Company News

Infringe our IP and face the legal consequences, warns VMI

In April 2015, machinery manufacturer VMI shared that the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China had upheld a patent infringement claim it lodged against Shuangjun Plastic and Rubber Machinery Ltd; the Chinese firm had infringed a key patent related to VMI’s tyre building drum and was passing off this copied product as its own property. VMI has now issued another statement in which it emphasises that it “continues to enforce against IP infringement." While no specific new cases are named in this latest statement, it may well be that VMI is warning companies not to even think about infringing the intellectual property contained within its new and soon to be released MILEXX truck tyre building machine.

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UK News

Macmillan benefits from Maxxis Babe Appeal

Macmillan benefits from Maxxis Babe Appeal

The Maxxis Babes, the tyremaker’s promotional team of models, attended the Autosport International show at the NEC in January and £2,275 was generated from sales of their calendars. The money went directly to the charity dedicated to help anyone affected by cancer.

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Retreading News

Recycling firm hails Vacu-Lug traceability

Recycling firm hails Vacu-Lug traceability

Mid UK Recycling Ltd, a leading independent waste management, recycling and resource recovery specialist reports 100 per cent traceability since switching to Vacu-Lug to provide a dedicated tyre management service. With a comprehensive range of resource recovery services, including waste management, skip hire and public authority recycling contracts, Mid UK Recycling Ltd operates a nationwide collection fleet of over 70 vehicles.

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Product News

Tyresure now distributing Pacific Sensors in Europe

Tyresure now distributing Pacific Sensors in Europe

The range of OE sensors offered by Tyresure Ltd now includes the Pacific TPMS line-up. Pacific Sensors Europe has appointed Tyresure its official distributor; Tyresure believes this new partnership will benefit customers tremendously, giving them both the best prices in the market and expert support from an experienced TPMS specialist.

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Career Tracks

New regional sales director at Avex Steel Products

The Czech manufacturer of steel products such as metal pallets for tyre storage, Avex is expanding its European coverage with a new sales appointment. Frank Maertens has joined the company as its new regional sales director. Maertens, from Belgium, has more than 15 years’ experience in sales of steel pallets, and will work to increase Avex’s reach […]

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Comment

Conditions ripe for European trade barriers?

Conditions ripe for European trade barriers?

New year, new trends It seems a bit pessimistic to start 2016 with a reference to recession. Nevertheless, when Bank of England deputy governor Minouche Shafik suggested the UK tyre industry is in the grip of recession-based consumer behaviour at the end of 2015 she highlighted an important point. The market is encountering different purchasing […]

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