Company News

‘Commitment to enterprise excellence’ – Accuride wheel plant awarded

Accuride Corporation’s steel wheel manufacturing plant in Henderson (Kentucky, UK) is one of four companies receiving a 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award from non-profit enterprise improvement organisation the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). An AME will visit the plant today to present the award, and Accuride will also be honoured during the 2014 AME International Excellence Inside Conference, which will be held in Florida between 10 and 14 November.

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UK News

Hunter aligners to feature at WorldSkillsUK

Hunter aligners to feature at WorldSkillsUK

Automotive technicians entering this year’s WorldSkillsUK competition will be put through their paces using the very latest Hunter HawkEye Elite TD alignment system. The news comes after Pro-Align confirmed the firm’s support for the competition, which will run in November. It is the third year running Pro-Align has supported WorldSkillsUK.

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International News

IRSG/Sing-Ex revamp World Rubber Summit

IRSG/Sing-Ex revamp World Rubber Summit

In partnership with SingEx Exhibitions, IRSG will launch the newly revamped World Rubber Summit (WRS) 2015, which is to be held in Singapore from 24 to 25 March 2015 at MAX Atria@Singapore EXPO. Held under the umbrella of “World Rubber Week”, the event takes place alongside Tyrexpo Asia, IRSG’s Assembly of Nations and other related industry seminars and networking receptions.

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Motorsport

‘Hard’ Michelin Force LTX tyre debuts at Rally Australia

‘Hard’ Michelin Force LTX tyre debuts at Rally Australia

Both the hard ‘H4’ and softer ‘S4’ versions of the Michelin LTX Force gravel tyre have now enjoyed a taste of WRC action. The tyre maker reports that all WRC teams ran the Michelin LTX Force during the 2014 Rally Australia on the weekend, fielding at various times the S4 – which also hit the gravel during 2014 Rally Finland – and, for the first time, the H4. The Australian round was won by Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia in their Volkswagen Polo R WRC; the pair shared the podium with team mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila along with Andreas Mikkelsen and Ola Floene in a 1-2-3 Volkswagen clean sweep.

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Retreading News

Conti offering third generation retreaded trailer tyres from October

Conti offering third generation retreaded trailer tyres from October

Continental AG has announced that its first third generation truck tyres will be available as retreaded tyres from October. Specifically it will be the first hot retreaded ContiRe EcoPlus HT3 from the ContiLifeCycle plant in Hanover.

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Product News

“Most progressive” A/TW joins Cooper’s Discoverer range

“Most progressive” A/TW joins Cooper’s Discoverer range

Cooper Tire has unveiled what it calls its “most progressive SUV/light truck tyre yet” – the Discoverer A/TW. The tyre maker says the new tyre expands upon technology proven in the Discoverer A/T3 and “boasts a fusion of advanced compound technologies and design innovations.” A UK launch date has yet to be given, however an initial range of 23 sizes is being introduced from this month in North America, with additional sizes due to be added next spring.

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Career Tracks

NTDA appoints new membership administrator

The NTDA has appointed Natasha Pullinger as its new membership administrator. According to the association, Pullinger’s key responsibility will be to support the development of the NTDA by providing day-to-day administrative functions and providing a point of contact and liaison between the NTDA, its members, other tyre industry bodies and key industry stakeholders. She will also provide support to NTDA committees and other industry meetings and engage in the association’s marketing and PR activities.

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Legislation

Conflicting views on higher speed limits for trucks

The Government has announced plans to raise the speed limit for lorries on single carriageway roads to 50 mph and the move has generated diametrically opposed views. On the pro side, Transport minister Claire Perry says that the move is part of a package of measures to cut congestion, reduce dangerous overtaking and help get the country moving. Brake, the road safety charity, has expressed serious concerns about the proposed limit increase and the announcement comes as a survey by Brake and Digby Brown solicitors reveals the extent of risky driving on country roads.

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