Company News

Dunlop hires KINC for new PR campaign

Dunlop hires KINC for new PR campaign

Sports and music marketing agency KINC, so its Facebook page divulges, is “super excited” that Dunlop has chosen it to develop a new public relations campaign for the tyre maker. KINC says work is already “well underway” to integrate current and new Dunlop ambassadors into a new brand positioning PR initiative that will target lifestyle and consumer media.

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UK News

Roy Claydon dies aged 88

Roy Claydon the founder and chairman of well-known tyre wholesaler RH Claydon Ltd passed away on 16 April aged 88 after succumbing to pneumonia. Roy Claydon formed RH Claydon in 1953 and celebrated the company’s 60th anniversary at Newmarket races two years ago.

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International News

US Dept. of Energy gives Cooper Tire ‘gold’ in Texarkana

Cooper Tire & Rubber says its tyre factory in Texarkana, Arkansas has been certified as a gold level ‘Superior Energy Performance’ (SEP) facility by the US Department of Energy. The plant was recognised for implementing ISO 50001, and Cooper earned gold distinction by meeting the SEP programme’s additional standards, namely achieving a more than ten per cent improvement in energy performance over three years.

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Motorsport

Hyundai i20 privateer wins Italian rally on Pirelli tyres

Hyundai i20 privateer wins Italian rally on Pirelli tyres

The very first Hyundai i20 WRC to be run by a private team has won for the first time with Pirelli. Former World Rally Championship competitor Corrado Fontana, co-driven by Gio Agnese, won the Rallye Elba in Italy, the first round of the International Rally Challenge (which is Italy’s main championship for World Rally Cars).

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Retreading News

Apollo increases retreading focus in India

Apollo Tyres inaugurated its third Apollo Retread Zone (ARZ) in Mumbai, in the western part of India. Rajesh Dahiya, Group Head, Sales-APMEA (Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa), Apollo Tyres Ltd inaugurated the outlet in Turbhe, Navi Mumbai. With the objective of providing quality retreading service to truck-bus customers and fleet owners, these branded outlets are equipped with most advanced retreading machines, high quality tread material and trained workers. The move demonstrates

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Product News

Michelin brings two new earthmover tyres to Intermat

Michelin brings two new earthmover tyres to Intermat

Two new Michelin tyres presented at Intermat 2015 in Paris are said to help worksite operators deliver higher productivity by delivering the “most advanced solutions available”. These tyres are the Michelin XTXL E4 L4, designed for loaders, and the Michelin Bibload Hard Surface, which is designed for backhoe loaders, telehandlers and compact loaders.

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Career Tracks

Bridgestone appoints new European director of replacement sales

Bridgestone appoints new European director of replacement sales

Bridgestone Europe has appointed Timothy Manuel, currently general manager of channel strategy as director replacement sales in the company’s European Consumer Business Unit. Despite having taking on this new role, Manuel remains responsible for Consumer Business Unit channel strategy and the Motorcycle Business Unit at European level. Moving forward, his key focus is said to be the development of the company’s passenger car sales in Europe, working closely with the six different European regions.

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Comment

Now Pirelli’s been sold, who’s next?

In case you haven’t heard, as much as 65 per cent of Pirelli is in the process of being sold to ChemChina. It’s a complex plan and there’s a long road ahead, but the deal has been done and so takeover wheels are in motion (see page 28 for complete coverage of this part of the story). So what’s next? The deal can’t fail to have an impact at Pirelli, but what about the other top five tyre manufacturers and beyond? We hinted at market consolidation in this column last month, with reference to restructuring proceedings at Shandong Deruibao Tire Co., Ltd and possible contagion in China; and Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera made the market aware of that he was planning to sell his stake within two years in January 2014. But few would have named this particular bidder and this particular timing. Now we are faced with the possibility, even the likelihood that the Pirelli/ChemChina deal is going to precipitate further micro and macro consolidation within the tyre market - even a re-shuffle of the tyre industry's top 10.

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