Company News

Mobivia Groupe to acquire ATU

The France-based Mobivia Groupe, Europe’s largest independent automotive maintenance and repair services group, based in France, has agreed to acquire leading German autocentre chain ATU. Combined annual sales are expected to be roughly 2.7 billion euros, while there will be close to 2,000 automotive workshops and retail stores and over 20,000 employees in the group.

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UK News

New member offers IAAF new health and safety benefits

New member offers IAAF new health and safety benefits

Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) is now offering members access to exclusive health and safety packages featuring a wide range of valuable factors, including risk assessment, accident investigation, audits, inspections and certified training courses. The vast range of benefits, provided through new member GTG West Midlands, will ensure members have the appropriate health and safety […]

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International News

Reports: Apollo planning to re-enter US market

Apollo Tyres is planning to re-enter the US market, following the failed takeover of Cooper a few years ago and group brand Vredestein’s bid to enter the US when it was owned by now-defunct Russia firm Amtel a few years earlier.

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Motorsport

Pirelli, Dunlop riders take victories in 70th edition of Motocross of Nations at Maggiora

Pirelli, Dunlop riders take victories in 70th edition of Motocross of Nations at Maggiora

The 1986 edition of the Motocross of Nations marked the beginning of the modern era of motocross, and 30 years later the MXoN was back on the historic ‘Mottaccio del Balmone’ track in Maggiora, attended by more than 40,000 fans on the hill at the foot of the small town in Piemonte. The national teams selected three riders each to compete for the prestigious ‘Chamberlain Trophy’. On a track characterized by a medium-hard soil, Pirelli’s riders fitted the Scorpion MX32 Mid Soft that, both front and rear, and the tyre manufacturer said it demonstrated their high level of performance.

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Retreading News

Apollo Vredestein veteran appointed commercial manager at Obo Tyres

Apollo Vredestein veteran appointed commercial manager at Obo Tyres

Netherlands retreader Obo Tyres has appointed Peter Schrijver as its new commercial manager. The company said his appointment would further stimulate the growth of the company. Schrijver starts in his new position at Obo Tyres BV on 1 October, 2016, having worked previously for Apollo Vredestein for 29 years.

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Product News

Brake Engineering expands product range

Brake Engineering expands product range

Brake Engineering has extended its product range by introducing six new brake calipers and one additional wheel cylinder. The braking specialist continues to launch new products each month covering an even wider vehicle parc as it remains committed to securing optimum customer satisfaction. The latest additions to its caliper range cover both left- and right-hand […]

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Career Tracks

Schumaker appointed VP of global manufacturing at Cooper Tire; Ceneviz to head European business

Schumaker appointed VP of global manufacturing at Cooper Tire; Ceneviz to head European business

On 1 October, Luis Ceneviz will succeed Jeff Schumaker as managing director – Europe tyre operations at Cooper Tire & Rubber. Ceneviz will hold this position in addition to his current role as managing director – Latin America tyre operations and will increase his area of responsibility to cover Europe, the Middle East and Africa in addition to Latin America, including Mexico and Central and South America. Jeff Schumaker, who has been based in the UK since his appointment as managing director – Europe tyre operations in January 2013, will assume the position of vice-president, global manufacturing.

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Comment

It’s goodbye from them and goodbye from us

Sometimes tyre people are creatures of habit. They like what they know and they know what they like. So when change comes it can feel disorientating. But change is also the engine of progress. And standing still is virtually synonymous with going backwards.

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