It appears that Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s will close its passenger car and light commercial vehicle tyre factory in Philippsburg, Germany by the end of next year, subject to consultation with relevant employee representative bodies. A 'Form 8-K’ report published by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on 20 October states that Goodyear “expects to be substantially complete with this rationalisation plan by the end of 2017,” and estimates total pre-tax charges associated with the plant closure will be “between US$240 million and $280 million.”
D & S Autos Ltd has become the first trade customer to win a brand new Peugeot 108 car in the ‘Cars and Stars’ promotion from GSF Car Parts. Delighted garage owner Chris Kellett arrived at the Northampton branch on the windy morning of Wednesday 19th October to pick up his shiny prize. ‘Cars and Stars’ – GSF’s biggest ever trade promotion - started in September and offers Love2Shop vouchers worth £100, £250 or £500 based on hitting individual 1, 2 or 3 star spend targets, across each of the three months until the end of November.
Saudi Arabia-based diversified chemicals company SABIC is launching a new range of synthetic rubbers, which are being manufactured for the first time in Saudi. The products made their debut at the K-Show Europe Exhibition in Dusseldorf, Germany, 19-26 October 2016.
This weekend’s MotoGP round at Phillip Island is officially titled the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, and the tyre maker’s engagement in the event isn’t limited to name sponsorship and tyre supply. The Australian MotoGP round will also be the launch venue for a tyre that Michelin believes will become the “sport motorcycle road market’s new benchmark.”
Between 9 and 15 October, four Vipal retreading partners from Australia and New Zealand visiting the firm’s facilities in Brazil. There were four retreaders in total, three from Australia (Arctic Cool, Tyre Lug and Eco Green) and one from New Zealand, (Power Retread). They toured the three plants of the leading tyre retreader, two in Nova Prata, Rio Grande do Sul (RS), and one in Feira de Santana, Bahia (BA). Vipal’s Head of International Business, Leandro Rigon, welcomed the group, accompanied by Adalberto Fernandez, Vipal’s Manager for MEROC (comprising Mercosul and Oceania), Tiago Campanharo, Commercial Director in Australia, and Rodrigo Refatti, Marketing Specialist.
Sometimes it pays to think small. Qingdao Nama Industrial Co. Ltd, manufacturer of the Nama tyre brand, has found a niche market on the lower end of the rim diameter scale. Tyres & Accessories spoke with company chief executive officer William Liu at CITExpo, and Liu showed off several diminutive products (the smallest had just a 10-inch rim diameter!) including a product aimed at the European market.
John DeSalle has been named president of Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation following the company’s acquisition by Continental. In his new role he will report directly to Dr Jochen Etzel, chief executive officer of Continental Tire the Americas, LLC and Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation.
It’s tariff time again. The US government has imposed trade sanctions on US-produced OTR and industrial tyres before. They have done so with car tyres twice before. This time it’s truck tyres. But are they effective? Will they halt the rise of Chinese tyre manufacturers in general? And what does it mean for those doing business with truck tyres in the UK and Europe?