Company News

Dunlop is official tyre of AMG Driving Academy

Dunlop is the official tyre partner of the AMG Driving Academy for the 2014/2015 season. The partnership with the AMG Driving Academy is the next step of an ongoing cooperation between Mercedes-AMG and Dunlop, with both companies delivering high performance products to the market.

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UK News

Dumfries drivers are UK’s most satisfied with their cars

Dumfries drivers are the happiest with their cars rating them higher overall than anywhere else in the UK. Meanwhile, car owners in Rochester rated their cars lowest on a national car review conducted by WeLoveAnyCar.com. The car review site, with 137,860 car reviews, has produced the UK’s first local car owner satisfaction index showing that car owners rate their cars differently according to where they live. The table, reproduced below, has been publicised in the run up to the National Car Awards in September.

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International News

Chengshan given first dibs on Cooper Chengshan tyre plant

A binding decision on the future ownership of the Chinese joint venture company set up by Cooper Tire & Rubber and Chengshan Group Company Ltd is still to be made, however the two parties are now in talks and have entered into an option agreement for working out the future of Cooper Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Company Ltd (CCT).

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Motorsport

Pirelli previews F1 return from mid-season break at Spa

Pirelli previews F1 return from mid-season break at Spa

Following a three-week break the 2014 Formula One season will resume at the fan-favourite Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Pirelli will supply its P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tyres, a softer choice compared to last year – the exclusive tyre supplier says this allocation is designed to promote different strategies on what is, at 7km, the longest lap of the year.

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Retreading News

TRA: WISH waste tyre storage proposals ’arrogant’ and ‘counter intuitive’

Proposals by the ESA-led ‘WISH’ group have been branded counter-intuitive and arrogant by Britain’s Tyre Recovery Association (TRA) whose members handle more than three quarters of the country’s end-of-life tyre arisings. Commenting further on the proposals, TRA secretary general Peter Taylor OBE called the impression given by WISH that its consultation document was the result of wide ranging consultation to be wholly disingenuous.

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Product News

Toyo Open Country W/T Audi’s choice for all-season SUV performance

Toyo Open Country W/T Audi’s choice for all-season SUV performance

Toyo’s Open Country W/T tyre is Audi’s choice as OEM fitment on its flagship Q7 model, a fact that Toyo says proves its quality. The Japanese manufacturer designed the model as a highway winter tyre for SUVs, but says its compound and tread design also make it a capable all-rounder suitable for UK driving conditions during most of the year.

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Career Tracks

New manager for Continental’s independent aftermarket business

New manager for Continental’s independent aftermarket business

Continental has named Peter Wagner managing director of Continental Aftermarket GmbH, the Interior division business that specialises in products for the independent aftermarket. Wagner, previously sales manager within the business, began in this role on 1 July. He succeeds Helmut Ernst, who left Continental to take up a position at ZF Services.

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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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