While JK Tyre & Industries was unable to maintain turnover in the previous financial year, profits at India’s third-largest tyre maker rose significantly. The company reports that turnover decreased 3.6 per cent to Rs 73.3 billion (£743.9 million) during the 2014/15 financial year, which ran from 1 April 2014 to 31 March this year. Operating profit rose 11.7 per cent to Rs 7.7 billion (£78.1 million) while net profit jumped 26.7 per cent to Rs 3.2 billion (£32.5 million).
Haymarket Exhibitions, organiser of the Performance Car Show, has signed up Landsail tyres as title sponsor for next year’s event. When it returns to the NEC in Birmingham between 14 and 17 January, the sport and performance car fair will be officially known as the ‘Performance Car Show presented by Landsail Tyres in association with Autocar and PistonHeads.com.’ The show takes place alongside Europe’s largest motorsport exhibition, Autospsort International.
Responsibility for the marketing of Marangoni’s 4x4 and light commercial vehicle retreads in Germany has been handed to the company’s 100 per cent owned subsidiary, Wenzel Industrie. The company, which is based near Bremen, will deal with these products in rim diameters up to and including 19-inches.
Last week’s Monaco Grand Prix delivered Nico Rosberg his third victory in a row at the track, and prior to the race the Circuit de Monaco was also host to 18-inch tyre demonstrations for two F1 feeder championships. Pirelli showed off its larger diameter race-ready GP2 rubber while Renault Sport Technologies fielded a Formula Renault 3.5 car fitted with 18-inch Michelin tyres. These demonstrations are significant given both tyre makers’ views on the direction F1 tyre evolution should take, a topic of particular interest now that tenders are open for F1 tyre supply between 2017 and 2019.
Marangoni has announced that it is showing its commercial and industrial tyres at the company’s stand in Hall 22, Stand A46 at Autopromotec next week.
The Hakka Truck tyre range from Nokian Tyres has been expanded to include drive axle fitments. The first two sizes in the Nokian Hakka Truck Drive line-up, 315/70 R22.5 and 315/80 R22.5, are being introduced throughout Europe in spring and summer 2015, and a size 295/80 R22.5 fitment will be added next year.
Infinity Tyres, part of the Al Dobowi Group, has announced two new appointments in European leadership positions. Mitchell Peeters and Riccardo Costa, formerly of Goodyear, have joined the company in the roles of executive director and general manager Europe respectively, operating out of a new European sales office, based in Madrid, Spain.
This month I went back to school. Tyre 2015 – the fourth International Tyre Colloquium, hosted by University of Surrey to be precise. While much of the science was beyond those of us that don’t work in R&D, the concepts behind the really technical stuff are fascinating. And what’s more, they offer a unique insight into what is on the horizon in terms of tyre development, vehicle dynamics and indeed original equipment (OE) trends.