According to a progress update on the the Yokohama tyre factory currently being built in the United States, work on the approximately 1 million square foot (92,900 square metre) commercial vehicle tyre plant in West Point, Mississippi is on schedule and now nearing completion. Many of the key construction, equipment installation and job recruitment milestones have reportedly been reached on schedule, and the Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi facility is now on target to begin production in October 2015.
Nankang Tyre UK, the distributor of Nankang brand tyres, is to offer a range of prizes in a competition marking its partnership with the filmic return of the Road Warrior, Mad Max: Fury Road. The top prize, a Supercar Track experience for two adults at Monza, including return flights, private airport transfers and three nights in luxury accommodation in Milan, is joined in the giveaway by merchandise sets, Mad Max trilogy bluray boxsets and Odeon cinema vouchers. Visitors to the Nankang Tyre UK website can enter the prize draw here.
Schrader International, a company well known for its direct TPMS sensors and which has an even longer history with valves reaching back decades, makes one of its first appearances on the European aftermarket trade show circuit following the company’s acquisition by Sensata in October 2014. With this in mind Tyres & Accessories asks what the firm is likely to be showing in Bologna.
On 20–21 March, 14-time motor sports record-holder Andrey Leontyev and ice captain Alexander Burmeyster set an absolute record by achieving the greatest average speed on ice over a 1000km course on Lake Baikal. The vehicle used was a Volkswagen Touareg production vehicle with standard tyres and service fluids.
Innovative practices aren’t only found amongst the big players in the retreading industry. One small Dutch firm has invested in a better way of keeping tabs on the tyres it retreads, and aims to extend this to the fleets it works with. In February, Tyres & Accessories spoke with Hans Jörg from Lopik-based retreader Roline, and learnt how a technology of interest to top level motorsport is being used in retreaded bus and truck tyres.
Giti Tire has introduced nine new sizes to the GT Radial Champiro FE1 range. Positioned as an all-round premium passenger car tyre for the performance C and D vehicle segments (including such bestsellers as the Volkswagen Golf, Peugeot 308 and Kia C’eed) the tyre now has more than 95 per cent coverage of its target sector. Launched in 2014, Giti expects the tyre to become one of its biggest sellers.
ATS Euromaster Group finance director Rachel McMullen has won the UK Finance Director of the Year Award at the Business Finance Awards 2015. McMullen recognised in the Blue Chip category (companies with a turnover greater than £250 million). The senior finance team was also nominated for the Finance Team of the Year. McMullen commented: “I was proud just to be shortlisted, but winning has been fantastic. The financial team at ATS Euromaster has been crucial and through this award I am thrilled that our efforts over the last five years have been recognised.”
The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents Britain’s 5,400 independent petrol filling stations, has joined the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) in calling for ATMs to be exempt from Business Rates.