Company News

Goodyear Dunlop names Jürgen Titz DACH region group managing director

Goodyear Dunlop names Jürgen Titz DACH region group managing director

Jürgen Titz, who served as UK and Ireland director of consumer replacement tyres at Goodyear Dunlop between 2009 and 2013, has been appointed the new head of Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany. He begins as group managing director of Goodyear Dunlop’s DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) organisation on 1 June, succeeding George Rietbergen, who held the post since 1 August 2013 and will now, according to a statement released by Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe president Darren Wells, “follow a new career outside the company.”

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UK News

UK car production passes half million mark

UK car production passes half million mark

New figures released by the SMMT show the UK surpassed the 500,000 milestone for car production this April, with 530,505 new cars built so far this year. Production for the domestic market is up 19.4 per cent in the first four months of the year, reflecting strong performance in the UK new car market.

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International News

Marangoni delegates Marix 4×4/ltr distribution to German subsidiary

Marangoni delegates Marix 4×4/ltr distribution to German subsidiary

Responsibility for the marketing of Marangoni’s 4x4 and light commercial vehicle retreads in Germany has been handed to the company’s 100 per cent owned subsidiary, Wenzel Industrie. The company, which is based near Bremen, will deal with these products in rim diameters up to and including 19-inches.

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Motorsport

Prototype 18-inch tyres taken for a spin in Monaco

Prototype 18-inch tyres taken for a spin in Monaco

Last week’s Monaco Grand Prix delivered Nico Rosberg his third victory in a row at the track, and prior to the race the Circuit de Monaco was also host to 18-inch tyre demonstrations for two F1 feeder championships. Pirelli showed off its larger diameter race-ready GP2 rubber while Renault Sport Technologies fielded a Formula Renault 3.5 car fitted with 18-inch Michelin tyres. These demonstrations are significant given both tyre makers’ views on the direction F1 tyre evolution should take, a topic of particular interest now that tenders are open for F1 tyre supply between 2017 and 2019.

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Product News

September launch for 3rd member of Goodyear’s Ultra Grip Max tyre trio

September launch for 3rd member of Goodyear’s Ultra Grip Max tyre trio

The Goodyear Ultra Grip Max winter truck tyre range will soon be completed with the introduction of the Ultra Grip Max T trailer tyre. The 3PMSF and M+S approved tyres will be available in sizes 385/55R22.5 and 385/65R22.5 from September 2015. The first two tyres in the Ultra Grip Max range, the S steer and D drive fitments, were recently released in sizes 315/70R22.5 and 315/80R22.5.

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Career Tracks

Infinity Tyres announces new European sales team and office

Infinity Tyres, part of the Al Dobowi Group, has announced two new appointments in European leadership positions. Mitchell Peeters and Riccardo Costa, formerly of Goodyear, have joined the company in the roles of executive director and general manager Europe respectively, operating out of a new European sales office, based in Madrid, Spain.

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Collaboration is the future…or is it?

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.

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