Company News

Tyre business results flat at Trelleborg despite lower organic sales

Sweden’s Trelleborg AB has reported a 5.8 per cent increase in net sales in the third quarter of 2013, with acquired business contributing some two per cent towards this result. Company president and CEO Peter Nilsson commented that Trelleborg “achieved these healthy earnings despite weaker market trends for several market segments and thus a slight fall-off in organic growth.”

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UK News

Kumho Tyre partners with R3 for safer UK roads

Kumho Tyre partners with R3 for safer UK roads

Driver training school R3 (Road Risk Reduction) has selected Kumho Tyre UK as a new commercial partner. The arrangement will see Kumho Tyre UK and the Rockingham Motor Speedway-based outfit work together towards giving British drivers a solid foundation in both attitude and skill. Kumho will equip all R3 cars with its Ecowing ES01 KH27, and on top of this will send all Kumho Tyre UK staff on a bespoke training course with R3 to ensure safe and economical driving.

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International News

Goodyear HQ wins environmental design award

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's global headquarters building in Akron has earned a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating from the US Green Building Council. At 639,000 square feet, it is among the largest LEED Gold certified buildings in Ohio. The LEED green building program ensures buildings conserve energy, water and other resources and are safer and healthier for occupants. Gold certification indicates Goodyear's high level of investment in best-in-class building strategies and practices.

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Motorsport

DTM – no option tyre in 2015

DTM – no option tyre in 2015

This year’s DTM season came to an end over the weekend, and the series organiser concedes that fans “weren’t 100 per cent satisfied” with the touring car championship in 2014. The first half of the season was a particular concern and Hans Werner Aufrecht, chairman of DTM rights holder and promoter, ITR e.V, says a number of measures will be introduced to add more pep to DTM races. One step that has already been decided upon is dropping the option tyre in 2015.

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Retreading News

Vacu-Lug marks 30 years of tyre support for Viridor

Vacu-Lug tyres has been supplying UK recycling operator Viridor for 30 years. According to the retreader and tyre management specialists, Vacu-Lug has been providing tyre supply/support as part of Viridor’s long-term contract with the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority.

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Product News

Alba launches the ‘Amp Hound ‘

Alba launches the ‘Amp Hound ‘

Alba Diagnostics has added a new device to its range of hand-held diagnostic tools. The Amp Hound is designed to measure amps and reduce the amount of time to determine the current in a fused circuit. According to the company, Amp Hound removes the need to take out fuses one at a time before checking each circuit with a multimeter. With the Amp Hound it is now possible to check the complete fuse box quickly and effectively.

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Career Tracks

Ex-Continental man to head Apollo Tyres’ European & American operations

Ex-Continental man to head Apollo Tyres’ European & American operations

Apollo Tyres Ltd. has appointed a new president for Europe and the Americas and CEO of Apollo Vredestein B.V. The role has been taken on by Mathias Heimann, who is based in the company’s European headquarters in Enschede, the Netherlands. Heimann began in his new position in early October and succeeds Luis Ceneviz, who has left the company and, according to informed sources, returned to his home country, Brazil.

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Legislation

Tyre RFID ‘tags’ to be rolled out in the UAE

Here in Europe and in other major markets such as Japan, Korea and the US tyre labelling has been the subject of intense discussion for some time. However, if the local news reports are anything to go by, the UAE appears to be taking the concept to the next level with the introduction of smart RFID “tags” which feature both an RFID chip and visual label including a QR code.

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