Kwik-Fit GB has reported operating profits of £22.922 million – almost double the 2013 figure of £11.918 million – despite annual sales remaining relatively flat (the company posted just a 1 per cent increase over 2013).
After the Conservative Party joined Labour in pledging increased apprenticeship opportunities, the Institute of the Motor Industry has urged political parties to think carefully about how to improve such positions. Steve Nash, CEO of the IMI which represents the UK retail motor industry, is pleased to hear the latest political party promise about apprenticeships. But he’s concerned that the issue is just becoming one of the items on the list of ‘vote winner’ promises without, necessarily, addressing the challenge of how to attract young people to apprenticeships.
The Bridgestone Group is donating US$1 million to critical efforts underway in Liberia and the region to combat the Ebola outbreak. Specifically, $500,000 will be paid to Samaritan’s Purse by Bridgestone Americas, Inc. for work in Liberia, while Bridgestone Corporation will donate $500,000 (JPY 54 million) to support UNICEF’s efforts in Liberia and Nigeria. This $1,000,000 donation, announced on 29 September, follows months of work by Firestone Liberia to manage an effective Ebola emergency response programme on its subsidiary rubber farm and nearby communities in country. The funds are aimed at strengthening efforts to stop the spread of Ebola through public awareness; helping facilitate delivery of in-home care supplies for the sick; enhancing medical treatment; and providing support for children left orphaned due to the epidemic.
Ultra Racing has released a new strut brace for all R34 Nissan Skyline models. Intended for owners wanting to increase the torsional rigidity of their cars, or to make the chassis more efficient for fast road or track driving, the strut is formed using a ‘one-piece’ steel construction, making it more rigid than ‘flexible’ or […]
Continental AG has announced that its first third generation truck tyres will be available as retreaded tyres from October. Specifically it will be the first hot retreaded ContiRe EcoPlus HT3 from the ContiLifeCycle plant in Hanover.
Starting 1 October, Dominic Moran will assume top level responsibility for the supply of automotive parts, workshop equipment, software and services for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in the role of divisional director for the UK and Ireland. He replaces Robin Shaw, who is leaving the Bosch Group.
The Government has announced plans to raise the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads to 50 mph and the move has generated diametrically opposed views. On the pro side, Transport minister Claire Perry says that the move is part of a package of measures to cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving. Brake, the road safety charity, has expressed serious concerns about the proposed limit increase and the announcement comes as a survey by Brake and Digby Brown solicitors reveals the extent of risky driving on country roads.