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500,000th tree planted in Yokohama Forever Forest project

500,000th tree planted in Yokohama Forever Forest project

The Yokohama Rubber Co, Ltd, planted the 500,000th tree in its Forever Forest project on September 14. Begun in 2007, the latest landmark matches the tyre manufacturer’s goal. Chairman Tadanobu Nagumo and president Masataka Yamaishi joined others to celebrate planting of the commemorative tree at the Hiratsuka Factory. To build upon the project's success to date, Yokohama Rubber said it would continue various related activities, including planting trees at new plants, providing saplings to various regions, promoting wild bird watching events, and monitoring CO2 absorption amounts. It added that it would also contribute to biodiversity conservation efforts within our business premises and in the surrounding communities.

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Accessibility and affordability driving 4×4 market – Maxxis

Accessibility and affordability driving 4×4 market – Maxxis

Global tyre brand and Cheng Shin Rubber wholly owned subsidiary, Maxxis has created a portfolio that is particularly strong in the 4x4 tyre market, with an emphasis on the more extreme off-road conditions an important part of its marketing strategy. The accessibility of the 4x4 and SUV car market to more budget conscious motorists has increased with lower priced vehicles entering the booming market. As such, Maxxis is positioned as a lower cost alternative to the traditional premium brands, though also offering global brand recognition through its activities in extreme sports.

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International News

Goodyear to acquire Ventech Systems from Grenzebach Maschinenbau

Goodyear has agreed to acquire Ventech Systems GmbH, a leader in automated tyre inspection technology, from Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH. The company was founded in 2006 and offers a fully-automated tyre inspection system that checks tyre pressure, tread depth and vehicle weight for buses, trucks, cars and other vehicles. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter. The business and technology will be integrated into the company’s Goodyear Proactive Solutions business.

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Career Tracks

KPMG appoints Ed Thomas UK head of transport

KPMG appoints Ed Thomas UK head of transport

KPMG has appointed Ed Thomas as its UK head of transport with immediate effect. Thomas joined the firm as a graduate in 1995 and was promoted to partner in 2013. He has been central to KPMG’s transport advisory business since he joined. Specialising in rail, he has led both policy reviews for Government and bidding engagements for the private sector in the UK. With a wide international grasp of the sector, Ed has also led rail projects in North America and Southeast Asia. Beyond rail, he advises public sector transport authorities on the funding of new infrastructure.

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Motorsport News

Bentley, Lamborghini vie for British GT glory with on Pirelli tyres

Bentley, Lamborghini vie for British GT glory with on Pirelli tyres

The winners of this year’s British GT Championship titles in both the GT3 and GT4 classes will be decided in a two-hour race at Donington Park on Sunday, where all entrants will be equipped with Pirelli tyres. The track, which also hosts the World Superbike Championship, supplied by Pirelli, is only a 14-mile drive from the manufacturer’s Burton-upon-Trent facility, making it something of a home track.

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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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Machine Mart introduces Clarke micro multi function jump start/charger

Machine Mart introduces Clarke micro multi function jump start/charger

Friday 22nd September 2017 | 0 Comments

Machine Mart has introduced the Clarke CLIPPJS; a small and lightweight portable lithium-ion power pack acts as a multi function jump start, charger and torch, described by the company as “the ideal compact emergency power source this winter.”

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Selecta invests in CAM Cloud

Thursday 21st September 2017 | 0 Comments

Independent tyre dealer Selecta Tyre has invested in CAM Cloud, which allows CAM to host Selecta’s Cameo system in its data centre. CAM states the managed service will provide quality, hassle-free maintenance of Selecta’s server and backup solution across its 15 depots and 40 users.

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Battery performance monitoring firm charged up by The Nucleus

Battery performance monitoring firm charged up by The Nucleus

Wednesday 20th September 2017 | 0 Comments

A new online service called dox that aims to help businesses keep on top of their battery consumption, is entering a venture building programme called The Nucleus, supported by The UK Lebanon Tech Hub (UKLTH) a joint initiative from the UK government and Banque du Liban, Lebanon’s Central Bank. dox helps firms track their battery usage, and show when batteries about to fail or need to be replaced. Currently, dox is in the middle of a private beta, in which companies can join the program and test the product for themselves. The company anticipates expansion into other significant markets, such as the automotive and drone industries. With the continued emergence of electric vehicles and the rapidly increasing uses for drones, battery management systems with software for the numerous fleets likely to grow with the increased use of EVs, dox states that there will be a significant demand for battery management systems.

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