Company News

Ferrari loses branding ground to Germans, as F1 sheen wears thin

As the world's car companies gather in Geneva for the biggest event of the year, brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance has released its annual review of the state of their brands. Every year, Brand Finance puts thousands of the world's top brands to the test. They are evaluated to determine which are the most powerful, and the most valuable.

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UK News

Tyre Business Solutions to make CV Show debut

The Kings Road Tyres Group will give a CV Show debut to its fleet tyre management specialist, Tyre Business Solutions (TBS) at stand 3F115. The Southampton based business delivers bespoke tyre repair and fitting solutions to owned, managed, contract hire and rental fleets of all sizes through a network of more than 850 independent tyre retailers in the UK and Ireland. The company provides a full passenger, 4x4/SUV, Commercial Van and TBR tyre management system.

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International News

First blood to import tariffs?

No sooner had Shandong Deruibao Tire Co., Ltd. entered into apparent “restructuring” proceedings on 7 February then we at Tyres  & Accessories started hearing about it on the grapevine (see page 40 for full coverage of this story). Of course, companies face difficulties in any business from time to time, but this case has particular […]

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Motorsport

Pirelli announces first four GP F1 tyre nominations

Pirelli announces first four GP F1 tyre nominations

Pirelli has announced the first set of tyre nominations for the 2015 Formula One season, as promised on Monday after the conclusion of pre-season testing. Using the P Zero White medium compound tyre at all of the first four grands prix, the exclusive F1 tyre supplier will also bring the P Zero Yellow soft tyre to Australia, China and Bahrain, and the P Zero Orange hard tyre to Malaysia’s abrasive Sepang circuit. The P Zero Red supersoft will have to wait until later in the season to be deployed – possibly at the road race GPs.

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Retreading News

Marangoni invests in super-wide singles – “the future of road transport”

Marangoni invests in super-wide singles – “the future of road transport”

The super wide segment, which refers to tyres with a tread width exceeding 325mm, has been grown exponentially all over the world in recent years. These tyres have been used in Europe as trailer tyres for many years, however more recently they have also gained favour in North America and their applications have progressively extended to cover drive and front axle fitments.

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Product News

ATS Euromaster says new CrossClimate is a ‘game-changer’ for UK fleets

ATS Euromaster says new CrossClimate is a ‘game-changer’ for UK fleets

ATS Euromaster welcomed the launch of Michelin’s CrossClimate tyre range – calling the product a game-changer for UK fleets and coming that it is working to secure stocks across its centres for the official May 2015 launch. Pitched as the first summer car tyres to be certified for winter use, ATS Euromaster says the tyres will be “ideally suited to the UK fleet sector, where unexpected weather changes and occasional snowfall can cause havoc for company car drivers – resulting in costly business interruption, reduced mobility, plus an increased risk of accidents.”

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Career Tracks

Toyo Tire North America OE Sales promotes Ferguson to director of sales

John Ferguson has been appointed Toyo Tire North America OE Sales’ director of sales. Commenting on Ferguson’s new role, James Hawk, president of Toyo Tire North America OE Sales, said “John brings a solid track record to this position, and has been a valuable asset to our organisation as we grow our business with domestic OE vehicle manufacturers including Ford, Dodge and Ram.”

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Legislation

IGA works with DfT on MOT fee review

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is assisting the Department for Transport (DfT) with a project to reassess statutory MOT test fees. The DfT is analysing garage running costs to validate the justification for an increase in MOT test fees to present to the next government, but to make this happen it needs financial costings for MOT test stations as a starting point to the project.

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