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Doublestar surprises with demand for Kumho Tire discount

Doublestar surprises with demand for Kumho Tire discount

Just when it seemed the sale of a controlling stake in Kumho Tire to Qingdao Doublestar Tire was in the bag, the Chinese tyre maker has surprised everyone with its demand that Kumho Tire’s creditors reduce their KRW 955 billion (£650.3 million) bid price by ten per cent. Will this cause the deal to fall apart?

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UK News

e-jobsheet expands to include fleet audit enhancements

e-jobsheet subscribers will be able to offer an improved service for inspecting and auditing direct and third party fleets with the introduction of the new fleet audit facility next month, as the open-architecture, digital tablet-based work exchange for truck, bus and van moves into testing by dedicated fleet auditors during August.

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Product News

Hella Hengst range grows with 16 NTR part numbers

Hella Hengst range grows with 16 NTR part numbers

Following the successful introduction of the Hella Hengst brand earlier this year and its subsequent increasing share of the UK filtration market, Hella has announced that the company will be adding 16 new-to-range (NTR) part numbers during August. The additions major on the fuel and air ranges with six additions in each category, as well as three cabin filters, two of which are carbon activated, reflecting the move toward these high-performance elements among vehicle manufacturers. There is also an additional oil filter.

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International News

Retreaders install new Vipal-developed buffer

Retreaders install new Vipal-developed buffer

Brazilian retreaders União and Toro have installed a Vipal Rubber-developed casing buffing system. The VR01 Smart DUO, a dual position buffer, was installed at União Tire Retreading in São Paulo retreader in April. Soon after, another partner of the Vipal Authorized Network Deatler had installed a single position variant at its Toro Recauchutagem operation in Rio de Janeiro.

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Career Tracks

Goodyear names new CTO

Goodyear names new CTO

Effective 1 September, Christopher Helsel will take over as chief technology officer at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and additionally take on the role of vice-president. Helsel, who currently serves as director, North America commercial and global off-highway technology, succeeds Joe Zekoski as chief technology officer.

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Motorsport News

New tread compound boosts Metzeler Racetec RR Slick ‘K2’ performance

New tread compound boosts Metzeler Racetec RR Slick ‘K2’ performance

An addition to the Metzeler portfolio last year, the Racetec RR Slick is available in soft K1 and medium hard K2 compounds. The grip, handling and ride precision offered by the K2 version, as well as its durability, has now been improved thanks to an entirely new tread compound that Metzeler has developed for this tyre. Ever since the second half of last year, the brand’s own test riders, as well as professional racers and ambitious amateurs, have been active on European race tracks in order to ascertain the best possible compound option.

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Retreading News

Bandvulc gives Kerr’s Northern Ireland exclusivity

Bandvulc has awarded Kerr’s Tyres & Auto exclusivity for its product range in Northern Ireland. This follows on from Kerr’s appointment at the beginning of 2017 as the sole supplier of Uniroyal TBR (truck tyres) for this region.

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Comment

The clock is ticking for combustion engines and conventional tyres

The clock is ticking for combustion engines and conventional tyres

The UK government has decided to ban the sale of both new petrol and new diesel cars from 2040. The goal isn’t as ambitious as Norway’s, which aims to do the same by 2025. India thinks it can do it by 2031. And France is on par with the UK, also aiming to ban sales of new combustion engine-based cars by 2040. However, in the UK at least, electric cars sales currently represent less than 1 per cent of new registrations. Therefore a lot has to happen between now and 2040 for this new rule to become reality. What is clear is that there is now real legislative momentum in favour of electric vehicles in the UK and that this will have an inevitable impact on OE suppliers, and in turn the UK replacement tyre market, especially in three key areas: weight, torque and rolling resistance.

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Other Recent News Articles

RTN Clayton Vallely takes delivery of 500th Xlite forged aluminium wheel

RTN Clayton Vallely takes delivery of 500th Xlite forged aluminium wheel

Thursday 17th August 2017 | 0 Comments

RTN Clayton Vallely, manufacturer of specialist tankers for the environmental, food and chemical industries, has taken delivery of its 500th Xlite forged aluminium wheel from exclusive European distributor, MWheels. The Barnsley-based company, whose clients include Yorkshire Water, McVitie’s and Redway European, has specified the market leading forged aluminium wheels on orders since March 2014, primarily as fitted units with tyres from Bridgestone, Goodyear and Dunlop.

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Will bendy buses make a comeback in London?

Will bendy buses make a comeback in London?

Thursday 17th August 2017 | 0 Comments

With over 2 billion passenger journeys a year, bus usage is around double that of the London Underground. But bus passenger numbers are in decline. Between 2014/15 and 2016/17, the number of passenger journeys made on buses fell by six per cent. In its second piece of important work on the capital’s buses, the London Assembly Transport Committee report ‘London’s bus network’ (published 17 August 2017) tackles the this subject and recommends:

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Michelin cycling team raises over £2000 for charity

Michelin cycling team raises over £2000 for charity

Wednesday 16th August 2017 | 0 Comments

A team of Michelin employees successfully cycled up Mount Ventoux in France and raised over £2,000 in the process. The adventure forms the first leg in a series of challenges to raise funds for Michelin’s chosen charity for 2017 – the Peter Pan Centre. The charity offers care, support and education to children from birth to the age of 5 with special needs, which can range from visual and hearing impairments through to chromosomal abnormalities and life limiting conditions.

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