Company News

Giti international director ‘looking for progress, not perfection’

Following his appointment as Giti international director – marketing and sales, Tyres & Accessories recently caught up with Richard Lyons at the company’s UK headquarters in Cheshire and asked what’s behind the promotion. Answering, Lyons explained by putting the announcement in the context of “continual development” at Giti. In this respect Lyons’ words fit into what the company’s top management are saying on the subject.

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UK News

Giti aiming to increase sales, strengthen retail network in 2015

Giti aiming to increase sales, strengthen retail network in 2015

At the end of 2014 Tyres & Accessories described the UK passenger car tyre market as being very slightly down in terms of volume despite the fact that many had expected growth (see “Everything pointed to UK tyre market growth in 2014”, Tyres & Accessories December 2014). Giti’s analysis puts the market nominally up – that is less than 0.1 per cent – so the end result is the same, no growth. With this in mind, in January we met with Giti Tire UK managing director Brian McDermott at the company’s Cheshire headquarters in order to understand more about the company’s recent developmen

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International News

French, German and Italian laboratories pool resources in ERRLAB initiative

French, German and Italian laboratories pool resources in ERRLAB initiative

On 26 January the LRCCP, DIK and CERISIE rubber laboratories from France, Germany and Italy respectively signed up to the ERRLAB – an informal network rubber research and testing in rubber facilities. As a result of the move more than 100 highly rubber specialized doctors, engineers and technicians are committed to the project.

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Retreading News

Vipal partner Power Retreads opens manufacturing line in New Zealand

Vipal partner Power Retreads opens manufacturing line in New Zealand

Vipal Rubber’s New Zealand partner, Power Retreads, has opened a new manufacturing unit in Hastings on the country’s North Island. During the opening, which took place last month, guests were able tour the premises and learn more about the products and procedure. Vipal has worked in partnership with Power Retreads since 2007. That is why on this occasion Vipal’s representatives gave the firm an acknowledgement plate for the work it has performed in the last 7 years.

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Product News

TGI expands Duramas truck range

TGI expands Duramas truck range

Miamai-based tyre wholesaler Tire Group International (TGI) has expanded its Duramas truck and bus radial tyre range. The new line-up consists of two patterns, the STR-100 and the DRV-100, available in 11 R22.5 and 11 R24.5.

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Career Tracks

Klinkers follows Bentley as CEO of Maxion Wheels

Klinkers follows Bentley as CEO of Maxion Wheels

Marcos Oliveira, president and CEO of Iochpe Maxion, has announced the promotion of Pieter Klinkers (44) to the role of CEO of Maxion Wheels, effective 1 March 2015. Klinkers, from the Netherlands, succeeds Fred Bentley in this role at the world’s largest manufacturer of aluminium rims for passenger cars and steel rims for cars and commercial vehicles. While Bentley led the company from the USA (Northville, Michigan), in future Klinkers will execute his duties as CEO from Königswinter, near the former West German capital of Bonn, where he is currently based.

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Legislation

“Make traffic education part of National Curriculum” – IAM

Leading road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has called for traffic education to become an integral part of the National Curriculum, in an effort to cut the numbers of young people killed and injured on UK roads. The call ties in with a survey by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) which found only eight of 15 European countries had mandatory traffic education in schools.

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