The first meetings of National Advisory Panels, established by Servicesure Autocentres in order “to give independent garages a voice on key issues and influence business services provided to them,” have been held. The inaugural meeting of the Servicesure Autocentres National Advisory Panel for England & Wales took place in Stratford-upon-Avon.
With interactive displays, competitions, giveaways, technical seminars and even the chance to win a Mini, garage technicians and apprentices from across the South enjoyed Andrew Page’s latest AutoInsider Live show at Sandown Park on 14 May.
Kenda USA has added another offering to their Kenda Klever line. The Klever S/T is designed to help fill a gap in the SUV/CUV marketplace with a 60,000 mileage warranty and M&S all-season capabilities. It will be available to order on 1 June, 2015.
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.
Marangoni has announced that it is showing its commercial and industrial tyres at the company’s stand in Hall 22, Stand A46 at Autopromotec next week.
Braking systems specialist, Brake Engineering has called on the automotive aftermarket not to “coat over the real issues of fitting brake discs.” The company states that training is more important than ever for the independent automotive aftermarket.
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.
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.