve as a test-bed for their forthcoming IM01 - an 1100-plus horsepower hybrid sports racing car with which they hope to break Stefan Bellof’s outright record of 6:11.13 minutes for the 20.8km Nürburgring Nordschleife, before competing in the Garage 56 class of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hour race – the class reserved for vehicles of technical innovation. This spectacular racing car of the future is intended to outperform a current F1 car while consuming less than half the amount of fuel.

Automechanika Birmingham in partnership with Garage Wire has announced the shortlist of garages in the running to win the £1000 cash prize for Garage of the Year. The judging panel, James Onions, Andy Savva and Simon Albert will announce the winner on Wednesday 7th June in the Workshop Training Zone at 1.00pm at Automechanika Birmingham, NEC.

As a new initiative, the organisers were overwhelmed by the number of entries from garages and the judging panel has finalised a shortlist of 13 workshops who will go head to head for a peer vote. “The standard of entries was incredibly high as the applications showed the huge variety of garage businesses operating successfully throughout the UK by tailoring their services to meet local demand,” said James Onions, Director of Garage Wire. “However, some clear common themes emerged amongst entrants too. These included first, an entrepreneurial flair to adapt to changing car and consumer technologies; second, willingness to invest – typically in premises, skills development and equipment then finally, heart-felt commitment to customer service and transparency. Thanks to all who entered and good luck to the finalists!”

Two years ago in Italy, Davanti came into the market with a small, but targeted range of PCR and SUV tyres in their DX390 and DX640 patterns. Since then, Davanti has risen to prominence in the UK & Irish markets as evidenced by their scale of developments thanks to their ambitious growth plans.

Fast forward two years and the brand now boasts over 200 summer sizes across 6 individual patterns including PCR, UHP, commercial, SUV and taxi. Sean Maddocks, Davanti Sales Director to the UK & Ireland says, “We’re all looking forward to heading back to Bologna and further developing our European customer base. We’ve brought a fantastic range of products to market and our dealers across the UK & Ireland have embraced them from day one, and we’re getting great feedback from our European distribution partners too.”

At this year’s Autopromotec event, Davanti will be launching its Wintoura range of winter tyres, which is the latest offering to the brand’s ever growing customer base, both in the UK and the global market. The Wintoura range, which has been tested and developed at Test World Oy in Finland, is being launched in 51 fitments across the HP, UHP, SUV and Commercial sectors.

Michelin is rejecting calls from parts of the tyre industry to increase the minimum legal tread depth from 1.6mm to 3mm.

The manufacturer says there is no link between tread depths at 1.6mm and increasing accident rates. In addition, changing tyres at 3mm would cost the motorist money and increase carbon emissions - especially as a tyre becomes more fuel-efficient as it wears.

An Ernst & Young report commissioned by Michelin found that changing tyres at 3mm instead of 1.6mm would cost European Union drivers an extra E6.9 billion a year in unnecessary tyre purchases and additional fuel consumption.

Instead, Michelin is calling for a change to the tyre testing regime to reflect wet braking performance at 1.6mm.

For this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours, Falken Motorsports will field a two-car team for the first time: a Porsche 911 GT3 R (Type 991) and a BMW M6 GT3. An internal battle between the two has ensued, with Falken driver and ‘Nürburgring expert’, Peter Dumbreck, opting to switch to the M6. The Banbury-based driver discusses the unique challenges of the race, his move from the Porsche to the BMW, how tyres compare on the two and his aims for the race.

How has progress been in testing this year?

With two cars we’ve had a different approach for each car. The Porsche is a continuation from the end of last year and as we are better acquainted with it, it’s been a natural progression from last year. At this year’s VLN it came out of the blocks and was fighting for victory straight away. So from that side the Porsche is doing very well. The BMW is a new car to us and we are all still learning, both drivers and tyre engineers.

At Portimão, where we shook down the cars, and at the first VLN race the conditions were pretty wet, so we had no dry running at all really. You get a pretty good sense of where you are after 20 laps of wet running. The first two VLN races are a good test to fix where you want to go on setup and tyres and our engineers really value that track time ahead of the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

The one unknown, which is the same in every form of motorsport, is the BOP [Balance of Performance], I’d say the dreaded BOP. Only at the 24-hour race will you really see what the pace is like and how all the manufacturers are performing.

It is now just over four months (19 weeks) until the UK tyre and automotive/garage market sectors finally has its own dedicated trade show again and the interest from potential exhibitors and visitors continues to gather momentum.

When Singapore based SingEx Exhibitions hosts Tyrexpo UK 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham – Hall 17 on the 4th and 5th October it will be a most welcome return as it is several years since the UK tyre industry players have been able to enjoy an internationally respected business show on its own doorstep. At the same time the show is expected to attract interested visitors from Europe and possibly around the world.

Whilst the now established Tyretalk seminars will consist of expertly curated presentation sessions over both days and Singex is at present in negotiation with a number of enterprising and respected ‘leaders of the tyre and automotive/garage industry’s’ to speak on specialized subjects of interest.

There are also sponsorship deals on offer for Carrier Bags, Official Lanyard and Badge and Onsite Advertising to take advantage of. A standard exhibition stand shell scheme package includes fascia board with company name, spotlight, power socket, a cabinet, round meeting table and chairs and each stand is carpeted. To receive further information about Tyrexpo UK/ GarageXpo UK 2017 and request an exhibitor participation package contact Leah Jurado at leah.jurado@singex.com or Jermaine Tan at Jermaine.tan@singex.com.


Having finished a fine third overall on the previous weekend’s British Rally Championship Pirelli Rally in Carlisle, the pairing of Marty McCormack and David Moynihan were hopeful of a strong result on last weekend’s (May 13) Donegal Forestry Rally. And their wish was well and truly granted, with a memorable outright victory by the sizeable margin of over 1 minute 10 seconds for their TigerRisk Kumho-shod Skoda Fabia R5.

The victory leaves the duo joint fourth in the Irish Forest Rally Championship with three rounds to go, and just a handful of points away from the podium places of the British Rally Championship. 

Steve Thompson of Kumho Motorsport said: “This was a truly dominant drive by Marty who made mincemeat of the tricky 17km stage through Tullnacarry, taking no less than 25 seconds out of his nearest rival. We wish him all the best with the coming rounds of both championships, as he is clearly in the groove right now.”

For further information about Kumho and its tyres for motorsport and road use see www.kumhotyre.co.uk.

A solid step in Doublestar’s aspirations to strengthen its position in the global tyre industry has taken place with the formation of a new operational joint venture in partnership with the Zenises Group. The new company, Doublestar Europe, will be responsible for the sale, marketing and distribution of Doublestar commercial and passenger tyres in key European territories (including Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom).

Doublestar is already one of China’s ‘Top 5’ leading tyre manufacturers with a track record of strong growth. Most recently, the establishment of its new ‘4.0’ industry leading production plant in Qingdao allows the company to increase its European footprint with regard to both volume capacity and new product development.

For the Zenises Group, this new JV relationship represents a powerful opportunity to build on its longstanding presence in the European tyre arena and offer commercial partners the opportunity to work with one of the world’s most forward- thinking tyre providers. The Doublestar brand has already built widespread recognition in the commercial tyre segment. It is also now the intention of the new Doublestar Europe company to grow the brand in the high performance passenger tyre segment, building on these technological advancements made by the company over recent years.

The new Doublestar Europe venture will be established in London (U.K.) with its own dedicated support and business development team.  

GT Radial unveiled its three-year development programme at its annual PCR European Marketing Council, with Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) praising the clearly defined future direction of the brand.

Held in Austria, over 27 customers from across the continent attended the event which looked at the current state-of-the-market, future trends, product development and marketing direction, which included the brand proposition across advertising, point-of-sale and online activities across website and social media.

Guest speakers included Dr Klemens Skibicki, a renowned professor in social media and digital marketing, and MTS who presented in-depth details of the UK’s GT Radial Performance Centre (GPTC) programme plus information on their B2B2C Tyreclick solution for GT Radial dealers.

Duncan Wilkes, managing director of MTS, said: “The aim of the event was to convey a single message to all its customers across Europe that GT Radial has a past and a future that remains clearly defined across both OEM and the aftermarket, and this was delivered with aplomb.

“There is no doubt that the UK and European markets are becoming more challenging, so a quality product range with a clear message and brand position is essential, and GT Radial continues to heavily invest in its marketing and R&D to ensure it stays ahead of the game. This was an exceptional event.”

The retreading specialist has optimised its product range again this year in response to customer demand from several quarters. The core range has been streamlined to cater more specifically to the needs of the retreaders as some tread lengths have been discontinued and others added.

There are new additions in the 10-metre length, for example, in both the K77 range in the K_plus version and in the K208 range in the K_base and K_plus designs. KRAIBURG Austria has also completed its successful K227 product range to include 260, 270 and 280mm so it is now available in all widths and in the K_base and the K_plus compounds.

"The new layout and clear structure of our pattern programme went down very well with our customers last year," said Christoph Priewasser, Product Manager at KRAIBURG Austria. "Our new naming system established a foothold from day one as well. We are doing all we can to supply naturally high-quality retrea­ding mate­rials again this year and to provide the optimum basis for business ope­rations."

Further information and the current pattern programme are available to download at www.kraiburg-austria.com.

Autopromotec is one of the most important automotive exhibitions in Europe that enables manufacturers to present their products and meet their clients in an international environment. For this 27th edition, Headway are exhibiting the new Horizon HU901, one of its most successful tyres. It features an asymmetric tread design that effectively improves water drainage and increases tyre adhesion to the road, providing better performance in safety and driving. With a central main rib design that increases stability when driving straight and effectively reduces tyre resistance on the road, this tyre provides a significant improvement of the vehicle’s starting speed. The Horizon HU901 will be displayed at the E20 stand in Hall 15.

Headway’s participation in Autopromotec will also increase the company’s visibility in Europe, because in the end, Headway has a headquarters in Italy, Germany, France, and Spain, which places it in a very good position to sell and distribute its products around Europe. So its presence at the fair is even more advantageous, given that it’s one of the few manufacturers that sell their products to tyre shops directly through their webshops.

New research from Dragon2000, reveals that if garages and workshops increase their efficiency by just one hour per day, at an average labour rate of £70 per hour, it could result in £18,200 of extra labour sales per year.

A garage or workshop with five technicians, who each increases their efficiency by one hour a day, can head towards making extra annual labour sales of almost £100,000.

Mark Kelland, Commercial Manager at Dragon2000 comments: “The new Technician Scheduler shows capacity levels at a glance and will also suggest suitable technicians to assign labour to, depending on their pre-set skill sets. As well as MOTs and standard service work, it is ideal for managing long-term jobs.

“The feature also accommodates shift patterns and allows for apprentice technicians to have a lower efficiency rate, so they are allowed extra time, as they would take longer to carry out work than experienced technicians.

DragonDMS users can find out more about the Technician Scheduler and all the other features in the latest update via the ‘What’s New’ icon within the software.

For further information visit www.dragon2000.co.uk

Say hello to confidence with MODIS Edge – the brand-new diagnostic tool from Snap-on that provides the speed and performance expected by professional technicians.

MODIS Edge is a complete diagnostic platform combining a full-function scan tool and scope/graphing meter with new features, advanced software and exclusive technical information to help users get right to the heart of the problem and reach the right solution quickly.

MODIS Edge’s expert diagnostics take the guesswork out of solving problems thanks to the SureTrack™ system, which provides repair tips and timesavers from other technicians in a Cause, Complaint and Correction format with Real Fixes and Common Replacement Parts information; and access to OEM-level information through Technical Service Bulletins with important information direct from the manufacturer.

The software is upgraded twice a year and an optional subscription plan means MODIS Edge users will always have access to the latest updates as soon as they are released, giving them more diagnostic power than ever before.

Visit http://diagnostics.snapon.co.uk/MODISEdge or speak to your local Franchisee for more information.


Yokohama sponsored and TyreSafe member Chelsea FC has secured one of the biggest and most prestigious prizes in world club football, taking the 2016-17 Premier League title.

Chelsea sealed the title on Friday night in the club’s 0-1 away win against West Bromwich Albion, taking an unassailable lead with two games to spare. The club has the chance of adding further domestic honours in just under two weeks’ time when it meets Arsenal at Wembley in the end of season showcase, the FA Cup final.

Chelsea’s latest victory is the club’s fifth Premier League title, the first under new manager Antonio Conte and the first since Yokohama became the club’s official shirt partner in 2015.

“We’d like to offer our congratulations to all of the staff, players and behind the scenes officials at Chelsea on their latest Premier League title,” comments David Seward, managing director, Yokohama HPT Ltd. “We’ve had the pleasure of watching some fantastic action at Stamford Bridge this year, and it’s great that this has resulted in another title for the Blues.”

photograph from Getty Images.

Yokohama offers a choice of premium run flat tyres for both summer and winter applications giving drivers extended mobility in all conditions.

From Yokohama’s flagship, high performance ADVAN range, the ADVAN SPORT V103 ZPS tyre provides the perfect balance of sport and comfort. With a high grip compound and innovative asymmetric tread design, the V103 is a superior sports tyre that delivers outstanding drivability and exceptional handling and braking.

Featuring an exclusive construction and zero pressure system designed for high powered, high speed and high loading stress, this superior sports tyre has ultra-high speed capabilities (over 300 km/h), with low noise as well as many other features demonstrative of its class.  

Also from the ADVAN range, the ADVAN WINTER V902 ZPS tyre is designed to offer superb performance in winter conditions. Featuring an asymmetric tread and micro-silica compound which remains flexible in colder temperatures, the tyre performs very well in both dry and wet conditions. It features the three peak snow peak symbol and provides excellent traction in extreme cold weather conditions, with efficient dispersal of snow, slush and water.

Also featuring the zero pressure system (ZPS), the V902 ZPS tyre is available in a range of sizes from 16” – 18” and is suitable for many popular high performance and family vehicles.

For further details of Yokohama’s car tyre range, visit www.yokohama.co.uk


Autopromotec, the international exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket products that will take place in Bologna on 24-28 May, presents the calendar of events and meetings of AutopromotecEDU, the area of discussion and debate for the most current topics of automotive after-sales service, aimed at business growth but above all at the development of a culture of quality. Besides providing moments of insight into the most important aspects of the aftermarket,AutopromotecEDU seeks to support the fair in its goal of providing global operators with networking and business opportunities.
The central role of AutopromotecEDU is underlined by the location of the spaces dedicated to the programme’s activities: the Link and Connect Rooms. These two conference rooms are set up within the "Circuit of Ideas", a specific area located at the main entrance of the Bologna fairgrounds (West - Costituzione).
The complete and constantly updated calendar of all events scheduled during AutopromotecEDU is available on the Autopromotec website www.autopromotec.com. By accessing the details of each conference, not only it is possible to access all the details of the specific event, but it is also possible to pre-register for the events requiring registration, including the inaugural conference and IAM17.

Any operator hoping for improved fuel efficiency from a retread tyre looks closely at rolling resistance and that's exactly what Grantham-based commercial tyre retreading specialist Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres did when developing its successful Logistik platform for heavy commercial vehicles.

Unlike some manufacturers, however, Vacu-Lug chose not to sacrifice any physical tyre characteristics, but instead achieved improved performance through technological advancements and the use of more sophisticated compounds during the manufacturing process.

“One way to reduce rolling resistance is to reduce both tyre width – crucial for footprint – and tread depth,” explains Dave Alsop, Vacu-Lug Sales Director. “At Vacu-Lug, we're using advanced compounds which have been developed over a long period of time to combine good rolling resistance with excellent wear characteristics – simply put, the tyres last longer.”

ECOBAT Battery Technologies (EBT), formally Manbat, is making it two in a row in Birmingham as the company again exhibits at Automechanika, the UK’s premier aftermarket event, although this time under its full pan-European EBT identification.

“We had a great show last June, where we appeared for the last time as Manbat,” said an EBT spokesman, “so we look forward with some anticipation to this June’s event, as we exhibit for the first time in the UK with our complete EBT branding.

“Although many visitors will still be less familiar with EBT than they were with the Manbat name, the brands we supply – VARTA®, Lucas and Numax, as well as NOCO chargers – will be instantly recognised, as will the subject knowledge of our team of experienced advisers.

“To aid us with these objectives, we are backing up our presence on our main stand, which is situated in hall 18 (18A40), with two additional activities in the form of both a technical seminar presentation and another stand, this one in the interactive workshop feature area.

The TecAlliance brand, which encompasses the TecDoc, TecCom, Headlines and RMI technical service data platforms, will again be exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham in order to continue to raise awareness of its multiple services and the opportunities it provides across the entire aftermarket, from technical installation through to the supply chain.

Following its success last year, central to its programme will once more be its presence during the technical seminars, as providing accurate, up-to-date and reliable technical information is a key element within the company’s portfolio and vital for technicians to enable them to compete in the market.

At the TecAlliance stand (20F100) in hall 20, in addition to this top-draw RMI technical data, visitors can also try the world-renowned TecDoc parts identification system, an electronic catalogue that not only provides instant and accurate parts data from more than 600 global aftermarket brands, but links these replacement components with the tools required to fit them, the comparative price of the dealer part and the VMs scheduled fitting time.

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd. announced that Michiel Kramer has been appointed Marketing Director for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this newly created role, Kramer, a 12-year tyre industry veteran, will be responsible for marketing, pricing, business intelligence and product management. He reports to Luis Ceneviz, Cooper’s Managing Director of Latin America Tire Operations and Managing Director of Europe Tire Operations.

Kramer comes to Cooper from Nedap Security Management, where he was Director of Channel Sales for Europe. Prior to that post, he was Marketing Manager Europe and North America for Apollo Vredestein, where he earlier served in positions such as Area Export Manager for Middle and Eastern Europe and Market Development Manager for the United States.

For more information on Cooper Tire Europe, visit www.coopertire.co.uk.


Giti Tire’s first specific winter marked tyre, the Giti GSW226 has proven its extreme weather credentials during a successful nine-day trip to Switzerland and Austria for one of the North East’s leading coach hire companies.

Stockton-on-Tees-based Compass Royston, which undertakes transport for schools, travel operators and counts Middlesbrough and Hartlepool United Football Clubs among its many sport clients, decided to trial the tyre based on brand feedback from its sister companies, Esk Valley Coaches and Proctors Coaches.

For the trip the company selected a DAF Berkhof Axial Mk3, which carries 57 passengers and has a load capacity of 18,000kg, and operated with 315/80R22.5 across all six positions.

One of the many tyres which are being rebranded to Giti from GT Radial, the size has benefitted from an increased load index to 158/150L (154/150M). All four sizes are three peak mountain snowflake (3PMSF) accredited. The Giti GSW226 is designed for coach operators, hauliers and gritter fleets who need to meet UK and trans-European winter road regulations.

GSF Car Parts has taken delivery of two new lorries which are set to streamline its growing business.

One of the two vehicles will work around Bristol - where GSF has just opened Bristol North as a third branch in the area - to handle growing delivery volumes. The truck will support the wider Parts Alliance group too, providing overnight support for branches in the South West.

“It’s great to be growing business so quickly in these areas, as it brings us the right kinds of challenges,” said Dave Lewis, Operations Director at GSF Car Parts. “We’re always looking at where best we can invest to support the network and these two trucks will allow the branches to continue to focus on increasing sales, knowing their stock will be delivered next-day before 8am.”

The trucks will be out on the roads from mid-May, and are easily recognisable thanks to striking GSF Car Parts brand livery.

Leading rallycross tyre manufacturer Cooper Tire Europe has been announced as the Official Tyre Partner to the 2017 RX Academy, a professional environment for drivers to start their rallycross careers.

Cooper has been leading the way in rallycross tyre production for almost three decades, and is the tyre of choice for international rallycross champions at the highest level. Cooper became the sole supplier to the FIA World Rallycross Championship in 2014.

Sarah McRoberts, Marketing Communications Manager for Cooper Tire Europe, said, “We are delighted to be associated with the new RX Academy and assist young drivers learning their craft in the exciting sport of rallycross. In addition, it’s a great platform for Cooper to demonstrate its long-standing expertise in producing tyres which are designed to handle all surfaces found on rallycross circuits.”

The 2017 RX Academy winner will receive a free drive in the FIA European Rallycross Super1600 Championship, or significant assistance in competing in the RX2 International Series presented by Cooper Tires, competing at FIA World Rallycross Championship events.


Goodyear tyre management support – in particular FleetOnlineSolutions (FOS) - helps Estron to focus on quality and delivery schedules, while ensuring minimum downtime for vehicles and reduced administration.  The relationship between the Rotterdam-based ship components logistics company and Goodyear extends more than 15 years, with FleetOnlineSolutions as a key element since 2006.

Much of Estron’s tyre-related maintenance takes place at one location with other work being taken care of via ServiceLine24h, Goodyear’s Pan-European roadside assistance service - utilising TruckForce, Goodyear’s international truck tyre service network with more than 2,000 service providers. Using FleetOnlineSolutions means that every party involved in tyre-related work has access to the relevant information, ensuring that each job is carried out exactly to the agreed requirements and pricing. In addition, Estron can follow the progress of jobs in real-time so that vehicle scheduling is accurately monitored.

“Goodyear and FleetOnlineSolutions have been vital to us in ensuring our fleet has the best possible tyre management.  We are a strong believer that relationships are built by people and an important aspect for us is our Goodyear FleetFirst consultant - the technology of FleetOnlineSolutions simply helps us to be more efficient,” said Chris Gerhardt from Estron Transport BV.  “Time saving, accuracy and quality are the three great benefits that FOS has given us; FOS has reduced our administration time considerably over the years through both a reduction in paperwork and the elimination of service queries.” 



Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) is urging tyre retailers to take advantage of unstable pricing at the budget end of the market and upsell mid-range tyres to offer consumers better value and maximise their margins.

The combination of rising raw material costs, Chinese pollution regulations and Brexit-fuelled exchange rate fluctuations have created a perfect storm for the budget sector. In recent months, budget tyre prices have been rising disproportionately compared with the mid-range and premium sectors, significantly reducing the cost price differential between typical budget and superior mid-range tyres in the same size.

Alan Baldwin, MTS sales director, comments: “With the difference between a budget and mid-range tyre now less than a fiver, it’s time for tyre retailers with a ‘that’s all my customers can afford’ attitude on price to change tack. With prices now so close, there really is a fantastic opportunity to offer a significantly better alternative for a negligible additional outlay.  By doing so, garages are not only providing their customers with better quality tyres, but also improving their own profitability.”

It is with regret that Tyre Trade News has heard that Gareth Passmore, President, Sailun Jinyu International (SJI), Europe has tendered his resignation and will be leaving the business by the end of the month.

Purely down to family and personal reasons, Gareth wanted to stress that in his relatively short tenure, he has thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with all SJI customers and partners.SJI wishes him and his family all the very best for the future.

In the interim, Chen Huang, VP Sales, SJ International, has agreed to provide leadership and direction to the Group whilst a successor to Gareth is found.

Chen is well known in the industry and initially will be visiting Bologna to be present at the Sailun stand in Hall 20 at Autopromotec (May 24-28).

Janis Amolins has been appointed as a replacement to Martin Lumb taking up the position of Sales Director, SJI Europe. Martin has recently moved into the world of specialty tyres, heading the Commercial unit for the Rest of the World (excludes North America and Latin America).

Until recently, Janis was the Business Development Manager for East Europe and was responsible for the sales and development of the 4 brands within the Sailun Jinyu Group portfolio – Sailun, Jinyu, Black Lion and Rovelo.

With over 800 exhibitors, seminars and live demonstrations available at Automechanika Birmingham 2017 you're going to need to start your day the right way! Fuel up with our complimentary breakfast voucher redeemable at any of the restaurants in the open NEC halls when you register for the event and arrive before 10am. Only 27 days remain, so register now: http://bit.ly/l_AMBM2017

THE TIRE COLOGNE continues on its successful course as, a good year prior to the premiere of the event in Cologne, international top tyre manufacturer Hankook has also confirmed its participation. Also on board in 2018 is another heavyweight of the tyre industry with Cooper Tires.

"We are pleased that Hankook has also decided to participate. A wonderful signal! This means that the top ten tyre manufacturers are represented in their entirety at THE TIRE COLOGNE. Cooper Tires, as the current number 11 on the world ranking list, underlines the exceptional interim balance,” Christoph Werner, Vice President of Koelnmesse, is pleased to announce. "THE TIRE COLOGNE will be the leading international industry event right from the start."

Of the current ‘tyre world ranking list’, with Bridgestone, Michelin, Goodyear, Continental, Pirelli, Sumitomo/Falken, Hankook, Yokohama, Maxxis and Giti, not only the ten providers with the biggest sales, but with Cooper Tires, Zhongce Rubber, Toyo Tires, Kumho, Triangle, MRF, Apollo, Nokian and Nexen Tire, also those international market participants following on the list, will be represented from 29 May to 1 June 2018 in Cologne. 

The Future Tire Conference 2017, organised by European Rubber Journal, will take place on the 27-28 June 2017 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel in Cologne, Germany.

The conference will bring together top-level industry leaders and decision-makers to discuss the technology and market developments that are shaping the future of the tire industry. 

Tire production and supply is becoming increasingly complex, requiring more highly automated/integrated manufacturing systems and new supply-chain models to meet the changing needs of the market.  

Indeed, the future success of all players in this sector will depend on their ability to optimise efficiency, quality and safety and increase responsiveness to market demands by cutting lead times and allowing the production of smaller batches.

At the Future Tire Conference, industry experts from around the world will seek to identify the technologies, systems and strategies that are most likely to play the biggest role in the fast-emerging, new era for tyre production and distribution. 

The high-performance tyre sector has been among the fastest-growing parts of the tyre market in recent years and is expected to continue to outpace the overall market over the next five years to 2022.

Smithers Rapra’s latest in-depth study – The Future of High-Performance Tyres to 2022 [http://www.smithersrapra.com/market-reports/tyre-industry-market-reports/the-future-of-high-performance-tyres-to-2022] – forecasts the high-performance (or premium) tyres market will grow at 6.3% year-on-year through to 2022 reaching a market value of $74.7 billion, up from $54.9 billion in 2017.

Report author Arthur Mayer comments: “The high-performance tyres market has traditionally been focused on speed ratings, but there now seems to be little room for further increase in these and the focus will shift to other properties. Some of these will still relate to high performance (grip, handling, ride comfort, etc.), but other properties now impacting the general tyre market will also become important and have to be taken into consideration. These are mainly environment-related; and include fuel efficiency, sustainability of raw materials, longevity, and recycling.”

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are continuing to drive the HP tyre trend. As new car original equipment (OE) fitments continue trending toward higher wheel diameters and lower aspect ratios, the number of HP tyre sales as original equipment sizes will continue to grow. Part of what drives the tyre trend at the OE level is the demand for greater precision vehicle performance. This is resulting in the greater demand for V and Z class tyres – rated to 149 mph and higher –as greater precision is required to enhance a performance vehicle’s ability to accelerate, stop and manoeuvre.

GMP Group has appointed Rimstock Limited as its exclusive distributor of their premium aftermarket alloy wheel range in the UK.

GMP Group specialise in the design and manufacture of vehicle tailored, premium alloy wheels, under the brand GMP Italia, and will further strengthen Rimstock’s own aftermarket sales range, which includes the revered Team Dynamics and Pro-Race alloy wheels.

Headquartered at the centre of the UK’s automotive industry, Rimstock design, manufacture, and supply alloy wheels, worldwide, to more than 40 countries.

GMP alloy wheels come in a range of finishes and rim sizes, tailored to premium vehicle marques with prices starting at £132 per rim. Commenting on today’s announcement, Rimstock’s Sales Director, Darryl McNey said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with GMP to manage the UK’s exclusive distribution of the GMP Italia alloy wheel range. The marque’s specific designs are tailored perfectly for today’s luxury vehicles, complementing our Team Dynamics range, and will give our customers a far wider premium alloy wheel choice. 


Servicesure Autocentres, The Parts Alliance garage programme, are urging motorists to check out the new Brakesure offer of lifetime replacement on brake pads.

It’s now available from over 200 garages within the Servicesure network right around the UK.

“Warmer weather and longer days will see motorists doing more miles,” said Paul Dineen, Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance. “It’s the perfect time to use Brakesure to have the absolute peace of mind that comes from getting your car’s braking system in perfect working order.”

There’s already an established no-nonsense Servicesure national warranty. This guarantees parts and labour costs on repairs for 12 months or 12,000 miles.

Brakesure was launched to bolster this in January and enables motorists to get a comprehensive 26-point check on their braking system by their local Servicesure garage.

Servicesure’s independent garage members are all carefully selected and work to a Customer Service Charter to ensure excellent standards under the watch of The Motor Ombudsman, the motor trade’s government-backed regulatory body. The Ombudsman provides an Alternative Dispute Resolution, a code of conduct for the garage and reassurance for motorists.To find out more please visit www.servicesureautocentres.com.  

Autopromotec 2017, the international exhibition of automotive equipment and aftermarket products which is being held in Bologna on 24-28 May, is expected to be the biggest and most international edition ever; an indispensable meeting point for exhibitors and visitors from around the world.

As of today, about 1,700 exhibitors have confirmed their participation, with a significant share of foreign companies. This means a 10% increase in exhibitors and square meters compared to 2015. Confirming the high level of specialisation that has always characterised the Autopromotec trade show, most of the halls were sold out already few months ago. A considerable number of companies are currently on the waiting list for those halls that have no space left.

An impressive number of professional visitors are forecast to visit Autopromotec 2017: over 100,000 visitors are expected, between 22,000 and 25,000 of which will arrive from all corners of the world. Moreover, 250 journalists are estimated to visit the trade show.

To stay up to date with all the new developments regarding the 2017 edition of Autopromotec, please visit the website at www.autopromotec.com

Marangoni Group and Onyx Group perfected the Agreement for manufacturing and distribution of solid tyres.  The Onyx Group has purchased from Marangoni S.p.A. 100% of the shares of the following companies operating in the solid tyres business:

  • Marangoni Industrie Manutention, a trading company based in France;
  • Wenzel Industrie GmbH, a trading company based in Germany;
  • Marangoni Industrial Tyres S.r.l., a commercial company based in Italy;
  • Marangoni Industrial Tire Lanka, a company based in Sri Lanka.

The parties signed the Off-Take Agreement whereby Marangoni S.p.A. will continue to manufacture in its plant in Rovereto the current range of solid tyres that will be sold to Onyx.

The Marangoni brand has been licensed to Onyx Group limited to the manufacturing and distribution of solid tyres products. Onyx Group acquired from Marangoni the product trademarks 'Jumbo', 'Forza', 'Eltor' and 'Quickmont'.

The imminent Autopromotec Show in Bologna, Italy later this month will stage a significant and innovative development in mobile tyre fitting services when German based Delticom AG, Europe's leading online tyre sales specialist in partnership with Technomarketing from The Netherlands launch a new revolutionary fitment solution.

From a combined booth in Hall 19 C65 the sensational MobileMech vehicle equipped with its unique and compact 'all-in-one' ECUBE tyre service unit will be making its debut in the industry to effectively take the service to a superior level of capabilities and efficiency. The new MobileMech brand is part of the Delticom Group and the vehicle can accommodate a large quantity of tyres, wheels and (in due course) additional equipment and tools to every tyre breakdown or wheel change whether it is at the roadside, office or home.

Ralph Dubbeldam, Managing Director of Technomarketing, Europe's leading specialists in building brand awareness within the automotive industry and global experts in wheel and battery services adds, “Sharing a booth with ourpartner Delticom at this show represents an important development in the progress of futuristic mobile tire service business and I am confident that the MobilMech concept will swiftly set down an important marker for even more efficient mobiletire service in the future.”

Paul Harris from F & P Harris (Middleton, UK) has kept some correspondence, dating 9 March 1972, with Vredestein’s export division; Paul still trades with the company, which supplies – among other products – agricultural tyres.

“I’d not look anywhere else to find tyres for my Allis Chalmers tractor, it’s a 1952 Model B which was restored to its current state in 1989,” says Paul.

Apollo Vredestein agricultural tyres are available for a wide range of applications from Paul’s 1952 Allis Chalmers right up to the most modern, with the recently introduced 800/40 R22.5, the widest radial implement tyre available with a diameter below the crucial 1250-millimetre mark.


Flogas Britain has commenced a six-month pilot project to trial Michelin solutions’ EFFITRAILER™ programme, in a move designed to maximise trailer safety, compliance, and boost efficiency through increased trailer fleet optimisation.

Michelin solutions has retrofitted the programme’s telematics to 21 trailers divided across Flogas’ liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker trailer fleet, plus several specialised flatbed trailers serving its gas bottle distribution operations. The tankers deliver to Flogas customer sites nationwide, while the flatbeds carry out deliveries, as well as doubling up as portable storage facilities for gas bottles in customers’ yards.

EFFITRAILER telematics feature an on-board datalink, tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic braking system data analysis and can provide constant geolocation – making it perfect for the estimated 90 per cent of trailers in Europe that do not use trailer telematics.

Flogas fits Michelin new and Michelin Remix tyres under a separate contract with national service provider ATS Euromaster.

Cooper Tire Europe tested the reaction speeds and accuracy of Arsenal Football Club’s squad in the tyre manufacturer’s latest contest, the Cooper Tire Reaction Challenge.

Midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Özil lined-up alongside defender Shkodran Mustafi, each with a chance to prove their dead ball accuracy under pressure.

They were asked to kick a ball through a custom-made wall of Cooper Zeon 4XS Sport tyres, hung within the goal mouth, with the tyres lighting up in a random sequence – requiring the players to react and aim for each tyre as it illuminated.

Özil triumphed on the day, with five shots on target through the tyres. Watch the full Cooper Tire Reaction Challenge film here, and see how the players get on with their weaker foot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DixIHRSlaHw.

Mrs Tuija Aro, Global Business Development Manager for Nokian Tyres Authorised Dealers visited the UK during April and signed up Nokian Tyres’ newest member, Tyreworks Tyre Centres Ltd in Market Drayton.

The Nokian Tyres Authorised Dealer Network is a key development area for Nokian Tyres in supporting independent tyre dealers and raising visibility of the brand across the UK.

For information on becoming a member, please contact Gordon Hamilton, UK Business Development Manager on hamilton@nordictyres.com or 07436264598

Pictured: Mrs Tuija Aro Nokian Tyres// Mr Andrew Falcus MD Tyreworks

Avon Tyres has launched the latest of its acclaimed sport-touring tyres, the all-new Avon Spirit ST.

The Spirit ST is the successor to Avon's Storm 3D range and has been designed to provide excellent levels of wet grip, together with ultra-high performance handling, on a wide range of popular sport-touring bikes. Featuring a radical new tread pattern, the Spirit ST uses the very latest high-silica synthetic rubber compounds for improved mileage. 

Avon’s engineers have enhanced the performance of their flagship sport-touring tyre, so much so that the new Spirit ST is designated as a hypersport touring tyre – offering supreme stability and grip in all riding conditions.

Avon has responded to the needs of its customers to deliver a new sport-touring tyre that can build on the features and benefits of the existing Avon Storm 3D X-M, including a cutting edge compound, tread and carcass design, along with outstanding wet and dry performance.


Heuver Tyrewholesale supplied the first tyres from its new NEO series last week. The tyres in question were the new NEO Allroads T+ trailer tyres, which feature M+S markings and can be supplied from stock in size 385/65R22.5. This was the first tyre that Aeolus developed in the new truck and trailer series and underwent 2 years’ practical testing. The new NEO range has been manufactured using the latest technology - including 4-layer strip technology - and is Aeolus’ response to more renowned brands.

Surplus in kilometrage

Bertus Heuver, director at Heuver Tyrewholesale: “Aeolus has managed to claim a strong position in Europe in recent years. These days, the brand tends to be front-of-mind when people are looking for new high-quality tyres for their truck and trailer fleets. And we expect this position to improve further with the NEO series. The advantages of Aeolus tyres - their price/quality ratio and thus improved returns – should be further reinforced with the NEO series. Very good results were realised during practical testing over the past 2 years. The NEO Allroads T+, which is Aeolus' new trailer tyre, helps to increase kilometrage by up to 25%. This can help to considerably improve commercial returns for our customers.”

ATS Euromaster has appointed Jess Jones as Head of National Fleets, with the goal of driving the tyre and vehicle maintenance provider’s growth in the car and light commercial vehicle (LCV) national leasing fleets sector.

Jerome Monsaingeon, Group Managing Director at ATS Euromaster, says: “Jess’s all-round background in fleet means she brings extensive first-hand knowledge of how best to support national fleets in reducing costs, and attracting more business through an exceptional driver experience.”

Jess will be developing ATS Euromaster’s national fleet support to create a retail-style experience backed with a solid business-to-business focus on efficiency and minimising downtime.

Plans include expanding ATS Euromaster’s mobile inspection service for national fleets, and gathering information that will allow more accurate demand forecasting to improve tyre stock availability. ATS Euromaster will also be introducing a smartphone app that allows drivers of fleet vehicles to quickly and easily book appointments at a time to suit them.


GSF Car Parts has opened a new branch to cater to booming demand in the South West’s biggest city. Bristol North opened its doors for the first time on Monday 24th April, to be met with a queue of curious customers.

The network addition joins the established Bristol South and Central branches as trade continues to grow in the region for the national motor factor. Bristol North is conveniently located on the Aztec West Business Park, neighbouring the M5 at Junction 16, within striking distance of the M4 interchange.

“We’ve got an experienced team in place who know Bristol well,” said Simon McMullen, Regional Director at GSF Car Parts. “We’re sure there’s even more potential for us around the area and we’ve been excited by the enthusiastic response already.”

Amazingly the entire project has taken just 8 weeks from inception to completion.


Hankook Tire recently announced its global financial results for the first quarter of 2017 with consolidated sales of KRW 1.639 trillion (1.333 billion Euro) and an operating profit of KRW 231 billion (187.88 million Euro). This positive growth is mainly attributed to the impressive sales performance of Ultra High Performance Tyres (UHPT) and an overall sales increase across different regions.

Sales of UHPT grew by 1.4 percent year-on-year, accounting for 36.7 percent of total sales generated during the first quarter. In particular, UHPT sales showed an 11 percent and a 26 percent year-on-year increase in Europe and China, respectively. This significant sales growth in both regions was mainly driven by the increased supply of original equipment tyres (OET) and the continued strong sales of replacement tyres (RET).

The company is planning to expand sales of UHPT and larger size tyres starting from 17-inch, as future demand is expected to increase. All in all, while continuing to promote its global brand value and technology leadership, Hankook Tire will sharpen its competitive edge in premium tyres.

Goodyear is supplying tyres and support to more than 3,000 construction vehicles currently building the world’s largest airport.  In the last year, almost 8,000 Goodyear Omnitrac II range truck tyres for mixed service applications (on and off-road) have been supplied to the trucks working on the 76.5 million square meter site in Turkey, where the Istanbul New Airport is being built.

Support is an essential part of the service to ensure the tyres provide maximum operational life and reliability, so that the vehicles work unhindered in the hot and rugged conditions. This support is provided by a dedicated Goodyear tyre technician, who is based on site.  Part of his function is to ensure the performance of the tyres and optimize the cost per km on the project, and in addition superior key account management is provided by the Goodyear FleetFirst team.

The tyres supplied to the trucks, which are mainly four and five axle tippers, are Goodyear Omnitrac II truck tyres for on and off-road service applications like the transport of material on road to construction sites. These comprise Goodyear Omnitrac MSS II steer tyres and Omnitrac MSD II drive tyres. These tyres feature increased resistance to damage and give extraordinary traction and high mileage performance, which are essential for the challenging conditions of this mega project.



Tire Profiles Inc. and its TreadSpec™ and Groove Glove™ product lines is the automotive industry’s leading supplier of tyre tread depth and wheel alignment diagnostic equipment. Tire Profiles helps auto dealers and repair shops sell more tyres, wheel alignments and other “around the wheel” repairs, by providing equipment and processes that create a sound repeatable process. 

A representative from Tire Profiles commented, "Autogem has come very highly recommended to us from multiple players in the automotive industry in the UK. Their success with other technical products such as TPMS and their reputation as a company who puts customer service at the heart of their culture makes them a perfect fit. We put our full faith in Prashant Chopra and his team and look forward to developing the UK market together!"

Prashant Chopra, Autogem Managing Director and NTDA vice chairman comments: "We are very excited to have the UK exclusivity for the Tire Profiles suite of products. Originally founded in the 1950s selling exhaust fittings and consumables, Autogem has seen the exhaust industry go through great change. My brother and I took over the business in 2005 we rapidly steered it towards the tyre sector, subsequently developing a revolutionary, market leading and exclusive TPMS programme which is now well known throughout the industry. 

"The Tire Profiles solutions fit perfectly with our vision to provide and support the best revenue generating, award winning products and services available. The Tire Profile solutions will be demonstrated at various shows and exhibitions throughout the coming months, most notably Automechanika Birmingham where we are located on stand 19A51."

Premium tyre maker Hankook and the Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz teams in the DTM embark on their seventh season together at the Hockenheimring this weekend. Hankook has been exclusive tyre partner of the premium German car makers in what is probably the most popular international touring car series since 2011. During this time, Hankook’s Ventus Race tyres have always performed strongly at racetracks with a wide range of characteristics, whilst always maintaining the highest degree of consistency and safety. Hankook also continues to back youth, and will once again support the talented young drivers in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and the Audi Sport TT Cup with its premium race tyres in 2017.

Fans await the opening round of the DTM in Hockenheim this weekend with great anticipation, as there have been a few changes ahead of the season-opener near Heidelberg. Hankook has met the desires of the car manufacturers and the organisers of the series, ITR e.V, by developing and producing a new generation of slick. Still the same dimensions as its predecessor, the new tyre offers even more grip but degrades faster. While the Ventus Race Rain remains unchanged, the new Hankook slick looks set to make the races even more exciting and interesting.

The owner of a well-established Retail/Fast Fit business in the Midlands is due to retire which creates a great opportunity to buy or rent this profitable 7 acre site.

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Giti Tire will ride again with Fun Cup UK, taking its inaugural place on the grid with a fully livered GT Radial racing car and remaining Official Tyre Partner for the second consecutive season.

All cars in the competition will run on Giti GTR2, which form part of a comprehensive range of competition racing tyres which are used in events around the world to take testing to the limit, the proven technology findings are then adapted to further develop its everyday passenger car portfolios.

Brian McDermott, Sales and Marketing Director – Europe for Passenger Car and Light Truck (PCR) and Country Manager – UK for Giti Tire, added: “We used 2016 as a test year with Fun Cup UK to hone the tyres for European racing and to provide extreme localised testing for our R&D facility in Hannover, Germany.

“For the 2017 season we are building our involvement further and are very excited to be entering our own GT Radial livered car, which will raise the profile and build the credentials of our leading UK brand with both spectators and viewers at home.

“In addition every car will carry the main Giti company logo, and it will be clearly visible on the sidewalls. Utilising motorsport in the UK and Europe we put ourselves in a position to improve our products locally and globally, and confirm to drivers the extreme tests we adopt to make better and safer tyres for our customers.”

On Tuesday 25th of April 2017, NTDA National Chairman Roger Griggs and Chief Executive Stefan Hay, who are both Liverymen of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights, joined fellow Liverymen and Wheelwrights Past Masters David Viner and David Wernick in presenting a Wheelwrights' Charity cheque for £15,000 to WheelPower the British Wheelchair Sports charity at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium - the birthplace of the Paralympic Movement.

Since electing the Wheelwrights' Charity as its chosen charity partner in 2016, the NTDA, through member donations made at events such as the NTDA Winter Ball held annually in Blackpool and the NTDA Annual Dinner, together with direct donations from member companies such as Rema Tip Top and Kwik Fit, has raised more than £18,000 for the campaign.

NTDA Chief Executive Stefan Hay said: "Roger and I were honoured to be part of the Wheelwright's delegation invited to the Inter Spinal Unit Games. Stoke Mandeville Stadium is an amazing facility and both the WheelPower senior management team and the athletes we met were truly inspirational. The generosity of NTDA members has been terrific in supporting the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights 2020 Campaign so far, but now that we are seeing the tangible difference those donations make, we hope that more members will be inspired to contribute to this incredible cause at our 2017 events and, perhaps, join the growing number of tyre industry Wheelwrights Liverymen!"

The integration of Devon company Bandvulc, the UK’s largest truck tyre retreader, and innovative brand leader Continental less than a year ago is already delivering results, according to Managing Director Patrick O’Connell.

Patrick, who started in the family business by working on the factory floor in his school holidays, stepped down as MD of the Bandvulc group of companies on 1 May 2017 to spend more time on other projects within Continental.

Taking on the role of MD will be Arthur Gregg, who joined Bandvulc from Continental on acquisition. Arthur, who has a wealth of experience in the tyre industry having previously worked for Michelin and Bridgestone, will report to David Smith, Managing Director at Continental Tyre Group UK.

“Arthur will be taking the helm of a great team that has the drive to succeed and will continue to push forward with great quality products and services plus fantastic new ideas,” says Patrick. “This is going to be a challenge for both of us as we take on new roles.”

Having enjoyed 21 years in partnership with Goodyear, Tructyre have grown from a two van operation to having 125 vans covering the South of the UK.  With the development of new technologies and innovations by Goodyear, the future looks to be an exciting one for Tructyre.

Throughout their partnership Tructyre has been part of the extensive TruckForce network, aiding their growth with access to Goodyear’s national fleet customers, receiving call-outs from the Actionline breakdown service and being a member of Goodyear’s dealer council, a group of representatives from key partners in the service network who meet to discuss any potential issues or benefits they may be experiencing. 

Commenting on the relationship Marc Preedy, Commercial Director Goodyear UK&I, said, “Tructyre are one of our key partners within the service network and we regularly welcome Pat and Glenn to our dealer council meetings.  Their input is invaluable and has helped us to shape and evolve our service network to where it is today.  The continued support and sales they provide to us and our national fleet customers has made them a very trusted partner over the last 21 years, I look forward to what the future will bring with Tructyre.”

To find out more about Tructyre visit their website http://www.tructyre.co.uk/

Goodyear recently announced the opening of its new Tyre Test Laboratory at its Innovation Center in Luxembourg. This state-of-the art facility includes the latest technology for testing car, light truck and commercial truck tyres.

Speaking at the inauguration, Jean Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s President for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said “Goodyear’s strategy is founded on producing high-quality, innovative products as the shift to more complex, high-value added tyres continues to accelerate. Our investment in this state of the art facility will enable us to meet the exacting demands of our customers and consumers. Additionally, it further strengthens our presence in and commitment to Luxembourg.”

Carlos Cipollitti, Goodyear’s vice president, Product Development EMEA and general director of the Goodyear Innovation Center in Luxembourg, added, “The innovative technology and machinery in the new laboratory strengthens our ability to test tyres in our lab, which means that we do not have to perform as much testing on the road, speeding development time and getting innovative new tyres to customers faster than ever.”  

TyreSafe is asking those who have suffered as a result of a tyre-related incident and are willing to share their story to participate in its #ItHappenedToMe campaign.                                 

Regrettably, tyre-related incidents account for over a thousand casualties on Britain’s roads annually. Regular checks by vehicle drivers will help reduce this and the hundreds of thousands of breakdowns caused by tyre-related issues. By sharing their stories, those who have suffered a tyre-related incident will encourage other road users to carry out this essential routine vehicle maintenance.

Those willing to participate can share their stories with TyreSafe across its social media channels (@TyreSafe on Twitter and TyreSafeUK on Facebook), where they are encouraged to use the #ItHappenedToMe hashtag. Motorists are asked to share all tyre-related stories, such as the inconvenience of discovering a puncture before setting off to an important event, discovering they don’t have a usable spare wheel after a puncture or a more serious incident.

The CV Show 2017 saw Continental showcase its Conti Hybrid tyre range, offering up to 20 percent longer service life and six percent better fuel economy than previous generation tyres.

The tyres in the Conti Hybrid family are specifically designed for regional transport with use of motorways. The products in this tyre range offer maximum mileage and optimum traction, as well as significantly reducing fuel consumption and allowing fleet operators to optimise costs over the long term ensuring that their fleet is highly cost-effective.  Both steer and drive variants of the Conti Hybrid 315/70 R22.5 was featured at the CV Show.

Mat Wilkinson, Commercial Sales and Marketing Director at Continental Tyres said: “The CV Show offered us the opportunity to discuss how Continental and our brands can help commercial vehicle operators continue to gain best possible fuel and cost efficiencies for their businesses. The continued success of Continental’s Hybrid range is testament to the huge investment the brand has made to support CV customers, through market leading quality tyres and a broad range of business solutions and services.”

Bridgestone confirmed another multi-themed, high profile presence at the 2017 CV Show, with its innovative ‘Tirematics’ tyre monitoring system taking centre stage, along withits newly developed M-STEER 001, M-DRIVE 001 and M-TRAILER 001 tyres.

Tirematics™ encompasses all of Bridgestone’s connected tyre solutions and will be demonstrated throughout the three-day show in April. IT systems, using sensors, remotely monitor, transmit and analyse real-time information, such as the pressure and temperature of commercial truck and bus tyres. 

Bridgestone’s commercial sales director Greg Ward said: “Tirematics is a practical, cost effective fleet oriented solution with great impact on tyre performance, fuel economy and breakdown prevention. We are excited to be able to show this technology off to a wide audience at the CV Show.”

Giti Tire has released details of six new brand new patterns for the European market, all of which have been launched at CV Show 2017.

On show under the Giti brand is the GDR655 combi-road drive in 22.5”, the GTL919 long-haul trailer in 17.5”, 19.5” and 22.5”, the GDR638 regional drive in 17.5” and 19.5”, the GT867 all-position urban in 22.5” and the GAM837 all-position and GAM851 trailer mixed service patterns in 22.5”.

Tony McHugh, TBR Sales and Marketing Director UK at Giti Tire, said: “There has been much anticipation building towards the CV Show and the major industry unveiling of our current Giti portfolio, so to be able to identify the names and applications of six completely new European patterns is a further fantastic step.

“The synergies we’ve created by launching one global truck and bus brand are apparent for all to see, but with the patterns still firmly designed and certified for EU, and with our extensive value-added services, every truck and bus operator can firmly see the benefits of partnering with a manufacturer at the top of the mid-tier.”

As part of its European truck and bus rebrand project, Giti Tire has announced that its UK retread programme has been renamed Giti Genesis.

Originally known as GT REE-Tread, the next-generation products remain a high-quality, hot cure bead-to-bead retread which are only manufactured using Giti casings in partnership with a leading UK-based operation.

The main objectives of the programme are to lower costs for operators and reduce the environmental impact of tyres. The company estimates that a recycled tyre saves 68 litres of oil, 44 kilograms of rubber and 88 kilograms of CO² across the life of the product. 

Tony McHugh, TBR Sales and Marketing Director UK at Giti Tire, said: “Since we launched our first retread tyre in 2012 we have proven that the programme delivers tangible benefits to operators who want the lowest price-per-kilometre without sacrificing reliability and safety.

“Giti Genesis tyres are being prepared for market with our exceptional new partner, they remain an integral element of our full-service offering and we are delighted to give them their full debut at the CV Show 2017 alongside our new Giti portfolio.”

Avon Tyres has been an established brand name in the national and international motorsport scene for over 60 years, currently supplying tyres to over 150 race championships around the world.

Avon’s impressive line-up of championships supplied in 2017 ranges from the full Caterham Motorsport ladder, through historic Group C Racing, Classic Endurance Racing, hillclimb, rallycross, single seater and saloon car championships to the new 2017 SYR Musso Pick Up Racing Challenge, which debuts in the UK in May.

Caterham Motorsport Ladder

The Avon-supported Caterham championships in the UK feature healthy grid sizes and fantastically close racing. Avon remains the title sponsor this year of the Roadsport Championship, which is for drivers fresh from the Caterham Academy starter series.

Phenomenal handling comes courtesy of the Avon ZZR tyre in the Avon Tyres Caterham Seven 420R Championship, for which the Melksham-based tyre manufacturer has reclaimed its title sponsorship. Avon’s ZZR tyre has been developed specifically for Caterham racing, with the ZZR used in the rest of the Caterham championship ladder, including the 270R, 310R, and Supersport Championship.

Hankook Tyre UK was presenting their expanding portfolio of commercial vehicle tyres at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham.

Taking place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the launch of the tyre manufacturer's new all-season trailer tyre SmartFlex TH31 was displayed in size 385/65 R22.5.

Alongside this new addition to the SmartFlex range, the existing SmartWork series that has been selected as Original Equipment for MAN, Mercedes-Benz Truck and Scania vehicles was on the stand as well. 

The for long-distance SmartTouring AL22 coach tyre was shown for the very first time on the UK market, which had been a product premiere at the Commercial Vehicle Show 2016.

As part of their fundraising efforts for Red Nose Day 2017, Grouptyre member Kenway Tyres held a raffle for their customers to win “Olly the Orang-utan”.

Trade customers from all over the northern parts of Scotland as well as customers in Kenway’s own retail outlets bought tickets for a chance to win the giant cuddly.  Kenway’s fantastic fundraising efforts raised over £2700 for worthwhile charitable causes.

The lucky winner was Mike Murray at MMC Motors in Peterculter, Aberdeenshire.

GSF Car Parts’ latest ‘Here Comes Summer’ holiday promotion winner is Brookfield Garage, located just a couple miles away from their busy Bristol Central branch.

It’s capped a productive promotion for the successful independent. They added the main prize of £5,000 in holiday vouchers to £1,500 of Love 2 Shop vouchers already awarded for reaching their top level target in each of the first three months of 2017.

Bristol Central Branch Manager Danny Collins said: “It means a lot to us that they’ve won this. 

“As a branch we’ve been absolutely flying, March was our best ever month and it’s down to the hard work of the team of 24 staff.”

The owners were clearly surprised – but were certain on what they’d do. “We’ll share it with the guys at the garage,” said Pete. “We tend to pool prizes; it’s down to their hard work at the end of the day.”

Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) has thrown its weight behind a cross-industry campaign to encourage a government rethink on proposed changes to current MOT legislation. It is also calling on all involved in the tyre industry to make their voices heard via an official petition.

MTS, the UK’s second largest distributor of tyres, is backing the ProMOTe campaign, which has been re-established in response to the government’s plan to extend the time allowed before the first MOT of a car or motorcycle’s life from three years to four.

The wholesaler is also appealing to all involved with the tyre trade who are opposed to the proposals to register their concern via the official petition. The petition was registered by Euro Car Parts, in collaboration with the IAAF, and aims to gather enough signatures to trigger an official government response.

The ProMOTe campaign has been established in response to the Government’s plan to consider reducing the frequency of MOT tests. ProMOTe is a broad-based coalition representing road safety groups, motoring organisations and industry bodies all opposed to what are dangerous, expensive and unwanted plans.

To sign the petition to keep the current first MOT test at three years, visit: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/190843

Thanks to its large manufacturing capacity, Delticom AG is strengthening its expertise in complete wheel sets and extending its circle of potential customers. Target groups such as leasing companies, vehicle manufacturers/importers, aftermarket players, and other bulk buyers benefit from attractive new options, as well as the consistent benefits which Delticom’s B2B online shops such as Yourtyres.co.uk and Fleettyres24.co.uk have been offering in online trade for more than 15 years.

Timo Eisen, Head of Complete Wheel and Rims at Delticom, explains, “Our customers benefit from Delticom AG’s diversity of products and brands, and have 24-hour access to a wide range of complete wheels for practically any type of vehicle you can think of. This can create cost advantages, and also enables our customers to expand their own product portfolios.”


Despite Brexit, new EU data protection legislation is being introduced in May 2018 and if garages and workshops are not compliant, they could face fines of up to 4% of their turnover.

The new legislation will affect the way garages and workshops collect and use individuals’ personal data.  Individuals are going to be given more protection under the new EU legislation GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998.

These new GDPR guidelines will strengthen individual’s data protection rights compared with the current legislation covering personal data.  Consent, profiling, transparency and administrative fines will all be up for public consultation ahead of the regulations being finalised and published.

Mark Kelland, Commercial Manager at Dragon2000 comments: “Garages and workshops need to be aware of the changes to data protection and should start putting in place the new measures that will be come into effect next year. One major change is a ban of the use of pre-ticked opt-in boxes for marketing purposes, which means failure to opt out will not constitute consent.  Garages and workshops will need to keep clear records to demonstrate individuals’ consent. 

European transport specialist De Rijke Northern Europe B.V. has appointed Michelin solutions to manage the tyres across a fleet of 160 tractor units and 660 trailers based in The Netherlands, Belgium and UK for the next three years, following a competitive tender which pitched the Michelin brand against several premium competitors.

The EFFITIRES™ contract – Michelin solutions’ name for a bespoke tyre management policy – marks the company’s third successive retention of the contract since De Rijke first outsourced its tyre management in 2007. It also extends De Rijke’s history of fitting Michelin tyres to more than half a century.

Under the new deal, Michelin solutions will manage approximately 4,000 tyres fitted to De Rijke’s Northern Europe fleets, with the contract structured to maximise compliance, safety, uptime and fuel efficiency.

Jeroen De Rijke, Chief Procurement Officer and joint owner, says: “It’s essential to have good tyres as we can’t afford problems on the road. We’ve built our business around delivering on time, and the whole Michelin solutions team supports us in achieving this promise. Service levels are consistently high, and it shows in the results we achieve together.”

A new golf event, to be known as the NTDA 2017 Tyre Industry Golf Day, is being organised by an illustrious group of NTDA Honorary Life Members namely John Tarbox, Martin Rowlands and George Forbes, will take place at Mere Golf and Country Club, near Manchester, on Thursday June 1st 2017.

The 18 hole, 6,882 -yard, par-71 course at The Mere was designed by James Braid, and created out of 150 acres of Cheshire parkland in 1934. Today, the Championship course holds the reputation as one of the best maintained and highest quality golf courses in the North of England.

Often referred to as the ‘Wentworth of the North’, the course is surrounded by mature trees, flowering banks and has stunning views over the Mere Lake. The course offers the charm of the Cheshire countryside, coupled with a range of challenging features to test your precision and driving skills! Water, ravines and thick vegetation have been incorporated into the landscape, demanding care and accuracy whilst navigating the course.

To prepare for the challenges of The Mere's golf course, the resort offers players a complete floating golf ball driving range, two-tier pitching green, putting green and bunker practice area where players can warm up before a round.


Due to its success during the first Automechanika Birmingham in 2016, original equipment (OE) manufacturer and systems supplier, HELLA, is back again this June with a stand almost twice the size of last year’s.

Head of business development at Hella Gutmann Solutions, Neil Hilton, will present ‘Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS) Awareness’, which will give an in depth overview of ADAS technology including the impact it has on various vehicle safety systems, the capability of these systems and the requirements following even basic vehicle repairs to reinstate their correct operation. It will also include the responsibility and potential liability of garages that are repairing and servicing vehicles, as well as an explanation of the company’s aftermarket solution to this ever-growing issue.

Helen Goldingay, senior head of marketing and communications, said, “This year, we’re going to build on that success with new additions across all of our product groups, as well as providing an interactive forum for visitors.”

For more information about the OE quality products available from HELLA or for Behr Hella Service, please emailhella.sales@hella.com

WENZEL Industrie, part of the Marangoni Group, has been honoured with an award at Jungheinrich’s annual Supplier Day.

The Lilienthal-based industrial tyre specialist is responsible for the sales of industrial tyres in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark and won the ‘Best Supplier 2016’ award.

The award was received by Wilhelm M. Wendel, General Manager of WENZEL Industrie GmbH. “The superior teamwork of all Marangoni areas was the main reason the supply chain process was optimized, thereby ensuring 100% adherence to delivery dates for Jungheinrich AG, together with the high product quality of the Marangoni industrial tyres,” he said.

Both criteria were cited in support of the award win. Wenzel Industrie is part of Marangoni Industrial Tyres S.r.l, the solid tyres expert, which supplies the industry globally from its factories in Italy and Sri Lanka.

At Automechanika Birmingham, emissions system specialist TPCATS will exhibit the latest additions to its full range of aftermarket Catalytic Converters, DPFs and front pipes.

These include its brand new DPFs for Euro V Ford vehicles – with which TPCATS becomes the first non-OE manufacturer to reach the market.

TPCATS Sales Director, Mike Flower said: “High quality components and manufacture have always been the hallmarks of our range and the increased scrutiny of the Euro V test enables us to demonstrate those capabilities.

“We are proud to be the first aftermarket manufacturer to come through the Euro V DPF testing procedure which together with measuring the effectiveness of the Catalyst also tests the DPF’s filter. The Type Approval test measures the performance of the DPF in normal operating conditions and regeneration scenarios, along with testing back pressures to ensure no impact on engine performance.

“Our customers can choose TPCATS, safe in the knowledge they are installing an emissions compliant part that safeguards the performance of the vehicle.”

Leading wheel servicing equipment specialist, Pro-Align, will launch two brand new systems at this year’s Automechanika show in Birmingham, helping workshops to improve both their customer service levels and operational efficiency.

The new Hunter Road Force Elite (RFE) wheel balancer is the next step in Hunter’s advanced wheel balancing technology, designed to eliminate even the most challenging of wheel vibration issues. Now incorporating Hunter’s ‘vision system’ to provide more information in less time, the Road Force Elite takes a 3D scan of the wheel rim, allowing even more accurate placement of balance weights. Not only does this innovative approach help improve vehicle ride and handling, it uses fewer balance weights saving workshops money, and is all completed in less time than a traditional standard balance.

Pro-Align will also launch its new TCLine tyre changer. Sharing similar technology and benefits of the popular and larger Hunter Auto34 system, this small, yet versatile leverless tyre changer brings a robust build quality at a value that makes it stand out from the crowd.

To view the new Pro-Align systems, visit stand 19D80.

Peter Tillotson, business development manager at tyre pressure monitoring specialist, TyrePal, discusses the importance of tyre safety for emergency service vehicles.

Emergency service vehicles must be maintained in good condition to safely and quickly carry personnel and life-saving equipment to the scene of the accident without delays.

Since 2014, all new passenger vehicles sold in the EU must have tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) fitted as standard. However, there are no specific laws or regulations for tyre pressure monitoring systems in emergency service vehicles, including fire engines and ambulances, despite the importance of safe operation and driving.

A lack of legislation means that it is the responsibility of each emergency service to ensure its vehicles’ tyres are properly maintained. One way of doing this is by using TPMS to constantly monitor tyre pressure to recognise tyre problems early. The system's in-cab monitor can alert the driver of any potential problems, such as underinflation or overheating before an incident occurs.  

If a problem is not identified early enough it can result in a blowout. This is when all the air is released immediately due to a catastrophic collapse of the tyres integrity, potentially causing the car to swerve into another lane of traffic.

The Ron Haslam Race School has launched the season with a new tyre partner; Dunlop Tyres. Dunlop’s RoadSmart III tyres will now be fitted to the fleet of Honda’s used by the race school to provide an ultimate level of grip and performance at their track days running at the famous Donington Park circuit in Leicestershire.

Positioned as a sports touring tyre the RoadSmart III will provide a wide range of performance criteria to the riders using the school’s fleet. The tyre has been designed for demanding riders with the objective of being best in class for handling and grip whilst also achieving the highest levels of durability in the sector, which are all important criteria for a fleet of bikes at a professional race school such as Ron Haslam.

Ann Haslam of Ron Haslam Race School said: “We held our first track session with the Dunlop’s fitted on 5th April and the performance was second to none. As the brand of choice for road racing winners such as John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop, we are thrilled to be fitting the tyres to our fleet. We know that Dunlop tyres perform on track whilst also providing the longevity needed for a race school like ours. We look forward to working closely with Dunlop in the coming months to provide some excellent track experiences for our growing customer base."

THE TIRE COLOGNE trade fair will open its doors in Cologne for the first time on May 29, 2018. In order to quickly and efficiently keep exhibitors and visitors up to date on innovations, voices from the industry and current developments in advance, the event will also communicate through its own blog and a Twitter channel which is effective immediately.

Readers will in future find information, reports and interviews revolving around the entire thematic spectrum of THE TIRE COLOGNE - from tyres and wheels through equipment for automotive and tyre shops to the segments of tyre remoulding and old tyre recycling and disposal.

You can find the blog of THE TIRE COLOGNE at the website www.thetire-cologne.com or directly under http://news.thetire-cologne.de/en

Follow THE TIRE COLOGNE at Twitter under https://twitter.com/thetirecologne

TyreSafe’s tyre safety awareness message to check tyres before travelling this Easter is being featured in a national advertising campaign from Highways England and THINK!

TyreSafe has campaigned for ten years to raise the awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, working closely with key road safety stakeholders including Highways England. The national advertising over Easter will help reinforce TyreSafe’s ongoing road safety initiatives and spread the message to check tyres before a long journey to an even broader audience.

Half of all breakdowns attended by Highways England are caused by simple mechanical problems which could be avoided with simple checks. Nearly a quarter are caused by tyre problems. However, breakdowns are not the only concern - tyres account for 40% of fatal or serious injuries caused by vehicle defect-related incidents.


Goodyear has announced that its Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV, Ultra-High Performance tyre, has been chosen as original equipment on the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the first SUV from the iconic Italian manufacturer. 

Matching Alfa Romeo’s tradition of ground-breaking design and state of the art technology, the Stelvio will be fitted with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV in sizes 235/65R17 104W, 235/60R18 103W and 235/55R19 101Y.

All the tyres will be marked ‘AR’ to indicate they are approved by Alfa Romeo as original equipment on their vehicles.

 "The fact that Alfa Romeo has chosen Goodyear as original equipment for its first SUV confirms our expertise in designing tailor-made tyres for car manufacturers’ new flagship vehicles," said Nick Harley, Goodyear’s Managing Director OE Consumer EMEA. "To meet the requirements for this eagerly awaited car, we had to deliver a tyre that enables the Stelvio driver to appreciate the benefits of a SUV, as well as to fully enjoy the Alfa Romeo spirit.”


Currently being rolled out across the global markets in which Banner Batteries operates, the labels incorporate a new design element in the shape of a differentiation in space. Whilst continuing to rely heavily on Banner’s ongoing adoption of the colour red and its now familiar brand ambassador, the buffalo, the labelling now centres on the inclusion of the colours black, silver and gold.

Commenting on this latest development, Banner’s Country Manager, Lee Quinney said: “The new look labelling will help further increase the visibility of Banner’s complete range of batteries, accessories and chargers across all of the market sectors where the company has an established operating presence. In addition to serving to further strengthen brand awareness, the process of product identification is simplified, as is information relevant to the product’s qualities in terms of durability and cycle life.”


The UK’s leading provider of automotive technical information will be exhibiting at the Automechanika Birmingham from 6-8th June 2017. Autodata will also be sharing insights of how the aftermarket can keep up with a data-driven automotive industry by becoming smarter and more connected.

Autodata’s seminar - ‘Connecting the Aftermarket’, will do just that. The aftermarket needs to face the challenges of connected and autonomous vehicles, as well as alternatively fueled vehicles by embracing a digital ecosystem. From digital tools to connected workshops, Autodata’s seminar will demonstrate how the aftermarket can ensure that it is prepared to take advantage of new opportunities with technology and content.

Visit Autodata in Hall 18-Stand D39 during Automechanika Birmingham or visit www.autodata-group.com for the latest news and to find out more.

Following on from its new tyre category, Heuver Tyrewholesale has now introduced a new brand to the European market - Indian tyre brand MRL. It is no coincidence that the brand's tyres fit perfectly within Heuver's new MPT agro industry category. This is Heuver's way of saying that it is a total supplier and is capable of catering to all needs and categories. MRL's tyres, which are available in a range of profiles and dimensions, will allow customers to choose from an even broader range within the new category.

Always ‘best-buy’

“One of our objectives is to always find the ‘best-tyre and best-buy’ for our customers. Also if we introduce a new brand”, says Bertus Heuver, director at Heuver Tyrewholesale. “This is a challenge we always rise to. Our leading position as tyre specialist, as well as intensive customer contact, allows us to feel what is going on in the market. When we announced the new category, which is our fourth, we wanted to reinforce it with a top quality new brand. And that's why we have opted for MRL. Our decision was based on a comprehensive process, featuring a variety of tests. MRL has been active for 60 years, which means it is experienced and able to offer good products at a competitive price. It is thus a great alternative, in keeping with other brands in our new category.”

The Board of Directors of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association met today for the first of its two annual meetings.

Amongst the several topics discussed in order to set the medium to long term priorities for the activities of the Association, particular attention was paid to the EU environmental agenda related to tyres and rubber products. This covers several aspects of the industry’s operation: from product inception to production, from the use phase to end of life.

In this context, the decarbonisation of transport remains high on the agenda of ETRMA. The European tyre industry has taken a proactive approach and is engaged in reducing CO2 emissions through new and advanced tyre technologies whilst promoting road safety and other regulatory measures, such as the tyre label. The Board confirms its support to the efforts of the European Commission to reduce Heavy Duty Vehicle CO2 emissions. The Board also confirms the continued efforts of the European tyre industry to improve the tyre rolling resistance coefficient by 1% on average per annum, which would result, by 2030, in a further reduction of 8.7 million tons of CO2, corresponding to removing emission equivalent of 81,000 40 ton-trucks every year from the European roads.

“The Board meeting of today confirms the commitment of the tyre and rubber industry to sustainability, not just through its focus on environmental issues – some of which are mentioned above, but also looking at other important aspects such as the future of road transport, REACH refit, toxic-free secondary raw materials and drinking water legislation, just to mention a few,” concluded Mrs Cinaralp, Secretary General of ETRMA.

The Honourable Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban formally inaugurated Apollo Tyres’ 6th global tyre manufacturing unit and the second one in Europe last week. Present, on the occasion were Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian Foreign Affairs & Trade Minister, HE Rahul Chhabra, Ambassador of India to Hungary, Onkar S Kanwar, Chairman, Neeraj Kanwar, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Apollo Tyres. The company’s Board of Directors and its senior management team was also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion Onkar S Kanwar, Chairman, Apollo Tyres said, “With this inauguration today, of our Hungary greenfield facility, we have crossed another milestone in our global growth journey. This facility will help us further increase our presence and market share in Europe. From being a replacement market focussed company in Europe, we would soon be starting supplies of our tyres to all the leading OEs in Europe.”

Located less than 100 km from the capital Budapest, this is Apollo Tyres’ first greenfield facility outside India. This is a reflection of company’s growth aspirations and manufacturing capabilities, showcasing some of the best practices available across the globe in tyre manufacturing. A highly automated plant with use of IT-driven systems and robotics, it employs young and skilled associates on the shop floor, mostly hired locally.

l-r Neeraj Kanwar, Viktor Orban, Onkar S Kanwar p[ressing the 'go' button to start manufacturing the tyres

It is now three years since the UK tyre market hosted its own show but the long wait is now over as Tyrexpo UK 2017 (including GarageXpo UK 2017) will be opening its doors for the very first time on the 4th October for what promises to be a unique and high professional two day event.

Tyrexpo UK 2017 which will be staged at the NEC in Birmingham – Hall 7 with around 3,500 sq metres of floor-space will be hosted by SingEx Exhibitions of Singapore and becomes the very latest show to form part of its’ event formulas of tyre and automotive related exhibitions. SingEx currently stages ongoing bi-annual tyre shows in Singapore and Johannesburg, South Africa along with yearly events in India (Delhi and Chennai) and the company is now turning its specialist attention on the UK market.

Northampton Saints recently teamed up with their elite sponsor, Hankook Tyre UK for the 2017 Hankook Power Lap Challenge. In an event exclusive to social media competition winners, 80 members of the public gained elite access to the Franklin’s Gardens Sturtridge Suite to meet their favourite players. As guests collected autographs and photos, the players competed head-to-head for the fastest lap on Forza 6.

Cheered on by the crowd and ‘Bernie’, the Saints mascot, the fierce competition culminated in a ‘battle of brothers’ final, with Saints prop Alex Waller eventually taking the crown. Four lucky golden ticket holders were also called up to compete; with 14 year old George Funnell claiming victory and taking home the team’s signed Xbox One.

The Saints’ global fans, from as far as Washington DC, cheered on as the races were streamed live on Facebook. The evening was also filmed by the players, footage of which can be seen on Hankook Tyre UK Facebook page as well as on their website www.hankooktire.com/uk.

Celebrating its successful English football club sponsorships, Avon Tyres has created and held its first Avon Tyres Mascot Challenge, pitting Derby County’s Rammie, Swindon Town’s Rockin Robin and Bristol Rovers’ Captain Gas against each other in a series of fun physical tests featuring Avon tyres.

The mascots dribbled footballs around stacks of tyres, carried footballs through a tyre slalom, rolled tyres to the goal line, and then attempted to get into the driving seat of an Avon liveried Audi R8 with each mascot squeezing themselves in and closing the door within a set time.

Derby County’s Rammie, the first full-time mascot in British football, clinched victory following intense competition in the final round of the four-round challenge. Former professional footballer turned Sky Sports pundit, Chris Kamara, commentates on all the Avon Tyres Mascot Challenge action in this new video released today:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1DVM3lZ_p0&feature=youtu.be.

Sarah McRoberts, European Marketing Communications Manager for Avon Tyres, commented, “This has been a really fun way to promote our Avon Tyres partnerships in English football for the 2016/2017 season. Our aim is to raise awareness of the Avon Tyres brand among UK consumers, and partnering with competitive English football clubs helps us to reach a wide audience.”

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