Company News

Goodyear’s latest airship to be named Wingfoot One

Goodyear’s latest airship to be named Wingfoot One

If you haven’t paid much attention to Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s corporate logo in the past, you may be surprised to find it resembles a basketball shoe that has sprouted wings. Goodyear calls its logo the Wingfoot and it will – in name at least – now take to the skies. On 21 July, Goodyear Tire & Rubber announced that the name Wingfoot One has been selected for its newest airship.

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UK News

Ford Fiesta becomes the UK’s best-ever selling car

Ford Fiesta becomes the UK’s best-ever selling car

As total sales topped 4,115,000 units this month, the Ford Fiesta became the best-selling vehicle nameplate of all time in the UK. It took over from its ancestor the Ford Escort, which sold 4,105,961 units in the UK between 1968 and 2000. The Fiesta was first launched in 1976 and is now in its sixth generation. For 27 of its years the Fiesta has led the UK small car segment and has been the country’s annual best seller since 2009, when it surpassed the Ford Focus.

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International News

Further loss for Germany’s Top Service Team

Further loss for Germany’s Top Service Team

Following the announcement last year that its network would shrink by more than 100 outlets with the departure of two key members, German retail cooperative Top Service Team (team Reifen-Union GmbH+Co. Top Service Team KG) looks set to lose a further dozen centres. Cooperative member Gummi Berger has given notice that it intends to leave Top Service Team after 27 years of membership; the 12 outlet fast fit and service chain intends to become a Euromaster franchise partner.

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Motorsport

Pirelli reviews German Grand Prix, announces tyre choices for Hungaroring

Pirelli reviews German Grand Prix, announces tyre choices for Hungaroring

Nico Rosberg has extended his Formula One championship lead by winning his home grand prix, using a two-stop strategy with one stint on the P Zero Red supersoft followed by two stints on the P Zero Yellow soft tyre. It was the first time that Rosberg had ever finished on the podium at the German Grand Prix, but the 300th podium finish for Williams, courtesy of Valtteri Bottas – on the podium for the third consecutive time.

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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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Product News

Mercedes-Benz approves Yokohama as OE for GLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz approves Yokohama as OE for GLA-Class

Yokohama Rubber reports that it will supply original equipment tyres for the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class in certain markets. The compact SUV will come equipped with either a standard or run-flat version of its C.drive2; both are size 235/50R18 97V tyres. The standard tyre will have the letters ‘MO’ printed on the sidewall while the run-flat version has the original equipment designation ‘MOE’.

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Career Tracks

Heuver adds to German account team

Heuver adds to German account team

Around two years ago, Heuver Tyrewholesale named Germany as its second ‘home market’, and since then the wholesaler’s customer base there has continued to grow. In response, Heuver has now enlarged its German account team with the appointment of Mark Engemann, who takes on responsibility for the region of Saxony-Thuringia.

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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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