The Unipart Group has released a statement on Unipart Automotive’s descent into administration and the partial rescue by a joint deal between Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance. While expressing sympathy for the company’s plight, the Unipart Group sought to delineate the boundary between the Unipart business units of which it remains in control and the stricken parts distributor.
Car production in the UK has been described as “robust” by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, who report that manufacturing volumes rose 3.5 per cent year-on-year between January and June 2014 to 791,314 units. Output in the month of June was 136,419 vehicles, 3.7 per cent higher than a year earlier and a result driven by a 16.5 per cent growth in production for the UK market.
Information on the 2015 Pirelli Calendar has been revealed to the Italian edition of Vanity Fair. The publication shared this with the world and reports that the coming Cal, which was shot in May by Steven Meisel, features New York as a backdrop and will feature Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima, Isabeli Fontana, Raquel Zimmermann, Natalia Vodianova, Sasha Luss and – in what Vanity Fair calls the “real news of the Calendar’s 42nd edition” – plus-size model Candice Huffine. This is the first time the Pirelli Calendar has featured a ‘curvy’ model and Huffine has described her presence on “the most glamorous set in the world" as “a sign that things are really changing.”
The Nankang Tyre Drift Team claimed first place at the British Drifting Championship Team Constructors event at the season’s third round, which was held in Teeside on 20 July 2014 in what turned out to be a very mixed bag of weather throughout the weekend.
David Wilson has stepped down from his role as Director of the UK’s Retread Manufacturers Association, a role he has filled since January 2005. He will now be taking the opportunity to focus on the management of his publishing interests including Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling and Commercial Tyre Business.
German OTR tyre specialist Rösler has launched its Intread TPMS system. The system is the first OTR TPMS system with the ability to measure the tread depth and the belt temperature. Rösler exhibited the system at Reifen 2014.
Cooper Tire & Rubber has appointed Mark Chung its vice-president, strategy & business development for the Americas. In his new role, Chung is responsible for leading the development and execution of Cooper’s North and South America business strategy, spearheading business intelligence, business development, and establishing processes to support the company’s growth initiatives in North America. He reports to Chris Ostrander, Cooper’s president, Americas Operations.
In this month’s magazine (July 2014), as well as our the conclusion of our comprehensive review of the Essen Show (see page 40 onwards) plus features on manufacturing (from page 24) and batteries (page 8+), we report on the potential “Return of US tyre import tariffs” (on page 30). Reading this article, you could be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into a time warp to 2009 where proceedings followed a very similar course. This time round, the potential implementation of a second round of import US import tariffs aimed squarely at China have fermented rumours about whether anything similar is likely to happen in Europe. So will it?