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The Parts Alliance Group acquires BMS Superfactors

The Parts Alliance Group acquires BMS Superfactors

The Parts Alliance has acquired BMS Superfactors, their Greater Manchester-based associate member. BMS Superfactors has four branches in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Dukinfield, collectively employing over 120 staff.

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International News

Cooper launches ‘Tread Wisely’ mobile app

Cooper launches ‘Tread Wisely’ mobile app

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has launched the new Tread Wisely mobile app. Designed to promote tyre and vehicle safety among teens and young adults, the app was created the app in partnership with the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS). Cooper says it empowers young drivers by putting safety information, how-to videos and unique features directly into their hands when and where they need it most. The app is free and available for download from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android).

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Career Tracks

István Katus appointed vice-president of Arconic Wheel Products

István Katus appointed vice-president of Arconic Wheel Products

In January, István Katus was appointed to the role of Europe, Middle East & Africa region vice-president and general manager at Arconic Wheel Products. In this position, he has taken on responsibility for growing and improving the profitability of the company’s wheel business within the region. Katus also remains country manager for Hungary.

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Retreading News

Tread list 2017/2018: Kraiburg Austria optimises product programme

Tread list 2017/2018: Kraiburg Austria optimises product programme

The latest Kraiburg Austria tread design programme is now available. The retreading specialist has optimised its product range again this year in response to broad customer demand. It says it has streamlined its core range to cater more precisely to the needs of the retreaders, and this has resulted in the discontinuation of some tread lengths and the addition of others.

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Re-globalisation of the international tyre market?

Re-globalisation of the international tyre market?

In the last few weeks, Apollo has initiated production at its new Hungary tyre factory and launched a brand new European truck tyre range (see Company News section pages 32 – 24); Doublestar has confirmed that it is the only remaining bidder in the race for 42 per cent of Kumho Tire (see pages 36 - 37); and as we went to press, Finnish tyre maker Nokian announced that it will build its third production plant, this time in the USA. All this points to what we might call a re-globalisation trend. Rather than businesses from the large so-called developed nations expanding around the globe, this second wave of international expansion sees the roles reversing to some extent. While before the Western nations were looking to invest in fast-growing “emerging” economies, now the proverbial shoe is on the other foot and large companies in what used to be called the BRIC nations are investing in more developed tyre markets.

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NAMA AGM auction for BEN is a record breaker

NAMA AGM auction for BEN is a record breaker

Wednesday 24th May 2017 | 0 Comments

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) held its annual AGM on 20 May in Belfast. A charity auction in aid of automotive industry charity BEN took place following the AGM, raising a record-breaking £17,450.

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AALG outlines post-Brexit lobbying position

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 | 0 Comments

The Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) presented its new lobbying position on European issues that affect the aftermarket in a post-Brexit Britain at a press launch today (Tuesday 23 May) at Silverstone race track.

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Ricardo exhibits real-world driving emissions testing at Air Quality show

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 | 0 Comments

Ricardo will demonstrate its new real-world driving emissions measurement service, and discuss the first results from its road side vehicle monitoring research, at the Air Quality & Emissions Show (AQE), to be held at Telford, UK, on 24 and 25 May 2017.

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