Derby’s Eden Tyres & Servicing (ETS) holds over 60,000 tyres in stock for immediate delivery. The family owned and managed business commenced trading in 1981 at its headquarter base in Codnor Gate, Ripley. Leigh Howes of ETS said: “One of our most established partnerships has been with Chinese based contract tyre producer SD-International. We have been purchasing their popular Zeta range for the past five years both as a wholesale brand and through our thriving ten retail outlets throughout the East Midlands. We stock the Zeta brand on an exclusive basis for a number of reasons including the extensive range available and because of its competitive pricing structure.”
Exol Lubricants has appointed Joe O’Shea as general manager of its Wednesbury production facility. O’Shea has more than 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry, having begun his career at Land Rover serving an engineering apprenticeship. After 12 successful years, he then moved to Birmingham-based van maker LDV and occupied various managerial positions. In 2010, he enjoyed his first role at Exol Lubricants as operations manager before leaving two years later to join pressing supplier Sertec in a directorship position.
USA-based Sumitomo Rubber Industries subsidiary Falken Tire Corporation has entered into a multi-year marketing agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB). This partnership is Falken Tire Corporation’s first deal with a professional sports league; for the past 30 years it has focused on motorsports marketing.
Michelin says it will continue as sole tyre supplier to the FIA Formula E Championship for an additional three seasons. The World Motor Sport Council confirmed Michelin supply for season 3 (2016-2017), 4 (2017-2018) and 5 (2018-2019), subject to the finalisation of the corresponding agreements. The tyre maker has served as a technical partner to Formula E since the championship’s creation.
Manufacturers that aim to offer a comprehensive and competitive commercial vehicle fleet portfolio can’t get by without retreading (typically mould cure retreading performed in large, centralised facilities), nor can they reduce fleet transport costs and meet customer expectations without partnering with the tyre trade and drawing upon the extensive range of services these specialists offer. In the five years since opening a truck tyre retreading facility alongside its new truck tyre plant in Wittlich, Germany, Goodyear Dunlop has made greater inroads into the local fleet business market.
Dunlop and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) are partnering to raise awareness of what they say is a looming transport crisis, which threatens to bring industries such as manufacturing, retail and logistics to a grinding halt in the UK. The HGV Heroes campaign highlights the impact that HGV driver shortage is going to have across the country.
Alcoa Wheel Products Europe has named Chris Edwards as sales manager for Western Europe. As a result of the promotion Ghalid Dohri has been appointed sales manager for United Kingdom and Ireland. The succession took effect in August 2015.
In mid-September the emissions hit the fan for VW. What began with an admission that half a million Golfs and Beetles were not showing the right emissions values in lab tests, quickly became a global scandal involving 11 million vehicles, disastrously affecting the group’s share price, resulting in the ‘restructuring’ of the firm’s global leadership and worst of all affecting confidence in both VW and the wider automotive and automotive testing industries.