Company News

Analysts: Conti’s rubber outperformance is good, but guidance is in line

Financial analysts have offered their response to Continental’s second quarter financial results, welcoming outperformance (particularly in the tyre division), but also pointing out that increases in guidance simply bring the firm in line with consensus expectations.

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UK News

“Chaotic” roads will stall self-driving cars

The recent announcement giving driverless cars the go-ahead on UK roads points to an exciting future – hampered at the outset by the daily routine of roadworks, potholes, worn road markings, burst mains and failed traffic lights, according to the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA).

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International News

EU new CV market rises for 10th month in a row

Figures from European motoring organisation ACEA reveal that, in June, the EU market of new commercial vehicles expanded for the tenth consecutive month. Demand increased by 10.3 per cent, totalling 166,107 units. Growth prevailed in the van segment, as well as that of buses and coaches, while the truck segment declined. All major markets expanded, from 3.8 per cent in France to 6.5 per cent in Germany, 8.6 per cent in Italy, 18.9 per cent in Spain and 25.5 per cent in the UK.

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Motorsport

Dmack tyres achieves ‘one of most successful’ global rally weekends

Dmack tyres achieves ‘one of most successful’ global rally weekends

Tyre brand Dmack achieved the most successful motorsport weekend of its short history in July. The firm’s gravel tyres, manufactured by Shandong Yongtai, helped secure victory at a number of high-profile international championships. Drive DMACK World Rally Team crew Ott Tänak and Raigo Molder won an emphatic and popular home victory at Rally Estonia – a round of the FIA European Rally Championship. Tänak has hit a run of good form for the Drive DMACK team, having previously claimed 25 WRC2 points in Poland.

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Retreading News

Tatko and Vipal Rubber celebrate a successful partnership

Tatko and Vipal Rubber celebrate a successful partnership

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.

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Product News

TecDoc to demonstrate new products, TecRMI at Automechanika

TecDoc will demonstrate to component manufacturers and suppliers, distributors and wholesalers, as well as the service and repair trade, the depth of products and services it can supply to businesses across all these sectors at Frankfurt’s Automechanika. “During the course of 2014, we’ve already introduced several innovative new products and a number of updates to […]

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Career Tracks

Bridgestone ‘tyre toolbags’ support National Tyres apprentices

Bridgestone ‘tyre toolbags’ support National Tyres apprentices

Bridgestone is supplying National Tyres’ next generation of automotive apprentices with “tyre toolbags” for a second successive year. The manufacturer says it was keen to support the vocational offering by way of a branded holdall for each learner for another year, containing a wide range of equipment to assist in both the classroom and in-branch, after first hearing about National’s pioneering NVQ level 2 training courses in 2013.

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Legislation

Conflicting views on higher speed limits for trucks

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.

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