Company News

Next ‘Apollo Challenges’ Manchester United contest begins

Next ‘Apollo Challenges’ Manchester United contest begins

The second test in the Manchester United ‘Apollo Challenges’ skill challenge has been released. This unit is called the ‘Apollo Control Challenge’ and sees Manchester United and Belgium international midfielder Marouane Fellaini demonstrate how to master perfect ball control, an invaluable skill when playing in one of the most competitive and fast-paced areas of the pitch. The challenge can be viewed at the apollochallenges.com website.

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UK News

Pirelli Kindle incentive

In a joint promotion with Amazon.co.uk, Pirelli is offering a gift certificate to purchase an Amazon Kindle when purchasing two or more 17” or above Pirelli tyres. The promotion, designed to foreground technology, is available to customers at all of the manufacturer's 95 nationwide Pirelli Performance Centres.

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International News

Autopromotec hails ‘remarkable increase in exhibitors’ for 2015 show

Autopromotec hails ‘remarkable increase in exhibitors’ for 2015 show

The organizers of Autopromotec 2015, the automotive equipment and aftermarket show to be held at the Bologna Trade Fair Center 20–24 May 2015, have reported a “remarkable” increase in exhibitor demand. According to the organizing company Promotec Spa, space in the halls devoted to lifting equipment, tyres and tyre equipment has already sold out, long before the official deadline of 31 October. Promotec also reports that there has been a “very positive” response from the hall devoted to spare parts.

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Motorsport

DTM – no option tyre in 2015

DTM – no option tyre in 2015

This year’s DTM season came to an end over the weekend, and the series organiser concedes that fans “weren’t 100 per cent satisfied” with the touring car championship in 2014. The first half of the season was a particular concern and Hans Werner Aufrecht, chairman of DTM rights holder and promoter, ITR e.V, says a number of measures will be introduced to add more pep to DTM races. One step that has already been decided upon is dropping the option tyre in 2015.

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Retreading News

Vipal trains customers UniVipal in Nova Prata at “UniVipal”

Vipal trains customers UniVipal in Nova Prata at “UniVipal”

Representatives from five companies attended the training program at Vipal’s head office in Rio Grande do Sul recently. According to the retreading materials supplier the goal was to share the knowledge the firm has acquired over more than 40 years of experience. Vipal, which is the Latin American leader, reports that it developing several such initiatives. These activities, like those fostered by the UniVipal corporate university, are intended to benefit customers around the world. In September, Vipal’s partners from Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia attended a four-day training session at the company’s head office in Nova Prata, Rio Grande do Sul.

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Product News

Renault to take a million Maxion ‘VersaStyle’ wheels this year

Renault to take a million Maxion ‘VersaStyle’ wheels this year

Maxion Wheels reports that it will supply Renault with more than a million VersaStyle wheels for the vehicle maker’s Megane, Megane Scenic, Clio and the Dacia Logan and Dacia Sandero Stepway models during the course of 2014. The company has already sold a million VersaStyle wheels in total this year, and more than 15 million units since VersaStyle wheels were first introduced in 2005.

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Career Tracks

Ex-Continental man to head Apollo Tyres’ European & American operations

Ex-Continental man to head Apollo Tyres’ European & American operations

Apollo Tyres Ltd. has appointed a new president for Europe and the Americas and CEO of Apollo Vredestein B.V. The role has been taken on by Mathias Heimann, who is based in the company’s European headquarters in Enschede, the Netherlands. Heimann began in his new position in early October and succeeds Luis Ceneviz, who has left the company and, according to informed sources, returned to his home country, Brazil.

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Legislation

Tyre RFID ‘tags’ to be rolled out in the UAE

Here in Europe and in other major markets such as Japan, Korea and the US tyre labelling has been the subject of intense discussion for some time. However, if the local news reports are anything to go by, the UAE appears to be taking the concept to the next level with the introduction of smart RFID “tags” which feature both an RFID chip and visual label including a QR code.

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