Company News

Kenda to display latest European market products at Reifen 2016

Kenda will exhibit new products specially designed for the European market to underpin its commitment to quality, the manufacturer states. Each of its latest products “use European requirements as a benchmark,” it added, “and have a clear focus on safety.” Its most important exhibit will be the latest Kenda ultra-high performance Emera A1summer tyre, which is designed to produce excellent handling on dry and wet roads with outstanding braking performance. The manufacturer will also shine a spotlight on its latest winter tyres; the Komendo Winter for vans and the Wintergen 2 for cars. Each of these new-generation products has been developed with the intention of achieving “a breakthrough into Europe’s quality segment by offering products for the European market,” Kenda stated.

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UK News

RMI opens new MOT training centre

The RMI opened its Academy of Automotive Skills today (Friday 6 May) in Southam, Warwickshire. The brand new, state of the art training facility set up by the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI), will act as a an industry resource for MOT tester training, and in time will offer wider automotive technical training. Courses will include: New MOT Tester Training; New Motorcycle Tester Training; MOT Manager Training; ATA L3 Light Vehicle Inspection; CPD/Annual Assessment; and F-GAS.

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International News

Titan appoints new SVP, North America president and interim CFO

Titan International, Inc has moved John Hrudicka from his current position as chief financial officer (CFO) to the operational side of the business. Effective 2 May 2016, Hrudicka's new position is senior vice president of North American Tire.

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Motorsport

Pirelli celebrates quarter-century of Carlisle Rally title sponsorship

Pirelli celebrates quarter-century of Carlisle Rally title sponsorship

One of the UK’s most prestigious rally events celebrates two important landmarks this weekend, with its title sponsor and tyre supplier at centre stage. The Pirelli Carlisle Rally – part of the British Rally Championship 2016 following the series’ relaunch – runs its 40th edition, and 25th under the Italian manufacturer’s name. Pirelli said its British Rally Championship stars would fight to deliver a victory on the home ground of high-speed gravel roads in the Kielder Forest. The rally consists of seven stages over Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, totalling 75 competitive miles.

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Retreading News

Bandvulc to show new “look & feel” at CV Show

Bandvulc to show new “look & feel” at CV Show

Well-known retreader and truck fleet specialist, Bandvulc is once again exhibiting at the CV Show. Evolving from its 2015 stand, with a few changes to the ‘look & feel’, this year’s stand is all said to be all “about the message”.

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Product News

Quadraxer 2 – Kleber refreshes all-season tyre portfolio

Quadraxer 2 – Kleber refreshes all-season tyre portfolio

According to Michelin, some 53 million intermediate-range tyres are sold in Europe every year, and an increasing number of these are all-season tyres. The tyre maker’s own figures puts European all-season tyre sales (for all product tiers) at 10 million units in 2014, more than twice the number sold two years earlier. Michelin has developed a product that targets the all-season market within the intermediate segment, and is launching it this month. The new Kleber Quadraxer 2 is now available as a replacement market fitment.

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Career Tracks

Jan Heuver retires at wholesaler’s 50th anniversary celebration

Jan Heuver retires at wholesaler’s 50th anniversary celebration

This year Heuver Tyrewholesale celebrates its 50th birthday, and at the same time another person of significance to the company celebrates an important birthday milestone. Jan Heuver has turned 65 and reached the Netherland’s official retirement age, and therefore is stepping down as a director of Heuver Tyrewholesale. He was honoured by Heuver Tyrewholesale employees at an internal function held to mark the company’s half-century, and his retirement was further observed by the establishment of ‘Jan!’, the Jan Heuver Foundation, a surprise farewell gift the wholesaler believes a fitting one for the public-minded director.

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Comment

When it comes to tyre testing, where’s the line?

When it comes to tyre testing, where’s the line?

Last month, talk of tyre testing irregularities came to the fore following Nokian’s admissions of “mistakes” in this area. In the April edition of Tyres & Accessories we follow up on this story in some detail with a survey of leading manufacturers’ responses to the issue of the day and an exclusive interview with Nokian president and CEO Ari Lehtoranta. While the detailed views of the world’s leading tyre makers are many and varied, they are all unified in their denials of any underhand behaviour relating to magazine and association tyre testing (see "Top tyre manufacturers deny involvement in tyre test manipulation" for the full story). And yet Nokian’s Lehtoranta has clearly pointed the finger at the broader industry on a number of occasions in the past – and apparently is continuing to do so.

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