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

Autoelectro to celebrate 30th anniversary at Groupauto and UAN Trade Show

Autoelectro to celebrate 30th anniversary at Groupauto and UAN Trade Show

Autoelectro, one of the UK’s largest remanufacturers and suppliers of rotating electrics, will demonstrate its 30-year heritage and products during the Groupauto and UAN Trading Group Conference and Trade Show. Held between 6 and 7 October, the Bradford-based company will arrive at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL) in buoyant mood, ahead of its 30th anniversary party, and is eager to talk to members about various celebratory offers, including its ’30 for 30’ digital radio promotion.

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International News

Oliver Rubber launches regional/long-haul trailer retread

Oliver Rubber Company, LLC has launched the ORCO HS Trailer, a trailer-position retread for regional and long-haul applications. "The ORCO HS Trailer delivers a cost-efficient solution for single- and tandem-axle trailers in this new, modern Oliver product," said Adam Murphy, vice president of marketing for

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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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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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