Company News

Harjeev Kandhari: Tyre quality gap is closing and sales methods are changing

In a recent op-ed Harjeev Kandhari, CEO of tyre company Zenises, reflected on possible changes in the way tyres are sold in the future. Kandhari’s first point is that the quality gap between brands that are long-established in the market (the so-called ‘legacy’ brands) and more recent introductions, such as Zenises’ own Z-Tyre, is shrinking fast. There has traditionally been a large difference in price between legacy and the newer tyres, but Kandhari believes that the small differences in performance and technology mean that this gap is no longer appropriate.

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UK News

Kumho UK truck tyre sales up 160%

Kumho UK truck tyre sales up 160%

Volumes up, expanded team and new products in place It is now 18 months since Kumho returned to the UK truck tyre market so with truck tyre volumes up, an expanded team in place plus new products in the warehouse, the future looks bright. Indeed, according to the company, the dealers appointed so far are […]

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International News

Speedline Truck supports local hero in Hungary

Speedline Truck supports local hero in Hungary

The fifth race in this year's season of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship was held from August 26 - 28 at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest. The Speedline Truck Team was on hand with its regional trading partners to cheer on local hero Norbert Kiss, but, sadly, he did not emerge victorious.

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Motorsport

WEC – AMR car reverts to Michelin tyres for remainder of season

After choosing to kit out its GTE factory team cars on Dunlop rubber for 2016, Aston Martin Racing reports that its #98 GTE AM entry will revert to Michelin tyres for the rest of the current FIA World Endurance Championship season. It appears the Vantage GTE driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda will be fitted with Michelins for the remaining races as the drivers have struggled with the Dunlop tyres, which like all tyres used in GTE AM feature 2015-specification compounds. Aston Martin Racing shares that Dalla Lana, together with the team, requested the change.

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Retreading News

Vacu-Lug hits 20-year high as Brexit leaves markets ‘wide open’

Vacu-Lug hits 20-year high as Brexit leaves markets ‘wide open’

With Continental’s acquisition of Bandvulc, the voice of independent retreading in the UK has been substantially diminished at a moment of intense market pressure and political uncertainty. Issues surrounding the at times unbelievably cheap new commercial vehicle tyres imported from China have been around for many years now, and have certainly squeezed retread output in this period. The Brexit vote has increased doubt that protectionist European market measures for which independent retreading businesses could lobby the EU to provide would be implemented in a more isolated UK market, though in the short-term the reduced value of sterling has presented opportunities for British-manufactured product. While nothing is currently clear, we will leave our readers to consider the chances of UK market protectionist measures against Chinese imports being implemented while the country redefines its trading relationship with global economic superpowers. It’s not hard to see how the security provided by merger with Conti was attractive to Bandvulc.

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Product News

Launch UK releases next-generation diagnostic tool

Launch UK releases next-generation diagnostic tool

Launch UK has launched the X431 PRO 3S diagnostic tool. Offering a full fault system diagnosis for a comprehensive list of American, Asian and European vehicle manufacturers, Launch says it is “one of the most reliable, all-encompassing diagnostic tools available.”

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Career Tracks

Goodyear receives Freedom Award at the Pentagon

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was formally presented with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award on 26 August during a ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The Freedom Award was given to 15 companies selected from more than 2,400 nominations an acknowledges.

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Comment

It’s goodbye from them and goodbye from us

Sometimes tyre people are creatures of habit. They like what they know and they know what they like. So when change comes it can feel disorientating. But change is also the engine of progress. And standing still is virtually synonymous with going backwards.

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