Company News

Bekaert acquisition of three Pirelli steelcord plants finalised

The sale of Pirelli’s tyre steelcord activities at three sites was finalised on 18 December. Bekaert is now the official owner of the Figline facility in Italy, the Slatina plant in Romania and the operation in Sumaré, Brazil, however it still awaits local regulatory approvals for the transfer of Pirelli’s steelcord facilities in Izmit, Turkey and Yanzhou, China. It is expected that these approvals could be obtained in the first quarter of 2015, however the companies can give no assurance that this timeframe will be met.

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UK News

Festive tyre tips from TyreSafe

Festive tyre tips from TyreSafe

This Christmas, treat your tyres to some extra air, and in return they may give you the gift of not being stranded on the roadside – follow the simple tips from the UK’s dedicated tyre safety organisation, and in addition to reducing fuel bills and tyre wear, you may well prevent a blowout that will ruin your journey, and perhaps a lot more.

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International News

CMA recalls certain Bluestar brand truck tyres

In the US China Manufacturers Alliance, LLC (CMA) has announced that it is recalling certain Bluestar LQ225 size 8-14.5 low platform trailer tyres manufactured. According to a recall notice published by the US government authority responsible for such matters, NHTSA, the affected tyres were produced between 24 February 2013, and 9 August 2014.

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Retreading News

New owner for insolvent Reifen Ihle’s retreading operation

New owner for insolvent Reifen Ihle’s retreading operation

The retreading business belonging to insolvent German tyre company the Reifen Ihle Group now has a new owner. The sales contract was signed late last Friday, and follows the divestment of the firm’s 12 Point S tyre retail centres to regional retailer Reifen Müller at the end of October. R-I-G Technische Produkte GmbH has been acquired by Frankfurt am Main-based holding company Prolimity Capital Partners and will now be operated under a new entity, Rigdon GmbH.

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Product News

Nissan Navara first OE for Toyo Tire’s Malaysian plant & Thai subsidiary

Nissan Navara first OE for Toyo Tire’s Malaysian plant & Thai subsidiary

The Toyo Open Country A25, produced at the company’s Toyo Tire Malaysia factory, has been selected as an original equipment fitment on models of the NP300 Navara pickup produced in Thailand. The 12th generation Navara will receive the Open Country A25 in size 255/70R16 111H. The tyres will be delivered through Toyo Tire (Thailand), the local sales subsidiary established in April 2013. This is the first occasion that a tyre produced at the Toyo Tire Malaysia plant has been adopted as an original equipment tyre, and the first time Toyo Tire (Thailand) has supplied tyres to an OEM customer.

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Career Tracks

Family affair – Jürgen Titz replaces brother in Goodyear ‘DACH’ role

Family affair – Jürgen Titz replaces brother in Goodyear ‘DACH’ role

Former UK and Ireland director of consumer tyres for Goodyear Dunlop, Jürgen Titz, has been appointed head of consumer replacement for the tyre maker’s Germany, Austria and Switzerland, or DACH, region cluster. In his new role, he will coordinate all consumer tyre-related sales and marketing activities in the three German-speaking countries. Titz will also join the management of Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany, which is led by George Rietbergen. Jürgen Titz succeeds his brother Frank Titz, who as general manager will lead Goodyear’s business in Russia.

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Legislation

RMA proposes tyre registration, TIA ‘disappointed’ in legislative solution


Tire Industry Association has promised to fight a proposal by the US Rubber Manufacturers Association to reinstate a mandatory tyre registration programme, US journal Tire Review reports. During a panel on tyre registration and recalls at the Passenger Vehicle Tire Safety Symposium held by the National Transportation Safety Board, the RMA cited low registration rates of tyres sold by independent retailers as the reason behind the proposal. RMA reported that overall fewer than 20 per cent of all tyres are registered.

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