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

NTDA auctioning Ryan Giggs-autographed shirt for BEN

NTDA auctioning Ryan Giggs-autographed shirt for BEN

During Brityrex International 2014, (EventCity Manchester 7 - 9 October), the NTDA will be auctioning a signed Ryan Giggs no.11 Manchester United shirt, which commemorates his 588 appearances, 108 goals and 24 years of service with Manchester United. It also lists all of his accolades as a player during that period including his PFA Player of the Year in 2009. The shirt will be on display on the NTDA stand during Brityrex and delegates will be able to make silent bids for the shirt between 7 - 8 of October.

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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

Hankook introduces truck tyre trio at IAA

Hankook introduces truck tyre trio at IAA

In addition to announcing significant original equipment deals, Hankook Tire is presenting several new commercial vehicles tyres at the IAA show in Germany – the drive axle DM09, the winter AW02 and the e-cube Blue TL20 trailer tyre.

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Career Tracks

Bosch Automotive Aftermarket appoints new UK/Ireland divisional director

Bosch Automotive Aftermarket appoints new UK/Ireland divisional director

Starting 1 October, Dominic Moran will assume top level responsibility for the supply of automotive parts, workshop equipment, software and services for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in the role of divisional director for the UK and Ireland. He replaces Robin Shaw who has recently been named as new Bridgestone Northern zone MD.

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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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