With coverage of ChemChina’s purchase of Pirelli waning, various newswires have been reporting market rumours that Bridgestone has been preparing a counterbid for Pirelli. However, in an interview with Reuters on 26 March, Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said that such a move would be “a disaster”. He supported ChemChina’s bid, on the other hand, saying it is: "good for the future of Pirelli and guarantees its global growth".
ATS Euromaster has been presented with the International Safety Award by the British Safety Council. The accolade, which adds to its high tally of safety accreditations and awards, followed an assessment of ATS Euromaster’s Wishaw centre, which was found to show strong commitment to protecting the health and safety of both workers and customers.
The Hämmerling Group is further internationalising and expanding its purchasing and export teams with the addition of new staff for these areas. At present the tyre wholesaler is looking for someone to head up exports; the new appointee will be expected to “drive the continuous expansion of market share within Europe and propel further growth by seeking out new distribution partners.”
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.
Avon Tyres has more than doubled the number of fitments available in its AV11 van tyre range. A total of 15 sizes are now offered by Avon stockists; the new additions include 15 and 16-inch rim fitments suitable for an array of popular light commercial vehicles, including the Iveco Daily, Vauxhall Vivaro, Volkswagen Transporter Window Van and Peugeot Boxer. Speed ratings of up to 118mph are available.
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.