Bridgestone Americas has exercised a two-year lease extension option on its Advanced Technology Workshop (ATW) manufacturing facility located in Akron, Ohio.
As part of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into autonomous vehicles, the Committee have today visited the GATEway Project in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, one of the research development programmes for self-driving vehicles in the UK.
Alloy wheel protection system AlloyGator has launched an extra-large alloy wheel protector. Designed to fit wheels between 12 and 24 inches in diameter, the new size profile was officially launched at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in response to the rapid global growth of the SUV and Crossover market.
Following its award for ‘Best Agricultural Tire’ in the south-eastern region of Brazil for the third consecutive year at the VisãoAgro Awards, the performance of Trelleborg’s agricultural tyres in the sugar cane industry has also been recognised for the first time nationally.
The Board of Directors of Titan International, Inc. has approved the transition of James M. Froisland from his position as interim chief financial officer to that of chief financial officer, effective 5 December 2016. Froisland was appointed to the role on an interim basis in May 2016.
Oil blender Exol Lubricants has announced it will once again be sponsoring Rooster Truck Racing and driver Luke Taylor in 2017’s British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC).
The first load of giant OTR (Off The Road) tyres to be mounted on the largest dumpers in the world, and operate on the Copperbelt mines, arrived this morning at Superdoll’s newest Retreading & Repair OTR tyres plant based in Ndola, Zambia.
No review of 2016 would be complete without some reference to Brexit. Before the referendum result on 23 June, few people thought it would happen. Now the vote of 52 per cent in favour of leaving the European Union has long been counted, we can’t avoid talking about Brexit. Furthermore, with Donald Trump having won the US presidential election on 8 November in what he predicted would be “Brexit+++” the impact of the UK vote has taken on even greater significance.
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Scottish bus and coach operator Whitelaws Coaches has implemented a Continental tyres only policy on its fleet following tests against its previous tyre choice. George Whitelaw said, “We had been running other premium tyres for a great many years, but when we were offered the chance to trial Continental’s equivalent product on two of our hard-working bus fleet, we thought it would be good get some sort of measure on how well our policy had been serving us. We were very pleasantly surprised to discover Continental’s Urban HA3 M+S tyres significantly outperformed the tyres we had been using.”
The new car market following Brexit, the role of dealerships, consumer legislation - including Consumer Rights Act, and the NFDA Consumer Attitude Survey, were the main topics of discussion at the NFDA meeting in Belfast. “The UK new car market may stabilise slightly in the near future, but will still be strong. Our sector has demonstrated its resilience over the past months and dealers have been coping well with recently introduced measures and unexpected challenges”, said Sue Robinson, director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA).