For the eighth consecutive year, Pirelli has been nominated the world leader in the ATX Auto Components sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability indices, with a score of 85/100 compared to a sector average of 48/100. The results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review were announced on 11 September by S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world’s largest providers of financial market indices, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on sustainability investing.
NTDA director Stefan Hay says next month’s Brityrex International in Manchester will be the business and social high point of the UK tyre industry calendar for 2014. The biennial, three-day show is the only dedicated trade-only exhibition that brings together UK and international suppliers of tyres, garage equipment, tools, consumables, IT and training services inside the UK.
Sumitomo Rubber Industries has been awarded a contract from Chrysler Group LLC to supply tires for the 2015 Jeep Compass and Patriot BUX (Built-Up Export) models to be sold in Mexico, China, Australia and other countries around the world. The Compass and Patriot are offered in right and left-hand drive configurations and available with gas and […]
It is three years since Avon Tyres has introduced a new tyre to the British GT Championship – the title sponsor says that series organiser, SRO Motorsports Group, requested the tyres remain the same due to team and driver satisfaction with them. But for next season the Avon slick used by all GT3 and GT4 teams will feature a new compound.
The good news is that with demand up and with the company selling as big a proportion of retreads as ever, Bridgestone’s UK truck tyre business remains a key player in the UK truck tyre market. In the Republic of Ireland things are even better. However, premium manufacturers like Bridgestone have also seen the rise in the prominence of lower cost alternatives in recent years. While companies like Bridgestone continue to occupy leading positions when it comes to blue-chip and other national fleets, the wider context brings new challenges with it, especially when it comes to countering volume versus value strategies. Tyres & Accessories spoke with Bridgestone UK commercial director Greg Ward in order to find out more.
The launch date for the successor to the BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO has been announced. The tyre maker claims the new All-Terrain T/A KO2 will be its “most advanced light truck tyre ever” and has scheduled its North American introduction for 1 November; it is likely that UK drivers will need to wait until 2015 before picking up a set.
The NTDA has appointed Natasha Pullinger as its new membership administrator. According to the association, Pullinger’s key responsibility will be to support the development of the NTDA by providing day-to-day administrative functions and providing a point of contact and liaison between the NTDA, its members, other tyre industry bodies and key industry stakeholders. She will also provide support to NTDA committees and other industry meetings and engage in the association’s marketing and PR activities.
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.