According to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Britain’s new car market recorded its 42nd consecutive month of growth in August – albeit in one of the year’s quietest months. New car registrations increased 9.6 per cent to 79,060 for the month, taking year-to-date growth to a healthy 6.7 per cent.
Being decades behind the times isn’t typically a good thing for a tyre maker, but this weekend is different – it is Labor Day weekend in the USA, and Goodyear is supplying a special ‘throwback’ version of its race tyres for the weekend’s NASCAR races at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The tyres form part of a broader throwback initiative at Darlington that will honour the track’s storied past in NASCAR racing during the course of the weekend. Many NASCAR teams and sponsors are also participating by running vintage-style paint schemes.
Pirelli has concluded its investigation into Sebastian Vettel’s tyre failure in the closing stages of the Belgian grand prix. The exclusive Formula One tyre supplier stated its technical analysis had found no structural problem with the tyres used at Spa, and the blowout that ended Vettel’s race came as the result of exceptional “combined effect of debris on the track and prolonged tyre usage on a circuit that is particularly demanding.”
With large numbers of low-cost truck tyres, the development of retreading – not to mention legislative pressures and technological advances – hot topics in the truck tyre sector, Tyres & Accessories interviewed Continental Tyres’ sales and marketing director, Commercial, Arthur Gregg in order to get the well-known German tyre manufacturer’s inside perspective.
Bridgestone Europe has provided further details of its new Dayton brand truck tyre range. The initial launch of this third tyre brand in the European commercial vehicle segment includes products for all axle fitments – the D500S Steer, D600D Drive and D400T Trailer.
Eberspächer UK Ltd has appointed Steve Cranfield as its new chief financial officer. Cranfield arrives at Eberspächer UK –manufacturer and supplier of fuel-operated heating, air conditioning and climate control systems for automotive, marine, construction equipment and military applications – with 15 years of financial expertise, five of which were spent with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In addition to Cranfield’s arrival, Eberspächer UK says it has strengthened the business elsewhere, adding resources to the storeroom, sales administration and CAD departments.
While ChemChina’s deal with Camfin to take over Pirelli officially got under way this month, not everyone connected to the economy in the People’s Republic was looking so positive. The stock market has been in freefall and industrial production looks to have taken a big hit. The Chinese state’s answer? To devalue the national currency (the yuan renminbi or RMB) three times in a week and make already cheap Chinese exports even cheaper.