Company News

Battery Electric Vehicle manufacturers unite to form charging network

A partnership of Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) manufacturers have joined forces through the European Union’s TEN-T programme to create a multi-standard and inter-operable charging network through the United Kingdom and Ireland. As well as helping to finance the €7+ million scheme, the consortium is providing other members of the project with the benefit of its […]

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UK News

Pedal power raises £75,000 for Transaid

Pedal power raises £75,000 for Transaid

Charitable volunteers from across the transport industry cycled to Brussels at the weekend, in a bid to raise £75,000 for Transaid. The 34-strong team had already raised £45,000 by the time they set off on the 340km ride on Friday (12 September) and are confident of reaching their fundraising target once the remaining sponsorship money […]

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International News

Geneva Motor Show unveils 2015 poster

Geneva Motor Show unveils 2015 poster

Palexpo has unveiled the latest Geneva International Motor Show poster ahead of the 2015 exhibition. According to the organisers the poster for the 85th edition of the show (which runs from 5-15 March 2015) was designed in a competition by visual communication students from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), under the direction of Jonas Voegeli. The winners, Monika Regina Nef and Nico Bucci, drew inspiration from various car components. Their striking illustration of a headlight symbolises a future-oriented attitude.

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Motorsport

UK man snaps winning MotoGP photo

UK man snaps winning MotoGP photo

The UK’s Graham Holt has won this year’s Bridgestone MotoGP photo contest. Holt’s picture, which shows Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi riding on a total of two wheels, was singled out by the judging panel as it “managed to capture the spirit camaraderie and competition as well as the technical skill and prowess” of the two riders. Second place went to Germany’s Friedrich Weisse, while Marco Guidetti from Italy was voted third. The top 20 entries were on display during the 2014 Misano Grand Prix.

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Retreading News

Bridgestone staying strong in a growing truck tyre market

Bridgestone staying strong in a growing truck tyre market

The good news is that with demand up and with the company selling as big a proportion of retreads as ever, Bridgestone’s UK truck tyre business remains a key player in the UK truck tyre market. In the Republic of Ireland things are even better. However, premium manufacturers like Bridgestone have also seen the rise in the prominence of lower cost alternatives in recent years. While companies like Bridgestone continue to occupy leading positions when it comes to blue-chip and other national fleets, the wider context brings new challenges with it, especially when it comes to countering volume versus value strategies. Tyres & Accessories spoke with Bridgestone UK commercial director Greg Ward in order to find out more.

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Product News

Delticom adds new winter sizes to Star Performer range

New winter sizes have entered Delticom’s Star Performer exclusive brand line-up in time for this year’s cold season. The new products are already available from Delticom’s national online portals, including the company’s UK consumer and B2B sites.

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Career Tracks

NTDA appoints new membership administrator

The NTDA has appointed Natasha Pullinger as its new membership administrator. According to the association, Pullinger’s key responsibility will be to support the development of the NTDA by providing day-to-day administrative functions and providing a point of contact and liaison between the NTDA, its members, other tyre industry bodies and key industry stakeholders. She will also provide support to NTDA committees and other industry meetings and engage in the association’s marketing and PR activities.

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Legislation

Conflicting views on higher speed limits for trucks

The Government has announced plans to raise the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads to 50 mph and the move has generated diametrically opposed views. On the pro side, Transport minister Claire Perry says that the move is part of a package of measures to cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving. Brake, the road safety charity, has expressed serious concerns about the proposed limit increase and the announcement comes as a survey by Brake and Digby Brown solicitors reveals the extent of risky driving on country roads.

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