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Cooper Tire Europe launches all-new Discoverer S/TMAXX POR

Cooper Tire Europe launches all-new Discoverer S/TMAXX POR

Few names are as synonymous with professional off-road tyres as Cooper, and the American manufacturer has extended its reach in the segment in recent years via its relationship with the Dakar veteran Xavi Foj, made a brand ambassador. The latest tyre to be released by the manufacturer, the Discoverer S/TMAXX POR (Professional Off Road), as a tyre designed for 4x4 driving in extreme conditions, is one that is particularly relevant to Foj. Indeed, the driver commented on its introduction: “the Discoverer S/TMAXX POR is my tyre of choice, the most complete tyre for all uses – from daily tarmac to victory in the toughest terrain in the Dakar Rally.”

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UK News

Dmack double seals British Rally Championship

Dmack double seals British Rally Championship

Dmack competitors have taken both the overall and team’s British Rally Championships, after every single round in 2017 was won using the brand’s tyres. Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin were crowned overall champions on the final two rounds at Rally Isle of Man, with a 0.1 second victory. Competitors using Dmack products won 78 out of the 100 stages. Unbeaten overall since May 2016, Dmack tyres have been used by the winners of 12 consecutive BRC events.

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Product News

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure wins DriveOut’s all-terrain tyre test

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure wins DriveOut’s all-terrain tyre test

Goodyear’s Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure 265/65 R17 claimed first place in an all-terrain tyre test conducted by DriveOut Magazine. Of the seven tested tyres, including such names as General and BFGoodrich, Goodyear’s new on/off road tyre ranked highest with an overall result of 97,46 per cent. The manufacturer stated that the test win was “testimony to Goodyear’s continuous innovation and long heritage in the 4x4 category.”

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International News

Hamilton wins first battle of Pirelli wet tyres at Singapore

Hamilton wins first battle of Pirelli wet tyres at Singapore

The first ever wet Singapore Grand Prix saw the top six starting on Pirelli’s Cinturato Green intermediate tyre and a mixture of Cinturato Blue wets and intermediates further down the grid. the early safety car periods provided the opportunity for some drivers to change from wet to intermediate tyres, while Daniel Ricciardo, who had started on intermediates, opted to change to a fresh set of intermediates. The Red Bull driver finished the grand prix second, behind the Mercedes of race winner Lewis Hamilton.

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Career Tracks

Pelmar promotes EMEA sales director

Pelmar promotes EMEA sales director

The Pelmar Group has appointed Enrique Guix to the position of sales director EMEA. Guix takes on the role on top of his responsibility for the South and Central America market, effective from 1 September 2017. Guix will report directly to Robert Adam, managing director of Pelmar Germany, which has become the hub of all Pelmar Engineering European activity.

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Retreading News

Lukatec launches robotic buffer website

With more than 100 machines in operation, Lukatec, felt the time was right to launch a new exclusive robotic buffer website. According to the company, the firm’s reputation as an innovation leader can be directly attributed to Lukatec’s development and launch in 2012 of a Dual Tire Robotic Buffer.

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Emissions inspections push Chinese tyremakers to the brink

Emissions inspections push Chinese tyremakers to the brink

With a headline like that, you could be forgiven for thinking that this month’s column refers to the ongoing geopolitical sabre rattling taking place between China’s North Korean neighbours and the USA. However, as important as the hint of nuclear escalation is, here we focus on how the overheating Chinese tyre market is as close as it has ever been to boiling over. Two key subjects have raised the temperature in the People’s Republic during the last month or so: The European Commission’s (EC) decision to initiate an anti-dumping investigation against Chinese-produced truck and bus tyres; and the even more imminent effects of local environmental emissions investigations within China itself, which have led to the suspension and even closure of numerous businesses in the country (see below).

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Spring 2018 launch for Hankook Kinergy Eco²

Spring 2018 launch for Hankook Kinergy Eco²

Friday 15th September 2017 | 0 Comments

A new generation of Hankook Kinergy Eco will be released in spring 2018. The Kinergy Eco² was developed for modern small, compact and mid-range vehicles and, like its predecessor, a focus has been placed upon safety, fuel economy and driving comfort. An initial launch range of 52 sizes will cover demand in the 13- to 16-inch rim diameter size bracket.

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Michelin OE on certain 2018 Harley-Davidson Softails

Michelin OE on certain 2018 Harley-Davidson Softails

Friday 15th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Michelin is suppling two new Michelin-Harley-Davidson co-branded Scorcher tyres as original equipment on selected 2018 Harley Davidson Softail motorcycles. According to the tyre maker, the Michelin Scorcher 31 features traditional cruiser styling cues while the Michelin Scorcher 11 offers a sportier look. The Scorcher “11” and Scorcher “31” are factory-installed on many models, and can be installed as a replacement tyre on other specified models.

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Automechanika Birmingham launches plans for 2018 event

Thursday 14th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Automechanika Birmingham has announced details of its plans to bring the UK automotive industry together again for its 2018 event.

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