With coverage of ChemChina’s purchase of Pirelli waning, various newswires have been reporting market rumours that Bridgestone has been preparing a counterbid for Pirelli. However, in an interview with Reuters on 26 March, Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said that such a move would be “a disaster”. He supported ChemChina’s bid, on the other hand, saying it is: "good for the future of Pirelli and guarantees its global growth".
Suckling Transport has renewed its Effitires contract with Michelin Solutions. The company wants to increase safety further through effective tyre management. The Effitires contract – Michelin Solutions’ name for an outsourced tyre management deal – covers the entire 168-strong Suckling Transport fleet of tractor units and trailers on a fixed pence per kilometre (PPK) contract.
Dubai-based importer-exporter Zafco is to expand the reach of the Thai commercial vehicle tyre brand, Otani. The manufacturer was incorporated three decades ago with the aim of becoming a leading manufacturer of agricultural, off-the-road, and commercial bias tyres in Southeast Asia. Otani has since expanded its TBR range, and now has an eye on Europe, having displayed its 14-size Expero TBR range at Reifen 2014 on Zafco’s stand.
The 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will dominate ITV4’s Easter Sunday schedule (5 April). Eight hours of live, free-to-air and exclusive UK television coverage will be broadcast from the opening event of the season at Brands Hatch, demonstrating the reasons for Dunlop’s continued investment in its title sponsorship and tyre supply agreement. Global interest in the series is also growing, exemplified by the series’ new North American broadcast partner, CBS Sports Network, which plans to award the BTCC with a prime time slot on Wednesday evenings.
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.
Milltek Sport has released details of its new complete exhaust solution for the E39 BMW M5. The super-saloon, widely regarded as one of the finest cars ever made, has been out of production for over a decade now, a fact Milltek says will mean attentive owners will be considering a replacement for the aging OEM exhaust. The new exhaust is “similarly over-engineered”, according to Milltek, providing extra performance and value to the car.
ATS Euromaster Group finance director Rachel McMullen has won the UK Finance Director of the Year Award at the Business Finance Awards 2015. McMullen recognised in the Blue Chip category (companies with a turnover greater than £250 million). The senior finance team was also nominated for the Finance Team of the Year. McMullen commented: “I was proud just to be shortlisted, but winning has been fantastic. The financial team at ATS Euromaster has been crucial and through this award I am thrilled that our efforts over the last five years have been recognised.”
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents Britain’s 5,400 independent petrol filling stations, has joined the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) in calling for ATMs to be exempt from Business Rates.