PCL has welcomed Messe Frankfurt’s decision to bring its international automotive show to the UK next year. Automechanika Birmingham, in partnership with trade association SMMT, will take place at the NEC, 7 - 9 June 2016, and PCL has already confirmed attendance.
Speedline Truck has announced plans to debut a new forged truck wheel at NUFAM between 24 and 27 September 2015. The Karlsruhe, Germany event sees over 300 exhibitors in an area of more than 60,000 m² representing every segment of the sector: commercial vehicles in every weight class, vehicle fittings, superstructures, cranes, workshop equipment and accessories.
Pirelli has concluded its investigation into Sebastian Vettel’s tyre failure in the closing stages of the Belgian grand prix. The exclusive Formula One tyre supplier stated its technical analysis had found no structural problem with the tyres used at Spa, and the blowout that ended Vettel’s race came as the result of exceptional “combined effect of debris on the track and prolonged tyre usage on a circuit that is particularly demanding.”
With large numbers of low-cost truck tyres, the development of retreading – not to mention legislative pressures and technological advances – hot topics in the truck tyre sector, Tyres & Accessories interviewed Continental Tyres’ sales and marketing director, Commercial, Arthur Gregg in order to get the well-known German tyre manufacturer’s inside perspective.
Sava has added five additional, popular size options to its truck tyre portfolio in order to meet increasing demand for low aspect ratio truck tyres. The new fitments are the Avant 4 steer axle tyre and Orjak 4 drive axle tyre in sizes 295/60 R 22.5 and 315/60 R 22.5, along with the Cargo 4 trailer tyre in size 385/55 R 22.5. The five tyres were developed for vehicles engaged in local, long-haul and distribution transport, and all are M+S marked.
Eberspächer UK Ltd has appointed Steve Cranfield as its new chief financial officer. Cranfield arrives at Eberspächer UK –manufacturer and supplier of fuel-operated heating, air conditioning and climate control systems for automotive, marine, construction equipment and military applications – with 15 years of financial expertise, five of which were spent with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In addition to Cranfield’s arrival, Eberspächer UK says it has strengthened the business elsewhere, adding resources to the storeroom, sales administration and CAD departments.
While ChemChina’s deal with Camfin to take over Pirelli officially got under way this month, not everyone connected to the economy in the People’s Republic was looking so positive. The stock market has been in freefall and industrial production looks to have taken a big hit. The Chinese state’s answer? To devalue the national currency (the yuan renminbi or RMB) three times in a week and make already cheap Chinese exports even cheaper.