Following his appointment as Giti international director – marketing and sales, Tyres & Accessories recently caught up with Richard Lyons at the company’s UK headquarters in Cheshire and asked what’s behind the promotion. Answering, Lyons explained by putting the announcement in the context of “continual development” at Giti. In this respect Lyons’ words fit into what the company’s top management are saying on the subject.
Trade Garage Equipment’s annual gala dinner and ‘trade approved’ equipment supplier and service conference was the highlight of an exciting year, where sales reached new heights and established the company at the forefront of the garage equipment market.
Aeolus became platinum sponsor of the Dongfeng Racing Team in the Volvo Ocean Race this season (2014/15), and now for the first time in in the Race’s 41-year history a Chinese team has won a leg. After leading the fleet virtually all the way from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, over more than 5,000 miles of intense ocean racing, Dongfeng finally crossed the finish line in first place as the sun rose over Sanya (23:31:38 UTC) in a time of 23 days, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 38 seconds.
Vipal Rubber’s New Zealand partner, Power Retreads, has opened a new manufacturing unit in Hastings on the country’s North Island. During the opening, which took place last month, guests were able tour the premises and learn more about the products and procedure. Vipal has worked in partnership with Power Retreads since 2007. That is why on this occasion Vipal’s representatives gave the firm an acknowledgement plate for the work it has performed in the last 7 years.
Although Goodyear Dunlop has trademarked the name “Sportmax RaceSmart”, it won’t be using it on a new Dunlop motorcycle race tyre this year – and has no plans for later on, either. The company has put the lid on speculation regarding this, telling Tyres & Accessories that while new developments and upgrades are continually added to the two-wheel product portfolio, there will definitely be no new Dunlop model entering the race tyre segment this year. And looking further ahead, there are no firm plans to bolster the ‘Smart’ brand family – ScootSmart, StreetSmart, RoadSmart and SportSmart – with a tyre bearing the RaceSmart name.
As of January 2015, Laura van den Heuvel will occupy the newly created position of sales manager at Heuver Tyrewholesale. The wholesaler said the position has been introduced to further improve effectiveness and customer focus.
Leading road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for traffic education to become an integral part of the National Curriculum, in an effort to cut the numbers of young people killed and injured on UK roads. The call ties in with a survey by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) which found only eight of 15 European countries had mandatory traffic education in schools.