Company News

Ferrari loses branding ground to Germans, as F1 sheen wears thin

As the world's car companies gather in Geneva for the biggest event of the year, brand valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance has released its annual review of the state of their brands. Every year, Brand Finance puts thousands of the world's top brands to the test. They are evaluated to determine which are the most powerful, and the most valuable.

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UK News

Weldbank Garage wins CAT magazine Large Garage of the Year 2015

Weldbank Garage wins CAT magazine Large Garage of the Year 2015

Chorley’s Weldbank Garage has won Large Garage of the Year” at the 2015 Car & Accessory Trader (CAT) magazine awards. The independent garage, celebrating its 60th year in business, emerged victorious following a competitive voting campaign, orchestrated on social media and in the local press.

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International News

A new home for Tire Technology Expo

A new home for Tire Technology Expo

While Cologne is gaining a new tyre show with the 2018 launch of a new rival for Reifen, it is also losing one with the departure of Tire Technology Expo. As of next year, the annual tyre manufacturing technology exhibition and conference will take place at the Deutsche Messe site in Hanover, Germany. Tire Technology Expo, which is scheduled for 16 to 18 February 2016, will take place in two halls.

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Motorsport

Bridgestone’s X30 tested by UK motocross stars

Bridgestone’s X30 tested by UK motocross stars

A number of big motocross names have visited Worcester’s Apex Motocross to try Bridgestone’s new X30 tyre. Multiple British champion Paul Malin appeared as a star guest, with guest appearances by Motors TV commentator Amy Dargan and Bike Channel presenter Suzy Taylor. Two Kawasaki KX250Fs and a pair of Kawasaki KX450s were available to ride on the day, and the tyre was given a tricky workout in torrential rain. The manufacturer will add the new X20 soft terrain tyre to its 2015 motocross range in April.

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Retreading News

Marangoni invests in super-wide singles – “the future of road transport”

Marangoni invests in super-wide singles – “the future of road transport”

The super wide segment, which refers to tyres with a tread width exceeding 325mm, has been grown exponentially all over the world in recent years. These tyres have been used in Europe as trailer tyres for many years, however more recently they have also gained favour in North America and their applications have progressively extended to cover drive and front axle fitments.

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Product News

Driving Monitor releases new DVLA real-time paperless licence checking service

Driving Monitor is a driver risk management company using web technologies to build a safer fleet. Working with Blue Chip companies and SME's their vision is to help fleets meet their Duty of Care objectives whilst reducing costs and minimising accidents and insurance premiums. The company has recently released the next generation in driving licence verification services to the UK market.

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Career Tracks

Toyo Tire North America OE Sales promotes Ferguson to director of sales

John Ferguson has been appointed Toyo Tire North America OE Sales’ director of sales. Commenting on Ferguson’s new role, James Hawk, president of Toyo Tire North America OE Sales, said “John brings a solid track record to this position, and has been a valuable asset to our organisation as we grow our business with domestic OE vehicle manufacturers including Ford, Dodge and Ram.”

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Legislation

IGA works with DfT on MOT fee review

The Independent Garage Association (IGA) is assisting the Department for Transport (DfT) with a project to reassess statutory MOT test fees. The DfT is analysing garage running costs to validate the justification for an increase in MOT test fees to present to the next government, but to make this happen it needs financial costings for MOT test stations as a starting point to the project.

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