Company News

Unipart Automotive branches’ fate – full list

33 Unipart Automotive sites were transferred to Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance in a deal that saved 361 jobs. The full list of sites taken on by Andrew Page and the Parts Alliance is published below, while the remaining 147 sites that are currently inactive follow.

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UK News

UK car production up 3.5% in first half of 2014

UK car production up 3.5% in first half of 2014

Car production in the UK has been described as “robust” by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, who report that manufacturing volumes rose 3.5 per cent year-on-year between January and June 2014 to 791,314 units. Output in the month of June was 136,419 vehicles, 3.7 per cent higher than a year earlier and a result driven by a 16.5 per cent growth in production for the UK market.

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International News

Continental adopts a wait and see stance towards future World Cup sponsorship

While Continental says it will “stay on the ball” regarding its football sponsorship and confirms its intention to place a stronger focus upon sponsoring regional events in future, the tyre and automotive systems manufacturer hasn’t gone so far as saying it will not sponsor the FIFA World Cup 2018, as one German newspaper reported last week.

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Motorsport

Pirelli to use full F1 compound range for Belgium, Italy, Singapore

Pirelli to use full F1 compound range for Belgium, Italy, Singapore

Pirelli has announced its compounds for the Formula One grands prix in Belgium, Italy and Singapore. At Spa, one of F1’s most spectacular and demanding circuits, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and the increasingly distant chasing pack will use the P Zero White and Yellow medium and soft tyres suited to Belgium’s the varied track and weather conditions.

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Retreading News

Wilson steps down as RMA director

Wilson steps down as RMA director

David Wilson has stepped down from his role as Director of the UK’s Retread Manufacturers Association, a role he has filled since January 2005. He will now be taking the opportunity to focus on the management of his publishing interests including Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling and Commercial Tyre Business.

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Career Tracks

Chung to spearhead Cooper Tire business strategy, development in the Americas

Chung to spearhead Cooper Tire business strategy, development in the Americas

Cooper Tire & Rubber has appointed Mark Chung its vice-president, strategy & business development for the Americas. In his new role, Chung is responsible for leading the development and execution of Cooper’s North and South America business strategy, spearheading business intelligence, business development, and establishing processes to support the company’s growth initiatives in North America. He reports to Chris Ostrander, Cooper’s president, Americas Operations.

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Legislation

Will Europe impose tyre import tariffs?

Will Europe impose tyre import tariffs?

In this month’s magazine (July 2014), as well as our the conclusion of our comprehensive review of the Essen Show (see page 40 onwards) plus features on manufacturing (from page 24) and batteries (page 8+), we report on the potential “Return of US tyre import tariffs” (on page 30). Reading this article, you could be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into a time warp to 2009 where proceedings followed a very similar course. This time round, the potential implementation of a second round of import US import tariffs aimed squarely at China have fermented rumours about whether anything similar is likely to happen in Europe. So will it?

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