The Board of Management at German specialty chemicals company Lanxess AG initiated a company-wide restructuring programme at its meeting on 24 July, however detailed information about the shape this restructuring will take won’t be made public until later this year. At present, the measures planned as part of the programme are being discussed with the company’s Supervisory Board and employee representatives.
After two weeks of intensive rescue talks, on Thursday 25th July, Unipart Automotive announced that it and its private equity owners (H2 Equity Partners) had failed to find a buyer for the loss-making company and had therefore called in administrators KPMG. Before that news made it to press, the administrators sold a comparatively small part of the business to a newly formed joint venture made up of car parts/workshop equipment distributors Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance. The deal sees Andrew Page acquire 21 branches and The Parts Alliance a total of 12. A total of 361 staff employed across these sites have transferred to Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance with immediate effect. Andrew Page announced it had rejoined The Parts Alliance on 8 July, the same day the news broke that Unipart Automotive had put the administrators on alert and was seeking out a rescue plan.
Organiser of the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, the Latin Expo Group has donated $10,000 dollars to Aldeas Infantiles SOS Panama. Around the World in SOS deals with children who are at risk when their basic needs are neglected terms of material, emotional, health care and education, or are abused - either because they have lost their parents, never have known them, or when parents do not have the resources or skills to properly care for their children.
Pirelli has announced its compounds for the Formula One grands prix in Belgium, Italy and Singapore. At Spa, one of F1’s most spectacular and demanding circuits, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and the increasingly distant chasing pack will use the P Zero White and Yellow medium and soft tyres suited to Belgium’s the varied track and weather conditions.
Vipal Rubber clients have held a joint event with Turkish distributor Tatko in Serbia to celebrate recent sales successes in the region. Tatko is responsible for distributing Vipal and Ruzi products in Turkey, Ukraine and other countries in Central Asia, and the Belgrade event reflects Vipal’s emphasis on its partner relationships, the Brazilian retreading company states.
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.
Dr. Seshu Bhagavathula has been appointed Apollo Tyres Ltd’s new chief technology officer, and at the same time inducted into the company’s Management Board. He will be based at Apollo’s global R&D centre in Enschede, the Netherlands and lead global initiatives in the areas of tyre technology, research and new product development, for both passenger and commercial vehicle tyres. He will be assisted by the tyre maker’s research, technology and design teams across all regions.
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.