The Tire Cologne – the Koelnmesse organised rival exhibition to Messe Essen’s Reifen series, commencing in 2018 – has fired the starting pistol in its registration phase. The exhibition, which will take place in Cologne at the same time as Reifen 2018 in Essen (29 May to 1 June 2018), will feature important tyre and wheel business players from across the industry.
One of First Stop’s most valued garages has gone the extra mile for the local community, courtesy of a new emergency 4x4 vehicle worth £30,000. Risboro Garage, based in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire has donated a Honda CRV 4x4 for the Risborough Community First Responders (CFR) team following months of fundraising.
Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) will run its latest USA national rebate promotion between 22 and 25 May. Consumers purchasing a set of four select Yokohama tyres, including the Advan Sport A/S, and Geolandar G055 and H/T G056, will receive a $60 prepaid Visa card.
Strakka Racing will switch to running Dunlop tyres on its S103 for both Le Mans and the remainder of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team is testing the Dunlop rubber, used by all other entrants in the WEC LMP2 category at Spa this week and will again at the Le Mans Test Day later this month.
Marangoni has announced that it is showing its commercial and industrial tyres at the company’s stand in Hall 22, Stand A46 at Autopromotec next week.
The Ducati Scrambler special edition introduced on 22 May at the London Bike Shed – the “SC-Rumble" – is the latest chapter in Pirelli’s technical collaboration with its compatriot. Like other versions of the Scrambler, the bike is fitted with Pirelli MT 60 RS tyres, with the tread replicated on the tank along with the Ducati Scrambler logo. The SC-Rumble will begin a trip from the British capital to Biarritz, where it will participate in the Wheels and Waves event.
A replacement has been found for Raj Banerji, who resigned as Apollo Tyres’ chief financial officer after less than two months in the job. Gaurav Kumar, previously group head of corporate strategy and finance, has taken on the role and will oversee Apollo Tyres’ global accounts, finance, taxation and investor relations from the company’s headquarters in Gurgaon, India. He reports to vice-chairman and managing director, Neeraj Kanwar.
This month I went back to school. Tyre 2015 – the fourth International Tyre Colloquium, hosted by University of Surrey to be precise. While much of the science was beyond those of us that don’t work in R&D, the concepts behind the really technical stuff are fascinating. And what’s more, they offer a unique insight into what is on the horizon in terms of tyre development, vehicle dynamics and indeed original equipment (OE) trends.