Company News

Michelin reports higher volumes, lower sales in Q1 2014

During the first quarter of the 2014 fiscal year, Michelin experienced a 3.4 per cent rise in volumes, with fast original equipment segment momentum and growth in the truck tyre business, while weak mining tyre sales were offset by growth in aviation and two-wheel tyre business within the specialty tyre segment. This increase in volumes did not translate to higher net sales, however. Overall Michelin Group sales declined 2.4 per cent year-on-year to €4.76 billion.

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UK News

UK car production up 12% in March

UK car production up 12% in March

According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the manufacture of cars in the UK picked up pace in March due to improving domestic and export sales. UK car production rose 12 per cent during the month to 142,158 units, bringing 2014 to-date growth to 2.9 per cent. Production of cars intended for sale in the UK increased 18.2 per cent year-on-year to 33,221 units, although the year to date production count of 86,505 units is still 4.1 per cent down on last year. Production of cars for export markets rose 10.3 per cent year-on-year to 108,947 units, while year to date figures are 5.0 per cent higher than during the corresponding period of 2013, at 318,298 units.

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International News

Alliance sponsors National Tractor Pullers Association

Alliance Tire Americas, Inc. is now an official sponsor of the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA), according to the association the world’s oldest and most respected truck and tractor pulling sanctioning organization. NPTA reports that the three-year deal will “raise awareness for the Alliance brand by exposing it to fans attending tractor pulls across the Midwest and South, as well as to the thousands who follow the action on RFD-TV and online.”

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Motorsport

Dunlop brothers join Metzeler for road racing season

Dunlop brothers join Metzeler for road racing season

Michael and William Dunlop have chosen to join Metzeler for the road racing season, in a line-up that includes Guy Martin and Josh Brookes. The brand’s tyres will be present on machinery from five different manufacturers: Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki and BMW.

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Retreading News

Kraiburg showing 50 years of history plus new designs in Essen

Kraiburg showing 50 years of history plus new designs in Essen

Kraiburg Austria reports that it will be both celebrating five decades of history as well as present its latest products when it appears at the 2014 Reifen exhibition in Essen, Germany. Situated in the company’s now familiar location in the Galeria, Kraiburg will be showing a new and slightly larger stand.

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Product News

New catalogue for WPS wiper motors range

Sovereign Rotating Machines has launched a new supplement for its range of WPS branded Wiper Motors. Previously seen as a ‘dealer only’ product, wiper motors represent a significant opportunity in the automotive aftermarket and there are just seven part numbers required to cover more than 70 percent of the UK vehicle parc.

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Career Tracks

Neuheisel to head Continental’s new CV tyre marketing department

Neuheisel to head Continental’s new CV tyre marketing department

Continental has created a global marketing department for its commercial vehicle tyre business and appointed Michael Neuheisel to head it up. In his new role as director global marketing, Neuheisel reports directly to Commercial Vehicle Tires business unit head Dr. Andreas Esser. Neuheisel will coordinate marketing activities for the different regions and segments within the business unit. Continental says this new marketing structure will further strengthen its strategic focus on the truck and bus fleet business.

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Legislation

Commercial vehicle wheels classed as ‘safety critical item’ in EU law

Commercial vehicle wheels classed as ‘safety critical item’ in EU law

Motor Wheel Service Distribution’s (MWSD) commercial vehicle wheel safety campaign has been successfully incorporated in the new European Union (EU) Roadworthiness Package, which will become law in May 2014. The new law, adopted by both the European Parliament and European Council, states: “compatibility between parts and components, such as between wheels and wheel hubs, should be treated as a critical safety item and should be checked during roadworthiness testing.”

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