Reflecting on the Brexit news, prompts us to think about the part of the tyre trade the does business the most regularly on the continent - the wholesale sector. But first, let's take a look at the car trade by way of a proxy. Following the Brexit nes, he National Franchised Dealers Association, which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle dealers in the UK, considered the impact on trading, with Sue Robinson, director of the NFDA saying:
Market analysts at KPMG have revised down full year 2016 new car sales predictions by a sixth from 3 million units to 2.5 million following the UK's decision to leave the EU. The fear is that the automotive industry, of which tyre supply (both OE and aftermarket) are clearly a part will be most seriously and negatively affected by Brexit. John Leech, head of automotive at KPMG UK, certainly suggested as much: “The British public has voted to leave the EU. As recent surveys showed, the automotive industry is anticipated to be one of the sectors most impacted by the vote to Leave the EU."
SD-International exhibited various Pace and Zeta-brand products at Reifen, which the company traditionally uses as a European and global meeting point. This year particular emphasis was placed on meeting existing and potentially new customers from Germany. The SD-International stand featured a selection of patterns from the company’s exclusive Pace and Zeta Private brands for the […]
Pirelli has confirmed its expected three-year extension to its tenure as exclusive tyre supplier to the FIA Formula One World Championship. The deal was completed over the winter, with both parties working with the teams to agree changes to the technical regulations from 2017, including significant changes to the bodywork and wider tyres.
According to Bipaver, the number of truck tyres retreaded in Europe has fallen by a third in the last five years, and it fears this trend will continue unless the European Commission moves quickly to implement legislation that protects against the dumping of low-priced new tyres.
A new real-time telematics and vehicle tracking alert system has been launched by Viezu Technologies. Available as either a wired or wireless system, Amber Connect provides fleet managers, vehicle owners, and for the first time, vehicle drivers with data and alerts which can help modify driving behaviour, reduce running and administration costs and improve vehicle security. The system, available to fleets, vehicle owners and retail customers without contractual obligations, has been described by Viezu as “game-changing”.
Promising tyre fitters from around the UK and Ireland have assembled in Stoke-on-Trent for the launch of Michelin’s 2016 Tyre Academy course. The 10 fitters, selected from dealerships within the Michelin Certified Centre (MCC) network, were invited to the manufacturer’s UK headquarters for the first Tyre Academy module, which combined classroom and workshop-based education at Michelin’s dedicated training centre.
Sometimes tyre people are creatures of habit. They like what they know and they know what they like. So when change comes it can feel disorientating. But change is also the engine of progress. And standing still is virtually synonymous with going backwards.