Company News

BKT opens India R&D centre

BKT opens India R&D centre

When Tyrepress.com visited BKT’s new factory in Bhuj, India late in 2015, work had begun on a new research and development centre. The off-road tyre maker reports that this facility is now complete, and it recently inaugurated the ‘Suresh Poddar Innovation Hub’. The centre is named after the oldest of the three Poddar brothers. It is located within a 25-acre area called the Mahabirprasad Poddar Knowledge Center, named after BKT founder, the late Mahabirprasad Poddar.

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UK News

Delphi and The Parts Alliance name six ‘Best of Brakes’ winners

Delphi and The Parts Alliance name six ‘Best of Brakes’ winners

The Parts Alliance says their second major braking promotion of 2017, developed in conjunction with Delphi, has now found all of its main winners. ‘Best of Brakes’ ran throughout September and October, offering six spectacular holidays, alongside 25,000 smaller prizes via scratch cards, included with Delphi brake pads. The holiday cards were found by Graham Clark of Anderson Clark Motor Repairs in Inverness. The longstanding customer of Dingbro Inverness will be heading to Australia, whilst East Kilbride branch customer Alan Knox of Knox Brothers will jet out to Canada.

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Product News

Dunlop SportSmart TT – one tyre for road and track day use

Dunlop SportSmart TT – one tyre for road and track day use

A fourth product will enter the Dunlop hypersport tyre portfolio early next year. This is the SportSmart TT, a tyre derived from Dunlop’s road-focused SportSmart Range. Developed to “meet the needs of riders with the very latest sports bikes and performance roadsters who want to use the same tyre on track and for road riding,” the SportSmart TT completes Dunlop’s 2016-announced new approach to the segment, which involves a redefinition of its range around the goal of a ‘tyre for every rider’.

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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

Selleck retiring from Michelin North America

Selleck retiring from Michelin North America

Pete Selleck will retire as chairman and president of Michelin North America, effective 31 December 2017, concluding a six-year tenure in the role. His successor will be named in January 2018, and Michelin says this appointment will be “consistent with ongoing plans for the company’s global reorganisation project.” This new organisation structure is expected to be implemented in early 2018.

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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

VX-Tractor: ‘Regular inflation’ tyre joins Bridgestone agricultural range

VX-Tractor: ‘Regular inflation’ tyre joins Bridgestone agricultural range

Wednesday 15th November 2017 | 0 Comments

When Bridgestone announced its flagship brand’s entry into the agricultural tyre business in Europe in 2014, the range it introduced was one featuring the latest innovations, such as the Very High Flexion (VF) technology seen in the Bridgestone VT-Tractor. Standard agricultural tyres remained the preserve of the company’s Firestone brand, however this is no longer the case – at this year’s Agritechnica fair in Germany, the tyre maker unveiled the first standard segment agricultural tyre for Europe to wear the Bridgestone name.

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“Filling in potholes is no substitute for more dynamic infrastructure” – LeasePlan MD

Tuesday 14th November 2017 | 0 Comments

New figures from the DFT showed that over 100 cyclists are injured in accidents caused by crumbling roads, because councils are failing to fix potholes as they are not deep enough.

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The Tyre Equipment Company to exhibit at LAMMA

The Tyre Equipment Company to exhibit at LAMMA

Tuesday 14th November 2017 | 0 Comments

This January, The Tyre Equipment Company is returning to the LAMMA agricultural and machinery show in Peterborough, to showcase its range of workshop tools and equipment.

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