Company News

Trelleborg acquires Australian agricultural tyre business

Trelleborg acquires Australian agricultural tyre business

Sales of Trelleborg agricultural tyres in the Australian original equipment and replacement markets will benefit from Trelleborg Wheel Systems’ acquisition of Armstrong Tyres, an agricultural segment service and distribution company. Trelleborg has signed an agreement to purchase the Australian firm for an undisclosed sum, and the transaction is expected to be finalised in the second quarter of 2015.

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UK News

Kirkby Tyres to support Double Coin, Sailun from separate CV Show stands

Kirkby Tyres to support Double Coin, Sailun from separate CV Show stands

Kirkby Tyres has revealed its plans to support its Double Coin and Sailun product ranges from two different stands at this year’s CV Show. Both brands will be exhibited on dedicated, neighbouring 84m2 stands separated by a walkway in Hall 3, with Kirkby staff participating on both stand 3D79 (Double Coin) and 3C70 (Sailun Tyres). The CV Show is held annually at the NEC, Birmingham, and takes place on 14-16 April.

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International News

Belshina factory idled due to apparent Asian import competition

The Belshina tyre plant is scheduled to re-start production today (1 April 2015) after production ceased on 26 March, according to the Belarusian Independent Trade Union various (BITU), in a move that is seen as indicative of wider economic concerns and is blamed on low-cost Asian tyre imports. Artur Mikhalap, BITU chairman, commented: “The plant stopped completely, reason unknown to me, but the thinking is the same as in most enterprises - no market. Warehouses are filled up. According to my information the plant stopped only for five days, until April 1.

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Motorsport

Evergreen-backed Zelos returns to Ginetta Junior grid

Evergreen-backed Zelos returns to Ginetta Junior grid

Evergreen has renewed its relationship with young racing driver Dan Zelos after a successful 2014. The brand will support the promising Norfolk teenager during another season of the ITV4-televised Ginetta Junior Championship – one of the leading support series’ to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) – as it begins at Brands Hatch on Easter weekend (4-5 April).

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Retreading News

Tuning in to RFID – ‘Chipping’ retreaded tyres saves time & adds value, says Roline

Tuning in to RFID – ‘Chipping’ retreaded tyres saves time & adds value, says Roline

Innovative practices aren’t only found amongst the big players in the retreading industry. One small Dutch firm has invested in a better way of keeping tabs on the tyres it retreads, and aims to extend this to the fleets it works with. In February, Tyres & Accessories spoke with Hans Jörg from Lopik-based retreader Roline, and learnt how a technology of interest to top level motorsport is being used in retreaded bus and truck tyres.

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Product News

Yokohama to exhibit airborne lavatory products at Aircraft Interiors Expo

Yokohama to exhibit airborne lavatory products at Aircraft Interiors Expo

Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., is to exhibit its line-up of aircraft lavatory products, including its retrofit module for use when upgrading current on-board facilities, at Hamburg Messe in Germany as Part of Aircraft Interiors Expo, which runs between 14 and 16 April. Yokohama Rubber manufactures and sells a wide range of aircraft components, including water […]

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Career Tracks

ChemChina chairman against Pirelli job cuts, pro Italian re-listing

ChemChina’s chairman, Ren Jianxin, has publically reiterated his and his company’s commitment to completing its proposed takeover of Pirelli. Speaking to the Financial Times, Ren quoted a Chinese proverb and explained: “…It means that one must do everything in one’s power to facilitate a marriage. We are hoping that all the pieces can come together for our wonderful marriage with Pirelli.”

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Legislation

Government grant to buy electric bikes

Consumers will be able to receive a Government grant of up to £1,500 off the sale price of electric motorcycles and scooters, in a bid to encourage the purchase of zero emission two wheeler vehicles, the Government has announced.

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