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Irish Road Hauliers, Midland Tyre Services jointly oppose truck tyre disposal plans

The Irish Road Hauliers Association (IRHA) and Midland Tyres Services Ltd (MTS) have jointly announced their opposition to the proposed inclusion of truck tyres into the pending Environmental Disposal Levy (EDL) scheme. IRHA and MTS said their opposition has the “strong and universal support” of their members and customers.

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UK News

Dunlop previews Moto2, Moto3 Silverstone weekend

Dunlop previews Moto2, Moto3 Silverstone weekend

The FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships head to Silverstone, Northamptonshire for round 12, which takes place over the weekend of 26 and 27 August. Tyre supplier Dunlop states that the cooler and normally windy conditions at Silverstone have prompted the use of the harder rear tyre options across both championships, while the single option Moto2-2 front, with its operating window of around 10-35 degrees ambient, is designed to cover all outcomes.

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International News

Retreaders install new Vipal-developed buffer

Retreaders install new Vipal-developed buffer

Brazilian retreaders União and Toro have installed a Vipal Rubber-developed casing buffing system. The VR01 Smart DUO, a dual position buffer, was installed at União Tire Retreading in São Paulo retreader in April. Soon after, another partner of the Vipal Authorized Network Deatler had installed a single position variant at its Toro Recauchutagem operation in Rio de Janeiro.

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New president for Bridgestone Americas’ OTR tyre business

New president for Bridgestone Americas’ OTR tyre business

Bridget Neal has been named president, off-the-road (OTR), Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO), succeeding Taylor Cole, who recently took on the position of president of Firestone Building Products, LLC. Her appointment within this Bridgestone Americas business took effect yesterday.

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Motorsport News

New tread compound boosts Metzeler Racetec RR Slick ‘K2’ performance

New tread compound boosts Metzeler Racetec RR Slick ‘K2’ performance

An addition to the Metzeler portfolio last year, the Racetec RR Slick is available in soft K1 and medium hard K2 compounds. The grip, handling and ride precision offered by the K2 version, as well as its durability, has now been improved thanks to an entirely new tread compound that Metzeler has developed for this tyre. Ever since the second half of last year, the brand’s own test riders, as well as professional racers and ambitious amateurs, have been active on European race tracks in order to ascertain the best possible compound option.

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Retreading News

Bandvulc gives Kerr’s Northern Ireland exclusivity

Bandvulc has awarded Kerr’s Tyres & Auto exclusivity for its product range in Northern Ireland. This follows on from Kerr’s appointment at the beginning of 2017 as the sole supplier of Uniroyal TBR (truck tyres) for this region.

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The clock is ticking for combustion engines and conventional tyres

The clock is ticking for combustion engines and conventional tyres

The UK government has decided to ban the sale of both new petrol and new diesel cars from 2040. The goal isn’t as ambitious as Norway’s, which aims to do the same by 2025. India thinks it can do it by 2031. And France is on par with the UK, also aiming to ban sales of new combustion engine-based cars by 2040. However, in the UK at least, electric cars sales currently represent less than 1 per cent of new registrations. Therefore a lot has to happen between now and 2040 for this new rule to become reality. What is clear is that there is now real legislative momentum in favour of electric vehicles in the UK and that this will have an inevitable impact on OE suppliers, and in turn the UK replacement tyre market, especially in three key areas: weight, torque and rolling resistance.

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Michelin cycling team raises over £2000 for charity

Michelin cycling team raises over £2000 for charity

Wednesday 16th August 2017 | 0 Comments

A team of Michelin employees successfully cycled up Mount Ventoux in France and raised over £2,000 in the process. The adventure forms the first leg in a series of challenges to raise funds for Michelin’s chosen charity for 2017 – the Peter Pan Centre. The charity offers care, support and education to children from birth to the age of 5 with special needs, which can range from visual and hearing impairments through to chromosomal abnormalities and life limiting conditions.

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Merityre raises over £1,000 for charity from car show event

Merityre raises over £1,000 for charity from car show event

Tuesday 15th August 2017 | 0 Comments

Merityre Specialists Ltd held their charity car show at their Andover, Hampshire branch on 30 July 2017, raising over £1,000 for a local charity. According to the company, the sun shone as Merityre’s main warehouse yard steadily filled up with an array of over 50 cars, including a life-size model of Mater from the Disney Pixar’s Cars franchise, a hillclimb champion Ginetta G33 and a classic Ferrari 308 GTB, alongside a real mix of show cars, modified cars and classic cars. The promise of ‘something for everyone’ stood true, as enthusiasts young and old enjoyed the selection on display.

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Bridgestone earns less in Q2 2017

Tuesday 15th August 2017 | 0 Comments

In the second quarter of the current financial year, Bridgestone was able to increase its turnover, however its profit figures took a tumble. The tyre maker reports a six per cent rise in net sales to 891 billion yen (£6.3 billion) in the three months to 30 June 2017. Operating profit declined seven per cent to 99 billion yen (£695.7 million), with the operating margin contracting by 1.6 percentage points to 11.1 per cent. Net profit decreased by eight per cent, also to 99 billion yen.

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