Company News

Tracey Joubert joins Cooper Tire board

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company named Tracey I. Joubert as a director of the company on 16 November. Joubert is chief financial officer of Molson Coors Brewing Company, a leading global brewer with iconic global and national brands such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, Carling and Staropramen as well as leading craft beers including Sharp’s Doom Bar, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, and Blue Moon.

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UK News

Most UK miss vehicle checks in long journey planning

New research shows that, while British motorists try to avoid the stresses that can be attributed to long drives by planning their journey ahead of time, most don’t do proper vehicle checks. The research of 1,000 British motorists finds that over a quarter (26%) of drivers prefer to map out the route and just under a fifth (18%) like to check they have the right insurance cover before setting off. And only 1% of motorists admitted they don’t plan at all.

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Product News

New Kraiburg K704 pattern

Kraiburg Austria has brought out a new design, the K704. According to the company, this pattern is a variant of the apparently “highly successful” K225, with closed shoulders and lower tread depth.

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International News

TSW Alloy acquires Good Roads Auto Systems

Growth is occurring at US-based aftermarket alloy rim manufacturer TSW Alloy Wheels. In addition to opening distribution centres in Atlanta and Dallas to complement its headquarters site in California and the planned opening of a centre in Chicago in the coming months, the company has acquired Florida-based specialist Good Roads Auto Systems together with its many wheel brands and a distribution centre.

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Career Tracks

Nexen Tire names new MD for DACH region

Peter Gulow, former director of Bridgestone Europe’s Central Region car tyre business, is to be the next managing director for Nexen Tire Europe’s ‘DACH’ region. The tyre maker will most likely provide further detail regarding the appointment this week, however it is understood that Gulow will be responsible for sales and marketing within the German, Austrian and Swiss markets.

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Motorsport News

Two open competition titles for Dunlop in FIA WEC

Two open competition titles for Dunlop in FIA WEC

With the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the current FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season drew to a close. Reflecting on an “amazing season of racing,” Dunlop has congratulated Aston Martin Racing and Vaillante Rebellion for their class victories. Both raced on Dunlop tyres in open tyre classes; Aston Martin Racing won the FIA World Endurance Trophy for LMGTE Am Teams and Vaillante Rebellion won the FIA World Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams. Each of the teams began the event leading the standings and both claimed race victories in Bahrain to secure the crowns.

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Retreading News

Marangoni appoints Martin Kalagin as Central Technical Service director

Marangoni appoints Martin Kalagin as Central Technical Service director

Marangoni Retreading Systems has appointed Martin Kalagin as Central Technical Service director, reporting in this role to the chief executive officer of the group. The Central Technical Service will define and implement the rules and the global guidelines, align the local plans and resources and coordinate the activities of all Technical Service Teams of Marangoni Retreading Systems Business Unit in Europe and overseas.

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Comment

A maturing industry

For a long time people have referred to the European tyre market in general and the UK tyre market in particular as mature markets. This kind of maturity is generally taken to mean low growth markets that are already well developed. Here markets are significant in size and 1 to 2 per cent growth per annum is normal. However, a number of recent market research reports give us the opportunity to reconsider this assumption on two grounds - firstly, with technology developing as it is, quantitative growth should be considered in a wider context; and secondly there is the qualitative question.

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Other Recent News Articles

Bringing rubber production to Europe: Continental starts work on test lab

Bringing rubber production to Europe: Continental starts work on test lab

Thursday 16th November 2017 | 0 Comments

With sods of soil sliding from shiny shovels, work on the Continental ‘Taraxagum Lab Anklam’ research and test laboratory officially began on Monday. Construction of the facility will now begin in earnest, and Continental Reifen Deutschland anticipates that the lab, based near Germany’s Baltic coast, will be operational in autumn 2018. Continental is investing a total of 35 million euros in the project, a sum supported by a subsidy of 11.6 million euros from the Ministry of Economics in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

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Davanti hosts 40 key UK and Irish dealers in 3-day French driving experience

Davanti hosts 40 key UK and Irish dealers in 3-day French driving experience

Wednesday 15th November 2017 | 0 Comments

Davanti Tyres has hosted a group of 40 key UK and Irish customers on a three-day driving experience through the south of France and Monaco. Driving on some of Europe’s most scenic roads, including stages of the historic Monte Carlo Rally in a fleet of classic sports cars, guests experienced the Riviera lifestyle with stays in Cannes and Nice before a final night in Monaco. Cars including Porsche 356 Speedster, Ferrari 308 GTS, AC Cobra and the Jaguar E Type Roadster.

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YourTire – Trelleborg offers sidewall personalisation to Valtra customers

YourTire – Trelleborg offers sidewall personalisation to Valtra customers

Wednesday 15th November 2017 | 0 Comments

A joint project by Trelleborg and AGCO tractor brand Valtra brings customisation to tyre sidewalls. By adding the Trelleborg YourTire service to the Valtra Unlimited Configurator, customers can personalise their Trelleborg tyres when they configure their Valtra tractor, adding their own name or the Valtra logo to the sidewall. The YourTire collaboration was unveiled at Agritechnica 2017.

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