Company News

Trelleborg divests automotive rubber component facility

Swedish firm Trelleborg has signed an agreement to divest a facility that manufactures rubber drive shaft and steering boots for light vehicles. The business operation is based in Spain and is part of the Trelleborg Industrial Solutions business area. The buyer is the French Group Delmon Industrie S.A.

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UK News

NTDA highlights business opportunities at Brityrex

NTDA highlights business opportunities at Brityrex

NTDA director Stefan Hay says next month’s Brityrex International in Manchester will be the business and social high point of the UK tyre industry calendar for 2014. The biennial, three-day show is the only dedicated trade-only exhibition that brings together UK and international suppliers of tyres, garage equipment, tools, consumables, IT and training services inside the UK.

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International News

Michelin geocaching contest begins

Michelin geocaching contest begins

Last month, Michelin announced that as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations it would conduct a geocaching treasure hunt in the US. The contest began on 8 September and in this first phase, geocachers are voluntarily distributing the nearly 1,500 Bibendum, or Michelin Man, tyre gauge trackables – each has a unique alphanumeric code –throughout the country. When this task commenced, Michelin said all trackables will be hidden and logged “within days”.

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Motorsport

British GT to receive a new slick tyre in 2015

British GT to receive a new slick tyre in 2015

It is three years since Avon Tyres has introduced a new tyre to the British GT Championship – the title sponsor says that series organiser, SRO Motorsports Group, requested the tyres remain the same due to team and driver satisfaction with them. But for next season the Avon slick used by all GT3 and GT4 teams will feature a new compound.

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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

BFGoodrich to launch “most advanced” light truck tyre

BFGoodrich to launch “most advanced” light truck tyre

The launch date for the successor to the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO has been announced. The tyre maker claims the new All-Terrain T/A KO2 will be its “most advanced light truck tyre ever” and has scheduled its North American introduction for 1 November; it is likely that UK drivers will need to wait until 2015 before picking up a set.

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Career Tracks

CAM appoints Mouse as new customer liaison officer

CAM appoints Mouse as new customer liaison officer

Marianna Linscott, known as “Mouse”, has been appointed by CAM as junior customer liaison officer. The software systems supplier to the tyre industry said the appointment reinforces its commitment to providing proactive frontline communications to its UK and Republic of Ireland customer base, which it claims has nearly doubled in the past five years.

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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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