Company News

Nexen marketing brand with European football clubs

Nexen marketing brand with European football clubs

Shortly after the news that Nexen Tire is embarking on a football marketing campaign across a number of English premier league stadia, the Korean-based tyre manufacturer announced that it is making an active push into the European market through a global brand marketing programme with European football clubs as well.

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UK News

TyreTalk seminar speakers confirmed for Brityrex International 2014

Brityrex International has confirmed a full line-up of expert speakers for the series of free TyreTalk seminars that will form a key point of interest at the tyre industry’s leading exhibition in Manchester this October. Organised and presented in association with show sponsor the NTDA, the free seminars will cover topical subjects including the business opportunities provided by TPMS servicing and repair; an update on the EU tyre Labelling regulation; the NTDA’s campaigning work with Trading Standards on illegal part worn tyres, the environmental impact of illegal tyre dumping and disposal, and tyre ageing.

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International News

TIA names 2014 Hall of Fame recipients

The US Tire Industry Association (TIA) is pleased to announce the names of the 2014 Hall of Fame recipients. This year's honorees are Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire Company, Charles Cornell, the late founder of Tech International and Juanita Purcell, Executive Vice President of Purcell Tire & Rubber Company.

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Motorsport

Pirelli previews F1 return from mid-season break at Spa

Pirelli previews F1 return from mid-season break at Spa

Following a three-week break the 2014 Formula One season will resume at the fan-favourite Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Pirelli will supply its P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tyres, a softer choice compared to last year – the exclusive tyre supplier says this allocation is designed to promote different strategies on what is, at 7km, the longest lap of the year.

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Retreading News

RMA: WISH proposals will decimate UK retreading

The latest so-called “WISH” Proposals for the storage of waste tyres would decimate the important UK retreading industry if adopted in their current form. That’s the view of Patrick O’Connell, president of the Britain’s Retread Manufactures Association (RMA) and MD of Bandvulc Tyres one of Europe’s largest independent tyre retreading businesses, who stated: “This ‘WISH’ document has been developed without any consultation whatsoever with Britain’s retreaders.”

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Product News

GT Radial exhibiting 11 new truck and bus tyres at IAA Hannover 2014

GT Radial exhibiting 11 new truck and bus tyres at IAA Hannover 2014

GT Radial will be displaying 18 tyres at IAA Hannover 2014, of which 11 make their show debut including the recently launched GSW226 winter steer axle and GTL925 low platform trailer pattern tyres. The GSW226 is the brand’s first specific ‘winter’ marked tyre, and carries the three peak mountain snow flake (3PMSF) symbol denoting all season capabilities and exceptional performance in severe winter conditions including snowy, icy and wet roads.

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Career Tracks

Richard Kellam becomes Goodyear global marketing boss

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has named Richard Kellam as senior vice president, global sales and marketing, effective September 22. Kellam will report to Richard J. Kramer, Goodyear’s chairman and CEO, and will be based at the company’s global headquarters in Akron. As Goodyear’s senior sales and marketing executive, Kellam will be responsible for establishing a program of sales and marketing excellence aligned with the company’s focus on working from the market back to enhance the customer and consumer experience.

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Legislation

Conflicting views on higher speed limits for trucks

The Government has announced plans to raise the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads to 50 mph and the move has generated diametrically opposed views. On the pro side, Transport minister Claire Perry says that the move is part of a package of measures to cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving. Brake, the road safety charity, has expressed serious concerns about the proposed limit increase and the announcement comes as a survey by Brake and Digby Brown solicitors reveals the extent of risky driving on country roads.

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