The Yokohama Rubber subsidiary dedicated to motorsports activities will be dissolved on 30 June, the tyre maker announced today. The operations currently handled by Yokohama Motorsports International Co., Ltd. will be transferred to a new internal Motorsports Department that will be established on 1 May.
Exports continued to drive British car manufacturing in March, as demand rose 10.6 per cent in the month, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A total of 170,691 cars were built in the UK last month, up 7.3 per cent, with overseas buyers ordering more than 76 per cent of output. The month’s output exceeds that of March 2000, when 183,787 cars were built in the UK.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems has introduced a new solid tyre for waste management and recycling applications. The Brawler HPS Soft Ride debuts today at the ‘recycling aktiv’ show in Germany, and will launch across the pond at WasteExpo in New Orleans on 9 May.
Shandong Linglong Tire Co Ltd has reported increased sales and profits for 2016. In its 2016 Annual Report, the Chinese tyre maker declares net sales of RMB 10.5 billion last year (£1.2 billion), a 20.4 per cent increase from 2015 and a record high. Operating income rose 32.3 per cent to RMB 1.1 billion (£124.7 million) and net income was up 49.0 per cent to RMB 1.0 billion (£113.4 million).
Corrado Moglia has taken on a new position of responsibility within the tyre industry. He has swapped his position as managing director Europe at Giti Tire, a role in which he was responsible for the Chinese maker’s commercial vehicle tyre business within the region, for a role at another Chinese manufacturer. Moglia is now general manager Europe at Triangle Tyre.
Alain Prost believes that allowing Formula 1 teams to combine different compound tyres on the same car, and giving them the option to compete without switching to a different compound, would make for a race with more surprises and greater freedom for drivers. But Pirelli isn’t having any of this. Pit stops are viewed as integral to the F1 spectacle, and the F1 tyre supplier dismisses the mixing of tyre types as impractical.
Galgo has extended its portfolio of pre-cure treads for winter use. The Mexican materials supplier reports that six additional winter tread patterns are now branded with the Snow Flake symbol. These “Winter Range” patterns are eligible for 3PMSF certification after passing the tests set out in ECE – 109R Annex 10 and thus demonstrating their increased grip and traction performance.
As we transition into spring, many think of new-born lambs and flowering bulbs as symbols of the new life of the year ahead. However, for accountants and many others working in the finance side of things, the beginning of April marks the end of the tax year. Along with the end of the tax year come a reasonably regular slew of motorist spending analyses. Two such surveys caught Tyres & Accessories’ eye because they offer insights into what the tyre-related “cost of ownership” is in practical terms.
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This summer, Firestone is hitting the road to bring musicians and music lovers together, featuring festival appearances at Download in Leicestershire from 9 to 11 June and Vantastival in Drogheda, Ireland on 3 and 4 June. The brand will be at both with the Firestone Stage, Car-aoke Van and other activations.
Italian motorcycle tyre company Goldentyre has introduced a tubeless motorcycle tyre suitable for off-road use. Company boss Marco Caribotti has invested heavily in the concept over the past few years; the resultant product is the Flite Tubeless System, or FTS, a product that Goldentyre believes “marks a turning point in the off-road world.”