During last Thursday’s annual press conference, Continental CEO Dr. Elmar Degenhart shared that expansion of the tyre business and further acquisitions are on the cards as part of the company’s aim of reducing its reliance on the automotive original equipment industry. After discussing the recent acquisition of Veyance Technologies, a firm he described as “ideally” matching the ContiTech division in terms of both product range and markets, Degenhart added that further steps towards reducing automotive OE dependence will follow: “Firstly, in the form of continuous expansion of our replacement tyre business. And then too, we are not ruling out the possibility of further acquisitions.”
Bandvulc Group has rebranded its operations; the Devon-based company has made subtle changes to its logo and introduced a new slogan, ‘More than a tyre’. In addition, it has renamed Devon Rubber and Bandvulc Tyre Contracts – these are now known as BV Mixing and BVPlus+ respectively. Last but not least, Bandvulc has redesigned its website to reflect these changes. The company will display its new brand image at the CV Show between 29 April and 1 May.
Reifen show organiser Messe Essen reports that this year a fourth category is being added to the so-called ‘tyre industry oscars’, the Innovation Awards jointly bestowed by Messe Essen and main sponsor the BRV (Germany’s tyre trade and vulcanisers’ association) alongside the biennial trade exhibition. This new category is Motor Vehicle Service, which joins the existing Technology & Products, Service Concepts & Process Optimisation and Environmental & Resource Conservation awards in 2014. Messe Essen is accepting award recipient nominations until 31 March.
Entering its seventh year as series title sponsor and tyre supplier, Toyo Tires says the BRSCC Porsche Championship has seen an encouraging amount of pre-season registrations promising capacity grids for 2014. Using Toyo’s R888 as control tyre for all competitors, the Toyo Tires BRSCC Porsche Championship sees Boxsters and classic 924s battling for supremacy on […]
Giti Tire’s expansion to its GT Radial commercial vehicle hot cure bead-to-bead retread tyre range will be announced officially at The Commercial Vehicle Show 2014. GT Radial will display the GDR690 GT REE Tread drive position regional tyre available in 295/80 and 315/80 sizes from its stand in Hall five (C60). Like the existing GTR990 385/65R22.5 super single, it will be solely manufactured using only GT Radial casings.
The Proxes T1 Sport SUV is designed to balance motorway stability with handling on both wet and dry surfaces and is a tyre that has been created specifically for the high load and speed demands of the current crop of ultra-high performance SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Featuring a tread pattern and compound that offers exceptional road-holding characteristics and highly effective water dispersal, the T1 Sport SUV is truly a tyre for those in a hurry.
Bridgestone has announced three new US-based marketing appointments within its Bridgestone Commercial Solutions business. Matt Loos has been promoted to director of truck and bus marketing, Michelle Lane has been promoted to director of off-the-road marketing, and Cassandra Kilareski has joined the Bridgestone Commercial Solutions marketing team as senior manager of marketing communications and digital.