On 1 September, Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. announced the appointment of Erik Thiry as senior vice president, Rubber Carbon Black, effective immediately. Thiry has been the senior vice president, Business Development and a member of the executive management team since May 2012.
PCL has welcomed Messe Frankfurt’s decision to bring its international automotive show to the UK next year. Automechanika Birmingham, in partnership with trade association SMMT, will take place at the NEC, 7 - 9 June 2016, and PCL has already confirmed attendance.
Speedline Truck has announced plans to debut a new forged truck wheel at NUFAM between 24 and 27 September 2015. The Karlsruhe, Germany event sees over 300 exhibitors in an area of more than 60,000 m² representing every segment of the sector: commercial vehicles in every weight class, vehicle fittings, superstructures, cranes, workshop equipment and accessories.
With its many corners, the 3.931km Moscow Raceway is one of the slower tracks on the DTM calendar. The fastest passage is the almost 900 metre home straight, where race cars reach a top speed of just on 250km/h. On the counter-clockwise track, Hankook’s race tyres come under a heavy load on the cars’ right side, but this has no impact on the performance of the tyre. “The team engineers correct this, for instance, by making different adjustments to the air pressure on the left and right sides depending on the load. The highest tyre wear occurs on the right front, but our Ventus Race withstood this impressively over the last years,” explains Hankook’s DTM race engineer Thomas Baltes.
With large numbers of low-cost truck tyres, the development of retreading – not to mention legislative pressures and technological advances – hot topics in the truck tyre sector, Tyres & Accessories interviewed Continental Tyres’ sales and marketing director, Commercial, Arthur Gregg in order to get the well-known German tyre manufacturer’s inside perspective.
Introduced for the upcoming winter season, Cooper Tire Europe’s WM winter van tyre is now available in a wide range of sizes. Sarah McRoberts, European marketing communications manager for Cooper, said, “With what could be an extreme winter for us in Britain, it is important to ensure that one of our flagship products is made available to as many van and car owners as possible, across the Cooper Tire WeatherMaster range.
Eberspächer UK Ltd has appointed Steve Cranfield as its new chief financial officer. Cranfield arrives at Eberspächer UK –manufacturer and supplier of fuel-operated heating, air conditioning and climate control systems for automotive, marine, construction equipment and military applications – with 15 years of financial expertise, five of which were spent with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In addition to Cranfield’s arrival, Eberspächer UK says it has strengthened the business elsewhere, adding resources to the storeroom, sales administration and CAD departments.
While ChemChina’s deal with Camfin to take over Pirelli officially got under way this month, not everyone connected to the economy in the People’s Republic was looking so positive. The stock market has been in freefall and industrial production looks to have taken a big hit. The Chinese state’s answer? To devalue the national currency (the yuan renminbi or RMB) three times in a week and make already cheap Chinese exports even cheaper.