Company News

The Tire Cologne ‘confirms key players’ for 2018 opening

The Tire Cologne ‘confirms key players’ for 2018 opening

The Tire Cologne – the Koelnmesse organised rival exhibition to Messe Essen’s Reifen series, commencing in 2018 – has fired the starting pistol in its registration phase. The exhibition, which will take place in Cologne at the same time as Reifen 2018 in Essen (29 May to 1 June 2018), will feature important tyre and wheel business players from across the industry.

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UK News

First Stop to the rescue for First Responder volunteers

First Stop to the rescue for First Responder volunteers

One of First Stop’s most valued garages has gone the extra mile for the local community, courtesy of a new emergency 4x4 vehicle worth £30,000. Risboro Garage, based in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire has donated a Honda CRV 4x4 for the Risborough Community First Responders (CFR) team following months of fundraising.

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International News

Yokohama to run US national rebate programme

Yokohama to run US national rebate programme

Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) will run its latest USA national rebate promotion between 22 and 25 May. Consumers purchasing a set of four select Yokohama tyres, including the Advan Sport A/S, and Geolandar G055 and H/T G056, will receive a $60 prepaid Visa card.

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Motorsport

Strakka Racing switching from Michelin to Dunlop ahead of Le Mans 24 Hours

Strakka Racing switching from Michelin to Dunlop ahead of Le Mans 24 Hours

Strakka Racing will switch to running Dunlop tyres on its S103 for both Le Mans and the remainder of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team is testing the Dunlop rubber, used by all other entrants in the WEC LMP2 category at Spa this week and will again at the Le Mans Test Day later this month.

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Product News

Pirelli tyres fitted on Ducati Scrambler Vibrazioni Art Design special edition

Pirelli tyres fitted on Ducati Scrambler Vibrazioni Art Design special edition

The Ducati Scrambler special edition introduced on 22 May at the London Bike Shed – the “SC-Rumble" – is the latest chapter in Pirelli’s technical collaboration with its compatriot. Like other versions of the Scrambler, the bike is fitted with Pirelli MT 60 RS tyres, with the tread replicated on the tank along with the Ducati Scrambler logo. The SC-Rumble will begin a trip from the British capital to Biarritz, where it will participate in the Wheels and Waves event.

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Career Tracks

Apollo Tyres promotes Gaurav Kumar to CFO

Apollo Tyres promotes Gaurav Kumar to CFO

A replacement has been found for Raj Banerji, who resigned as Apollo Tyres’ chief financial officer after less than two months in the job. Gaurav Kumar, previously group head of corporate strategy and finance, has taken on the role and will oversee Apollo Tyres’ global accounts, finance, taxation and investor relations from the company’s headquarters in Gurgaon, India. He reports to vice-chairman and managing director, Neeraj Kanwar.

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Comment

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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