Company News

Bentley’s Dr Ariane Reinhart joins Continental’s executive board

Bentley’s Dr Ariane Reinhart joins Continental’s executive board

Dr Ariane Reinhart (44) assumed her post as Executive Board Member for Human Resources at Continental AG today (1 October), raising the company’s executive board to nine members. The supervisory board of automotive supplier/tyre manufacturer appointed Dr. Reinhart during a meeting on 25 April 2014. Her contract runs for three years.

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UK News

Network meeting encourages trade to get social

Motor factor and supplier members of the independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) have been urged to ‘get social’ and enhance their social media presence at the recent breakfast network meeting.

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International News

Australian expert warns of false economy

A new habit in cost cutting measures by major transport companies in Australia is likely to come back to haunt them, according to independent industry expert, Brad Bearman, who says the revamping of tyre purchasing and management dynamics to save costs is highly likely to emerge further down the track as a higher expense. “In general, a sizeable percentage of the larger transport companies are dropping links with the better-known tyre companies such as Michelin, Bridgestone and Beaurepaires for their supply and servicing,” said Mr Bearman. “Instead, they are purchasing tyres directly from non-traditional Asia-based producers and appointing inexperienced in-house tyre fitters in the false belief they will get better results. This is good in principle, but the real problems will emerge a little further down the track,” added Mr Bearman, developer of the world’s only software based Bears Tyre Tracker.

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Motorsport

Falken support for Jake Archer’s Gymkhana Grid bid

Falken Tyre Europe will supply up and coming Gymkhana star Jake Archer with high performance tyres as he competes in final round of Gymkhana Grid Falken Tyre Europe is once again underlining its commitment to accessible motorsport disciplines confirming it will provide tyres to rising star Jake Archer for the final round of Gymkhana Grid. Should Archer, who has already won the first two rounds, win the final, he will have the opportunity to take on internet sensation Ken Block in a head to head competition.

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Retreading News

Fully automated Remix factory amongst the most modern in the Michelin group

Fully automated Remix factory amongst the most modern in the Michelin group

With recent upgrades complete, Michelin gave Tyres & Accessories a tour of its fully-automated Remix retread remanufacturing plant in Stoke-on-Trent. Foot for foot, Michelin’s Campbell Road, Stoke-on-Trent Remix plant is one of the smallest in the Michelin group, but it is arguably also the amongst most modern and most flexible and most productive. Built at the height of Michelin’s industrial activities in Stoke, the Remix site was originally a manufacturing plant for new truck tyres. In 1968 Remix capabilities were developed and in 2000, the French tyre maker’s Encore process was added. Nowadays the Stoke location is Michelin’s UK headquarters and is therefore home to hundreds of executive, sales, marketing and administration-based employees. Across the road from the offices, over 350 are directly involved in the manufacturing process. New tyre production left decades ago, but Stoke is still a bustling centre of market leading retreading activity.

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Product News

Britain’s only motorcycle tyre manufacturer exhibiting at Intermot

Avon Tyres, the only motorcycle tyre maker in Britain, is exhibiting at Europe's biggest motorcycle show. Intermot is being staged at Cologne’s Kölnmesse – the venue set to host a new BRV-backed rival to Messe Essen’s Reifen, and one of Europe’s largest exhibition centres. Intermot started on 1 October, and will run until the fifth, with Avon exhibiting a full range of sport-touring, race, road, and classic motorcycle tyres from stand A038 in hall 6.1.

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Legislation

ABD says ‘no’ to road pricing

ABD says ‘no’ to road pricing

In the midst of party conference season, members of drivers lobby group The Alliance of British Drivers have reaffirmed their hostility to 'Pay per mile' road pricing following its re-appearance on the political radar. In a recent survey of its members 85 per cent said they were opposed to road pricing under any circumstances.

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