Company News

Sailun appoints business development manager for East Europe

Sailun appoints business development manager for East Europe

Sailun Tyres (Europe) has appointed Janis Amolins as its business development manager for East Europe. Amolins will be responsible for the sales and development of the Sailun Jinyu Group’s portfolio of four brands for Europe: Sailun, Jinyu, Black Lion and Rovelo. He joins the Sailun team with immediate effect.

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UK News

Dunlop supports National Tyres and Autocare Centres training programme

Dunlop supports National Tyres and Autocare Centres training programme

Dunlop Tyres has helped to design and deliver an in-depth training course in conjunction with National Tyres and Autocare Centres (NTA). Aimed at NTA’s assistant branch managers, the course is the first of its kind, focusing solely on developing assistant branch managers in NTA’s centres nationwide. There has not previously been a training course which offers such in-depth and wide-ranging training for the assistant branch managers.

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International News

DriveRightData opens US wheel testing facility

DriveRightData, the wheel and tyre data provider, has established a new testing facility based in Fullerton, Los Angeles, which opened in July. According to DriveRight, the majority of the world's wheel production is shipped via LA, meaning the establishment of a testing facility close to the port is an “ideal location”.

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Motorsport

Third place for Falken drivers in Endurance event

Third place for Falken drivers in Endurance event

Falken Motorsports drivers Peter Dumbreck and Martin Ragginger claimed a third-place finish at the eighth round of the 2016 VLN Endurance Championship on 25 September. Held at the legendary Nürburgring race circuit in Germany, it’s the second VLN podium finish of the season for the Falken duo. “After changing from the previous Porsche 997 to […]

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Retreading News

Apollo Vredestein veteran appointed commercial manager at Obo Tyres

Apollo Vredestein veteran appointed commercial manager at Obo Tyres

Netherlands retreader Obo Tyres has appointed Peter Schrijver as its new commercial manager. The company said his appointment would further stimulate the growth of the company. Schrijver starts in his new position at Obo Tyres BV on 1 October, 2016, having worked previously for Apollo Vredestein for 29 years.

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Product News

Summer tyre wins all-season test

Summer tyre wins all-season test

The results table for the 2016 Auto Bild all-season tyre test saw last year’s winner and runner-up – the Goodyear Vector 4Seasons and Michelin CrossClimate – swap places. This occurrence means that this year’s size 205/55 R16 all-season tyre test was in fact won by a summer tyre, as Michelin considers its CrossClimate a summer fitment designed and legally approved for year-round use. Call it what you like, at any rate the Auto Bild team deemed the Michelin CrossClimate the pick of the ten-tyre bunch, and awarded it the test’s only ‘exemplary’ rating.

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Career Tracks

Scotlands Ash Garage adds to experienced team

Scotlands Ash Garage adds to experienced team

Scotlands Ash Garage has appointed Jordan Montgomery as its new apprentice, with the independent garage laying out plans to invest in the business’ growth. The company said the appointment reflects its commitment to securing the future of the independent motor trade by supporting the next generation of technicians.

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Comment

Tariff time again, but will they make a difference?

Tariff time again, but will they make a difference?

It’s tariff time again. The US government has imposed trade sanctions on US-produced OTR and industrial tyres before. They have done so with car tyres twice before. This time it’s truck tyres. But are they effective? Will they halt the rise of Chinese tyre manufacturers in general? And what does it mean for those doing business with truck tyres in the UK and Europe?

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