Company News

Not Japanese and not us – Toyo files action against Japan Toyomoto Tire

Not Japanese and not us – Toyo files action against Japan Toyomoto Tire

For many companies, exhibiting at this year’s SEMA show led to contact with new customers and additional business. For at least one, it prompted legal action. On 4 November, Toyo Tire & Rubber and its US subsidiaries filed a trademark infringement action against Chinese company Japan Toyomoto Tire Corp. and its affiliates. This is the second year in a row that Toyo has undertaken such legal action against another SEMA exhibitor.

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UK News

‘Record numbers’ sign up to IAAF conference

‘Record numbers’ sign up to IAAF conference

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has unveiled its speaker line-up for its 2014 Annual Conference and hailed ‘record numbers’, with 100 aftermarket personnel already expected to attend. The conference ‘Change, challenge opportunity – gearing up for the future’ sponsored by Autoparts UK will address the major issues from both UK and Europe, highlight the key changes from both a technical and a market perspective and, consider what opportunities there are for the future.

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International News

Vipal rubber on European public sector fleets

Vipal reports that its rubber is supplying a number of public sector fleets in two European capitals – Istanbul, Turkey and Prague, Czech Republic. Vipal suggests that this success points to both confidence in the Brazilian manufactured products and the compatibility of retreading with sustainability policies.

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Motorsport

Access to motorsport ‘greats’ helping Maxxis develop competition range

Access to motorsport ‘greats’ helping Maxxis develop competition range

Maxxis managing director, Derek McMartin says that the company’s established motorsport partnerships give it a great platform for the development of its range of off-road and high performance tyres. “Being able to support some of the greatest motorsport drivers in Europe means that we are able to push our tyres to their limits, whilst continuing […]

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Retreading News

Rema Tip Top launches M-RCF repair patch line

Rema Tip Top launches M-RCF repair patch line

Rema Tip Top, purportedly the world’s leading manufacturer of tyre repair systems, has launched a new repair patch line billed as an “environmentally friendly, reliable and a trend-setting” alternative. The M-RCF 400, which was previewed at the Reifen show in Essen earlier in 2014, is designed to offer both ecological and economic advantages for the […]

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Product News

Tarox releases Big Brake Kit for Golf GTI 7 Performance Pack models

Tarox releases Big Brake Kit for Golf GTI 7 Performance Pack models

Italian braking expert Tarox has released details of its comprehensive new big brake kit for the new Golf GTI Mk7. The kit has been thoroughly tested by the firm’s own UK demonstrator, following initial rig and dyno testing at Tarox’s Italian factory and R&D centre. Custom-built and designed from the outset for the Golf GTI, […]

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Career Tracks

Insa Turbo appoints new commercial director

Insa Turbo appoints new commercial director

Spain-based retreader Insa Turbo has named Salvador Pérez Lucena its commercial director. In his new position, Pérez Lucena will be involved with the Insa Turbo brand and other Grupo Soledad companies, including retreader and rubber compound manufacturer MCE Mezclas Caucho and rubber automotive components manufacturer Cauchos Verdú. Insa Turbo says the appointment was made “in order to revitalise the company and achieve new goals of positioning and expansion in the sector, both nationally and internationally.”

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Legislation

EU removes ‘discriminatory’ aftermarket phrase from roadworthiness legislation

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has claimed victory after an obligation to check non-OEM replacement parts was removed from the latest EU legislation on the roadworthiness testing of vehicles (Directive 2014/45/EU), which entered into force in May 2014. A technical expert committee is currently discussing and drafting the implementing measures that will define the […]

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